Thursday, March 21, 2013

What Else Would Madame DeFarge Knit?

An excellent question indeed....

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Madame Thérèse Defarge is a character in the Dickens book A Tale of Two Cities. She is a knitter, sitting by the gallows with her needles always close, through personal and political upheaval chaos during the French  revolution.

Brilliant designer, teacher, podcaster and all-around clever person and good egg, Heather Ordover, of CraftLit, published What Would Madame DeFarge Knit a couple of years ago. A genius blend of craft and literature, the book provides patterns inspired by great characters and books of literature. It's one of those knitting books that you can keep beside your bed, and read like a novel.

I loved the book when it came out, and was thrilled when Heather asked me to contribute to the second volume, What Else Would Madame DeFarge Knit?

It’s more than just a pattern book — it’s a treasure of links, essays, and designs to entertain your hands AND your mind. In its 200+ pages, you’ll find more than 25 knitting patterns (and one weaving pattern!) designed to delight your inner bibliophile.

There was no question which book, and indeed, which character, I was going to choose... Can you guess?

Book available for preorder here, it's shipping next month.

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