how much did tolstoy know about knitting?
15 September 2007
When I was in India a few years ago, I read War and Peace, because I figured it was the only time I was going to have time to read it, though it actually didn’t take me as long as I thought.
After all the wars and trials and dramas and Napolean etc, Natasha marries Pierre and the final chapter is all about what a happy family they are Personally I was quite disappointed that the beautiful high-spirited talented Natasha settles down as a country housewife, gives up singing, and ‘lets herself go’; but anyway in one scene there’s a reference to the governess knitting stockings:
“There were two stockings which by a secret method known only to herself, Anna Makarovna used to knit at the same time on the same needles and produce one out of the other in the children’s presence, when the pair was done.”
How does she do this? Is it possible to knit two socks at once on the same set of needles? This would be a marvellous cure for ‘second sock syndrome’, the only known cure for which is to knit the second sock first.