Another Challenge from Ravelry

November 5, 2008

I have decided to join my very first Book Club, via Ravelry. I normally don’t like the books that are chosen by book clubs (they are usually pretty bizarre), but this one is right up my alley, 100% Jane Austen novels.

Even though I graduated with a degree in English (British Literature), Jane Austen was never on my must read list. I guess I was too busy reading macabre poetry and literature by Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Lee Masters, Robert Browning, and William Shakespeare.

I am Elinor Dashwood

Take the Quiz here!

Our first novel, Sense and Sensibility, started Saturday, November 1 and runs through the end of January. I have never read the novel, but I have seen the 1995 film version with Emma Thomson, funny that when I took the Jane Austen quiz I actually got Emma Thomson’s character. I am really looking forward to diving into Austen’s novels and getting back to my love of English literature.

The really cool part of the book club is that we all have to crochet or knit something that coincides with each novel. Some of the items we can stitch are scarves, gloves, socks, and shawls. Whew! That sounds pretty difficult, since I have never crocheted a piece of clothing other than a scarf before. I take that back. Last year I tried to crochet a hat, but it came out looking like a doily! Not cool.

I figure I needed some help on Austenesque crochet projects, so I Googled “Jane Austen crochet”. Amazingly enough it came back with a few items that I can try.

The first I found is the Jane Austen Cameo Doily. I’ve never done filet crochet before, but I figure I can crochet it using a heavier yarn and turn it into a pillow.

The second item is the coolest, the Austen Lace Muffler from Interweave Crochet.

Photo courtesy of Interweave

I am going to have to pick up this magazine at my local AC Moore to get the pattern, but that is okay. This item is something that I would actually use. It doesn’t seem to be too difficult, except for maybe the edging, but I am up for the challenge.

There are also so many great Jane Austen blogs & websites where I can get some inspiration:

Jane Austen’s World
Jane Austen Centre
Austen Blog

So those are my two challenges. Thank goodness I finished my Caf-Pow cup cozy or I would be one busy girl these next few months. I’ll be sure to post pics when (or if) I get them finished!

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