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Monday, April 12, 2010

Celebrity Knitters and Other Famous People who knit

I saw an episode of "Bones" on TV last night,"Fire in the Ice" and was delighted to see the main character, Temperance "Bones" sporting no less than 4 knit caps in separate instances. Which led me to want to know just how many celebrities knit.  I don't know if she knits, but someone who wrote the episode definitely had a passion. The episode revolved around a hockey player murder, and much of the shoots were outside. What better way to promote your knitting!!

Die-hard knitters include Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Hillary Swank, Lenny Kravitz, Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder and Daryl Hannah. Meryl Streep knitted her own cape for the movie "Doubt".

Ritchie Starkey, aka Ringo Star. According to a page in The Beatles Authorized Biography by Hunter Davie, states he was sick a lot and in the hospital for a total of 3 years as a kid and he knitted and did paper machete  to pass the time.

Scarlett Johansson knitted a scarf for her role in "Lost in Translation". The pattern was later published in the book 'Mother of Purl: Friends, Fun and Fabulous Designs at Hollywood's Knitting Circle' by Edith Eig.

Ryan Reynolds is married to Scarlett Johansson,and she may have taught him the basics of learning how to handle knitting needles.

Debra Messing was a pupil of Knitting expert to the stars Edith Eig, but is allergic to wool.

Tracey Ulmann: She has co-written a knitting book, 'Knit 2 Together' with Los Angeles yarn-store owner Mel Clark.

Jimmy Hill: Former footballer and commentator Jimmy Hill knows his 'yarn forward' from his 'centre forward'. Back in 1996, he was at a longest knitted scarf fundraising event in aid of St Catherine's Hospice in East Sussex, when he was asked to pose as if knitting the scarf. He commented that he didn't feel a fraud with the needles as he did actually learn to knit as a boy.

Uma Thurman: Better known for wielding a sword in her 'Kill Bill' role, Uma Thurman is nifty with the needles. She was spotted in an L.A.knitting supplies shop with over 30 balls of wool (including cashmerino!), plus some needles and a T-shirt featuring a woman knitting. I want that T-shirt!!!

Sarah Jessica Parker: A source said: 'As soon as shooting stops, Sarah's back to her knitting. She's introduced lots of other people to it - everyone is hooked.' Sarah Jessica was taught to knit by her 'Sex and the City' co-star Kristin Davis.

Kate Moss: thinks her latest obsession is "uncool", so she carries her needles and wool hidden away in a big black Chanel bag.

Catherine Zeta Jones - and Antonio Banderas: Teaching someone else to knit is a great thing to do, and Catherine Zeta Jones was happy to pass on her skills during the filming of 'The Legend of Zorro'. Catherine is a well-known devotee of knitting - it's on record that she knitted loads of ponchos and scarves as Christmas gifts a couple of years ago - and she taught her Zorro co-star Antonio Banderas, to help occupy himself while he recovered from an injury.

 Julia Roberts has discovered that knitting is the perfect pick-up, put-down pastime. 'It's just great to make things. To have a pile of yarn and make it into something.'

I'll be adding more as I find information. In the meantime, go check out the book and here's a Celebrity Doggie Sweater you can knit~

Knit a button-up dog sweater: free pattern

Download the knitting pattern for this button-up dog sweater, first featured in Prima December 2006
  Click here to download
 Happy Knitting!