I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver chapter of Romance Writers of America. So very very thrilled. There are more details here.
The accidental knitter
A funny thing happened a couple of months ago – I became a knitter.
It started like this…. I was in Canada, looking for a birthday present for a friend of mine who is Canadian but lives in the U.K. I thought a Canadian present might be nice.
My friend has been known to knit. Many years ago, I did a bit of knitting too, and it occurred to me that I could buy some wool in Canada and knit my friend an “Australian-made” hand-knitted Canadian Scarf.
I did and she liked it.
Not only that – I really enjoyed knitting it. Travelling as much as I do, I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms – and this seemed a great way to pass the time.
A couple of weeks later, my work took me to Cincinnati – where I bought some fabulous wool.
Then I found myself in Miami were I bought some red ribbon yarn.
Last week, in Texas… well… you get the idea.
Every yarn store I have visited has been staffed by the most wonderful people – friendly and welcoming.
There is always a big table where women (and the occasional brave man) sit around knitting and talking. They are quite happy to teach me a new stitch and help me decipher a pattern. I have been invited to join them for coffee, wine and even dinner.
It certainly has made my travels a little less lonely, and I now have some unique souvenirs of the places I have been.
So – in very short space of time I have knitted a pullover, a shrug, a shawl, two hats and seven scarves (including the one I gave to my friend).
I’ve dropped some stitches that I meant to drop – and a few I didn’t. I’ve even learned to knit a hole – deliberately!
Not only that, but a character who is going to appear in my next novel has started looking over my shoulder while I knit. She thinks it looks like fun. She travels a lot on her job as well, and by the time she finally gets out of my head and onto a typed page – I’ve got a funny feeling she may just have become a knitter.
If she’s lucky, I might share some tips with her.Share this page...
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