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

Knitting Fantasy and Fables

More fun from Woolworks.org ... a list of fantasy and fairy tales featuring knitting:

Science fiction and fantasy

Friday, Robert Heinlein
A menacing knitter.

Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon
Sock knitting in 1700's, including description of males learning as children.

Knitting Fiction

General Fiction featuring knitting or yarn (according to Woolworks.org):

Art Work, A.S. Byatt
Knitting plays a major role.

At Home in Mitford (from the Mitford Years series), Jan Karon
The first in a series depicting everyday life in a small North Carolina town. Knitting is described at one point as a comfort to the so

Knit Your Bit, Part II

What impresses me about Lucille is the number of careers she pursued. She worked in fashion modeling, dramatic theater, vaudeville, movies, radio, and television. She then moved into the studio and production side of television while still acting in Broadway and in movies.

Knit Your Bit, Part 1

I spent last weekend at the DFW Fiber Fest and had a great time. The Fiber Fest took scarf donations for veterans organized by the National World War II Museum. I love that the museum has knitting and crochet patterns for scarves as well as history behind knitting for soldiers.

Hollywood Knitting - Patty Duke

She was the youngest recipient of the Academy Award in a competitive category when she won the Best Supporting Actress award in 1962 for her role as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker."

Hollywood Knitting - Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney was born August 8, 1910 in the Bronx. Her parents divorced when she was 9 and when her mother remarried, Dr. Sigmund Sidney, he adopted her changing her name to Sylvia Sidney. Another actress retaining her legal name for the screen.

Hollywood Knitting - Clara Bow

Bow was born in Brooklyn in 1905. She was naturally a redhead but darkened the strawberry blonde color with henna so it would appear darker on screen. She was noted for introducing the flapper to popular culture. She had a reputation for outrageous behavior much of which was debunked. She was once blackmailed by a tabloid publisher who was convicted and spent 8 years in prison.

Hollywood Knitting - Bohus

While the initial designs were simple, this homegrown knitting movement eventually developed into a couture knitting collective where members would produce incredibly complex colorwork designs on impossibly tiny needles. One of the hallmarks of Bohus Stickning (or Bohus Knitting) is the use of purl stitches alongside knit stitches in the colorwork bands to add texture as well as color.

Hollywood Knits - Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple was actually born "Shirley Temple" April 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She was the number one box office draw from 1935-1938 but was hurt by the same "box office poison" article that had hurt Joan Crawford and Katherine Hepburn's careers.