Friday, February 21, 2014

How to Find Your Knitting Mission

Robyn Devine with her family

I've always been fascinated by the "why" of people's behaviour and choices. I was recently sent a copy of an ebook, courtesy of, to review that plays exactly into my interest. It's written by Robyn Devine and is her personal story of her effort to knit 10,000 hats for people all over the world. The publisher is allowing me to give an electronic copy of the book She Makes Hats to one of my readers. There will be contest details at the end of this post.

The book is a charming, quick little read. It's one half memoir and one half an explanation and analysis on how an individual can find meaning and purpose in the simplest things in life. 

Robyn explains both the importance of knitting to her and to the world at large. I knew by page four that I would enjoy reading about her journey when she described her transition from a non-knitter in yarn shop vowing to never invest time and money in such a "frivolous thing" to " a woman possessed".

You can find Robyn's web site and her free patterns here.

Contest is now closed
To win a copy of She Makes Hats, please put a comment on this post telling me something you have learned from reading my blog. I'll count the posts on Tuesday Feb 25th in the early morning and use a random number generator to pick a winner. I'll post the results on Wednesday Feb 26. The winner can then contact me with their email so I can send them a copy.


  1. The interviews with designers are always interesting because their design ethos is fully expanded when describing their designs, letting the reader/knitter know the back story behind the item. More personal than a straight forward patter presentation.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. I love your interviews with designers; we are all so different but we all love the same thing! I'm still thrown by the thought of dumbing down patterns. I hope that I explain enough, and if you already know how to do something, just skip ahead.

  3. I enjoy the designer interviews. It is so interesting to see how they approach design and the business side.

  4. "What advice would you give someone who wants to pursue a career in knitting?"

    This is my favorite question you ask designers and I always learn something from their answers. Thank you!

  5. From your blog, I have learned that it is the details that make or break our work. Your detailed approach to your designs, your blog and to your interviews makes a 'hurry to the finish line' person like me stop and re-think. Thanks for that.