Perhaps one of Dickens's most notorious and intense characters, Madame Defarge makes her knitting count.
Madame Therese Defarge (A Tale of Two Cities) knits her vengeance into her knitting; and for good measure, she knits the names of the victims of the guillotine right into her knitting as well. This all happens while she watches the beheadings of the French Revolution.
Granny Squares are a crocheter's passport to 1970s boho-chic!
It turns out that making granny squares can be a little addictive. They're fast and fun to crochet -- so the squares start to pile up quickly. There are endless color and yarn weight combinations -- so they can be simple or complex, and can incorporate easy or challenging color combinations. And crocheting is very portable -- so it's easy to throw a project in a bag and head out the door.