Mrs Beeton was the not the typical Victorian era housewife, at least not according to Masterpiece Theatres interpretation of her life, “The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton”.
I had heard the name, Mrs Beeton, mentioned now and then, mostly in the context of ancient British recipes and charming parlor conduct. I pictured her to be a old and dour matron who set the standard for womanly behavior in the mid to late 19th century. Her name has surfaced in knitting circle thank to Brenda Dayne’s pattern for wrist warmers called Mrs. Beeton’s and can be found on Knitty.
Isabella Beeton led a short but full life. Her roles were varied and included wife, mother, writer, and publisher. She was not a feminist; rather she considered the role of a woman as queen of the domestic sphere and the man as king of the public sphere. Her life fascinated me and I highly recommend the PBS presentation when its rerun.
As always, I was knitting on a sock project which put me in mind of the popular wrist warmers. When complete they are, however, not to be worn on the wrist but on the feet. This is the 2006 fall installment of the STR club. The pattern is called “Marble Arches” using “Pink Granite” merino yarn. I love the faux cables and how the colors are pooling just like in a slab of granite with heavy veining.
This sock, “Springtime in Paris” sock and a backup skein of Sundara yarn are all traveling with me to Maui in the morning. The combined flights are 9 hours each way, plenty of time to knit a sock per “leg”.