Are you like I am, obsessed with the PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey? I love the drama, the characters, the historic setting and costumes, and the amazing script. I thank Julian Fellowes for keeping us mesmerized with complex characters who are, with the exception of a couple of bad apples, kind and civil.

Imagine my delight, then at coming across a KAL (Knit-A-Long) with a Downton Abbey theme. I’ve never participated in an online KAL before, let alone a mystery KAL. The mystery part of the KAL means that the pattern is revealed in small parts over time. In this case, the “clues” will be doled out on Sunday mornings so that they can be worked during the Downton Abbey airing in the evening. By the end of Season 3, we will have been given all the parts to the pattern and have completed some sort of project. Jimmy Beans Wool is hosting this KAL, and all I can say is that they must be really busy with it.  There are some lively threads on the topic in  their Ravelry Group and I see there are already over 1200 project listed for the pattern. Or, more accurately, the not-yet-pattern!

The custom color that was dyed for the KAL is long gone, so I chose the recommended yarn, Lorna’s Laces Sportmate, but in a pretty Cranberry color. I always look forward to trying a yarn that’s new to me, and I love sport weight. Let the swatching begin!

Lorna's Laces Sportmate, Downton Abbey KAL, Jimmy Beans Wool, mystery KAL