I am a HUGE fan of the Australian TV series involving the lady detective Phryne Fisher. If you have not discovered this gem of a show, you can binge watch Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Netflix, where the whole series is available for your viewing pleasure. Make sure you are ready with at least a pint of ice cream or a bag of popcorn and full reign of at least half the couch so you can get comfy. (The show has a Miss Marple feel, but instead of an old lady, the lady detective is a vivacious middle-aged woman who is both sure of herself and her place in the world. She is fun, sexy and smart. The supporting cast is loveable and the world of Miss Fisher is addictive.) As it turns out, I am not the only person who enjoys both knitting and Phryne. I kind of geeked out a little bit when I discovered this...it was like validation of my guilty pleasure.
I was reading the Knittingdaily weekly update and it turns out Meghan Babin, an editor at Interweave, is also a big fan and spotted the Phryne inspired beret in the latest isse of knit.wear. (It may be self-serving, since knit.wear is part of the Interweave engine, but self-promotion is fine with me when quality knits and one of my favorite shows are concerned. Besides, it's kind of her job, I respect that.)
Well, Ms. Babin is going to be hosting a knit along on the Ravelry group Miss Fisher's Knit and Crochet Mysteries. (Who knew a group like that existed? There really is a group out there for everyone.) This knit along is going to be to complete the Phryne Beret mentioned above. So, in the spirit of ametuer sluething, I checked out the beret and it is very cute. The pattern is a little pricey, at $5.50. I think I might just head to the bookstore and buy the whole magazine, which is $14.99 and contains more than three patterns...so it seems more cost effective. They probably do that on purpose. :-) I am excited to join this knit along, so I have joined the Ravelry group and am eagerly anticipating the start of the project, which is April 25. If you read this blog, I hope you can join too.