This can be read on the inside page of the WWMDK book:
What Would Madame Defarge Knit? is a new book of crafty patterns—in pre-orders February 7, 2011 from Cooperative Press—written and designed by the good people who bring you CraftLit, Cast-on, March Hare Yarns, Jen Minnis Artworks, WeaveZine and WeaveCast, Silk Road Socks, Gardiner Yarn Works, and Crochet Compulsive.
It all started back in 2007, while listening to A Tale of Two Cities on CraftLit. Not far into the book, WWMDfK? became a rallying call for t-shirts, knitting, and fun. And now—patterns!The Wilhelmina Shawlette is the first pattern I'll be knitting from the book. And the name Wilhelmina? It comes from here:
What would Mina, the heroine of Bram Stoker’s epic novel, Dracula, wear to protect her neck from the bloodthirsty count? Chrissy Gardiner thinks that, as a practical girl, she undoubtedly would appreciate this simple, delicate wool shawlette, featuring Serendipitous Ewe’s Autumn Glow vampire-inspired colorway, one in a series dyed exclusively for SandraSingh.com.
Designer: Chrissy Gardiner, Finished Measurements: 44″ wide and 22″ tall after blocking
(Close up of the knitted lace pattern in the shawl)
This is the variegated Ella Rae lace merino fiber I purchased from Aimee's Yarn Cafe in Paradise, CA for knitting the Wilhelmina:
My neck will definitely be warm when I wear this, even if I don't need to be protected from vampires.
(Dracula is a book that will be read on the Craftlit podcast in the fall. I can't wait!)