Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Audrey Love


A few weeks ago, when I looked up the book I was reading to post a link to Yarn Along, Amazon came up with a few related suggestions. This led me to this little gem, What Would Audrey Do? Timeless Lessons for Living With Grace and Style. And the only Audrey we can possibly be talking about is Audrey Hepburn. If Audrey Hepburn does not epitomise 'grace and style', then I don't know who does!



I have always adored Audrey. I love every movie she has been in and can watch her over and over. And her work for UNICEF was amazing. 

I love this description of Audrey, which gels with the way I have always felt her to be. It would be terribly disappointing to read a book about Audrey and find she was really a heartless (insert rude word!)

'The only known instance of Audrey behaving badly was during the extremely arduous filming of My Fair Lady. She had been training nonstop for several months, in addition to singing lessons, dancing lessons, elocution lessons with a professor from UCLA, putting up with Rex Harrison's ego, and practically carrying the entire picture herself. One fateful day, the musical director, Andre Pevin - possibly taking pity on all her hard work - finally let her know that her singing voice was not going to be used in the film. She said "Oh," walked off the set, out the door and went home.
The next day she returned and apologised.'

Boy, I love Audrey! Imagine if we all had that sort of self-control under pressure.
It says later in the book that 'she was her public image. And that would shock most people, because her public persona was so amazing that you couldn't imagine that anyone could actually be like that!'


























I am hoping to make an Audrey inspired quilt soon.
Thanks to Porch Swing Quilts, I have found a wonderful palette builder toy to play with (see this post). And putting a photo of Audrey into the palette builder, it came up with these lovely colours. 



How gorgeous would these look in a quilt?!

Sorry, I am getting distracted and away from the yarn part of the post!

Last week I did some needle felting and loved it so much, I did some more for another little girl's birthday (you can see the whole gift in yesterday's post, here).

I made her a tea party set with these needle felted biscuit treats included.




Yesterday, I posted a very basic tutorial on how I made the gingerbread man. 

And knitting wise, I am still working on the gorgeous yarn shawl - only 6 rows to go on 207 stitches, then 5 rows on 621 stitches for the frill. Then finished!




And a new toy to play with. How have I never seen one of these before?!



Stay tuned for some automatic French knitting projects soon!

Linking today with Small Things for Yarn Along.












12 comments:

  1. I adore Audrey!!! Especially in Charade, I could watch her and Cary over and over again.

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    1. I just can't decide what I love her best in. In the book I am reading about her, it says that one of her consummate skills as an actress was being able to play so many different characters and have the audience believe her in every role. She is the best!

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  2. My Fair Lady is one of our favorites! :)

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    1. I love that too, as I am a big fan of musicals.

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  3. I love Audrey as well! Wearing my pearls are a favorite:)

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    1. Yes, so 1950s! I have my mum's pearls; they are beautiful.

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  4. Visiting from Ginny's blog today. :) I LOVE Audrey, too! Such grace and elegance! I will have to check out your book recommendation. And thank you so much for sharing the link to the color palette builder. I'm going to have fun with that! A quilt inspired by Audrey sounds like a beautiful project. Like Reinventing Mother, my pearls are my favorite. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting! The palette builder is great fun. I really hope to start a quilt soon and have some show and tell!

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  5. lovely blog! thanks for commenting on mine the other day! :) I read this post and ones that come after;... you make lovely things! and you are going to be a Grandmother! God bless you and your daughter and her baby! It's fun to craft isn't it! Nice to meet you here!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words - it is so lovely to 'meet' new friends who love to craft. And thank you for your blessings for the new baby - very exciting, and a great opportunity for more crafting!

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  6. Keep losing my comment..
    Looks like a fun book. And what are you making with the French Knitter??

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    1. Thanks for visiting. At the moment, just making really long I-cord really fast - it is fantastic! I knitted some bunting and was putting off knitting the I-cord as it would take so long. Problem solved! Next I hope to make some little flowers and butterflies from Arne and Carlos's new book, Knit and Crochet Garden. I love those guys!

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