Jane Austen, born in 1775, has touched countless lives through her novels. She wrote about things and people familiar to her. She gives a taste of what living in 18th century England would have been like, with all of the formalities and rules of the time.
Sadly, I was not introduced to Jane’s work until I became an adult, but have tried to make up for lost time by reading all of her books, and then watching every movie made to represent them. I must admit, the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice featuring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, is my absolute favorite.
I was thrilled when Interweave published Jane Austen Knits recently. It features 31 knitting patterns inspired by Jane Austen’s descriptions of clothing in her books. Three of these patterns feature Brown Sheep Company yarn, so I wanted to give special attention to them by giving a short interview with the designers. The patterns are for Damask Mittens, The Cottage Tea Cozy, and A Most Sensible Bonnet. Meet the designers….