Sunday, January 30, 2011

Period Drama Addict

I have a confession to make. I am hopelessly addicted to period dramas, particularly those presented through Masterpiece Classic on PBS. I love everything about them! The clothes, the language, the manners and houses draw me back week after week. I know that on the surface sharing about what I watch on  television has nothing to do with knitting... but actually it does.

Every time PBS has the decency to air a new period piece on Sunday nights, I shut myself away in my bedroom, not to be disturbed by anyone, and sit on my bed transfixed. Like when you get caught up in a really good book or are happily distracted by the tune of favorite song, I am easily swept up into these stories. Now here is where the knitting comes in to play. After I have seen a film once or twice, I usually add it to my "knitting film" collection. See, I like to put a movie on when I knit, but it has to be something I've seen before so I won't be so distracted that I drop my yarn-overs. My rotation currently consists of a lot of Jane Austen (Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Wives & Daughters, Cranford) with the occasional current movie just because there's knitted items or someone actively knitting in it (Jane Austen Book Club, Twilight- I know it's junky but I love it anyway). I'm also a big fan of Masterpiece Mystery, but I digress.

So for the last week I have been eagerly waiting for the conclusion of Downton Abbey, PBS's most recent period drama. I attempted to knit something mindless tonight while watching it, but was so struck by the gripping storyline that I gave up after a few short rows (and I was using size 17 needles). At 10:23PM, with only a few minutes of the program left, it hit me that there were an awful lot of unresolved parts of the story. And then it ended. I couldn't believe it! I looked around the room with my jaw open as if someone would appear to say, "no, you aren't crazy. It isn't over yet, you silly woman." But of course that didn't happen. What did happen was a little blurb appeared on the screen stating the production for Series 2 has begun. I raced downstairs to share my frustration with my husband and then searched online only to find out that we (the USA) aren't expecting to air the second series until next winter. OH. MY. GOD. I have to wait a whole year before finding out what happens between Lady Mary and Matthew? Gasp! How will I ever cope? Knitting. Knitting will have to be the answer. Well, and more period drama watching too....

Does this ever happen to you? Do you have any period dramas to recommend or films you like to have on while you knit?


  1. I had the same reaction! As I was watching the last episode, I kept wondering how they were going to wrap it all up? I too didn't know this mini-series was intended to be an on-going series. But now I'm hooked on "Downton Abbey" so I guess I'll try to wait patiently. Hahahaha...

  2. So glad I am not alone on this impression!