I'm in a desperate head-over-heels love triangle with Knit and Crochet.
See this lavender baby blanket? It looks so innocent, but it's really a thief. It stole hours of my writing time without breaking a single law.
Although a skein, hank, or ball of yarn robs my writing time, I often choose simple repetitive patterns so my mind can wander to the love story I'm working on. This baby blue afghan is a favorite pattern I found on the wonderful charity knitting site Project Linus. Its pattern is easy to remember so I can think about my characters' conflict, not my own. Donating baby blankets to newborns who need them is an added benefit to my hobby.
The story close to my heart and waiting to be told is the story of a woman who follows her dream (I'll be honest....it's my dream) and opens a yarn store. She stocks miles of yarn, shares her love of needlework with passersby, and somehow satisfies her heart's desire. As soon as I figure out the hero of this story, I'll write it. Perhaps the perfect idea will come to me while I'm making the turn at the end of a double crocheted row. I'll be waiting.