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Monday Morning Mirth January 30, 2012

Monday Morning Mirth

No Shame: being one of the millions sucked into the early 20th-century sudz-fest that is Downtown Abbey…

I know I’m not alone in relishing the sets, the wardrobe, the tugs on my heartstrings…

But what is rather startling is that even though I’ve fallen head first into the rabbit hole, it’s still possible to burst the bubble!

YES! Only mixed metaphors will do when you see something so Machine Made before its time show up in the downstairs kitchen…(even though it’s sort of thrilling to see ye stitchery dramatized!)

So, really, what’s wrong with this picture?

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15 responses to “Monday Morning Mirth January 30, 2012”

  1. devan says:

    how many knitting needles does she have?

  2. ExecutiveKnitter says:

    Where is the other needle?

    Perhaps she is picking up stitches?

  3. Janis says:

    Ummm… those needles should be wooden or steel, not plastic!

  4. Eunice says:

    And the yarn isn’t hand wound.

  5. Dianne says:

    i only see one needle (plastic?)…and also agree…looks like the yarn isn’t hand wound…

  6. Bonne Marie says:

    Howsa bot that machine-made skein of yarn!?

  7. Estella says:

    It also looks like the yarn isn’t attached to the scarf she is supposedly working on.

  8. Roseanne says:

    i’m with ya on that skein of yarn.

  9. Anne T. says:

    Also, she should be holding her needles the British way…like a pencil (the needle resting on top of the hand).

  10. Elle says:

    The needle does seem to be plastic, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and say that it’s “bone.” The skein is still modern – Debbie Bliss perhaps? or a nice Rowan?

    I do recall when I watched (and re-watched) this scene that the woman appeared to be throwing her yarn (British/American) style. But the still photo does suggest that there is only one needle.

    I’ll have to go back to my TIVO and re-watch the scene for the 18th time…

  11. Barbara says:

    To give them the benefit of the doubt … I have seen people hand wind skeins into balls and they look exactly like one wound on a ball winder…so that could be the case here. I do remember her throwing the yarn.
    At first glance my eyes went to the lace collar as machine made.

  12. Michelle says:

    tee hee….I also only see one needle (doesn’t look like plastic to me, maybe casein?), and a machine made ball.

  13. Maureen says:

    Skien is “modern”. Needle might be wooden…

  14. Judy says:

    Modern, machine-produced center pull skein.

  15. Hey Bonne,

    I’ve been thinking about this since you posted it, and I think the actual fabric looks machine made but more interesting to me is that she is knitting with ONE needle…….however, I watched old TWO WWI movies this weekend (Mrs Miniver and The White Cliffs of Dover), and Mrs. Miniver was knitting EXACTLY the same way, with (apparently) one needle. It was not crochet, it was knitting, she was throwing her yarn, and the fabric appeared knitted.

    Either these two very distant (Mrs. Miniver, 1942 & Downton Abbey, 2011) dramatic films are making the same error or there’s more here than meets the eye.

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