Downton Abbey along the Front Range

With the fifth season of Downton Abbey on the air and on everyone’s mind, all we can think about is the drama of the Crawley family and their household. Hope Walker stopped by the shop recently and told us a great story that we thought we’d share with you.Her lovely daughter Molly is a very talented model, and at the young age of just 17, she was selected as one of the four faces in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits by Karen Brock published by Interweave press in the fall of 2013.  Molly was cast as our favorite: Anna; and you’ll see her classic English face on more than a dozen pages in the magazine. 31400021Molly shared some photos from the shoot; and let us know that Knitting Daily published an insider’s perspective blog post with more behind the scenes details from the two days of production.  Believe it or not the Interweave stylists were able to find the perfect English country house in downtown Denver!It is hard to say which of the patterns that Molly models is my favorite.  I think I am most likely to cast on the 1918 style: Bolero Jacket designed by Laurie Sundstrom.  I love the black and white photo on the Ravelry page that indicates the historical provenance of the design. © Interweave Press“The “Anita” Bolero was originally published in the 1918 edition of Fleisher’s Knitting and Crocheting Manual. A stylish take on the era’s ubiquitous garter-stitch cardigan, the Anita Bolero is “boxy” and waist length, with contrast bands and an off-center buttoned closure, a nod to the era’s fascination with Oriental style.”Copies of the magazine are still available on the Interweave website here.  They are currently on sale at just $10.49.  We would love to pour through the pages with you and find the perfect period project for you to work on while you tune into the rest of season five.  Let us know how we can be of help.