Wow! Absolutely loving the enthusiasm everyone is expressing for the Crafting With The Classics-Along! The cast of classic movie-loving craftsters are growing over at the Ravelry group too! Thank you so much for the encouragement!
I couldn't wait to crochet a granny square based on the Asian-style silk robes worn by Esther (Judy Garland) and Rose (Lucille Bremer). These airy, light, flowing costumes are such a departure from the long-sleeve, high-neck, heavy fabric fashions that are seen throughout most of the film. The robes nearly have starring roles themselves, in the way they steal the scene with their beauty.
The yarn colors used to represent the robes are Red Heart Super Savers in Turqua, Orchid, Cherry Red, Aran and Honeydew. The square is the basic granny, 'cept I went with a circle center to give it more of a flowery look. I totally free-based, er, free-formed that circle-ish center, which for me means my crocheting skills just went to a whole new level, for reals.
These stunning silk robes were created by famed costume designer, Irene Sharaff, who would later use Thai silks for The King and I. If I were a bigger fan of the movie, The King and I would be such an awesome movie choice for a Crafting With The Classics project! Don't get me wrong, I could still use the film as inspiration, but I know how I am. I have to totally love the idea to stay motivated, and, well, I just don't love The King and I in that way. Of course, there is always a chance Marissa will twist my arm someday and have me watch it again, and I will be all, "What the hell? Why wasn't I lovin' this movie hardcore all my life?"