The Katniss Shawl

I have a slight obsession with The Hunger Games:  both novels and films. For the premiere of The Hunger Games in 2012, I dressed up as Katniss, not only to the movies but to class, as well. Ya, I am a little nerdy, but who is not?

Here I am in 2012:

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You can imagine after seeing Katniss’ shawl in Catching Fire, I had to have it or make it. The shawl is on many Catching Fire posters and Katniss wears it toward the beginning of the film.

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My mom found a pattern on Ravelry.com. Since January, I have been knitting on my version of the shawl. A lot of knitters used a rope for the cowl-neck; this made the neck look like a perfect circle. Instead, I did not use rope and my mom suggested that I knit 4 rows, purl 4, knit 4, and purl 4. Essentially, it looks very similar to the original but without a big, bulky rope.

Without further ado, I give you my version of the Katniss Shawl from Catching Fire:

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Katniss Shawl, Olive green Forever21 jacket, and Steve Madden “Banddit” boots.Image

May the Force of Kate Middleton Be With You

Growing up, I do not recall having a favorite female celebrity. 1990s female celebrities were not as risque as those female celebrities today; however, I just did not “connect” with the Britneys or Christinas. It was on April 29, 2011 that I found my celebrity inspiration; I was 19 going on 20 years old. For those of you who do not understand, it was the day Kate Middleton and Prince William were married. I began to admire her poise, class, style, and of course her taste in men. Without pushing her agenda or twerking, she quietly became an icon.

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Grown women may choose to do what they want. It does not matter if you are a grocer or an international sensation, impressionable young children and young adults are watching. There is no “On/Off” switch or invisibility cloak to shield you from watching eyes. Even when you are not out and about to the public eye, social media allows viewers to “watch” you 24/7. Whether you like it or not, young children/young adults may be justifying their actions because you said or did the same thing.

Kate seems to be a quiet and humble woman. She dresses conservatively but fashionably, speaks eloquently, and carries herself with confidence. There is no way someone could justify being scantily clad or cursing like a sailor “because Kate did, too.” If one of our goals, as women, is to be a positive influence on young women…no, the WORLD…we have to start taking responsibility for our actions. We have to stop with the double standards (i.e., dressing inappropriately yet demanding respect). 

Drawing from some admirable celebrities (Kate, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift), this blog will address everything from fashion, beauty, and health, to being a strong, independent woman.

Let us conquer the world…and…May the force of Kate Middleton Be With You.

Love,

Hannah

 

(P.S. – comments and suggestions are encouraged!)