Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of my all-time favorite novels. It is a Gothic masterpiece, and the story of how it came about is equally intriguing. Mary Shelley, at age 19, wrote the novel during a ghost story writing challenge with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. The story came to her in a dream one night at Villa Diodati in Switzerland. The backstory of the novel’s origin and the novel itself have always captivated me, and I thought I’d use them as inspiration to launch my Writers collection of knitting and crochet patterns.
The Writers Collection is a series of designs I’ve created inspired by some of my favorite authors, spanning many genres and time periods. The collection is not meant to replicate the styles worn by those writers or that of characters from their work. Instead, they are inspired by those authors. The colors, stitches, and yarns are selected to capture the essence of that author’s work, as I perceive it. This collection is important to me because it combines two of my favorite things: Literature and Fiber Arts.
The Writers Collection will include designs inspired by the following seven writers:
1. Mary Shelley
3. Walt Whitman
4. Edgar Allan Poe
5. Jane Austen
6. Ernest Hemingway
7. J.K. Rowling
This list is not, of course, a complete list of all writers that inspire me. It is a snippet of some that have left a major impact. I will share a bit about a favorite work from each Writer when I publish the pattern that writer has inspired. That way, you can choose to read that work before you start knitting or crocheting. Or, better yet, you can listen to the audiobook while you knit. I hope you enjoy the patterns.
First up: The Shelley Cowl Knitting Pattern, found here.