28
Feb

Famous Knits: Shameless

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits

We are deep into Season 3 of Showtime’s Shameless (not to be confused with the long-running BBC original) and I couldn’t be more pleased. So much drama going on there now! It’s getting pretty gritty. When January rolled around and Shamless was back on the air, I was a happy kid! Nothing like getting cozy with a beer and enjoying some new TV. This show might be my favorite thing on television. It’s hilariously outrageous but really hits you with a serious case of the feels. I’m surprised people aren’t talking about it more.

The cast is fantastic. Emmy Rossum is definitely in my top three celebrity’s I’d like to be friends with (right after Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried, as I’ve outlined before). I love each character more than the last. (This is a total secret but sometimes, when I’m having a rough day, I ask myself ‘What would Fiona do?’ and then go kick ass.) I’m definitely on Team Gallagher.

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But let’s talk about the man we all love to hate: Frank Gallagher.

Of course, me being me, when I saw that slouchy, dirty hat that is Frank’s signature accessory, I immediately wanted to make one. It’s so funny. Such a perfect piece for the character. I love the way he wears it.

shameless frank

I was so surprised by how amazingly well William H Macy could toe the line between hilarious and despicable. He’s great. Like I said, the show’s really got it!

Are you watching Shameless? Are you excited about this season? Do you want a Frank hat?

ps. Did you know that Allison Janney played Sheila in the pilot?! I love Allison Janney but I don’t think the show would be the same without Joan Cusack. She’s priceless.

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13
Feb

Fashion Week Knits

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, famous knits, knits, new york city, style, summer

It’s Fashion Week here in New York. Or it was? I’m not sure, I don’t keep up with these things. (Oh, I just checked. It’s still happening. Cool.) I don’t like to think that I follow trends (unless they’re neon. Or knitwear. Or NEON KNITWEAR!) but I do like to take a peek at what’s going down the runway because I was obsessed with season one of Project Runway. (Austin Scarlett is designing wedding dresses. Yes. But does anybody know what Jay McCarroll is up to these days?)

Now, it’s Spring/Summer time so that’s not the easiest for us knitters. Some of us (I won’t name names) like to put down our needles when then weather gets warm, abandoning our wool work for a bit of sewing. I understand. But I’ll make a goddamn sweater by the pool if I want to!

Luckily, there are a lot of spring trends going on that translate perfectly into knits and here are a few:

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First is a clean-cut top with a color I really love. Carolina Herrera’s ready to wear line has some great summery looks. I love this coral-colored knit. It reminds me of the adorable Abuelita crocheted top from Pom Pom Quarterly.

Marc Jacobs has a really cool black and white thing going on in the Spring/Summer collection. I love the mod feeling. Vogue Knitting has a great selection of dramatic, 60’s-inspired black and white tops in their Spring/Summer issue for a similar look.

I’m a huge fan of Kate Spade. I am really just obsessed. And this season’s collection keeps with the “Live Colorfully” motto. There are a lot of brights and sparkles and it looks like bows are going to be big. A few of the Kate Spade pieces have great little collars. I’m really glad this is happening right now. I’m a big fan of this adorable Peter Pan collar by Rachele the Nearsighted Owl. Perfect for adding a little something extra to any outfit.

Which collections have caught your eye? Are you inspired by any of the summer trends?

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16
Jan

Famous Knits: Jennifer Lawrence in Vogue UK

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, knits, photos, sweater

I started drooling when I saw November’s Vogue UK photo shoot with Jennifer Lawrence. Beside the fact that I think she’s beautiful and hilarious and she’s the number one celebrity I’d like to be friends with (number two is Amanda Seyfried because, have you seen this?). (Congrats on your Golden Globe, Ms. Lawrence! I didn’t see Silver Linings Playbook because football is boring but I can’t wait to see you and B Coop in Serena!) But this is not just an excuse to talk about how much I love The Hunger Games (because you already know), there were some damn good knits in there.

Jennifer Lawrence Vogue UK

Everyone, stop what you’re doing and look at this FANTASTIC fisherman sweater by Ashley Williams. I’ve never thought of doing colorwork cables because I haven’t seen any that I’ve liked but I LOVE the way that they look on this sweater. Definitely going to try something similar. I can’t tell you how exciting this piece is to me. Great choice by fashion editor Francesca Burns.

I’m also a big fan of this waffle sweater by Bottega Veneta. It’s something I’d definitely love to make myself in a soft and squishy yarn.

Jennifer Lawrence Vogue UK 2

Check out all of the photos by  Alasdair McLellan here. There’s a great cabled turtleneck sweater by Christopher Kane that you can buy for the low, low price of $637. Pin all of those damn pictures and droll over them and then use the rest of 2013 to recreate them. Then walk around pretending you’re Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, don’t do that. I won’t be doing that. That would be weird. You can read about the shoot here if you’re curious about any of the other sweaters or accessories.

And, J Law, if you’re reading this, let’s be friends? I love you!
Jennifer Lawrence

Which sweater is your favorite? How do you feel about colorwork cables? Are you friends with Jennifer Lawrence?

ps. Have you entered the Kollabora giveaway yet!?

pps. Did you hear that Ryan Gosling loves knitting?

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21
Dec

Famous Knits: Elf

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, holiday, knits, movies, new york city

There have been a bunch of these Famous posts recently. But Christmas movies really are like a big knitted pageant, right?

Before the season runs out and we all start talking about how we promise that next year is the year we start going to the gym (Remember that time I had a gym membership and hardly ever went to yoga? Oh, I mean now.) I will share one last holiday movie knit. And it might be my favorite.

Because Elf is obviously the best Christmas movie to come along since Muppet Christmas Carol. It’s a new classic. And I delight in quoting it non-stop after Thanksgiving.

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Every year, without fail, I fall in love again with the hat worn by Zooey Deschanel’s character Jovie. I’m quite sure every knitter has. It’s gigantic and creamy. And that pom pom!

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I’ve  been dying to make this hat since I first saw the movie but I still have not. I think a nice natural alpaca would be great (like I’ve said before, my weakness!) but a chunky merino might give the cables a little bit more definition. Her hat doesn’t quite have the halo that alpaca yarns do.

Either way, if you get to picking up your needles for this project before I do (one day!), there are two free patterns on Ravelry. So you don’t have to spend all afternoon pausing and rewinding and pausing the movie again to get a good look at that hat!

Are you doing anything for Christmas? Did you finish making your gifts? Why am I sitting on paper? Can I listen to your necklace? Why is there a skeleton over there? Does he have a name?

ps. Happy holidays, guys! Whichever holiday it may be or even if you aren’t celebrating anything, I hope you all eat some yummy food and relax and just enjoy the season. Jon and I are going to spend the weekend making latkahs (who said Hanukah is over?) and then preparing a big Christmas dinner. We’re multicultural like that! So I’ll be back, and exhausted, after the holiday.

pps. Feel free to fill the comments with Elf quotes.

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07
Dec

Famous Knits: Sherlock

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, holiday, knits, life, style, sweater, tv, want

I wasn’t going to write about Sherlock because I feel like I came late to the party. I finally got around to watching Sherlock over my hurrication but I’m a little bit hooked and I’m currently re-watching both seasons to keep myself distracted from the fact that the next series is not coming out anytime soon. I feel like I’ve tweeted about the show plenty and I’ve been teased by Jon every day since I saw “A Study in Pink” (he calls Moriarty “Mariachi”) so that I think maybe I should take it down a notch with the nerdiness.

But, it’s Christmas. And Christmas means sweaters. And John Watson knows about Christmas sweaters. So this is happening.

And, besides, The Hobbit is about to come out so Mr. Freeman is absolutely relevant right now.

While looking for screen caps of the ridiculously awesome Christmas sweater that Martin Freeman rocks in “A Scandal in Belgravia” I discovered that there is an entire John Watson sweater fandom. Which includes this recipe for a John Watson Earl Grey sweater cupcake. Why not?

It seems the Watson sweater is more beloved than the Sherlock popped-collar jacket. Perhaps I’m not the only one that instinctively thinks “The Richenbach Fall” is pronounced the “Rhinebeck” fall (which is when you jump off a building into a pile of wool, duh). (It probably has nothing to do with that.)

I think Watson’s go-to fisherman sweater is my favorite of his jumpers. You can never go wrong with an oatmeal cabled sweater. Never.

If you’re looking for the ultimate fangirl knit, Trudi Brown has a basic free pattern for the iconic sweater on Ravelry which includes a kind of really adorable drawing of Watson knitting his own jumper and some cool details about knitting and the military.

How do you feel about Sherlock? Are you a Watson sweater fangirl? Will I ever shut up about this show? Do you see how I made it about knitting so I could write about it? Do you want to talk about The Hobbit or Star Trek instead? Would that be better? Is my nerd showing?

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16
Nov

Steal this Knit: Sheep Sweater Part Deux

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, Steal This Knit, want

I meant to have a proper post for today but this tedious but hopefully awesome project got in the way. You understand. So there is not a cool graphic as I’d hoped. C’est la vie!

After my post about Madewell’s animal sweaters (so hot right now), Amy sent me this photo of Princess Diana rocking her own awesome and famous sheep sweater. Or, I mean, jumper because that’s British for sweater. (Right-o!)

Great color, totally on trend with the animal print. She’s even got a peter pan collar which is the accessory for this season (though I’m sure hers isn’t a separate which is a trend I’m not sure I can get behind.)

And sheep. I didn’t think it was possible to love her more but here she is wearing a sweater that’s covered in sheep.

Are you making your own sheep sweater? Animal sweater? Are you making these collars that are not attached to shirts? Who thought of that? How do we feel about them?

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14
Nov

Famous Knits: Sweetgrass

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, movies

You can imagine that in four years of film school that I saw a lot of movies. Like, a LOT of movies. Most of them were nothing speacial. But some of them were fantastic. I remember a few occasions when I was feeling especially self-deprecating when I would sit in my room in the dark with a really fantastic movie and just cry because I knew I would never make such a masterpiece.

I’ve gotten a little less dramatic since then. But I’ve found the movie that I wish I’d made. And it’s Sweetgrass.

Sweetgrass is a remarkably minimalist documentary about cowboys leading their sheep to pasture. There is no narration (which leaves more questions than answers), just fantastic images of the wild and magical waves of sheep as they trek March of the Penguins style across picturesque mountains. The animals are charmingly simple, their human counterparts are just what you’d expect.

I’m obsessed with the restraint the film has. Unending moments of sheep chewing, parades of horses passing, and the rituals of saddling up and just sitting on the pastures. It’s not an exciting film. It’s just mesmerizing.

Have you seen Sweetgrass yet?

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25
Jun

Famous Knits: Mr. Rogers

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, knits, tv

Who didn’t love Mr. Rogers? Who didn’t love those sweater? I want to go tie my shoes just thinking about him.

Have you read this article from CNN? Apparently all of those lovely cardigans that were Mr. Rogers’ trademark were hand knit by his mom. If that hasn’t swollen your heart to the point of bursting, well, check your pulse.

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12
Jun

Famous Knits: Mad Men Season Finale

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, famous knits, knits, new york city, style, tv

Don’t worry, everyone. There won’t be any spoilers here. About the plot, at least. But if you were hoping to be surprised by the outrageously beautiful cardigan Don Draper wears in the season’s finale…well, spoiler alert.

I caught up on Mad Men before the start of this season. I’m completely hooked and I don’t know what I’ll do now that there’s no Mad Men to watch! And this season was a real roller coaster!

This last episode was filled with beautiful images. But I think this sweater might have been my favorite. My jaw dropped and Jon immediately asked me to find a pattern so I could make one for him. Sorry, no spoilers here. I wasn’t actually listening to anything Megan was saying…I was too busy drooling.

Has anyone else had a hard time finding a truly elegant mens’ shawl collar cardigan pattern? I find they are either too flimsy or too chunky. If you’ve got one that you like, send it my way! I’m itching to cast on for a Don Draper sweater!

Maybe Trudy has a pattern I could borrow. Wonder what she’s working on…

Can’t wait to find out more about this sweater! In the mean time, I will be reading Mad Men Unbuttoned like crazy.

Until next season (fingers crossed)…I love you, Mad Men.

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