Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Cider House Rules

I'm a huge John Irving fan, and I thought this film adaptation of one of his best novels was pretty successful. Charlize Theron is, as usual, unbelievably gorgeous, and I really liked two of her sweaters in the film, both designed by knitwear designer Linda Daniels.

This warm cabled pullover - perfect for those blustery New England fall days :

Here's a screenshot so you can see the color:

Here's juliegentes's version via Flickr:

I also really liked this simple, feminine boatneck sweater:

Here's Sewl Sista's version via Flickr:

Linda Daniels published the Cider House boatneck pullover in her book, The Northampton Wools Knitting Book.
The cabled pullover was published in Interweave Knits Fall 2000.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Big Lebowski

Remember The Dude? And his infamous sweater?
You can get the pattern from Etsy, over here, or from Ravelry, over here.

The Dude abides.

Bonnie and Clyde

In this 1967 classic with Faye Dunway and Warren Beatty, Faye is particularly stunning when she is wearing this gorgeous, intricate short-sleeved sweater featuring super-flattering waist-shaping:

Eunny Chang made a fabulous Bonnie-inspired sweater back in the day, but sadly there is no pattern available for it, as far as I know. KnitLit's version is even closer to the original. Love the three-quarter length sleeves. It looks like she adapted a Tahki Stacy Charles pattern but I wasn't able to locate it. Any ideas?
In the meantime, Stella's Blouse, an Interweave Knits pattern published in Spring 2004, is awfully close.

Empire of the sun

This better-than-average Spielberg movie features Christian Bale as Jamie, a privileged 12-year-old boy in 1940s Shanghai, who struggles to survive when he finds himself separated from his parents as the Japanese invade China.
At the beginning of the movie, there is a scene where Jamie tells his father that he thinks they are "Awfully lucky."
This scene is ill-boding in light of what's to follow, but hey, check out the great cardigan that Jamie's dad is wearing!

Doesn't it look just like the Baby Sophisticate cardi? (check out my version here).
Another very similar-looking cardi is Smokin' by Jared Flood, published in