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Congratulations persia!

Since I was just writing about Cooperative Press, it seems appropriate to give away one of their books, so here it is. What Would Madame Defarge Knit? is a really interesting book full of patterns inspired by literature. (Defarge being the sinister character who knit her way through A Tale of Two Cities.)

There are projects inspired by literature ranging from Jane Eyre to The Call of Cthulhu. There’s a red riding hood, a watch cap for an ancient mariner and flying monkey minions the wicked witch would approve of.

One thing that’s a little strange about this book is that there are no actual pictures of the patterns included (you can find them on the web) so the book almost becomes an essay collection about the intersection of literature and knitting, something the editor, Heather Ordover, knows a lot about because of her CraftLit podcast.

Want in on this giveaway? Leave me a comment before the end of the day Sunday, Jan. 26. I’ve been thinking about being well-read lately and how much I am not so I want to know what book you’re most embarrassed you still haven’t read. I’ll go with Jane Eyre, since she’s already here, but there are a lot, trust me.

By Sarah White

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67 Comments so far

  1. Ana Rita Cunha on January 21, 2014 3:31 pm

    Hi there from Portugal :) I’ll go with “Mrs. Dalloway” …i really have to read that one!And i really, really wish i could read ” What Would Madame Defarge Knit?.Im so curious!Looks delicious :)

  2. Debbie S on January 21, 2014 4:18 pm

    I’ve never read Moby Dick. Or War & Peace.

  3. Carolyn on January 21, 2014 4:50 pm

    How about a “Tale of two cities” or “Oliver Twist”. It’s easier to watch them as movies :-)

  4. Kelly Caufield on January 21, 2014 5:11 pm

    This is kind of different because I have read most of the book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, but can’t bring myself to finish the end of the book because I know it will have a very sad ending. :(

  5. Carol on January 21, 2014 5:59 pm

    What a fabulous creative and clever idea. Can’t wait to see this book

  6. maureen on January 21, 2014 6:08 pm

    Moby Dick is the one that I have not read.

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  8. Reta on January 21, 2014 7:04 pm

    The book sound great. Thanks for the giveaway

  9. Naghma on January 21, 2014 7:59 pm

    the color purple.

  10. Any Susilowati on January 22, 2014 12:25 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds great. Wish I could have it. Greetings from Indonesia ^_^

  11. Nadine on January 22, 2014 12:32 am

    What a wonderful idea! I read every chance I get, but sadly I have not read most of the classics. When I was in school and told to read them, I never wanted to read =( As an adult I cherish my reading time. Free trips from reality! Congratulations on your book!

  12. Linda Rumsey on January 22, 2014 2:26 am

    I have to admit I don’t enjoy Charles Dickens. I have tried reading Great Expectations three times but always give up!

  13. persia on January 22, 2014 7:15 am

    I’ve never read The Scarlet Letter.

    Also this book sounds amazing. I was just thinking of Madame Defarge the other day and wondering what patterns she would knit. Thanks for writing about it!

  14. Sandra on January 22, 2014 9:20 am

    Sounds wonderful, like a treasure hunt through literature.

  15. KittenWithAWhiplash on January 22, 2014 9:29 am

    I’d like someday to be able to get thru the main holy books of all religions, to really try to understand where the adherants of each are coming from.

  16. Mary Mac on January 22, 2014 9:36 am

    I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice yet.

  17. Elena T on January 22, 2014 9:49 am

    I actually have A Tale of Two Cities in my audiobook lineup, where it has sat for a year, but Game of Thrones has taken up all of my time (they are soooo long!) This book looks like a lot of fun though, and a friend just told me about CraftLit – must check it out!

  18. Judith (from Israel) on January 22, 2014 10:08 am

    I have yet to read The Scarlet Letter.

  19. ania on January 22, 2014 10:29 am

    I’ve been meaning to read Emerson’s Essays ever since I first heard them mentioned in Louisa Mae Alcott’s Eight Cousins. I’ve even gone so far as to purchase the book. And on my nightstand it sits, collecting dust. Someday.

  20. Sylvia on January 22, 2014 11:04 am

    I’ve seen a couple of movies (and parodies) about it but never read the original Frankenstein.

  21. Susan on January 22, 2014 11:05 am

    I have finished “The Art of Racing in the Rain” sorry to say I sobbed through the ending. I have never actually read War and Peace. Started it, couldn’t finish.

  22. Christine on January 22, 2014 11:11 am

    I still haven’t finished Northanger Abby by Jane Austen. I’ve read the rest of her novels….this one just didn’t appeal to me.

  23. Eileen Hughes on January 22, 2014 11:17 am

    I haven’t read Treasure Island.

  24. Katy Madsen on January 22, 2014 11:45 am

    As for me, I’ve seldom read the classics. But, I do remember Mrs. DeFarge from high school. She had a really twisted mind to be able to knit and watch people die. I kind of believe each stitch was another person’s head on the guillotine. But, I’d love to see this book.

  25. joyce on January 22, 2014 11:46 am

    I have read Tale of Two Cities, but it was so long ago, I don’t remember it. I certainly don’t remember a character knitting in the book. I’ll have to read it again.

  26. Anne Marie on January 22, 2014 12:01 pm

    I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice. Shhh!

  27. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on January 22, 2014 12:08 pm

    I’ve never read War and Peace and probably never will. I’m OK with that. : )
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  28. kim on January 22, 2014 12:11 pm

    Wish I could read and knit at the same time!
    My sixth grader was just assigned Robinson Carusoe, I had never read it!

  29. Margay on January 22, 2014 12:14 pm

    Mine is a toss up between To Kill a Mocking Bird and Rebecca.

  30. Lorinda on January 22, 2014 12:38 pm

    What a great idea! I love the “Counting Crows” mits and “The Lady Is A Ninja” cowl. And “The Smashing Cap and Cuffs” too! Lots of very cool patterns. Glad to see that people still love the classic reads and hope they will share this love with others. This is a nice combination of two things I love! I would be so happy to win this!

  31. Mary Rok on January 22, 2014 12:57 pm

    Catcher in the Rye is still on my reading list. I need to go back and find this character because I don’t remember her knitting.

  32. Bonnie Blackburn on January 22, 2014 12:57 pm

    I have not read 50 shades of Gray

  33. LILLIAN on January 22, 2014 12:59 pm

    This sounds awesome!!! Would love to have it.


  34. Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) on January 22, 2014 1:10 pm

    As a self-proclaimed nerd in many aspects, I am embarrassed to admit that I have not read the Harry Potter series of books.

  35. knittingdancer on January 22, 2014 2:03 pm

    I have not read Anne of Green Gables

  36. StarMeadow on January 22, 2014 2:11 pm

    As an English teacher you would think I would be more well-read. However, I do enjoy children’s lit. It’s funny, a colleague often refers to my constant knitting with tidbits from Madame Defarge…I think I’ll need this book!

  37. Dennis Mullins Sr on January 22, 2014 2:12 pm

    I wish I could have read a lot of books but I got stuck on Sci-F and Fantasy books. I am 60 and just now reading craft books. I read all I can get my hands on. I have taught myself to do all kinds of crafts.

  38. Cynthia W on January 22, 2014 2:21 pm

    Never read “A Tale of Two Cities” – looks like I better!

  39. Vivian on January 22, 2014 2:32 pm

    I am sad to say I have never read Jane Eyre. My daughters have, but not me. The giveaway books sounds interesting. Thanks.

  40. lyn lewis on January 22, 2014 2:36 pm

    When I first went to Grammar school they gave us all an A4 page of suggested books to read in our first year.
    What Katy Did / Did Next, Black Beauty, all the Jane Austins, all the Brontes too and many more ‘classics’…and probably the only ones on that list Ive read is Wuthering Heights and Moonfleet!
    I read all the time now and have read sci fi in my teens and thrillers ever since then.
    Books and knitting? BLISS!!

  41. Iryna B. on January 22, 2014 2:38 pm

    I still to discover madam Defarge! And I love listening to Heather of Craftlit. Thank you!

  42. Ellen on January 22, 2014 5:22 pm

    We had to read A Tale of Two Cities, but only certain classes had to read Grapes of Wrath. (teacher preference, I am sure).

  43. jonquil on January 22, 2014 7:18 pm

    I’m going with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. A more modern classic ;)

  44. Cindy on January 22, 2014 7:43 pm

    What would she knit? It’s a scary thought and a clever idea. Had a friend in FL and her handle was Madam Defarge. We called her madam and I never learned her real name.

  45. OHSue on January 22, 2014 10:11 pm

    I only recently started reading Anne of Green Gables when someone who thought I was well read mentioned it, then I felt I had to start reading it and am loving it.

  46. Fiadhnat McGrath on January 23, 2014 3:15 am

    Well, I haven’t read A Tale of Two Cities though I know of Madame Defarge thought knitting!

  47. Sindy on January 23, 2014 6:13 am

    I haven’t read A Tale of Two Cities and there re a few more that I think I should read but have seen the movies already so I feel like I read them.

  48. Ann Devine on January 23, 2014 9:36 am

    Oh, I’ve been an avid reader since I was 7, but after three attempts I’ve given up on Jane Eyre. Just can’t stand it! I never read The Call of the Wild; maybe I should check it out. Madame Defarge rocks!

  49. Andrea B on January 23, 2014 9:41 am

    I’d go with the Three Musketeers. Still on my shelf and never cracked.

  50. Carmen in WI on January 24, 2014 11:28 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever made it through all the Chronicles of Narnia.

  51. Suzanne on January 24, 2014 12:14 pm

    I haven’t read “Wuthering Heights”, but would enjoy reading What Would Madame Defarge Knit?

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  53. Heather ordover on January 24, 2014 6:30 pm

    Wow! I’m happy to say LOTS of those books are now Audiobooks With Benefits over on CraftLit–easy to listen to on iTunes or Stitcher or at Craftlit.libsyn.com.

    I’m so happy to see you sharing this book! I’ll be happy to get the eBook version to the winner as well!

    Keep me posted!

  54. Andrea on January 24, 2014 6:41 pm

    Too many to list! I failed miserably to finish a Tale of Two Cities (I skipped all over and skimmed – I was desperate), Wuthering Heights, Moby Dick… I have not even attempted Catcher in the Rye or The Scarlet Letter.

    I am proud of finally completing To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice.
    I actually enjoyed Jane Eyre. Maybe there is hope.

  55. Larissa on January 24, 2014 6:52 pm

    Tale of two cities. Really.

  56. Jennifer on January 24, 2014 8:20 pm

    Enders Game. . . Apparently, all military officers should read it.

  57. Patricia on January 24, 2014 10:48 pm

    I’m not embarrassed about not reading any particular book. I think the most important thing is to read. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a classic or a comic book, you will always learn something.

  58. Flo on January 25, 2014 5:44 am

    I haven’t read the Three Musketeers…thanks so much for the chance to win!

  59. c j on January 25, 2014 3:15 pm

    Oh my gosh!! As a future English professor, I really need this ;)

  60. Margaret Gibb on January 25, 2014 3:35 pm

    My mom made me read so many “classics” when I was growing up, looking back, I’m really fortunate that she did so. Thanks for the chance!

  61. Laura _in_TX on January 25, 2014 5:18 pm

    I still haven’t read “Shades of Grey” and most everyone else has. Should I even bother? lol.

  62. Kim Reid on January 25, 2014 5:56 pm

    I want to read Pride and Prejudice soon!

  63. Erin on January 25, 2014 6:38 pm

    I cannot for the life of me finish “what’s eating Gilbert grape” and I really want to.

  64. Kayla on January 25, 2014 8:23 pm

    I haven’t read Animal Farm

  65. Kathy West on January 26, 2014 6:37 am

    Anna Karenina, started it once and then put it down. I really should get back to it someday.

  66. Lynn Cox on January 26, 2014 7:19 am

    I would love to win this book.

  67. anne on January 27, 2014 5:49 pm

    Anna Karenina

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