Friday, July 8, 2011

My Knitting Hobby

I hope you had a Happy Fourth of July! Someone asked me what is your hobby? I said knitting. The sweater in the photo is one I knitted a few years ago. It is made of 100% wool full of bobbles and cables which makes it in Aran style knitting and the design came from Vogue knitting magazine. I even made my own four inch cable needle out of bamboo skewer which I tapered both ends and waxed and buffed it.

People worry about the economy and ABC has been airing their "Made in America" series. I wondered what kind of a business I could do? Well, I could knit berets. Knitting uses a pair or two needles and good yarn. That's it. It is a delightful craft that uses less tools than woodworking or making stoneware clay mugs. I admire ceramics, but you need a kiln, a room to get wet and dirty, a potter's wheel and a sturdy shelf to dry or even a humid room to dry it slowly. Otherwise, ceramics is very beautiful.

I am slowly chiseling my way out of writer's block. For many months I was stuck on chapter 13. So far, I have written chapter 21. Writing my novel and composing music are my two passions. Just when I got happy I felt worried because I realize I need to write about 20 more chapters so my book can grow to about 400 pages. Oh, Lordy, Lordy.

Who are the women who knit in fiction? So far I can think of one a great amateur sleuth developed by writer Agatha Christie. Miss Marple would think about clues and supects while she knitted with yarn and a pair of knitting needles.


  1. Thanks so much for linking up at
    I used to enjoy knitting as a kid with my mom - Not so much for the knitting, but it was a rare connection which allowed me to spend time with her. That pic shows a beautiful jumper - did you do it. ITs lovely. So cozy looking!

    Glad you broke the writing block - I'm still a little congested in this respect! I'm desperate to get back into the swing of the story again but it alludes me all the time! AARRGH!
    Good for you though! Have you considered joining the critique group at She Writes to get feedback on what you've got. IT's a great resource.
    Shah ;D - Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Shah. Yes, I did knit all of this sweater, sleeves, front and back cables and bobbles. :)

    I think crafts are wonderful way for mom and daughter's to connect. My mom and I would sew together. I wasn't fond of sewing but mom is very good with her hands.

    Just keep chiseling at writer's block. Be patient with yourself, but keep on writing. Then you will find the words flowing again.

    Where is the critique group on she writes? I will look into it.

    Happy Writing! You too have a have a Great Weekend! :D

  3. What a beautiful sweater. I love to knit and I sometimes sit down with my book of stitches and try new ones. I think I have the longest scarf in the world. It's just for fun. I am a new follower here and would love for you to visit and follow my blog. I write book reviews and stories about my crazy life. Thanks. Donna

    I tweeted your post for you.

  4. Sorry it took me so long to get here! I tried knitting, but I haven't the patience to learn it - then I tried cross-stitch, but that didn't work out either. I envy those who are creative in that respect, but then we're all different.
    Thanks for visiting my blog on the hop and commenting. Much appreciated!