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Monday, December 12, 2005

Very Victorian?

Am I a glutton for punishment...or crazy...or maybe, just maybe...a perfectly normal girl, pining for a slower era, who tends to over-extend herself?

Before I was an accounting major, before I taught accounting, before I kept books for clients…I was an English major. I studied British literature, mostly, though I was almost as enamoured of American writers…and, at the time, I had taken enough French that I could read it well and speak it "une petite."

This feminist was meant to live in another age. At the very least, I was meant to be a professor of literature…and missed my calling, partly because I was driven to choose a profession that was non-traditional for a woman. I suspect I’d have lived a much happier existence if I’d gone with my heart. Or wandered the moors looking for my Healthcliff. Or gone to Paris, at the very least.

Where is this heading? Well, you’ll see over on the sidebar, that I have joined the Knit the Classics KAL...and want desperately to knit Mrs. Beeton but WILL be knitting Aibhlinn instead, because she’s already on the needles and time is running out as the month is 12 days old and there’s a major holiday in it as well...

I’m also joining Something Red for Tess and reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy as I do...Tess is the book of the month for Knit the Classics. Aibhlinn is being knit in cranberry and black Plymouth Encore, so there’s the red...

I’ve already checked the book out of the library. I don’t have enough to do…and I’m a little bit slow when I read now, because of my vision. But I can always give up and get books on tape if it doesn’t work well otherwise!
I think VooDoo (for all it’s Caribbean Island sound) is very Victorian, too...and those are just finished (see below), in the same yarn as Aibhlinn...Shawls, classic literature, fingerless gloves...I can see myself now...standing on the moors...knitted shawl clutched about me...

Great imagination, huh?


Blogger Birdsong said...

Hope you are enjoying reading Tess of the D'Urbervilles... I vaguely remember reading it while in high school, along with almost all of D.H. Lawrence. I do think I will have to make the too-cute wristwarmers in red, in honor of your group, but I know I won't manage to re-read the book. Too many others waiting...

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