For some reason after watching a new favorite, Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley, I’ve been a bit “Austentatious” and have been searching for things that are simply “Jane”. So, without further adieu, please allow me to take you on a little journey, a journey into a bygone time of elegance, propriety, manners and romance.
For those of you who love and treasure Jane Austen, you may or may not know about Jane Austen’s World, a wonderful blog dedicated to everything “Austen” and the Regency period. One of my favorite parts of this particular blog is the page dedicated to podcasts and audio books for Jane Austen, and so much more. Another wonderful website that will get you lost in Austenland, is the Jane Austen Centre. Be sure to take a look at their newsletter and their online magazine, both full of the Regency period and everything Jane Austen.
Austenatious Crochet features thirty-two original crochet projects focusing on women’s wear, such as dresses, sweaters, cardigans, and capelets, as well as handbags, scarfs, pillowcases and clothing for children.
Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, this collection is sure to please even the most devout Austen fan out there. Inside, crocheters will love how each project contains an introduction that includes favorite bits of dialogue from the original novels, fully illustrated with photos, Regency-style illustrations, and step-by-step schematics.
I also have to tell you I love Interweave’s Jane Austen Knits, a once a year special issue featuring designs inspired by Jane Austen’s novels. So far Interweave has published three, Jane Austen Knits Premiere, Jane Austen Knits, Summer 2012 and Jane Austen Knits, Fall 2012. I truly hope they continue with this special issue, fingers crossed for a summer 2013 issue!
Do you like a bit of embroidery now and then? This delightful PDF download pattern, Jane Austen, designed by Pam Jones, From the Craft Room, is sure to inspire you to pick up your needle and embroider while listen to a bit of Sense and Sensibility. Pam’s download comes with stitch instructions, a template and more.
Courtesy of Pam Jones – From the Craft Room
While searching Pinterest for more Jane Austen inspired needlework projects, I came across this piece of embroidery designed by Creative Carmelina, I love it, a portrait of Jane Austen!
Courtesy of Creative Carmelina
Of course you must remember to think about stitch markers for your knitting. The Jane Austen Emma markers by Knit Girl in Idaho are very cute, as well as the set of Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice markers by Knit Cubby.
Courtesy of Knit Girl in Idaho
Courtesy of Knit Cubby
If you like simple shawls with just the right amount of lace, then Lizzie Bennet’s Shawl designed by Annie Riley might be perfect for you! This sweet little shawlette is perfect for stash busting as it only requires one skein of fingering weight yarn at approximately 400 yards. Got to love one skein projects!
Courtesy of Annie Riley
So, are you an Austen fan? What’s your favorite novel?
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting and crafting!