Hollywood Knitting - Gail Russell


Gail Russell was born September 21, 1924 in Chicago, IL as Betty Gale Russell.

She was chronically shy which led to her drinking to cope with the stress of acting and maintaining a public life.  She dies at the age of 36 from the effects of alcoholism.

She was married to Guy Madison who played Wild Bill Hickok in the TV series.

She was in one of my favorite movies as a child, Angel and the Badman, alongside John Wayne.  I found her to have a very endearing presence onscreen.

August 25, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Crochet Baby Kerchief Bib

I was so fascinated by the cuteness of Julia Vaconsin's knit kerchief bib I thought I would come up with a pattern for a crochet one:


Gauge: Gauge did not matter to me for this project as it is a baby bib. Looser gauge makes bigger bib. Tighter gauge makes smaller bib.

D (3.25) mm hook
cotton worsted yarn (using a smaller yarn would give you a smaller bib)
Button for neck closing
decorative button for embellishment
needle and thread for sewing on buttons
Clover yo-yo maker size large

Row 1: ch3
Row 2: work sc increasing at each end (5sc), ch 1 turn
Rows 3-20: Rep Row 3 until 47 stitches have been achieved.
Row 21: 2sc in first stitch (inc), sc in next 10 stitches, sc3 tog, sc 1, ch 1 turn. (leave remaining stitches unworked)
Row 22: sc 1, sc3 tog, sc in 9 stitches, inc
Rows 23-28 repeat rows 21 & 22 until 9 stitches remain
Row 29: work 9 sc, chain 1 turn
Rows 30 - 45: repeat row 29
Row 46: work 2 sc chain 3, work 3 sc, ch 1 turn
Row 47: work 2 sc, work 1 sc in each chain, work 3 sc. FO
Rows 48-75: on other unworked side of bib, repeat rows 21-47 in reverse omitting buttonhole in row 46.

Weave in all ends.

Sew button on non-buttonhole side of bib for closure. You could also omit the buttonhole and use Velcro.

I embellished the bib by making a fabric yo-yo and sewing a decorative button to it but you can embellish nay way you choose. You could embroider, sew wool appliqués, sew patches, etc.

I use this bib for charity. Please feel free to make as many of this pattern if you are going to give them away. Please contact me if you are going to make them to sell.

June 30, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Gail Patrick

Gail Patrick born June 20, 1911 in Birmingham, Alabama as Margaret LaVelle Fiztpatrick. She attended Howard College where she also served as dean of women. She enrolled in the University of Alabama College of Law and completed two years.

Her law experience stood her in good stead. She was able to negotiate higher pay and removed the clause that would require her to take cheesecake photos. Patrick was concerned about taking any photos or publicity that would prevent her from working professionally in the legal profession.
April 27, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Mrs. Crosby Goes to Galveston - Day 3 The Strand

No trip to Galveston would be complete without a trip to the Strand Historic District.   The Strand was originally Avenue B which ran parallel to Galveston Bay.  It was a merchant area near the wharf and the merchant there thought calling it "the Strand" gave it a more upscale sound.  Now the Strand encompasses many blocks downtown and is a shopping and entertainment district.
March 17, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Mrs. Crosby Goes to Galveston - Day 2 Moody Gardens

Day 2 we visited the Moody Gardens.  The Moody Gardens are a botanical garden in Galveston with landscape designs by Geoffrey Jellicoe.  The Aquarium Pyramid was closed so we visited the Rainforest Pyramid.
March 16, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Mrs. Crosby Goes to Galveston - Day 1

Very excited to be heading to sunny climes with Mrs.  Crosby.  As you may know, she is a purveyor of fine fibers and I was thrilled to be able to bring her along to Galveston, Texas and share some of favorite spots in this beautiful and historic Texas city.

Our lodging is at the Sally Trueheart Williams home on Broadway in the East End Historic District.   I would highly recommend it.  It was built in 1928 and it built in a Spanish Revival style.  The renovations to the interior are very comfortable while maintaining the integrity of this home.

March 15, 2017 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Carole Lombard

One of my absolute favorite actresses, Carole Lombard. She was the highest paid Hollywood star in the late 1930’s. Her final film with Jack Benny and Robert Stack, “To Be or Not to Be”, was in post-production when she died in an airplane crash while on a World War II War bond drive.
November 18, 2016 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Ann Sheridan

Ann is a Denton, Texas girl. Her official website says, “Ann Sheridan was born on Sunday February 21st, 1915, in Denton Texas. She came into the world as Clara Lou Sheridan. Growing up on a ranch, Ann became quite the tomboy. She could bulldog a steer. She knew how to ride a horse exceptionally well and she was a pretty good shot with a gun."
October 26, 2016 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell was born 1907 in Waterford, CT. Best known roles of hers are "His Girl Friday" & "The Women". Although she was frustrated with being typecast as a "lady", she was able to transform these roles into roles as strong, intelligent, independent women who went against societal norms. She also showed a brilliant gift for comedy.
June 28, 2016 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Betty Grable

Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Grable was born December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, MO. According to a newspaper published at the time of her death, "Her 42 movies during the 1930s and 1940s grossed more than $100 million. She set a record of 12 consecutive years in the top 10 of box office stars. The Treasury Department in 1946-47 listed her as the highest-salaried American woman. She earned more than $3 million during her career."
June 21, 2016 by Kelli Ladwig