Lots of my friends knit. I like knit wear. I like knit people. For me, mere knowledge of someone’s knitting ability will spark my interest in them as a friend. I like people who knit almost as much as I like people with cats. And that is a lot. On the rare occasion I should meet someone who enjoys knitting and cats, they are instantly recruited into a special club of my own creation, complete with hats and secret handshakes. A club so special, so exclusive, nobody knows of its existence except for me. And you. And all the other crazy cat ladies wearing rainbow-plush eyelash yarn scarves that would put Bill Cosby to shame. We are the Free Masons of homespun craft goods. I could get cut out just for talking about it on the internet. Shhhh….
Did I mention we have hats?
But, you guys. I know you guys. I know there are knitters out there in my silent reader rough. Perhaps you haven’t joined my secret club yet, but believe me, I know what you like. You like chocolate. You like crafts. You like cats. You like sexy men who knit.
Let’s talk about it.
Everybody knows that crafty ladies love Ryan Gosling. Maybe it’s because he is so handsome. Maybe it’s because he starred in The Notebook. Maybe it’s because he is waaaay wholesome and counts Mormons and Mousketeers as family. Maybe it’s his Rad As Hell early 90’s dance moves. Hard to say. But knitting most definitely has something to do with it.
Gosling picked up knitting on the set of Lars and the Real Girl (a great movie, btw) while spending the day on set in a retirement home surrounded by old ladies.
Okay, seriously, for a second here, try to imagine you are sitting around your nursing home one day and all the sudden, Ryan Gosling, in all his buffed out arms and peanut butter hair glory, comes up and says, “Hey Granny, teach me to cast on.”
And Ryan ain't the only one...
Between hipsters and God there is Sufjan Stevens. An indie, folksy, banjo busting, butterfly wing wearing composer/musician/singer-songwriter to end the turgid uncoolness that is singer-songwriter music. His album, Illinois, is a wintertime favorite of mine, as is his anthology of Christmas music, as is just about everything he touches. Can you tell I’m a fan? I’m a fan. I said it. He is also something of an enigma which makes people like me even more fascinated with what little tid-bits of his personal history are made available, such as, whoa – prepare yourself – he was a freelance knitter for Martha Stewart.
And you thought you knew how to waffle stitch.
Y’all, did you see Les Mis?
Everyone I knew was all HE CAN'T EVEN SING! Why did they cast him?! He should just go back to being a gladiator, that sadass Russell Crowe.
It broke my heart. This man sung his little Australian guts out and everyone was being such a shadenfruede because Hugh Jackman looked better by comparison. Poor Russell Crowe. I like him. I like his voice. I’ll bet he likes cats and stuff too. And he knits.
Ughhhh, I just want to give him a hug and make him soup.
Some reports indicate Crowe took up knitting as a way to deal with anger management issues, while others report it’s just a rumor that resulted from the photo above. I’m not sure. He still makes it look sexy, and that’s enough for me. And you. Oh Hell, Russel Crowe is sexy enough for all of us.
Did you know David Arquette is an avid knitter? So much so, he graced the cover of Celebrity Scarves 2. And here I was blown away by literary force that was Celebrity Scarves 1.
Odd Fact About David Arquette: In addition to his acting chops, he is a WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Yes, a wrestler who knits. Who knew?
So there you go, my friends. Four sexy famous celebrity men who knit. Mind = Blown.
Next time on Aunt Peaches' Hollywood Craftastic, Sexy celebrity men WHO CROCHET.
Update: Through various comments here, on facebook, and by email, it has been brought to my attention that many other famous men can knit (or, at least they have been seen knitting one time or another). Including but not limited to; Tom Hanks, Cary Grant, George Lucas, Ewan McGregor, Rosey Grier, Jacques Plante (hockey player), Laurence Fishburne...the sexyness never ends!