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Jane Austen Knits, Summer 2012

The latest version of Jane Austen Knits is out …

I’m quite keen on some of the socks.

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Jane Austen Knits

I am a bit of a knitter (Not particularly skilled one). Anyway the combination of knitting and Jane Austen was irresistible – Jane Austen Knits.

Here is the Table of Contents …

(Click on the image for a larger version).

As you can see, you can make Pemberley Slippers and Lydia Bennet Secret Stockings! I quite like the idea of Frivolous Socks.

The magazine is beautifully styled and there are a heap of patterns. I haven’t made anything from it yet and to be honest (apart from the socks) I’m not sure I will. However, I think it is a lovely addition to my (largish) collection of knitting magazines and books. Definitely worth buying if you are a knitter and a Jane Austen fan (I think there is even plans for a second magazine).

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Jane Austen’s Regency World

In the latest Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine there is an interesting article (by Paul A Bethel) on the similarities between Emma and Mansfield Park.

Here’s a small excerpt:

Rather, she [Austen] simply began with the premise: “What if a character much like Mary Crawford should have grown up in a small village outside London? What kind of life would she have lead?” Few novelists have been more acutely aware of the twin influences of nature and nurture upon individual character; and this is the key difference between Mary and Emma.  Having similar natures’ their upbringing could not be more different. And that is why, ultimately, Emma is capable of reformation and redemption, while Mary is not.

He then goes on to highlight the similarities in their opinions. He then compares other characters; Fanny and Jane Fairfax, Henry Crawford and Frank Churchill, Edmund and Mr Knightley, Lady Bertram and Mr Woodhouse.

None of this had ever occurred to me; as Emma is my favourite novel and Mansfield Park my least favourite I was surprised to find areas in common.

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