Friday, April 15, 2011
Jane Eyre fashions
A news flash for those who have been admiring the handknitting in the new Jane Eyre: Carol Sunday of Sunday Knits has gone to all the trouble for us and designed a shawl that could have been taken from the movie's costume department. Her pattern "To Eyre" is now available on Ravelry as a pdf, or it can be ordered with yarn as a kit on her website.
The shawl is like the everyday shawls I wrote about in my last post. The Sunday Knits one comes in two versions, one in which the bottom portion is longer:
and version 2, which I like better, with a wider back and little ruffle:
It takes about 500 yds of yarn for version 1, and 610 yds for version 2. While I think her own 5-ply yarns would be great, I've been spinning something I think would also be good. This is some Romney roving I bought from Homestead Farm not long ago. It's kind of silvery and kind of tan, a very nice color, and pretty soft.
The gauge for the shawl may be a little big for the way I'm spinning it now, but I can adjust that. I had a project in mind for this fiber, but it wasn't wanting to be that fine of a weight, so the fiber can be anything I want at this point.
I still haven't found any stills from the movie of this shawl, but I did find one that shows Judy Dench's shawl, but only barely:
Of course, if anyone asked me if I really needed a Jane Eyre shawl, I'd say, well, probably not. But it's a tempting prospect to have the pattern and fiber ready and waiting. Definitely worth some thought!