If you believe the glossy magazines, life as a film star is non-stop glamour, limousines, expensive hotels and designer clothes. Although this may in part be true, making a movie involves long periods of hanging around doing very little while the director chooses how to set up the shot or the lighting guy rigs up the spotlights. Some celebrities while away the quiet moments on Twitter or by reading a book, but one of the most popular hobbies within the Hollywood set is knitting, with the list of famous knitters reading like a Who’s Who of the film industry.
Perhaps the most famous Hollywood knitter, Julia Roberts is an accomplished knitter and has also taught co-stars like Cameron Diaz to knit too. Julia’s been seen out and about with a knitted bag which has then been felted. This look can only be achieved with 100% wool fibres, such as the range produced by Rowan yarn. Knit up squares then make into a bag shape. Once the bag is complete, felt it by washing it at the hottest setting on your washing machine which will give it the felted appearance and will make it more sturdy. Julia has three children called Finn, Hazel and Henry, who are willing recipients for her knitting projects.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah is another Hollywood star who picks up her needles between takes and is a skilled knitter. She’s been pictured in public with her needles, and although it’s not clear whether she made it herself, she often wears a crocheted style hat. Sarah’s crocheted hat cab easily be copied using some of the Rowan yarn products and there are literally thousands of patterns for both knitted and crochet hats online. The story goes that Sarah was introduced to the art of knitting by her co-star on Sex and the City, Kristin Davis.
Debra is best known for her comedy role on Will and Grace, and is unusual for a knitter in that she is allergic to wool. Decades ago wool was the only option for knitting with, but nowadays knitters have the choice of a range of fibres including acrylic, bamboo, cotton and silk. Yarns are well labelled and Debra and other allergic knitters should find it easy to avoid anything that they react to. Many knitters make items for their kids, but Debra’s first knitting project was a little sweater for her pet dog.
Tracey is British born but has lived in the States for many years and is better known over there than she is in her homeland. She rediscovered her love for knitting when she moved to Baltimore, and became so hooked on her hobby that she even wrote a book containing knitting patterns and projects to complete. Tracey is a nervous flyer and finds that having a knitting project to concentrate on helps her cope with long flights. Knitting on planes is permitted, but bamboo needles may be easier to get through security than the metal variety.
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