Tuesday, February 13, 2007

knitting with Audrey Hepburn

Some of you may have known that Audrey was a real-life knitter, and she was a good enough knitter to have made herself and husband Mel Ferrer matching sweaters one Christmas. Today's news brings an article discussing good movies to knit to, and one of Audrey's films just happened to be mentioned! I don't even think the author knew about Audrey's crafty hobby, either. I wanted to mention it because it was cute, and also because I love knitting to movies as well (it helps me justify the fact that I'm sitting there, staring at a screen for two hours if my hands are at least busy).

As an added bonus, I want to help any non-knitters who might be interested started on knitting. It's actually not that hard once you figure out the three basics: casting on, the knit stitch, and the purl stitch. Really, that's about it, until you start getting into really complicated things like knitting lace and cabling sweaters. To get you started, here's a link to knittinghelp.com, which has really useful guidelines and videos to help you out, and even includes some easy, free patterns once you get the urge to start showing off your new skills. And if you needed any incentive to learn to knit, there's a book out called Hip Graphic Knits that's all about knitting images into projects, and it features a cute cowl-necked sweater with Audrey (as Holly Golightly) on it! On the cover of the book, no less. For that extra Audrey touch, you can knit something and send it to someone in need, from an ill child to suffering children in Afghanistan. If you'd like to learn more about charity knitting, you can go to knittingforcharity.org.

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