Four years ago, before the creation of this blog, I had another blog. A knitting blog. Yes, where I talked about knitting specifically. I have no idea if I had any followers because I was on Blogger and didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I looked at it as an online knitting journal where I could jot down what projects I was working on, etc. During that time I began following the blog of this one particular knitter and guess what…she is a writer. Her name is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and I’ll give you one guess what she writes about. Knitting humor. She has several books out and to me, she’s like the Erma Bombeck of knitting humor. I read her book Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter and that was it. I knew I’d be buying everything she wrote. I haven’t been disappointed so far. Seriously, anyone who calls herself a yarn harlot is my kind of gal. She also has a blog where she writes about her touring escapades, knitting, writing, her girls, knitting, her mistakes, the bike rally event she participates in, Doctors Without Borders, the Knitting Olympic event, and knitting. Honestly, she’s a well-rounded knitter.
Her blog is the one blog I kept up with every day. In the last three years I haven’t kept up as much but then I’ve been writing in earnest and I created this blog which has kept me pretty busy. So much so that I haven’t spent as much time knitting. With everything that’s happened behind the scenes here, and as I’ve mentioned more than once, I’ve returned back to knitting to help restore a semblance of calm and a little balance. With that in mind, I decided to check back in on the Yarn Harlot. I’ve got a lot to catch up on.
My point here is that you can write just about anything and find a market for it, knitting included (and not just intruction books). And you can be successful, if not the next James Patterson. Just keep writing what you want to write.
As for me, I’m going to go back and catch up on what I’ve missed. I also heartily encourage you to check out Ms. Pearl-McPhee’s blog and books. Even if you don’t know the first thing about knitting you’ll still love listening to her battle the squirrel who steals wool, or the great expanding wool sweater. Plus, I’ve discovered she’s a wealth of information about the world of an actual published writer.