Aside from the occasional “knitting is hip again” article in the lifestyle sections of newspapers and in women’s magazines, I think knitting tends to get a bad rap as a hobby. People who knit are often seen as fuddy-duddies with a lot of time on our hands. Have you ever heard people say “gosh, I wish I had the time to knit” or “I don’t have the patience to knit”? Have you seen TV shows that portray knitters as dull, or worse, as a joke? I have, many times. And while the “no patience to knit” comments don’t upset me, the snide jokes about knitters do annoy me. Every knitter I know is a fun, sweet, and delightful person to be around, and she would be even if she didn’t knit. Knitting just gives us an extra bond. Whenever I hear the knitter jokes, I like to remind myself of the famous people — you know, the ones we assume lead exciting, even glamorous lives — who knit. And there are a lot of them! I’ve picked just 13 of them to remind you that knitters are NOT automatically boring people. (And guess what — there are even a few men on this list!)
A Handful of Celebrity Knitters
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Oscar-winning actress, wife of Michael Douglas Daryl Hannah: Made a “splash” in the movie Splash, also appeared in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 and Steel Magnolias Vanna White: Long-time cohost of Wheel of Fortune, has her own line of yarns, “Vanna’s Choice,” through Lion Brand Yarns Amanda Seyfried: Starred in the movie Mamma Mia! and the television show “Big Love” Tim Daly: Starred in the television show “Wings” and currently stars on “Private Practice” Uma Thurman: Oscar-nominated actress, starred in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 and Pulp Fiction Karen Allen: Starred in two Indiana Jones movies and owns her own knitwear design studio, Karen Allen Fiber Arts David Arquette: Movie and television actor, writer, producer, director Audrey Hepburn: Oscar-winning actress, ambassador to the United Nations UNICEF Julia Roberts: Oscar-winning actress, one of the most popular movie actresses in America Kristen Stewart: Star of the movies Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse Russell Crowe: Oscar-winning actor for Gladiator, also nominated for A Beautiful Mind and The Insider Sarah Jessica Parker: Starred in the television show “Sex and the City” A list of celebrity knitters is fun. But don’t forget that knitting is hip, more than anything, because it’s a wonderful hobby that produces great works of art, whimsy, and practicality!