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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Knitting at the ACFW Conference

Two conferences ago, at the ACFW Conference in Minneapolis, I had a life-changing conversation with one of my author friends, Allie Pleiter. I'd been watching another friend, Camy Tang, knit, and the thought of knitting fascinated me. But I didn't imagine myself having the time or ability to knit, so I never pursued it. However, Allie explained how knitting helps her pay attention. And I got to thinking that maybe I should try it.

I learned how to knit. And I loved it. True to Allie's word, knitting helped my concentration. I'm not the best knitter, nor am I the fastest knitter. But it gives me a sense of satisfaction and completion that sometimes eludes me when I'm having a hard time with my writing. I began knitting in classes, at conferences, and yes, even in church.

Knitting at the Denver Conference was a blessing I can't even describe, even nearly a year later. I learned a lot. I also developed and deepened a lot of great friendships. I even got to knit with Debbie Macomber, who is one of the sweetest people I've ever met. We even spent part of an evening trying to teach John Olson how to knit. One of the things I found most interesting was how many people commented about how much they wished they had brought their knitting or crocheting.

My encouragement to all of you is that if you do something like knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or something else that's easy to bring along, bring it! And if you see me knitting, you won't have to wish you brought yours. You can take a seat next to me and knit along. I love meeting new knitting friends.

For more fun tips and information about the upcoming ACFW conference, you can visit these blogs:
Rick Acker http://rickacker.blogspot.com/ 6-Jun
Kit Wilkinson http://www.kitwilkinson.com/ & http://www.acfw.com/blog 6-Jun
Randy Ingermanson http://www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com/blog 7-Jun
Gayle Roper http://www.acfw.com/blog 7-Jun
Chip MacGregor http://chipmacgregor.com/ 8-Jun
Robin Miller http://www.robinswritingworld.blogspot.com/ 8-Jun
Terri Blackstock http://www.acfw.com/blog 9-Jun
Trish Perry http://trishperry.blogspot.com/ 9-Jun
Danica Favorite McDonald http://danicafavorite.blogspot.com/ 10-Jun
Susan May Warren http://susanmaywarren.typepad.com/scribbles/ 10-Jun
Colleen Coble http://girlswriteout.blogspot.com 11-Jun
Erica Vetsch http://onthewritepath.blogspot.com/ 11-Jun


smithsk said...

A church I went to in CO had a UFO group - unfinished objects - where they together to knit, stitch, whatever and have fellowship.

As Dorcas had the gift of sewing, you all have quite a spiritual gift to knit you all together.


Allie Pleiter said...

Yes! Knit at the conference! Knit everywhere you need to sit and pay attention or sit and wait. Tell you what, Danica; I'll take your blessing and go a step farther. I'll make a public promise to anyone who wants to email me--I'll teach you to knit at the conference if you want to learn. Go to www.alliepleiter.com and email me that you want to learn, and I'll make it happen.

Danica Favorite said...

Susan, that sounds so neat! We miss you.

YAY Allie!!

See that, everyone, Allie's ready and willing to help more of us become knitters. We will take over the world... Okay, maybe not. But every once and a while, it's fun to say.

Camy Tang said...

I love knitting at conferences! But the most fun knitting is at the ACFW Conference because there are so many of us who knit and crochet there! Come join me and Danica knitting!

kalea_kane said...

I would love to learn to knit. How did you learn? I think I could learn a new way to focus.

Danica Favorite said...

I learned watching online videos. Knittinghelp.com is a great place to start.