Unik 1970′s Hæklet: Pro Football Player Rosey Grier

ved KathrynNovember 14, 2012 · 9 kommentarer

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This week I’m taking a break from my usual list of 1970s crochet designers to explore someone who wasn’t on the list but that I just had to learn more about Rosey Grier was a professional football player who was also known for publishing a book in the 1970s called Needlepoint for Men Unique 1970s Crocheter: Pro Football Player Rosey Grier.

Who Was Rosey Grier?

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Roosevelt Grier, also known as Rosey, is an African American football player who was born in Georgia in the 1930s as one of twelve children in the family. He played football in high school and college and then made a name for himself in the 1950s and 1960s as an NFL player for the New York Giants and then the Los Angeles Rams. As a Rams player he was one of what was calledThe Fearsome Foursome”, considered to be one of the best defensive lines in pro football history. This big burly football player was also someone who enjoyed crochet, knitting and needlepoint, activities he took up (as a joke at first) in the late 1960s after retiring from football. Post-retirement he also wrote an an autobiography Unique 1970s Crocheter: Pro Football Player Rosey Grier (and several other books including a novel Unique 1970s Crocheter: Pro Football Player Rosey Grier), did acting in both movies and TV, co-founded non-profit organizations for urban youth and adults and has worked as an inspirational speaker.

Needlepoint For Men

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I 1973 Rosey Grier came out with a book called Needlepoint for Men. One online article siger: “His passion and enjoyment of crochet, needlepoint and knitting became a trademark signature in the early days of breaking traditional barriers between the sexes.The book is about needlepoint and that seems to be the specific yarn craft that he is most known for (although there are references to just about every fiber art of the era including macrame). I didn’t know about the book since I don’t research needlepoint specifically, but I’ve got a call out to my library to save me a copy as soon as one comes in (apparently it’s popular and checked out!) so I’ll make sure to see if it has any crochet in it at all and will update this post accordingly if it does!

1970s Crafting Timeline

In trying to find photos for this post I came across a timeline that the Craft Council has put together showing major things that happened in the history of crafting, including pop culture and crafting, i løbet af denne store årti. Så værd at tjekke ud selv om det ikke specifikt nævner hækling. Nogle af de andre ting, det nævner:

  • 1971: Carole King er indadvendt Gobelin er en af ​​årets bedst sælgende album, sin titel sang en hyldest til en tekstil på forunderlig vævet magi.
  • 1972: Jim Melchert udfører sit konceptuelle arbejde Ændringer: En forestilling med Tørring Slip, hvor han og kunst og design kolleger dyppe hovedet i flydende ler og sidde i et studie afkølet i den ene ende, opvarmes ved den anden, at opleve virkningerne af slip tørring.
  • 1973/74: Helen Williams Drutt udvikler det første college-niveau kursus om moderne håndværk historie. Helen Drutt Gallery åbner som en af ​​de første amerikanske. montrer, der afsættes til moderne håndværk.
Det er bare fascinerende rige håndværk historie!

Hvordan jeg lærte Om Rosey Grier

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Jeg vil gerne give et lille shoutout til en mandlig crocheter navngivet Richard Newville fordi han gør nogle store velgørenhed hækling og er også grunden til at jeg lærte om Rosey Grier i første omgang. Der var en nyhedsartikel om Newville sidst at delt hvordan han “sidder i lobbyen på Touchmark på Coffee Creek Retirement Center og crochets baby-hatte som de går ud af stil”; han hæklede mere end 11o0 af dem til dato, som han donerer til børn i nød gennem Oklahomas Infant krisecentre. Jeg ønsker at tilføje, også, at han nævner sundhedsmæssige fordele af hækling, citerer som både en afstressende og noget, der fastholder sin hånd fingerfærdighed da han aldre.

Newville er citeret i artiklen for at sige:

"I starten var jeg nervøs, forestille sig, hvad folk ville tænke på en voksen mand hækle. Jeg troede, folk ville synes, jeg var en tøsedreng. Men så huskede jeg Roosevelt Grier, og nogle af min frygt blev taget væk,"Newville sagde, med henvisning til den tidligere NFL defensive tackle. "Jeg tænkte, at hvis denne kæmpe af en mand kunne gøre det, så kunne jeg "

Efter at have læst denne, Jeg havde straks at vide: der er Rosey Grier?! Selvfølgelig, han er bare en af ​​mange mænd, der hækle.

Andre crocheters Inspireret af Rosey Grier

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Ved at gøre min forskning omkring denne fyr, Jeg blev rørt over, hvor mange drenge og mænd blev inspireret til at hækle eller i det mindste følte sig mere tryg ved deres hækling på grund af det faktum, at denne fodboldspiller skamløst delte hans kærlighed til det. Nogle eksempler:

  • 6'8″ Grover House, en prisbelønnet crocheter profileret i nyhederne i 2002 for hans arbejde crafting barns tøj. Han siger, at fartøjet gav ham “et nyt liv”, igen understreger de helbredende fordele af hækling!
  • Unge drenge i en hæklet klub der var ved at blive drillet af deres far, at det er en piges håndværk (ugh, ingen kommentar, højre?!) men som nævnt for ham, hvad deres lærer fortalte dem om Rosey Grier.
  • John Forsythe og Arte Johnson er to mænd, som blev ofte nævnt som crocheters i 1970'erne nyhedsindslag, næsten altid efter en omtale af Rosey der syntes at bane vejen for at gøre det i orden.
  • En avis (betalt artiklen) om britiske indsatte hækle referencer Rosey Grier og jeg kan ikke hjælpe, men tror, ​​at de forskellige krog programmer i mænds fængsler behøver at have nogle indsatte, der er mere komfortabel med håndværk vide, at nogen “mandig” har gjort det.
Fun Fact: Rosey Greer is not the only football player who crochets. Pittsburgh Steeler Randy Grossman crochets. And you can click here to learn about another football player who crochets.
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dlyrs
dlyrs

I knew that Mr. Grier worked needlepoint, but I never knew that he crocheted. Jeg elsker det. :)

undergroundcrafter
undergroundcrafter

I have this book and LOVE IT! Rosey's style and projects are really fun and he has a very warm personality. I don't do needlepoint at all, but the book periodically makes me wants to start.

ItsMeMaven
ItsMeMaven

Unfortunately it's not crochet what Mr. Newville is doing. He's knitting on a Knifty Knitter knitting loom. Hate to be picayune, but it's not crochet.

jatoha
jatoha

Thanks for the nice article, I remember Rosey Grier very well from my youth, but I didn't know he did crafts!

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger moderator

@ItsMeMaven Yep, Jeg kender. The article explains that he does a variety of different needlearts including crochet, strikning, macrame and needlepoint. Unfortunately I couldn't find any photos of him crocheting but I'm on the hunt!

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