Purlescence has a contest combining fairy tales and knitting. Love the concept. Here's the description from their website:
What would your favourite storybook heroine knit? Literature is full of missed knitting opportunities. This is your chance to set that straight. Think of Rumpelstiltskin, Bluebeard, Red Riding Hood, but don't stop there. Pick a well known character from a book or even a film or TV show, and design a project for her or him. Remember to tell us the story behind the concept. http://www.purlescence.co.uk/storytellers/index.html
The submission deadline is April 15, and this is the last contest in this series.
The first thing that came to mind was Jane Austen and a short fitted cardigan. I don't remember much knitting in the movies or books, but in Sense and Sensibility, the movie there were sheep in a few scenes. Emma Thompson's commentary track mentioned that Ang Lee really wanted the sheep to be very wooly but it got to the point that the sheep were too wooly and over heating, so they had to be sheared anyway.
So it makes perfect sense that Elinor, the ever practical one, would knit to keep busy while keeping watch over Marianne or to calm her mind over Edward. Certainly a beaded knitted purse for use at a ball would be appropriate for any of the Austen characters, like Kitty and Lydia in a tizzy over getting ready for the ball.
Or the Monkey King crocheting his vest. The Monkey King has a magical staff that can change size. It can grow long to be a fighting staff or shrink to the size of a pencil, which he then tucks behind his ear. What if it had a notch at one end, and then it would be a crochet hook.
Something to think about over the next month.