Knitting takes balls / Knitting celebs

As a tribute to the awareness campaign for male cancers during April, I wanted to write a proper post on male knitters in popular culture.

Are you ready for this?

The hairiest



 The malest

Russell Crowe

The hottest (obviously)

Paul Rudd

 The most awkward

Chris Parnell (right), in the amazing Five-Year Engagement

The most eccentric

Gene Simmons (Kiss) ? Actually no, it is just a fun ad for hi-fi!

The most genuine knitter

David Arquette

The knitting Dodger

Ryan Gosling is a gorgeous man who no longer needs introduction and who repeatedly claimed that knitting was one of his hobbies (probably a token of his Mormon education). Problem: no visual evidence of Ryan Gosling’s knitting can be found on the Net. This did not prevent Internet users from creating a solid Internet meme on the subject:

Drop a comment if you think of other male knitters I could add to this list!


DIY an almost solid gold headband


I told you just one post ago that I positively loved golden knitting yarns with a metal, precious aspect, and if there is silk in it so much the better (that actually makes up for my non-wearing of jewellery).

A few months ago, I found myself wandering in Paris yarn shop Lil Weasel and I bought one golden ball of Grace Yarn by Louisa Harding (made of silk and wool). I kind of yielded to my raccoon/squirrel/magpie impulse of stocking up on nice little things .

But what was I to do with one poor yarn ball?

I ended up making a gold&black headband, I really like this association of colours because it reminds me of the XVIth century, of French director Patrice Chéreau’s 1994 film La Reine Margot or of the tapestries of the Châteaux of the Loire Valley that can be seen around my home town.

I made it with a two-colour plait: it is just like making a normal cabling plait but with two-colour stitches

Shall I show you how to make one?

Gold&Black headband

Monter 20 mailles sur des aiguilles 4 de laine noire.

Cast on 20 stitches on no4 needle with black yarn.


p4, k12. , p4.

R2 and even rows

k (NB add the golden yarn from the second row : k4black, *k2gold, 2 black* x3, k4black, and from now on just knit the colours separately like for regular intsrasia).


p4. C8L (4 stitches on a cabling needle in front of the project, k4 and knit your cabling needle stitches), k4, purl 4.

R5 and R7 like R1


p4,  k4, C8R (cabling needle behind the project),p4.


like R1


like R2

Repeat the pattern until desired length and sew both ends. To be honest, at one point I became bored my technical two-colour plait so I just finished the project with a few rows of garter stitch (afterwards slightly gathered) for the top part of the headband. I made 4 stockinette stitches on each side of the headband, so I did a golden crochet border all around to prevent the headband from rolling up.

You can perfectly skip these 4 side stitches to make a thinner, simple plait, or you can do the side stitches in garter stitches.

Given that I currently sport a non-identified length of hair, I’d rather wear my headband when it’s tied back (and it’s good to protect my ears from the cold too).

Quatruple 26-02-14 à 22.20 #6

And last but not least:


3§, Article 243 of the Woolen Republic Code : any headband is essentially a snood for teddy bears!

I am Kittygirl, hear me roar!!




Tim Burton was back for a new Batman film and definitely felt more comfortable with the Dark Knight universe, so he decided to include some very Burtonesque origins for the villains. Beside a very gross Penguin, the eccentric director went for a sexy but really nuts Catwoman. And the metamorphosis from shy Selina Kyle into feline femme fatale remains in everybody’s memories.

Or does it? If not, you can still watch this video:


Not only Ms Pfeiffer is not too bad when it comes to grabbing a sewing machine and making an awesome vinyl suit, she has some interesting decor ideas too, especially when she makes her cheesy  Hello there neon sign into a Hell here one that definitely matches her new routine.


So, I was told the idea to start what is expected to be a long series of mill-knitted words (it’s more fun than kids’ names, and all the kids I know have endless names anyway).




per votre fil de pelote no1, faire un nœud avec le fil de la seconde pelote et d’y aller doucement en moulinant au niveau du nœud.

My Hell(o) (t)here was mill-knitted with Lang Omega acrylic yarn, which is smooth enough for this kind of project. To change colour with a knitting mill, all you have to do is cut the yarn from your first ball, tie the end with another yarn, being careful with the not when it goes through the mill.

It’s quite a piece of cake.

Have you already mill-knitted any other words than names?