WWW: Now with added Rachael!

The love started Monday…if you’re wondering what’s going on today, take a peek!

The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your heroine” contest, chosen by Rachael herself: Jennifer B who wrote “Anjuli – It was in a wonderful novel called The Far Pavilion by M. M. Kaye, and I have always loved it.” Congrats, Jennifer — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME!

And now, onto day 3 of the week of Looooooove!

Knitty: Are you ever tempted to pull stories from the news into your fiction, or do you want the world you create to be free of that stuff?
Rachael: I can honestly say I’m never tempted to pull the news in—I listen to NPR three or four days a week, and I feel I’m usually pretty up on the news, but there’s nothing that dates a manuscript more than reading old news (unless it’s being done for a specific purpose, to ground a novel in a particular time). I like my novels to stand alone, politically neutral (although there is an occasional mention of current things that I really love, like Twitter and Ravelry—those things will still be big in a few years, right?).

K: Will Cypress Hollow have its own web page…or blog?
R: Actually, Mildred tweets! She gives us the low-down on Cypress Hollow.

K: How do you find the time to work full time, write novels, knit and still be a pleasant and lovely person?
R: You’re TOO KIND. Normally, in life, I run pretty fast. I wake up ready to go, and I go-go-go until bedtime. I’m not good at relaxing (until I try really hard, and then I get TOO good at relaxing and don’t want to do any work—that happened last week).

But really, the first thing to go is the knitting. After all, I have to write, and I have to work (luckily, I can sometimes knit in the down times at work, which is a blessing—at least a little bit gets done), but I don’t actually HAVE to knit to survive, you know. But we all have lots of hours in the day, it’s just about how you use them. No matter what, I have a pair of socks-on-the-go in my purse, and I knit them when I’m at the movies or standing in line. When I’m hanging out with friends, I knit. I write early in the morning, before work. Sure, I get tired, but it’s what I love, and it’s worth it. Also, I don’t have kids, like a lot of my writer friends do. I don’t know how THEY do it.

A few hundred thousand of the millions.

In honor of the centenary of International Women’s Day, a group called SitAndKnitABit in the UK has organized the 100 Million Stitches project.  Designed to mark the anniversary, and bring attention to the challenges and discrimination that women have faced over the years, and that continues today.

Let us introduce you to Mary Westwell, of Manchester, UK. For more than 10 years, Mary knitted dolls for sick children in the Manchester area, which she had her sons deliver to the children – entirely anonymously. She knitted over 2,000 dolls and toys over the years, and despite bids to find out who was behind the scheme, managed to keep it a secret. Mary gave her grandchildren permission to reveal her secret shortly before her death last month, at the age of 98.

In you’re in the UK, add WoolFest 2011 to your calendar, June 24 & 25, held in Cumbria. This year’s event promises to be the biggest ever, with a whole new floor of vendors added at the venue.

Let’s give away another copy of Rachael’s new book!

This time, to win, leave a comment to this post by Wednesday, March 9th at midnight, eastern time. In your comment, name the fictional town where you’d set your knitting-based novel. Rachael will pick her favorite and that lucky person will win a copy of HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME.

Good luck, y’all, and stay tuned…we’ve got prizes every day this week with a special big surprise on Friday, and lots more Rachael!

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110 thoughts on “WWW: Now with added Rachael!

  1. Lorajean

    Hmmm. Powers. But it is a real town in southern rural Oregon. It’s a logging town and has a great history full of characters. Beautiful and remote in the siskiyous mountains.

  2. Amanda

    I’m going to go with West Bardton, as I seem to have Shakespeare on the brain today.
    And in the tradition of my home state (NJ), There is a West, East, and South Bardton, but no north. Instead they have Bardton Borough.

  3. Steph N

    Redbud Springs, which would be, like the town my mom grew up in, ten miles east of West.

  4. Seanna Lea

    I think I want my knitting-based novel to be in Beaver Creek. A tiny hamlet of a town where people return when they are healing from life.

    (And any town is better than Egypt, ME. That book did not give my state a good name at all!)

  5. Miya

    I’m working on a modern day fairytale surrounding a fiber-artist. She and her partner live in a rural mid-west town called Aristeer.

  6. Jennifer

    Millville, a small former logging community on the edge between economic collapse and social boom, with the old-timers agitating against change and their children and grandchildren dragging the dusty facades into the 21st century with wireless internet at the cafes and live bands in the park.

  7. Emily Dee

    Well, I’d be setting my fictional town on the outskirts of a bigger city in Southern California, but I had this idea of a totally whitebread/boring looking country-club planned community named Chester Hills….that’s actually a front for all the old-money nefarious types.

    To Astoria, above, who named her town Balderdash, I just want to follow that up with “North Dakota,” or “Maryland,” or “Nevada.”

    Balderdash, Nevada. What a perfect thing to put on an envelope!

  8. Andrea

    The setting for my novel is Ana Cortez (heavily inspired by my real home town of Anacortes)

  9. Elizabeth M.

    I’d set my novel in Start Again. In life we are always having to make new beginnings.

  10. Red

    My novel “Spinderella” from yesterday’s entry, is about a young hip-hop dj and I’m a urban dweller, so my first choice would be New York City or LA because of the huge club scenes. Plus they’re so big, you could easily fit an entire fictional town/enclave within its borders and it would be believable.

    For an entirely fictional town, I called mine Covington West (and no, there’s no Covington East).

  11. Kathleen

    Reblochon (probably located in Quebec). Reblochon is my favorite cheese, and since my dad was born in a town named Muenster (Texas, and yes, it’s real) I always thought a cheese name would be fun.

  12. Judith

    I’d set it right here in Madison WI- because as the saying goes “Madison is 70 square miles surrounded by reality”. : )

  13. Sarah

    The name Utopia has already been taken (hamlet just west of Barrie, Ont.), so my vote goes for Whistle Creek.

  14. philhellene

    I’d set at least a part of the novel in Woolton Liverpool, Merseyside, cos it is close to ‘wool town’.

  15. Patty

    Estes Park, CO. Of course the story would have to take place during the wool festival there.

  16. Anne M

    For my knitting based novel I would set it in the mythical town of Eves Landing. A coastal town in the Canadian Martime region, as I have very fond memories of my visit to Nova Scotia.

  17. Rickie

    I’d call it Raven Ridge, the name I made up to call the ridge where I live, and that I use for my little fiber business.

  18. Kay

    I’d set my novel in Ramiesburrow,Cornish England, because I like how it rolls off my tounge.

  19. Lynn


    Even though it is a real town.
    Just love the sound of it. Ocean crashing, windswept cliffs, nestled in the foothills, wet, windy and wild.

  20. TripletMom

    Windfall, NC is a small deeply southern small town. Think Mayberry well seasoned with feminism and sass 🙂

  21. Pat L

    Clodgy Point Cove (partly real and partly fictional) in Cornwall, England – a great place for a mystery!

  22. Mimi

    Hopewell Junction. It’s a town in Dutchess County, New York. I’ve always thought it’s such a great name for a small intimate community. Hope rises you know.

  23. Miriam

    Three Sheep Corner. (There are of course more than three sheep, but it’s named for rock formations that look like sheeps)

  24. Linda W

    I would call my fictional town Respite Point. It would be a place with lots of flowers and birds around.

  25. nikkapotamus

    I would totally set it in my own little town of St. Joseph, MI. It’s on the lake, its got some great winters for wool wearing, and the summer breezes off the lake often require a lacy bit of shawl.

  26. Allie

    Svizzera. It’s the Italian name for Switzerland, but I can just imagine it somewhere in the States with a landscape that’s totally the antithesis to Switzerland, and lots of backstory as to how it got that name to boot.

  27. Pilaar

    Fiddlesticks, Newfoundland, Canada
    Pretty sure it doesn’t exist, but if it did it would be a great place to knit and storm watch I’m sure.

  28. Rebbie

    Hidden Valley.
    When I was little, I wrote my grandmother some stories that took place there. Years later, I was very upset to find out that a salad dressing was using my name! It sounds like a nice, quiet place to knit.

  29. Beth

    Wineglass, Montana in the Crazy Mountains. Lots of opportunities to wear wool in the winter and on those cool mountain summer evenings.

  30. Heather Kinne

    Fiber Falls, Nebraska. So named for the wheat, grain, and barley fields that line the river banks. The town joke: “Which fiber are you? Wheat? Or Wool?” as the town has a thriving knitting and spinning community as well.

  31. DonnaMak

    Argylia, UK, on the north coast of England. Folks there are always in need of a warm jumper or cardi so there are lots of opportunities for working knitwear into a novel (a romance novel perhaps).

  32. Becky

    Woolen Corners

    ‘Corners’ and the little tiny places in my area of the world. They generally have 4 houses, and sometimes a general store. They often seamed lost in time.

  33. Linda L.

    Crabapple Cove, Maine. My story would be about Hawkeye Pierce’s sister, and her adventures while knitting him a sweater to wear in Korea.

  34. K.M.Jones

    My knitting-based novel would take place in San Angelin, a city embedded on the coast of Puerto Rico–with the atmosphere of Manhattan, but only 10 minutes to the closest beach and 30 minutes to the rural mountains. It would have to feature a lot of summery, cotton-knits, since wool knitting would be a challenge in humid PR!

  35. Dorothy

    Cascade, Maine.

    It’s one of the first yarns I knit with, and it just sounds like the kind of place where you need a sweater.

  36. Kately

    Fairbanks, AK… with lows of -60 F to highs of 90 and lots off odd characters there. Would include the tradition stone (prohibition relic) and all the fun arctic fibers 😉

  37. Ellen

    The name of my town would be Wicklow West. It would be set in Western Maryland and would have been settled a few hundred years ago by Irish families trying to start again in a new land.

  38. Janet

    I would name the town Porky’s Corner. The name of a little town that captured my interest once and I’ve never forgotten it.

  39. Michele

    There is a place in Newfoundland called Heart’s Content – which I think is a great name for a town in a novel.

  40. Leah

    Wirkware Falls– wirkware means knit in German. It would be set in rainy Washington state, lots of green and plenty of LYS!!

  41. Dana

    Since my book is a self-help book, it does not have a town for its setting. But it will take place at a gym called “Rounds and Rows.”

  42. Debbie

    Doan’s Hollow is a real place in Southern Ontario, Canada. Just a dip in the road with a few houses, a 2 room school house, and an old cemetery. I love the name – sounds kind of mysterious.

  43. Peggy Graham

    I would set my novel in Apple Creek, a town of about 5000 people in west central Illinois – a town well known for its orchards as well as its fabulous yarn shop.

  44. Erin K

    Little Spring, Texas – a little town with big heart, where the spirit of Spring lives year-round, even in the dead of winter.

  45. Melissa

    Eve’s end, NC. So named because it seems as if the sun sets at the end of main street, and the locals think it is as close to paradise as one can get.

  46. Beth Rudo.

    Far Point, Michigan, a small coastal town in the upper peninsula of Michigan, whose population swells each summer with the influx of tourists and fishermen, then shrinks back to just locals when the crowds depart.

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