Someone bugged me the other week that they didn’t know my own answers to the author feature questions I’m always asking other people. Since I’ve got a book releasing November 1 (which may already be on the shelves in your local bookstore or supermarket), I decided to accept the challenge. So this month, the “Author Who Knits” is...me.
I’m currently working on the Mapes shawl from Lovin’ Knit, the KnitAlong from my visit to Atlanta. It’s a lovely mix of stockinette and a decorative stitch that requires a little more attention.
There was a sock from FiberWild! in Galena, IL that really challenged me. All kinds of cables and spiffy gussets and complicated patterns. It’s absolutely lovely, but it’s also absolutely lonely--I could never muster the courage to make the second.
There was a blue sweater that I created using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s formula method. Great in theory, not so great in execution. The color was wrong, the fit was a poor choice, and we will not discuss what happened when it found its way into the dryer by mistake. Let’s just call it a mercy killing.
I own dozens of needles, but I keep coming back to my KnitPicks harmony circulars. They tuck nicely in the mesh bags I stash in my handbag so I’m never without knitting.
I seem to prefer wood, although I do love my Signature needles, which are almost like jewelry they are so beautifully made.
Dark. The darker, the better.
Coffee! Now that my doctor has asked me to cut back, it’s cold-brewed, low-acid, half-decaf, but it’s still coffee. I treasure every drop now.
Several! I manage to include a knitting character in about half my books--more in the Gordon Falls series since prayer shawls feature in the plots. The shawls show up in all the books, but play a sweet role in the newest release, THE FIREFIGHTER’S MATCH.
That I discover new things about the characters with every book, and don’t plan it out in advance. Violet Sharpton started out as a minor character, but she’s become rather beloved. I never know quite how this sort of thing happens, but it’s one of the great pleasures of writing for me. Authors are never really in charge.
As you can imagine, I have great relationships with several Chicago area stores, but my “home turf” is:
5221 Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60515