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.
Romeo and Juliet is 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!