Knit One, Write One

Hi all. Casey here. J couldn’t be with us today, so I’m posting in her stead.

When I’m not writing or reading, my other favorite hobbies are knitting and crocheting. I like them so much that I have to be careful not to use them as an excuse to avoid writing. Earlier this year, I created a series of food themed scarves from Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies.

I’m now the proud owner of the following scarves: buttered toast, rocket pop, bacon & eggs, and a much admired candy dot scarf (which a few folks have offered to buy from me!).  I also have bags full of knitted socks, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, crocheted amigurumi (little animals), and even crocheted food (my favorite is my hamburger).

With each cluster of projects, there’s  often a corresponding novel, query or synopsis that was being created at the same time. Not thinking about writing all the time, frees my mind so new ideas can float in.

One thing that I’ve noticed is that knitting/crocheting and writing are more alike than they seem. They both weave a thread into a cohesive whole. From out of nothing recognizable, you create something that didn’t exist previously.

With knitting or crocheting, if you don’t have a good, solid cast on (or chain) as a foundation, the end result won’t meet your expectations. Writing is similar. If the beginning of your story isn’t solid, then ending won’t be that satisfying either.

The other thing I like about yarn craft is that with patience and perseverance, you will be rewarded with an item that you created. One that you can wear, give away or display. And if you’re brave, you can branch out and experiment with new patterns and techniques to create something all your own. If your project goes awry, you can “frog it” (rip it, rip it – get it?) and start again.

Computers are a wonderful thing. They let you easily delete, copy or save your work. If there are bits I need to remove, I create a scene graveyard. I often go back to the graveyard and harvest ideas, wording or scenes as needed. And like my favorite needle crafts, I can either share my work or keep it in a bag hidden from sight.

What other hobbies do you enjoy? Leave me a note. I’d love to hear from you.


7 thoughts on “Knit One, Write One”

  1. Great post. One hobby that I enjoy is beading and jewelry design. There are twists and turns of wire; building one bead atop another; large gem pendants with smaller crystals woven around; color diversity; color sameness; charms suspended from rope or chain. I think that this is much like weaving a story as well; plot twists and turns; building suspense or characterization by recounting clues one piece at a time; larger plot points surrounded by smaller or protagonists/antagonists surrounded by the nemeses, side-kicks etc; diversity of personality or cultures or histories of each character; flaws or graces of each character or plot dangling in front of the reader. All create an extraordinary piece of jewelry or the extraordinary world of a novel. Thanks Casey.

    Debralee Mede

    1. I’ve experimented with some crochet/bead jewelry. Some came out pretty good, some were not so great. I’ve always wanted to try wire work, which I will get to at some point. I’m always most content when I’m creating something, whether it’s mentally (a story) or physically (crocheting or knitting).

    1. Jamie, it was nice to get to know you a little bit yesterday! I was sitting across the room from you watching that beautiful scarf come into being, and I got the itch to go to the yarn store. This fall or winter, maybe we all ought to have a “knit-in” somewhere. We could bring our current fiber WIPs and talk about writing. . .

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