In Which I Compare Writing To Knitting

Jesi Kay

Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at

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13 Responses

  1. Dawn D says:

    Ha! You almost make me want to pick up knitting again! I haven’t done it in such a long time. I think I gave up after the kids were born, or rather, when the projects had to become bigger and bigger as the kids grew.
    But I totally understand the black hole thing. Been there, done that. I don’t understand how it works with writing, as I have never written a whole made up story. One day maybe.
    For now, I’m just trying to find my voice in writing up my own. It’s plenty for me 🙂
    I remember how cathartic knitting could be, sitting there, the pattern so well ingrained in your mind that you go at it without thinking, so your mind can sort through other things that bug you. I remember unraveling inches of precious knitting, knowing it represented unraveling hours of my precious time. But I loved it.
    Quilting does that to me too. I guess I like needle work. But I’m one who does things in bouts, so… right now, I’m writing. In a few months, years, I’ll pick up knitting again 🙂
    In the mean time, well done on both of your endeavours!

    • Jesi says:

      Thank you, sweetie! Knitting is such an old-fashioned hobby but I love doing it. And I’ve done some quilting in my past. In fact, one of my ongoing projects is a complete hand-embroidered quilt top to be made into a wedding quilt for my niece whenever that time comes. I love textiles and am a very tactile person. I can’t resist touching textures. Especially sensuous fabrics. That’s probably one of the attractions of writing for me…the texture of pen on paper, etc.
      And finding your voice through writing its plenty for now. I, too, go in bouts of interest.

      • Dawn D says:

        Ha! I do understand the sensory side of this!
        I write with my computer, gave up pen to paper a while ago. It’s easier to hide from the kids, or I don’t have time to do both, first writing on paper then type it all in. I don’t know.
        But right now, I want to explore less practical arts, I want to feel my hands deep in wet clay. Hasn’t happened yet, but… the idea of it is still there 🙂

  2. lrconsiderer says:

    I don’t knit – oh no I do knot!
    I learnded it once, but then i forgot
    i cast something on and it all got cast off
    I’ll leave all the purls and the knits to the prof.

    • Jesi says:

      Darling, don’t fret, it wasn’t meant to be,
      I was the one fated for the insanity.
      So you don’t knit, there are worse things you could do,
      And besides, I’ve already knitted a hat, ‘specially for you. 😉

      • lrconsiderer says:

        What’s that?! A HAT?!
        For my (damn) head!
        My dear, you warm my knotted heart
        And blush my cheeks to red…

        • Jesi says:

          A hat, a hat, to warm your cockled little heart,
          Or rather your head, since that’s the part
          it goes on,
          so I thought I’d send a little Texas sunshine your way,
          to have in time for Christmas Day.

          Though shameless hussy that I am,
          it might arrive with the new year’s posts. 😉

          • lrconsiderer says:

            A hat thus knitted with love, words and wool
            Will keep me all warm when the Outside is cool
            I’ll love it forever
            This hat is a treasure
            E’en though I might write like a fool

  3. qwietpleez says:

    I’ve never knitted, tried that whole crochet thing once though . . . upon untangling myself from the mess I’d managed to hook myself in, I vowed never to touch yarn again, but I totally get the analogy and I LOVE it. I can only handle one black hole at a time so I’ll simply stick to weaving words! By the way, I will have that tune stuck in my head for, at the very least, a year now 🙂

    • Jesi says:

      LOL. Know what knitters call crocheters? Hookers. 😉
      I’ve been doing some holiday knitting-lots of hats-and decided I needed a sweater for myself because I NEVER make anything for myself and I found this gorgeous blue marbled yarn that looks like sapphire water. And I’ve been using the knitting to clear my brain and think of new scenes and dialogue, then write them down. I’m getting rather a lot done actually. LOL
      And that tune has been stuck in my head since my 19 yr old was a kid and watched Lamb Chop all the time.

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