What would Jane Austen have on the needles right now? What would you wear on a visit to Pemberley or Cranford? The craft publishing world and blogosphere is abuzz with knitting and crocheting projects inspired by our favorite books and literary characters. The new book Literary Knits includes 30 patterns inspired by classics including Lord of the Rings, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.
Each of the designs found in AUSTENtatious Crochet is a reflection of the Regency style worn by Jane and sought after today by ardent fans. Seven chapters focus on different themes found in Austen’s novels: comfort, love, satisfaction, etc. In addition to patterns for a variety of skill levels, there are features on Austen-era style, trivia quizzes and fashion related quotes from Austen’s correspondence. Crocheters can visit the author’s website to watch videos of the techniques used throughout the book.
While on the subject of all things Jane, we celebrate the publication of Pride and Prejudice 200 years ago this week. Visit the library to peruse the display of fiction titles, biographies, audio books and DVDs on the works of Jane Austen. Look for new book titles coming to the library soon: The Real Jane Austen: a life in small things by Paula Byrne and Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece by Susannah Fullerton.