Hollywood Gets Crafty - Knitting And Crocheting Not Just For
Sometimes it's hard to imagine that the stars who shine so
brightly on cinematic screens are people just like the rest of
us. We often think that their lives are so much more interesting
and exciting than our own and that we have little or nothing in
common with the Hollywood crowd.
Well, it may surprise you to know that at least some of
today's hottest stars enjoy perfectly normal leisure activities
that we might acquaint more readily with something your
grandmother enjoys doing.
I'm talking about crafts. More specifically, knitting and
crocheting. These two activities are especially hot in recent
years and Hollywood stars and other celebrities are certainly not
immune to the lure of a relaxing evening spent with a crochet
hook or knitting needles and a skein of yarn or two.
Indeed, some stars seem to be particularly captivated - some
might even say addicted --by these old-time traditional
activities. Julia Roberts, for example, is now well-known as a
knitting enthusiast who loves to knit sweaters and was once
photographed knitting on the set of a movie she was working
Other well-known knitters include Madonna, Sandra Bullock,
Sarah Jessica Parker and Hilary Swank. Not to be left out, some
well known celebrity men have decided that knitting is not just
an activity for women. Tough-guy actor Russell Crowe and former
NFL player Rosie Grier have made no secret of the fact that they
enjoy it as well.
And who didn't see the TV footage of Martha Stewart and her
now-famous "Coming Home" poncho that she was wearing during her
trip home to Connecticut after completion of her sentence at
Alderson Federal Prison in West Virginia?
The poncho was reportedly crocheted especially for Martha by
one of her fellow inmates and after it appeared on TV, it seemed
every knit and crochet addict in the country had to have the
pattern. There was so much demand for the pattern that it crashed
the server that hosts Lion Brand's web site soon after they
posted a version of the pattern there.
And it's not just celebrities that are knitting and crocheting
in record numbers. Manufacturers of yarn and other craft supplies
report that sales are way up in recent years. One of the
best-known yarn manufacturers, Lion Brand, reports that their
sales have doubled in the last year alone. Granted, celebrities
have a lot of money, but still, I don't believe they are solely
responsible for Lion Brand's recent success!
It's hard to know just what may have triggered all the recent
interest in these activities that have been around for so many
years. Some believe that the terrible events on 9/11 have
influenced people to focus more on home life and simple, more
traditional activities. Others suggest that these activities are
a nice contrast and welcome respite from lives that have become
far too hectic in the wake of the new millennium.
Enthusiasts report that knitting or crocheting can be a very
relaxing activity that also provides a nice sense of
accomplishment upon the completion of a project. It's also a
great way to create gifts for friends of loves ones that have
that personal touch - so much more so than something purchased at
the shopping mall.
Some also cherish the traditional aspect of these activities
and still harbor fond memories of a beloved relative that took
the time to pass along a skill that has endured through countless
generations. A skill that they intend to pass down to their
children as well.
Whatever the motivation, there's no question that these
traditional activities are experiencing a revival of sorts. There
are many possible explanations, however I suspect that
speculation and statistics don't interest these enthusiasts as
keenly as their plan for the next project they intend to tackle
just as soon as the finishing touches have been applied to the
Randae Radford is webmaster for Learn Crochet Now, a
producer of quality instructional videos that teach crochet.
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