288–Whither Goest, Wind?


Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

38 Responses

  1. T Crockett says:

    I’ve read Jane Eyre many times, but this was the first time I noticed a problem in continuity. When Jane goes into the drawing room she finds a book and attempts to read. This is what she’s doing when Adele asks if she can have a rose. But later during the governess discussion, the book talks about Jane struggling to stay focused on her knitting and the beads before her. Of course it could be imagined that Jane later took out some knitting, but I don’t think we’ve seen her do that anywhere up to this point. Reading seems a more typical Jane activity than knitting.

  2. Jocelyn says:

    So glad I stuck this episode in my ear while it was still February!

  3. porpoise says:

    Having taken a class with a well-know and fantastic spinning instructor who does not like Navajo plied sock yarn, I am consumed with curiosity about the results of Sarah’s experiment! How does it wear? Where (haha!) does it wear? Inquiring minds want to know!!! And, as a scientist myself, I am grateful that she has done the experiment so that I don’t have to.

    All that is to say I’d love to win the book! Come on random number generator…

  4. Deb says:

    Hi Heather,
    I’m catching up on Jane Erye and The Cantebury Ghost. Both are great!

    Sarah is a wonderful spinning teacher.

  5. Thelostgeek says:

    Why don’t you talk more about spinning in the podcast? We’d love to hear about it.
    And I would like to win the book, of course, heh heh…

  6. Rachel H. says:

    I’m behind (again!), but catching up! I’d love to be in the drawing for the book. I saw it at B&N this week at our knit night, and ALMOST bought it. Crossed fingers! 😉

  7. cath says:

    Would love to work on my spinning more. The book sounds interesting.

  8. tara patey says:

    heather, as a beginner spinner (drop spindle), i would love to read to win the spinner’s book of yarn design. who doesn’t need even more inspiration? oh, i would also like to find out the secret behind making sock heels last a little longer. i’m trying to embrace the act of darning my socks but i have to admit it’s not my favourite past-time. although i do love the mismatched patches that result on a pair of socks after they have been darned. :0) tara tpatey@bell.net

  9. Fiona says:

    Really enjoying Jane Eyre. I have not read it, or seen any of the movies, so do not know what is coming. I have a few guesses and it has been really hard not to get a copy of the book and read through it to find out what is coming.

    The spinnning book sounds amazing, anything with a whole section on socks (or rather sock yarn) is going to be good!

  10. Sandy Z. says:

    That spinning book sounds wonderful!

  11. Diane Donald says:

    Another great episode! I’d love to win the book!

  12. Carol says:

    Absolutely loving Jane Eyre! Would also love to be the recipient of what sounds like a tremendously wonderful book “The Spinner’s Book Of Yarn Designs.” Can’t wait for the next Jane Eyre podcast. Thanks Heather!

  13. Joy Harmon says:

    Regarding movies where the man is not attractive. How about Frida with Salma Hayek and Alfred Molino? Of course, in this case neither of them were particularly attractive. But I found it interesting when Salma Hayek was promoting the movie she said the only reason that movie got made was friendship. She put all her money into it and then asked all her friends to help either by working on it or helping to produce it. Just proves you point about how Hollywood is when it comes to casting.

  14. Colleen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win the spinning book. Thank you as all for the gift. Of your podcast. I am having health issues and your podcast is a great comfort.

  15. Rebecca says:

    I thought I’d put some perspective on the death in childbirth you mentioned, because while things may be a lot better for women now than in the past, there is still a long way to go in the industry of childbirth.

    As of 2010, the United States was 136 out of 183 in Maternal Mortality rate.

    That means we’re not even in the top quarter realize the lower the number on this ranking, the more women are dying in childbirth.

    While we don’t have the crisis that Chad (#1 at 1100/100,000) or Vietnam (#101 at 59/100,000) we still have 21 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. With our current birth rate, that’s over 800 deaths a year. I don’t want to discourage anyone from having children or from getting care for pregnancies, but just make people aware that even now, birth isn’t as safe in the US as it could be, and that our model of OB assisted hospital delivery as quick as possible (and often induced) has consquences we’re not always aware of.

    However, I’m glad the interventions were able to provide for you and your child. Its when they’re used and not needed we should worry.

    • Heather says:

      I’d heard that we still have about an 8% chance of dying in childbirth in the US…which is too high. I’m so glad you posted the facts here for us. It makes me so glad I had a midwife.

  16. Kathi Sharp says:

    You can’t have seen the 2006 version of Jane Eyre with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. In this clip–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ZxLATabKc (starting around 2:40) Blanche Ingram, as played by Christina Cole, is not a ninny. She’s also not quite as mean as she is in the book. Her mother takes some of the more offensive lines. But she is well schooled in the games that women play in the marriage mart. And she does feel threatened by Jane.

  17. Robin says:

    I am interested in the book! Whee! I love spinning.

  18. I enjoyed your comments about the not-so-handsome guy being utterly fascinating since I’m one of those women too 🙂 My husband & I met at an Internet technology conference, where we immediately started arguing & had to hang out after all the meetings to continue our intelligent and intense argument, until the conference week was over and I realized “Oh no… now I’m hooked”.

    Also your depiction immediately brought to mind His Girl Friday, one of our favourite movies. Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) and Walter Burns (Cary Grant) have broken up before, but Hildy is just a sucker for the banter they have together, which leaves her new fiancé completely in the dust. Now, Cary Grant is fine to look at, so it’s not quite your Beauty and the Beast scenario. Nor is Beauty and the Beast quite what you’re asking about — in the Disney versions Beauty falls for his heart, not his wit — but it would be quite a fine B&B production that had the Beast be witty and cultivated and finding irresistable, a young woman he can spar with. See http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BeastAndBeauty and http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UglyGuyHotWife which mentions
    * Austin Powers as a parodically witty woman-winner
    * The Vorkosigan saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, great series — the title character is the ugly witty husband
    * I don’t know how relevant it is but it’s a Brontë pairing–“In the Charlotte Bronte novel “Villette”, Lucy Snow meets a group of three men and three women while traveling. She is absolutely flabbergasted to realize that most unattractive man in the group (in terms of looks AND personality) is married to the prettiest young woman ”

    Ok, now other ones are coming to me. Have you read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice? I so loved the first book in that series. It’s rather giving away the first few chapters, but a retired 60-year-old Sherlock Holmes, seemingly tired of dull ordinary humans, encounters a 16-year-old genius girl, who becomes addicted to the company of this ugly old man.

    Anyway, it’s not as common as (I think) it ought to be. Many of the Beauty-and-Beast or Ugly-Guy-Hot-Wife stories have the woman either act out of pity rather than intellectual attraction, or have the wife cheat on her ugly husband.

    • Heather says:

      You pulled out the best!
      AND I LOVED The Beekeeper’s Apprentice!

      Listener Jill also mentioned Gerard Depardeu (I spelled that wrong, didn’t I). Green Card and Cyrano. He’s not your usual sexy hot guy.

  19. Tammy says:

    I had the pleasure of taking a week long class with Sarah a fewl years ago when she was first starting writing this book. I know it must be great! She is a wonderful instructor, and provides loads of encouragement. Would love to get a copy!

  20. Robin says:


    I would recommend this book to you for your medieval study.

    Jeffery Singman’s books are a wonderful way to gain an understanding of the day today experience.

    What about William Dafoe or Jeremy Irons? Actually Oliver Reed would have been great, but that ship has sailed. Ooh, while wishful thinking, a young Ian Mckellen!

  21. Meg says:

    I think with just a touch of makeup aging Joaquin Phoenix would make a great Mr. Rochester.

    Thank you thank you for doing Jane Eyre. It is one of my very favorite books and listening to it is like coming home.

  22. Fernanda says:

    What a great episode! Jane Eyre is so awesome and I have read it a few times, but Craft Lit makes it come alive – I love all the extra info you impart… Keep up the good work – I would love to win the book – I just got started with spinning – someday I hope to get a spinning wheel but for now my drop spindle brings me much joy.

  23. Vanessa says:

    At the end you asked what do men find attractive in ugly women. My mom (while beautiful in my eyes) would probably be referred to as a meeskite. She says she still clearly remembers the hurt she felt when a boy in her town said while her cousin was prettier, he liked spending time with my mother because she had a better attitude. (Her cousin was very shy and would come off as a wet blanket. My mom on the other hand, was an extroverted tom boy.)

    My parents met as pen pals. My father was living in Harlem (he had left Cuba years before) and my mother was still in Cuba. He had a friend go meet my mother and “vet” her for him. The friend reported back that my mother was not pretty by any stretch of the imagination, she was mostly all nose and pigeon toed. However, she was friendly, from a good family and all around a decent person. My father sent back a letter proposing to her and they got married the day after he arrived. Yes, my parents had known each other for 24 hours before tying the knot.

    I never asked my dad what he saw in my mother but they were together for 52 years before Papi passed away. Everyone agreed that my father was the better looking one but my mother had a better personality.

    • Heather says:

      I don’t think it’s that I wonder what men find attractive in conventionally unattractive women, it’s that you so rarely SEE that pairing. I see lots of pretty women with lousy-looking men, but I can’t figure out why it doesn’t go the other way more often.
      Clearly your father was wise and ahead of the crowd. Fifty-two years is a heckuva track record. YAY, I say on behalf of all of us who don’t look like supermodels!
      And yay for you. How lucky to have a Papi like that!

  24. Mama_g says:

    I mentioned on ravelry, but Matthew Macfadyn would be a fantastic Rochester. He’s handsome because we love him, definitely not conventional. If you’ve seen MI-5, you know he can play steely and almost cruel, certainly tortured. Also, love and in love (pride & prejudice, Anna karenina). Oh, I love that guy.

    Great episode. Blanche’s insecurities are sad to see played out as she establishes her territory in the salon. She must think something is up with Rochester, even if she doesn’t know exactly what it is, because she is doing that thing women do when they effectively pee like a dog over what they think is theirs. Does anyone else really care about what she’s doing? It doesn’t matter; she establishes her social status, education, and so-called refinement in her nasty remarks. Ugh, women like that are such bores!

    • Heather says:

      Booooooorrrrriiiiinnnnggggg–that’s what I used to tell my kids to say (to themselves) when someone was being like that… and yes.
      Dog peeing.

      Sooo, Matthew Macfadyn, eh? He’s kinda pretty… I was starting to think Tom Hardy (the way he looked in Inception) but even he can be too pretty… Still thinking…

  25. Georgia says:

    Heather you are the second person I’ve heard give this book rave reviews. I would be over the moon if I won it!

    I’m so enjoying your treatment of Jane Eyre. This is my third time listening to the book and the background information you share improves my experience. Thank you!

  26. Genevieve says:

    Loved the show as usual, you are a wonderful inspiration! This book seems like a must have for any spinner and it will be challenge for me to wait to see if I win before running out to get it!

    Thanks for running the promotion. Have a wonderful day!

  27. Angela says:

    This book sounds amazing. I may not be able to wait until the drawing!

  28. Kimoknit says:

    This is my first time commenting but I have been listening for so long now and I enjoy your podcast so much that I just want to say thank you for all the work you put in to your podcast!!!!!!! I look forward to every Friday just so I can listen!

  29. Caroline says:

    I think you meant to link to the Canterbury Tales video by HistoryTeachers, not the Mahabharata?….?