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Silver Screen Knits: Diane Keaton Pattern (and an offer)

4 December 2013

First things first: If you don’t have the time or headspace for my digressions today, you can just check out the Diane Keaton Cabled Turtleneck, for sale exclusively on Ravelry. Plus, scroll allll the way down for two holiday gifts from me to you.

The Diane Keaton Cabled Turtleneck

The Diane Keaton Cabled Turtleneck: Homage to a New York Woman

Allan (Woody Allen): If that plane leaves the ground, and you’re not on it with him, you’ll regret it – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.

Linda (Diane Keaton): That’s beautiful!

Allan: It’s from Casablanca; I waited my whole life to say it.

And now on to the reminiscence. Diane Keaton holds a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons: she’s a great comic actress; she has a sleek, funky style I wish I could emulate; and, my first year in Manhattan, I lived in an apartment she’d lived in when she filmed The First Wives Club. [In retrospect: what an odd film.]

Diane Keaton Apartment View

Here I am on the roof of what we called The Diane Keaton Apartment.

It was the late 90s. I was just out of college and I owned (as you will see in the photo above) a pair of blue suede shoes. And a friend of a friend had an aunt who had just purchased this apartment. In exchange for letting workmen come in and out whenever necessary, four of us rented it for about eight months. For oh-so-cheap.

Kathleen's Room

My room, which was actually the mini kitchen that led onto the balcony.

My room was the anteroom to the balcony on the third floor, basically a wet bar with a half bath. It was almost entirely windows, and we were on the 11th floor with a stunning view of New York in almost 360 degrees. When I described the room to a friend, he said it sounded like a bird’s nest, which was apt. It was also an ice cube tray and a sauna: at night that winter it was freezing cold such that I wore a winter hat to sleep. Then, early in the morning, the sun would come in through all that glass and I would wake up drenched in sweat. Good times.

Jane in Panorama

Jane in Panorama

At one point, my mother came to visit us, and she took these panorama photos. Remember the panorama setting on cameras, introduced in the early 90s? My mother loved the panorama setting, or at any rate she used it a lot. The switch on her camera had three positions: “off” – “on” – “panorama.” If the photographer turned the camera on enthusiastically, say if she was excited at all, she might accidentally turn it all the way to panorama. That is how we ended up with panorama photos of me with Bill Murray; Mom with Bill Clinton; and Clint Eastwood playing golf.

World Trade Center

The World Trade Center from our balcony.

But I digress (again), because obviously she meant these photos to be wide-angle. This shot of the World Trade Center gives me a slight hitch in my throat: the New York where I lived was very much of the pre-9/11 era.

In part due to her presence in Woody Allen’s very best films, Diane Keaton seems very New York to me. She’s Annie Hall, after all, but she’s also Carol Lipton, a certain kind of New York woman who will never stop appearing in coffee shops and parks, reading the newspaper, wearing what they think looks right, having conversations about antidepressants and books.

Diane Keaton Sweater

The Diane Keaton turtleneck sweater: perfect for a walk in Central Park, or brunch in Midtown.

Keaton’s Linda in Play It Again, Sam is very much that kind of woman. A predecessor to Annie Hall in several senses, the film tells the story of Allan, a divorced film critic who either imagines or hallucinates dating advice from Humphrey Bogart. Linda is Allan’s friend, just as neurotic as he is, and as it turns out she holds part of the key to his getting over his selfish ex-wife.

Allan (Woody Allen): You want a Fresca with a Darvon?

Linda (Diane Keaton): Unless you have apple juice.

Allan: Apple juice and Darvon is fantastic together!

Linda: Have you ever had Librium and tomato juice?

Allan: No, I haven’t personally, but another neurotic tells me they’re unbelievable.

Dick: Could I get a Coke with nothing in it?

Ultimately, Bogey teaches Allan to let go of some of his neuroses and live a little, while Linda teaches him to follow his heart. And isn’t that what so much of us look for in New York City: freedom, adventure, self-acceptance? [Or was that just me, age 23?]

Knit in beautiful Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER, this sweater will snuggle with you while you’re getting over your ex, preparing for the holidays, or dreaming of your own Bogie/matchmaker. Wear it for a stroll through the city to window shop or a walk down your street to see the Christmas lights. It loves you no matter what.

And now, the holiday gifts. As you might imagine, they’re to do with the book, the pattern, and the e-mail list.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Michele permalink
    4 December 2013 7:10 pm

    Will you give details of the book signing?

    • Kathleen permalink*
      28 December 2013 4:14 pm

      Michele – yes indeed! Jan. 12, 2-4pm, fibre space. Hurrah!

  2. graceinmyhands permalink
    5 December 2013 9:05 am

    OH, what a lovely surprise!

  3. Jeannie Zeller permalink
    28 December 2013 8:12 am

    Yay! I’m getting the book! Happy birthday to me :)

  4. 4 January 2014 2:21 am

    What a beautiful sweater and choice of colour! I am hoping my skills will improve (with my hard work and your kind help!) in 2014 and I will one day, in not a distant future, be able to knit such wonderful sweater for myself. It was a fun post to read! : )

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