Tuesday, June 20, 2006


I don’t have time to read much these days, but in my younger days I read quite a bit. I got to thinking this morning how much more interesting all literature would be if only every author made a point of including knitting in some fashion.

Here are some famous first lines of books that I have amended ever-so-slightly to “improve” them (ha!). See how a change of just a couple of words can make such a difference?

Can you name the books and authors? I will post the answers on Thursday with the real first lines as well.

Yes, I know. I am wasting time because I am so tired of labeling and skeining yarn! Leave me be. I need my little diversions. Here goes …

1. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a knitting woman in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of more yarn.

2. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without more yarn,” grumbled Jo, lying on the knit rug.

3. Serene was a word you could put to knitting in New York.

4. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me a cable-stitch pattern that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

5. In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together knitting.

6. Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father's house in Beldover, knitting and talking.

7. As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into a giant knitting needle.

Happy Knitting!


aija said...

Love it!

1) Jane Austen, P & P
2) Alcott, Little Women
3) Smith, Tree grows in Brooklyn
4) Fitzgerald, GG
5) ?
6) DH Lawrence, Women in love
7) Kafka, The Metamorphosis

anne said...

wow, aija, you ROCK! no, wait, you knit!
shucks, i've read all those books and i couldn't get any of the answers except for little women . . .
however! i have the perfect solution to the reading problem deb, as i have always been a voracious reader. once i started spinning, though my reading time really dwindled.
then i discovered books on tape and books on iPod. now i am back to reading 3to 5 books a week. and i eally LOVE being rea to while i knit and spin.
my favorite so far this year is "Ireland" i highly, highly recommend it!

anne said...

is number 5 "the scarlet letter"?