Giveaway: What Would Madame Defarge Knit?


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.


  1. says

    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

    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!

  2. Andrea says

    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.

  3. Patricia says

    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.

  4. Margaret Gibb says

    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!

  5. Laura _in_TX says

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

  6. Kathy West says

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


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