My neighbors like to call me Madame DeFarge whenever we are together (and I am knitting). After doing a little research, the only things we have in common are constantly knitting and wine.

I tried briefly to read A Tale of Two Cities and the language of the book got the better of me.

Not having read the book yet, I searched “Madame DeFarge and A Tale of Two Cities”. An excerpt of one character description (of Madame DeFarge) says “The initial chapters of the novel find her sitting quietly and knitting in the wine shop. However, her apparent passivity belies her relentless thirst for vengeance. With her stitches, she secretly knits a register of the names of the revolution’s intended victims.” (I did not choose to validate any sources.)

Then I found this new ebook:

What Would Madame Defarge Knit?

What Would Madame Defarge Knit? by Heather Ordover, Jen Minnis (Illustrator)

“What Would Madame Defarge Knit? is a creative and unique collection of patterns and essays inspired by characters throughout classic literature. Edited by Heather Ordover (of the podcast, CraftLit) this eBook features over twenty designs for sweaters, shawls, socks, and cowls from Hunter Hammersen, Chrissy Gardiner, Shannon Okey and more! There is sure to be something for everyone, and the eBook also includes four crochet patterns. You will also be able to enjoy a short essay along with each project as well as recipes for desserts, baking and more – all of which can be found on the What Would Madame Defarge Knit? website. This unique, interactive feature makes this eBook truly one-of-a-kind. Knitters are able to follow along with the patterns in addition to features that can’t be contained in a printed book such as video tutorials, additional images, and more. To keep the theme of the black-and-white Victorian era pastiche, WWMDfK? is complete with hand-drawn illustrations and “woodcuts” of the projects included.
Note: Finished projects are not shown in this eBook, only illustrated “woodcuts” are shown. To see actual project images, please visit the What Would Madame Defarge Knit? website.

I definitely have to download this book out of sheer curiosity and I think I’m going to give A Tale of Two Cities another try.