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.
Knitting up a story
This is my latest knitting project – it’s a pretty baby jacket. I’ve never knitted a baby thing before, and there was a very good reason I suddenly had to knit this.
As an author, I draw on real-life experiences in my stories and my characters.
In real life – I travel a lot for my day job and am cautious about being out, alone, in a strange city at night. Especially when I may not speak the language.
Therefore, I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms, where there TV channels are usually not in my language either.
And I knit.
It’s great for the RSI I sometimes get from spending too much time at a computer keyboard, but it is also very very relaxing after a hard day’s work.
I knit at home too – mostly things for myself or a friend, because webmaster John doesn’t like knitted things. There is also a rumour that I hand knitted a lovely colour co-ordinated blanket in pure wool for my cat. Just a rumour of course. Along with the rumour about me knitting blankets for rescued koalas.
So – when I started writing Quinn – the heroine of my new book The Wild One, I discovered that she too spends a lot of time away from home, in hotels or campsites. She needed something to relax her, so she knits.
But there’s a secret story behind her knitting. A terribly sad story that has left her emotionally scarred. Knitting is her way of dealing with her pain. The knitting becomes a symbol of her pain – and her eventual escape from her past.
This jacket is not the one Quinn knits in the book. She is a far better knitter than I am. But I wanted to knit it so I could understand how long it takes, and how detailed the work might be.
I love this pattern – the front lace panel is removable and I could knit several panels in different lace patterns, or even different colours. As for the buttons – I may yet use the leftovers on a grown-up item for myself. I found the pattern here.
So – for all the knitters out there, this book is for you. Keep those needles flying, because in today’s world, too many old crafts are being lost. And there’s a lot to be said for looking at something beautiful and saying – Wow – I did that.
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