Hollywood Knitting - Hedy Lamarr

 

Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler November 9, 1914, in Vienna, Austria.

Lamarr was considered notorious even by Hollywood standards for a few reasons:
- Her physical appearance. The Hollywood press of the 1940's referred to her "the most beauti
ful woman in the world."
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Her risqué first film, Ecstasy. She was 18 when the film was made, and the director filmed the nude scenes in itwithout her permission with a telephoto lens. She felt exploited by the German and turned to the stage.
- Her six marriages. She left her first husband because of the emotional and verbal abuse she suffered. She comments on feeling a prisoner in her own home and that she married each of her husbands for different reasons.
- Her brilliant mind. She was a staunch anti-fascist and used her mathematical and scientific gifts to assist the Allied war efforts during World War II by inventing frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology (FHSS) with composer George Antheil. According to an article in psmag.com,

“Co-created with composer George Antheil, FHSS is a technology that switches radio signals quickly between different frequencies so that the signals are difficult to trace. Though Lamarr and Antheil created FHSS to keep Allied radio-guided torpedoes out of the sights of the Germans during World War II, their patent was dismissed by the United States Navy and left to lapse. FHSS was rediscovered by engineers at the Sylvania Electronic Systems Division in the 1950s and became the precursor to modern technologies we use every day in Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth technologies.”

Unfortunately, the National Inventors Council told her she could better help the war by exploiting her celebrity to raise money for war bonds. And she did it.

Her drug addiction broke her health; She became addicted when given drugs to help her endure grueling work hours. She died January 19, 2000, just as her contribution to technology was on the cusp of being recognized.

March 16, 2018 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:






Materials:

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

Adding Teacher To The List

In case you haven't heard, we are excited to be teaching at DFW Fiberfest 2016! We are teaching a class the morning of Sunday, April 3, on yarn weights, gauges and skeins. Join us for a whole lot of fun! Keep posted for more details!
February 23, 2016 by Gretchen A.

Hollywood Knitting - Myrna Loy

We know her for her roles in romantic comedies like "The Thin Man" and "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" but did you know that Myrna quit acting during WWII so she could focus on the war effort? She worked with the Navy and the Red Cross and was so outspoken as an anti-Nazi she made Hitler's blacklist.

Hollywood Knitting - Bette Davis

The great Bette Davis crocheting. She was the first female president of the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. She was the highest paid woman in the United States in 1947 and 1949.