FRIENDS! We already know how cool knitting is, but it’s pretty rare to find a celebrity who loves to knit and shows the rest of the world that it’s cool too. And guess who was up for chatting with us about knitting? None other than Katherine Heigl! YES, the incredible actress and celebrity that you know from Grey’s Anatomy, Knocked Up and tons of other shows and movies. She knits. And she knits pretty things. I’ve been a fan of her blog Those Heavenly Days for a while now, not only because I think she’s an amazing actress, but she’s also a domestic goddess, a mama and she has a lot of interests that I do including the mountains, cooking and most importantly KNITTING. Yep! After reading her blog for some time, I had some questions for her about her knitting. When I initially wrote to her, I hardly expected to hear back because she is super busy and most likely receives a zillion contact requests daily. But, she’s so gracious and she indeed got back with me so I could share with you not only a bit about her blog, but also a more in depth look at her knitting preferences. She even recently shared her current knitting projects in her most recent blog post “In My Knitting Basket” (and what an honor that she recommended my blog in that post)
Have a look at her stash! Don’t you want to just grab some of those yarns and squish ’em?
Another reason I wanted to share her blog with you is simply because if you like my blog, I think you’ll like hers. We have a very similar knitting style which became even more apparent after the little interview. (Read on) Not only that, I think that you’ll find that you can relate with her on a lot of what she has to say about our beloved hobby. AND unlike most celeb blogs that have massive teams running their blogs, she’s writing and running the show with hers. So without further ado, let’s get to the questions for Katherine! She’s got some good, sound knitting advice for beginners too so check it out. 😉
What are your favorite knitting projects?
My favorite knitting projects are usually the ones that call for chunky yarn, big needles and knit up in an afternoon of marathon knitting and T.V binge watching.
Ahh! Me too!
What yarns do you love to use?
Right now I’m loving anything Alpaca and hand dyed. I just love the cozy softness of Alpaca and so many of the hand dyed yarns come in exquisite variegated colors that add so much beauty to even the most simple of patterns.
Why do you enjoy knitting?
There are so many things I love about knitting. I love that I can take a pattern and make it my own by what yarns and colors I choose. I love the peaceful rhythm you fall into when you really hit your groove with a project. I love creating with my hands the perfect gift for a friend or family member.
What would you tell folks who want to start knitting?
Start slow and take a class or two. Knitting is really very simple but you need a good foundation in the basics. There are so many YouTube tutorials now a days but I still think it’s best to find your local yarn shop and sign up for a couple of one on one lessons. The teachers will help you pick the exact right yarn and project to start with so that you don’t get frustrated and give up.
Alex from Two Hearts Crochet also recently contacted Katherine with her own questions and here’s more about how she learned to knit, her yarn hobby aspirations and even her fave colors! 🙂
I first learned to knit when I was about 19. Martha Stewart had a knit scarf tutorial in her magazine one fall and I decided to give it a shot and knit my father a scarf for Christmas. Unfortunately I made a ton of newbie mistakes and didn’t realize I should have factored in my father’s height (6 foot 4 if you’re curious) to determine the right length. It ended going from about 30 stitches to 50 and ended around the top of his chest. It looked totally absurd but I refused to give up! I took some classes, learned the basics and have not put my needles down since. My interest has recently been piqued by weaving. If I end up with a loom you’ll know I’m in trouble!
Favorite color – That’s a tough one but probably Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant in every color!
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat knitting with us today Katherine! Your blog is beautiful and can’t wait to see your finished projects this knitting season. I’m right there with you on the chunky yarn and big needles preference. 🙂