I meant to let you know before I went away for the weekend. But what a weekend it was. It had nothing to do with writing or romance. I’ll bet you can guess what I was up to, especially if you read my blog often. Yes, I spent the weekend knitting at the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. My fingers can’t type this morning to save my life. But I will tell you one funny story. In Cat Bordhi’s class, she was going around the room signing her books, (yes, I waited patiently and excitedly to get my book signed) we began discussing writing and publishing and she was thrilled to discover I wrote. And then she urged me to put knitting in my books. The conversation went something like this:
Cat: You have to have knitting! You must!
Me: But I do!
Cat: What sort of knitting?
This was asked suspiciously. I think she thought I was going to say doilies. So I told her the heroines wear hand knit red socks. And since her expertise is socks, Cat was thrilled. But then she stopped and looked at me.
Cat: But you need a man who knits.
Me, very proudly: I have a man who knits in my books.
Cat: Who is he, a sailor?
Yes, Cat knows the history of knitting. Sailors all knit. And so I told her:
Me: No, he’s a pirate of sorts.
The room went crazy. It was so much fun.
Yes, everyone, Captain Thomas Dashwell knits. And there you have it first. Well, second, since I told all the knitters first.
But if you prefer a non-knitting hero, check out the excerpt from Confessions of a Little Black Dress. There is nary a knitting pirate in sight. I promise. And if you like the excerpt, please consider sharing it on your favorite social site with the links at the end of the excerpt. Books, like knitting, are best when shared with friends!