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Last night HBO debuted their version of the classic film, Mildred Pierce. Not quite a remake of the original (1945, starring Joan Crawford), director Todd Haynes takes the more in-depth approach into the life of a working mother in the 30’s and the tumultuous relationship with her sociopathically-ungrateful daughter.

Academy award winning actresses; whip-smart script; fantastic costuming–this one is a must-see! In the meantime, here’s a glimpse at how knit & crochet were represented in the 1st parts, of the 5-part miniseries.
Kate Winslet as “Mildred”, wearing a Chunky, Knit Jacket


Crocheted Washcloths


Mildred in a Crocheted Cloche
Recommended Stitching:
NaturallyCaron.com’s Brigham Hat, by Lisa Gentry
Caron’s Cozy Knit Jacket, by Susan Shildmyer
NaturallyCaron.com’s Asheville Jacket, by Kathy Perry
Happy viewing; happy stitching!
Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie
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Today’s Movie Monday selection was sent to me from my friend Luke over at Buy.Caron.com. It’s not technically a movie but in the way that many music videos are, it’s certainly cinematic in its own right.

You may remember from the contestant-inspired, crocheted¬†Lilly Earrings I posted a pattern for a year ago that we Caron peeps are a sucker for crafty, American Idol-ers. That said, you can imagine my delight of finding out that one of the greatest Idol finalists, singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, is a knitter! Check her out, showing her stitching skills in the video for her song, Farmer’s Daughter. Oh, and props to Crystal & the director for figuring out how to use knitting as the common thread (Thanks, I’ll be here all night!) through the video’s storyline. Enjoy!

 

Recommended Knitting:
Cardigan Neutral from AwareKnits
Caron’s Cozy Knit Jacket,¬†by Susan Shildmyer
NaturallyCaron.com’s Iquitos Sweater, by Ann E. Smith

Happy viewing; happy knitting!

Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie

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This week’s festival o’ knitwear comes courtesy of the kick-butt movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Completely original (and loads of fun), this flick softens the (many) blows with an abundance of knitwear!
Ellen Wong as “Knives”, Wearing an Extra-Long, Striped Scarf

Fingerless Glove

Mary Elizabeth Winsteadas “Ramona”, Wearing a
Stockinette Stitch, Cropped Pullover

Michael Cera as “Scott”, wearing Stocking Cap



Recommended Knitting:
Fingerless Gloves, by Jenny Bellew (from Vogue Knitting on the Go Mittens)
Happy viewing; happy stitching!
Stitch.Rock.Love,
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It’s Kind of a Funny Story is actually, well, a great story. A confused teen checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, and finds his way through the eyes of the mentally astray.

Oh, and thinking I wouldn’t notice all of the knitwear onscreen–well, that’s just crazy.

Stockinette Stitch Beanie

Emma Roberts as “Noelle”, wearing a Cabled Cardigan


Ribbed, Super-slouchy Hat


Lauren Graham as “Lynn”, wearing a Knit Beret

Recommended Knitting:
NaturallyCaron.com’s Astana Hat, by Lisa Gentry
Skull Caps (w/o the skull painting)
Happy viewing; happy knitting!
Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie
P.S. Check out my Haiku Movie Review of this movie, over on Smells Like Screen Spirit!

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Greenberg serves up a plate of depression with a side of comedy and knitwear chaser. Here are a few shots of my fave part of the movie: the sweaters!
Greta Gerwig as “Florence”, wearing a comfy, Aran Jacket

Ben Still as “Greenberg”, wearing a Cabled Pullover

“Florence” in a chunky, Bobbled Cardi

Recommended Knitting:
Arusha Jacket, by Margret Wilson for NaturallyCaron.com
Iquitos Cable Sweater, by Anne E. Smith for NaturallyCaron.com
Starsky Sweater, by Jordana Paige for Knitty
Happy viewing; happy stitching!
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Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie

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Since a collection of Sylvia Plath’s poems is one of the only books of poetry I own, I was really interested in watching the biopic of her life. Dark, both visually and topically, Sylvia, used knitwear to illustrate yet another layer of the color of one poet’s perpetual despair.

Gwyneth Paltrow as “Sylvia”, wearing a Garter Stitch Scarf

Sylvia’s “daughter”, wearing a Raglan Sleeve Cardigan

Aran Knit Pullover

Sylvia’s “son”, wearing Seed Stitch Jacket

Recommended Knitting:
Caron’s Boston Cardigan, by Susan Shildmyer
Star Stitch Scarf (from Craft Hope), by VH
Happy viewing; happy knitting!
Stitch.Rock.Love,
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Over the weekend Surviving Christmas came on TBS as we were decorating our tree. I definitely wouldn’t call it a holiday classic (man, 2003-2004 was a rough movie-making time for Ben Affleck), but it does have a great cast and plenty o’ featured knitwear!

James Gandolfini as “Tom”, in a traditional Christmas Fair Isle Pullover

Christina Applegate as “Alicia”, in a Garter Stitch Hat

Catherine O’Hara as “Christine”, wearing a Ribbed Hat.

“Alicia”, wearing a Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater.

“Christine”, wearing a Crocheted Stripe Scarf.

Recommended Stitching:

Caron’s Poinsettia Scarf, by Kim Guzman
Perfect Christmas Jumper, by Just Call me Ruby
VH for Caron’s Shady Beanie
Caron’s Spark’s Fly Scarf, by Marlaine DesChamps
Happy viewing; happy stitching!
Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie

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