Knitting in literature... well... in Discworld at least.

I have been rereading Terry Pratchett's Discworld series for a little light
summer reading. If you have never read, or even heard of Discworld... You are
missing out on possibly the best living satire writer since Kurt Vonnegut's
passing. Pratchett is one of the few authors who actually has me laughing out
loud. I am talking an honest laugh, not a chuckle or even a snicker.
Currently I reading through the Witches novels (one of the many groups he
writes about). I'm into the 6th novel "Carpe Jugulum" and have found a
knitting reference in each novel so far. Usually it is just a line or two,
but in "Carpe Jugulum" one of the witches Nanny Ogg puts on a pair of socks
knitted by her son. As she puts it "You know what strong fingers he has,
knits them so tight you could kick through a wall with them." OK sorta off
topic, but not really. When I read them before I started knitting, I never
noticed the references. That is one of the great things about the Discworld
series, each time you read (or reread) a novel, you pickup on different
things. With 35 books in the series there is hardly any topic untouched. Side note: RHI entertainment has done some
wonderful TV movie adaptations of a few books: The Colour of Magic Hogfather (a Christmas
tradition for me)
Going Postal If you
prefer animated films: Wyrd Sisters Soul Music Enjoy Stephen P.S.
Sadly, Sir Terry Pratchett (yes he is British and Knighted) has been
diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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Edensong's picture

I LOVE the Discworld series. When I started reading them only 2 had been published. There are also some fun board games based on the books :)

SAPBrown's picture

I have seen "Thud" - the board game for sell, and a couple of computer games too (one with Eric Idle (Monty Python) as the voice of Rincewind).

Any others?
Any recommendations?

I have played none.

Thunderhorse54's picture

I've been looking for some new reading. I'm going to look into these. I'll be at my knitting group today, which happens to meet at my local library. I'll look and see if they have them.


SAPBrown's picture

Just a heads up. His prose takes a little getting used to. Dialog is written as it sounds not how it is spelled. Once you get used to it, the stories flow quite well.

I hope you find them as enjoyable as I do.

RickMartin's picture

I've just put the first in the series on hold at the library for me to pick up. Is reading them in order of any particular value?


SAPBrown's picture

For the most part, No, each book stands alone quite well. The only exception I can think of is, "Lords and Ladies" picks up where "Witches Abroad" leaves off. ("Witches Abroad" then "Lords and Ladies") You will find some inside jokes if you read some books before others, but not pivotal to the stories.

I just added a "recommended" reading list. It is helpful in following specific groups (the Withes, the Watch, Rincewind and the wizards...)

SAPBrown's picture

If your local library has them, wonderful (great library!).
My local library only has six, but most are the more recent books.

MMario's picture

Ravelry has a pretty active group of pratchett fans - we hang out in the mended drum

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

SAPBrown's picture

Found it, thanks!

Now to design my "Archchancellor's hat" with flask and drawers included.

Too bad, I look more like C.M.O.T Dibbler, but at least I'm not Nobby Nobbs.

Thanks again,