#ProjectKnitspeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

#ProjectKnitspeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a bit of a strange play – lots of fairies and magic and (as is standard in Shakespeare plays) misunderstandings. It also has one of my favorite lines in Shakespeare:

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

The associated project is Frances McCarthy’s Midsummer Night, chosen obviously because of its name. I did not knit the contrasting edging or add beads. Ravelry page is here.

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#ProjectKnitspeare – Romeo and Juliet

#ProjectKnitspeare – Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet┬áis finished. This was my first Shakespeare play, which I read as part of my freshman year high school English class. I had either forgotten or never realized how funny Shakespeare is (maybe because a lot of jokes are sexual innuendos, which probably isn’t something you want to discuss with a bunch of 14-year-olds). I remember being incredibly annoyed by Romeo and Juliet at the time, but evidently I’ve become more forgiving in my old age.

This was a good place to start with Shakespeare – the story is incredibly familiar and ingrained in Western culture. At one point, I was knitting the accompanying hat while listening to Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (fun fact: I’ve played both of those pieces!).

The associated project was Natalie Larson’s Star Crossed Slouchy Beret, using these modifications. I selected this project because of the name – Romeo and Juliet are referred to as ‘star-crossed lovers’ in the famous prologue of the play. Ravelry project page is here.

Onward with #ProjectKnitspeare!

#ProjectKnitspeare

#ProjectKnitspeare

ProjectKnitspeareLately, I’ve been wanting to read some Shakespeare. Blame the wonderful web series NMTD and Jules and Monty. In an effort to keep me motivated, I’m combining two of my loves – books and yarn – in a project I’m calling #ProjectKnitspeare (so clever, I know). As I work my way through Shakespeare’s plays (reading order under the cut, because damn, that guy wrote a lot of stuff), I’ll be knitting one project relating to the work. The connection may be tenuous, depending on what’s available on Ravelry, but there will be some sort of connection between the two. I’ll be posting updates here, but keep an eye on Twitter (@booksyarnandtea) for random musings and pictures. (Plus maybe some videos coming soon?)

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