A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

July 12, 2011

A Prank and a Giveaway

You may have already heard about this prank. While filming Larry Crowne, Tom Hanks organized a prank on co-star and knitting lover, Julia Roberts. Hanks arranged to have the entire crew gathered, knitting for when Roberts arrived.

I heard about this and thought it was cute but it's much funnier to see it for yourself.



I love when she says, "That's all you need in knitting is just a girlfriend to get you started." I also enjoy the varying degrees that people are attempting to actually knit there little swatches.

I have been given* a $25 Fandango Gift Card and a Larry Crowne t-shirt and notebook to give to a reader. So please just leave a comment on this post and check back in one week to see if you're the lucky winner. My commenting does not show me your email so leave me your Ravelry name and I can send you a message if you win. Or just check back here in one week and see if you're the winner. This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada. Good luck!


*I have never done a sponsored giveaway before but I figure we all love a good prank and we all love movies.

69 comments:

AnaMarie said...

Long time lurker, first (?) time commenter. Love the video!

Shlaci from Ravelry

Anonymous said...

That is the best! Thanks for sharing.
Fieldstone on Ravelry

Kris said...

Very fun!!

Kim said...

That was hilarious! Thanks for making me laugh out loud this morning. Now we know how serious Julia is about her knitting.
msleoknits

Lyn said...

Funny how a contest will get lurkers (like me) to comment! Cute video, nice to see she really does knit. Also, love your Thursday posts!
(DownwardDogFbrs)

Bonney said...

I saw that prank last week and I thought it was fantastic. I wonder how many people started knitting because of it!

Steph said...

cute! She does have an infectious laugh.

StephCat on Ravelry

Lydia said...

that was totally hilarious! i don't live far from julia's home town-would love to run into her at an LYS. she must be well liked for them to go to that much trouble. lydia1986@comcast.net

FoFo said...

That is too funny!!! I am MaggieTN on Ravelry.

laura said...

love that video! what a great prank.

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Mary said...

Too funny! I <3 Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks and this video is just too cute.

Denebir on Ravelry

Sara said...

That is hilarious! I love the one tangled up like a kitten ;)

Saraskates on Rav ;)

Kathleen said...

This is awesome!
katwriter on Rav

kleggett said...

Love Julia Roberts laugh when she walked in.
knittingkathy on Rav

Mrs. H. said...

This was so cute!

Anonymous said...

I saw that on another blog, but it was definately worth another look. Her reaction is awesome and so genuine.

Rachel206 on Rav

Meredith O said...

That's so cool, Jessica! Thank you for sharing!

kate said...

I loved seeing it- I'd read about it before by not seen it. Thank you!

Megan said...

I would love to see this if I could find a sitter for my newborn. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lynn Bethke said...

Another lurker pulled out of the woodwork. I loved seeing how smoothly she knit - clearly a devoted knitter!
froggydear on Ravelry

ctexas said...

That is so cute, just maybe they will continue

ctexas@charter.net

Tara said...

I love pranks and I love knitting, but knitting pranks are the best of all!!!!

tarasana on ravelry

Anonymous said...

Makes me smile :)
denim

Anonymous said...

I LOVE it!!!!

Boom-GP on Ravelry

Gina said...

That's fantastic! Her spontaneous, unguarded laugher needs to be recorded and played in offices! I didn't think I could like Julia Roberts more...

lumay

Anonymous said...

That is cute. Given the way he was holding the needles, I think spagetti guy has watched too many cartoons with people 'knitting' in them.

RavID: nephele

Anonymous said...

would love to see her Rav page (if she had one)
-punknqueen

isrbrown said...

Julia Roberts & Tom Hanks Rock!!! I love that she is prolific enough that her co-workers prank her!

isrbrown on Ravelry

SV said...

That is adorable! Looks like a fun place to work.

Knitika said...

I actually enjoyed that video more than I thought I would. Very cute! Such sincere warmth.

Thanks for posting, and thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Miss Audrey said...

Oh, that laugh. :D Like all celebrities, you can hear some nasty stories about Julia Roberts from time to time, but I have to think that anyone who knits can't be all bad.

This also, by the way, makes me love Tom Hanks even more.

Thanks for the giveaway, Jess! (MissAudrey on Rav)

Victor Free Library said...

Another lurker and love your blog. This is terrific! My husband built a little cabin in the woods, all by himself,but watching me knit is like watching magic to him. I've tried to explain it to him & he looks just like these guys. Can't wait to show him this.

Lynne from Macedon, NY

stash haus said...

I needed a laugh today.

And like Knitika, I liked the video much more than I was expecting.

That wardrobe woman deserves a gift card for some luxury yarn after having to spend 12 hours of casting on what looks to be acrylic.

(stashhaus on Rav)

Andrea said...

I heard about this prank but it's definitely funnier to watch!

peatmoss83 on Rav

Joan said...

I'll be residing in Seattle as of August 11th-- does that count?

:) Joan (dba Frenchknit)

Andrea said...

That's a great prank. Thanks for the giveaway!

aksaxton

Barbara said...

bookie on Ravelry loves the prank. We're a family of pranksters so I appreciate it.

Psychgrad said...

Cute - I hadn't heard of the prank.

Fujiyamamama said...

What a great prank! I had not heard of it either, thanks for posting the video.
Fujiyamamama on Ravelry

Jadielady said...

i don't want the prize but that video was HILARIOUS!

Sarah said...

I love the "say goodbye to smoking" line. Yep-we knit so we don't kill people guys-and look how happy it makes Julia Roberts.
Great clip.
Sarahmknits.

Orli said...

That's adorable! I love that Tom Hanks is so into it, and her reaction is priceless.

tinyplasticmeat

TinkerTots said...

Bwahahahaha!

Terri said...

FUN!

dandelion on Ravelry

Lynn said...

Love both Tom and Julia and the video is great.

Spinphd

Karen said...

Love pranks that go right ;) Ravelry: knottyk

Margaret said...

That's completely adorable. I love how she picks up Tom Hanks' needles and just starts going on them. And yes, I love her quote about all you need is a girlfriend to get you started. I'm going to teach a visiting professor (a guy!) how to knit in the next couple of weeks -- his wife is at least sort of a knitter so I'm hoping she can keep him going. So much fun. Oh! and I'm MGMills.

Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing the the video. I had heard about the prank, but didn't know there was a video of it. I am lyknnits on Ravelry.

J-dub said...

Aw, that's adorable! I've never been a huge fan of either Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts, but I have to admit I kinda like 'em both a whole lot after seeing that.

Oh, and I'm Jinxie on ravelry if anyone caress. ;)

anmiryam said...

Hey Jessica,

As a committed moviegoer, occasionally depicted knitting in the movies, I cannot pass up a chance to win.

Gromit

Adrienne said...

I love the way the guy says "skein" near the beginning. Ha!

Beverly (db81971) said...

Very funny! Thank you for sharing it with me.

Anonymous said...

I love at the end actually seeing Julia knit a few stitches. She knows what she's doing.

Roseanne on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I loved Julia's reaction, thanks for posting the video. Sockie on Ravelry

LikeTheSeason said...

Awesome!

liketheseason on Rav

tammy m said...

So funny ! I love both Tom & Julia!
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Michelle said...

That is just hillarious!! There is nothing better to break the tension at work than a good prank. If anyone is inspired, it takes 282 balloons to fill a small end cubie. ;o)

Susan said...

What fun, and I'd love to win!

majorasue on Ravelry

shortknitz said...

Too perfect. Love Julia Roberts, love Tom Hanks, love knitting. What could be better?

I am shortknitz on Ravelry

Julie said...

I'm a lurker, too. Contests will get me out of my shell every time! I loved the prank video, especially the guy who had draped the yarn all over himself.

I'm jchant on Ravelry.

Marcia said...

Liked the movie, also!! Stitchnmom

J said...

Always forget how hilarious it is to listen to someone try to talk about knitting when they know NOT ONE THING. "He had me go to the store and buy 50 knitting needles...and then she spent 12 hours, um, getting the needles ready." Fifty knitting needles? Can't you imagine the conversation that led to that? So, there's 25 of us, so...ah..how many needles do I need to get?"

pat said...

Oh, you need to pick me for sure. Just because..... I'm skyhag on Ravelry.

Anonymous said...

Movies and knitting: a perfect combination.

susanR on Rav.

LeAnn said...

Now I'm gonna HAVE to see this movie!

Kari said...

Thanks for the giveaway
karitive on Ravelry

Lise said...

Loved the video, thanks!
KnitMoron

loel said...

I saw this, too and loved it.

lkmemphis on ravelry

Mary Joy (Yummy Yarn) said...

Hey! She's an English thrower, just like me!


maryjoy (Rav)