Since Moby Dick is really about rowing, why couldn't you have followed Herman's example? The Mysterious Island could so easily have been about knitting... Stranded on an island with (long, boring, cold) winters, with SHEEP! How hard would it have been to make a spindle and knitting needles? They made a felting machine, for crying out loud. (And a telegraph...)
I, on the other hand, have done quite a lot of knitting while reading about the castaways not knitting. My current socks (Twisted) aren't the best knitting for reading, so I started the Stripe Study Shawl, which is much more compatible: garter stitch, with lots of long rows. I'm using some slightly mysterious yarn which the very sweet Peaceful Knitter gave me for my birthday. Mysterious because the tag says only "Baby Camel Lace by School Products," which is all good as far as it goes... there are 2 skeins, one cream, and one with one cream ply and one tan ply, and I estimated that each has about 400 yards, so I should be all set for the shawl.
I wore both new sweaters last week, but still no pictures... one day!