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

Hollywood Knitting - Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren was born September 20, 1934 in Rome, Italy. She was with one man her entire life although do to quirks in Italian law she could not legally be married to him Carlo Ponti for a while. Rumor has it she had some affairs in that in between time when her marriage was annulled before she remarried Ponti. Regardless, she knew how to knit and there is a fun sweater pattern named after her.


June 14, 2016 by Kelli Ladwig

Hollywood Knitting - Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer in 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Mansfield was her first husband's last name.

Mansfield moved to Dallas as a child and graduated from Highland Parl High School in 1950. She attended SMU and UT for a while. She took acting classes from Baruch Lumet, father of director, Stanley Lumet. She moved to Los Angeles in 1954.


June 03, 2016 by Kelli Ladwig

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.