Despite my love for the fibre arts that has since flourished, as a teenager I hated my Textiles class. Getting to spin some yarn on a wheel was interesting but I also had to sew myself an item of clothing based on the Sixties and, well, my resulting dress was not impressive. One thing I did take out of the experience was a new favourite book that remains close to my heart: Jane Eyre.
No, it had nothing to do with our class, but I would sometimes work there after school finished to avoid the unpleasant folk on the way home. My teacher was a kind soul and we talked about books; eventually she told me I would like Jane Eyre, so I tried it. By the time Jane confronted her Aunt I was hooked and I have read it many times since then, always gaining some new appreciation from it.
Jane Eyre sticks by her heart and her morals through all that happens to her. Sometimes she may waver but she doesn’t give in and I respect that. Let’s honour her today with some patterns inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s creation.
by Nikol Lohr
Now, I’ve knitted this shawl and wear it quite frequently, so I really should get some pictures up on the blog. Perhaps Jane herself would rather I didn’t show it off; it is functional like her with its faroese styling but it has a flourish of something special, too.
Yes, they’ve spelled her name wrong, but it comes up in a search for ‘Jane Eyre knits’ so it must be inspired by her. Regardless, Rosamond is one example of the wonderful characterisation in the novel; a bit part, she nonetheless has depth in her longing for St. John Rivers.
Heartbroken and still on her feet, my favourite Jane is one who does nothing but survive. She leaves Rochester even if it nearly breaks her and she keeps going until she finds a new village, a new life which she carves out for herself. It’s in those chapters when she is wandering the moors that you truly see her worth.
by Loly Fuertes
Though I’m not certain I could imagine Jane with such an extravagantly embroidered dress, I had to include this for the sheer fact that it’s adorable. Not usually a reaction I have around this book!
Reader, she married him.