Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jane Austen Knits

I've know the new Jane Austen Knits went live last week, but today is the first I've heard about the hard copy hitting shops. You should check it out. 

Am I the only one that hasn't read Jane Austen? I've been feeling a little like an underachiever when it comes to this phenomenon. I thought I might try and bluff my way through this post and decided that would be a bad idea. So I'm owning it. Maybe you could give me some help. If you were going to read just one of her books, which one would it be? 

These are the Tilney socks. It's from the Manor collection. Since I don't know the stories, I'm going to make up the characters. In my world, Tilney is something a rapscallion. Tall and dark, he's broken many hearts in his time. These are the socks he'd wear out for a hunt.

Rachel Coopey designed them using our Shepherd Sock in 7ns Cedar. I like the irregular ribbing. They seem  masculine to me somehow to me.

This second project using our yarns in the magazine is the Biedermier Stole. It's from the Garden collection and designed by Annie Modesitt. It uses our Lion and Lamb in Chino, Envy and Irving Park. 

In my story, Biedermier is a young girl who has bewitched the elusive Tilney. Even though she is sweet on him, she plays hard to get and ultimately wins his heart.

I'm pretty sure nothing even remotely like this happened in any of the novels. Maybe once I've read one of them I'll have a better idea. Ahem.


Virginia said...

The only thing you're right about is that you couldn't be more wrong! Please read at least some of the books. "Northanger Abbey," which features the Tilneys, is the lightest and, IMO, the funniest -- it satirizes the Gothic literature of the day while sending the very young heroine on her own, more plausible heroine's journey. However, you'll search in vain for a character named "Biedermeier," which refers to a style of furnishing and decoration, not an individual.

Kejia said...

Pride and Predjudice and Emma may seem too familiar if you've seen the likes of Bridget Jones's Diary and Clueless. I'd start with Northanger Abbey and move onto Persuasion. Both heroines--the young and impressionable Catherine and the older, wiser Anne--visit Bath, but it might be two different cities Austen is describing, so different are the perceptions of the heroines.

Linda said...

Pride and Prejudice is the definition of Jane. But I love the shorter book Persuasion. Typical and an easy read.

woolwoman said...

Love the socks - I may have to get the issue just for that pattern alone. So many JA lovers - you are brave to come clean - I don't fancy reading JA but I do love some of the PSB series - get some down time and slip into Austen-world with that. Enjoy Melody

Lorna's Laces said...

Just like knitting... So many books, so little time. I devoured a bunch of Bronte a couple of years back. Methinks it's time to tee up the Austen.