Posts Tagged ‘costume’

12
May

Famous Knits: Mad Men Favorites

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits

How about that second-to-last episode, guys? It’s not a secret that Mad Men is one of my favorite shows on television. (I named my first sweater pattern after one of my favorite episodes). I’m gearing up for a real cry-fest in anticipation of the final episode. What will I do once it’s gone?

One of my favorite things about the show’s ruthless attention to detail are Janie Bryant’s amazing costumes. If you’re a Mad Men obsessive like me, you are reading Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style every Wednesday to delve into the visual clues Janie is giving us through period clothing alone.

I thought I’d go back through the seasons and pick out a few of my favorite pieces of knitwear. This post will contain spoilers. Maybe you should get watching!

Helen Bishop’s Cardigan
I’ve been in love with Helen Bishop’s mustard cardi since it appeared in the first season. It’s a great piece with little garter stitch texture throughout. I think this ginger needs to borrow some of Helen’s style.
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Peggy’s Mary Tyler Moore Hat
Tom and Lorenzo have pointed out that this hat is an ironic reference to Mary Tyler Moore Show’s opening credits. I love it and I love Pegs.
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Betty’s Colorwork Sweater
Remember this gem Betty wore in this pivotal episode? It looks like it might be handmade. What do you guys think?
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Don’s Cardigan
I wrote about Don’s cardigan here. Still in love.
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Peggy’s Cardigan
Peggy’s wardrobe has really picked up over the past few seasons, huh? If you want to get some of her style, check out this pattern.
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It’s almost all over. I’m going to miss this show so much. Let’s have a moment of silence and watch these gifs of Peggy being a boss.

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screens via Tom and Lorenzo

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25
Feb

Purls on Film: The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, movies

As soon as I saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, I wanted to write about a certain piece of knitwear. I’ve been putting it off for a month because, well, I just don’t want to say what I’m about to say and I just can’t write about it without saying it. Here goes. I was so thoroughly disappointed by this film. SO disappointed. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy really inspired me as a preteen. I’m not sure if maybe the magic has worn off since I’ve grown older and less interested in fantasy epics or maybe four years of film school have soured me to having any fun at the movies. But I have a feeling that this movie was just not what it could have been. It was long, it looked like a video game, and Orlando Bloom is not as fresh-faced as he once was (sorry).

Really the only good parts of this film for me were Bombur getting stuck in a barrel (definitely my Halloween costume this year) and giggling with some of my best girlfriends about how I’d snuck an impressive amount of candy into the theater. To have to go back and search through the entirety of this movie for a screen cap was just too much for me in this cold, bleak winter. But THDOS (is that the official abbreviation? Quite a mouthful.) has been nominated for three Oscars and this knit is not one of them. It’s time to talk about it.

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Let’s talk about Gandalf’s sparkly scarf.

When I first noticed Gandalf’s scarf, I’d say right after the group stays with Beorn, I felt completely giddy. And every time it appeared on screen, one of my friends would say, “Sparkly scarf!” Despite the flashiness of said accessory, the silver scarf is a part of canon Gandalf costume. It’s specifically mentioned in the books so this is one serious piece of knitwear.

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Of COURSE Gandalf has a beautiful, long, and mystical scarf. I’m not kidding about it being sparkly. It’s definitely got this rustic, tweed-y quality but then there is a metallic yarn woven throughout. I just loved seeing it swirl around in 3D magic.

If you’re interested in seeing the costumes in real-life close ups, check out this article. Or you can buy an authentic movie replica woven with real mithril (aka not actual mithril) for $99. Or, maybe, just knit one? (I’ve got a nerd bone to pick here. Is this book canon? I’m not really sure what good it would do to weave a scarf with mithril. I guess if you got shot in the throat with an arrow? Maybe we should start with mithril in hats and gloves and then maybe scarves if it’s particularly, dangerously cold outside. Feel free to discuss in the comments.)

Who do you think is best dressed in Middle Earth?

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06
Dec

Further Reading 12/5/13

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

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photo by tillyflopdesigns

I spied this card on the Yarn Harlot’s gift guide and I’m just in love with it. (I also really like this one but only because I wish it said ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY.) I guess you could say there’s a bit of an anti-gift theme going on around here. I hate to seem like a downer. I really do love giving handmade gifts! This should be a safe place to complain and even laugh about the stress of holiday times.

>> I made a couple of pies for Thanksgiving which was exhausting on top of everything else. I feel like a total failure looking at this knitted pie crust. It’s so gorgeous, how could you eat it!?

>> Every knitter on the internet is looking for the Katniss Cowl. I swear I’ve never seen a more popular piece of knitwear. I wrote about the cowl before but here’s an interview with its designer Maria Dora about the unique piece that is quickly becoming iconic!

>> The big, bad sale weekend may be over but the time shop independent is NOT. Check the list (and add your own favorite). There are tons of small businesses with perfect, unique gifts for your friends!

>> I’ve watched this commercial six times. It’s still funny. If you get a package from me, watch out. Did you get the cozies?

>> If you need some knitsperation, Paper Mag has a list of their top 10 knitwear designers in the fashion industry.

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24
Oct

Famous Knits: Katniss Cowl

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, famous knits, knits, movies, photos

Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes out next month which means a big dose of one of my favorite things: Jennifer Lawrence! While my love for JLaw and the Hunger Games books is no secret, something new has caught my eye and I know I’m not alone. Lots to cover so let’s dive right in and talk about this fantastic cowl.

I caught a glimpse of this cowl months ago when the teaser came out and I knew this was going to be a big deal. Now that the trailer is here, I’m basically just drooling over this gorgeous piece. I love the rustic tweed. It reminds me of Roman Hills’ Winters Bone color way! (Winters Bone, Jennifer Lawrence, IT’S MEANT TO BE!) While it’s kind of earthy and has that hand-crafted look, it’s got a fantastically futuristic shape. I love knits that are minimal and trendy and I’ve found that it’s really really hard to pull off knits that are cool in a modern way instead of a comfy cozy camping kind of way. But this piece finds a way to straddle both looks perfectly. I’m really in awe.

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When Jess and I were tweeting about the cowl earlier in the week, we started doing some research. The cowl, featured in Capitol Couture’s profile of Katniss, was designed by Maria Dora. I’m now completely obsessed with her work. Her pieces are being worn by celebrities right now and it looks like she only has more interesting things to come.

This stunning photo really shows off the details and amazing construction of the cowl! A cowl with an arm hole, YES PLEASE.

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Jess reached out to the designer and Maria was nice enough to tell us that the cowl is woven not knit. (Doesn’t stop my imagination from running wild!) But! She said that they are developing a knitting pattern and would keep us posted.

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This aspect really excited me. I’ve been looking forward to writing about the cowl and saying, as I always do, “Oh, I’d love to figure out how to make my own.” But I’m crazy about that idea of a couture/high street designer sharing their brand with people who couldn’t afford it (or maybe just wouldn’t be interested) off the hanger. If you’ve been keeping up with knitting news, you know that Fred Perry tried and failed to do something similar but I hope other designers put some genuine thought into it. It’s a really interesting way to create conversation between makers that work on completely different scales (without, in my opinion at least, devaluing their brand). I do feel a little sad when I want to rip off designs that I see in stores and there are tons of knitters that don’t have the interest or skills or time to invest in knitting “knock offs” (sorry, I can’t think of a better way to put it but I mean that with love). I’d love to collaborate in this way with mainstream fashion.

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Either way, I salute Ms. Dora for her fabulous work. It makes me not only excited to see this movie (the production design is just going to blow the first one out of the water) but excited for the future of knitwear. That’s a pretty big thing to say but I mean it!

What do you think about big brands sharing patterns with knitters? Do you think this cowl is funky in a good way or would you be afraid to wear it? How excited are you for Hunger Games? My weapon of choice is the knitting needle.

ps. Thanks, Jess, for fangirling over this cowl for like three hours with me!

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18
Jun

Great Knitscape

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, famous knits, knits, movies, Uncategorized

How perfect is it that this video came out over Father’s Day weekend? My dad is a biker and a big fan of Steve McQueen so I’m obsessed with this animation by Ruth Herring and the Baker-bunch. The scene, re-creating the climactic moment of the film, was made in honor of the 50th anniversary of the film’s release. The bike chase scene was allegedly added to the film in order to appease Steve McQueen when when he refused to swap costumes with James Garner (you can read more about it in the video’s description).

Knitted stop motion animation is something that I’ve always wanted to try and what better way to do it than paying homage a classic cinematic moment. (As an aside, stop motion is the most tedious thing I’ve ever attempted. Big props to anyone who’s successfully animated anything without jumping off of a building!) I really love the great little set including plastic soldiers and  great fair isle German signs.

I forgot how awesome Steve McQueen’s sweatshirt is in the film! (Another something I’d love to make for myself.) I highly recommend you check out this video! And, as I was preaching last week, make sure you like and subscribe to the K1P1 youtube channel!

And while we’re on the subject, Eddie Izzard on The Great Escape. Back to the cooler!

ps. Dad, I can’t knit you a motorcycle right now. I know you were thinking it!

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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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