Kate Middleton and Other Celebs Known to Knit
It seems that Princess Kate has a new hobby. During a recent trip to Scotland, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed her penchant for knitting, telling one Glasgow resident, "I've been trying to knit and I'm really bad. I should be asking for tips!"
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But regardless of her skill level, knitting can be a fun, relaxing way to while away the hours. In fact, some of Hollywood's most recognizable faces have been known to spin a few yarns in their off-time — putting Kate, and all of you crafters out there, in good company.
Here's a short list of celebs who like to unwind with a pair of knitting needles.
"Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks brings her knitting bag to work. "It's something I love to do on-set," she says. "Because if I'm reading, sometimes I get distracted, so knitting is great. It's something that fills time."
"There's something very meditative about the repetitive quality of knitting," says "Splash" actress Daryl Hannah. Hannah also wrote the introduction to "Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research."
"I knit a lot" says Katherine Heigl, who also enjoys reading, heading to the movies, and relaxing with her dogs when she's not working.
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was reportedly knitting frequently during the Clinton impeachment hearings, according to the New York Times. She has also designed her own knitting bags for holding knitting needles and skeins.
"Les Miserables" actress Amanda Seyfried gave Ellen DeGeneres a handmade knit cap when she appeared on her talk show. "I knot constantly," she told DeGeneres. "I think it's just a form of therapy, really."
Actress Dakota Fanning likes to knit for her co-stars. "I gave Tom a scarf that was brownish and black, [to match] his hair," she once said to People magazine of co-star Tom Cruise. "He wore it around the [War of the Worlds] set."
"I used to spend that time studying Italian and French. Then after I had two kids, my brain turned to mush and I took up knitting," said "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman. Her knitting even inspired the title of a TV movie starring her husband, actor William H. Macy, called "The Wool Cap."
Actor David Arquette is a fan of knitting, even appearing on the cover of "Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research," an instructional tome of knitting projects from Hollywood's foremost hobbyists.
While working on the film "Charlie Wilson's War," Julia Roberts arrived on set to find that her co-star, Tom Hanks, had decided to call her out on her excessive knitting. “I come onto the set to work [one day] and every single person on the set everywhere — every grip, every electric, every everything is knitting,” said Roberts.
Actress and comedian Tracey Ullman co-write a book about knitting called "Knit 2 Together" with Mel Clark, the owner of an L.A. yarn shop.
Gosling once told GQ Australia that he first became interested in knitting while filming 2007's "Lars and the Real Girl." "If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it," he said. "And you get something out of it at the end. You get a nice present. For someone who wants an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf.”
K-Stew has been photographed on-set and in airports with knitting needles in her hands.
Supermodel Kate Moss took to knitting after husband Jamie Hince gave her a knitting kit for Christmas one year. In 2008, a source told the UK Express that "[Moss] carries her needles and wool hidden away in a big black Chanel bag.”