Host of Knit and Crochet Now, Deborah Norville

Host of Knit and Crochet Now, Deborah Norville was today’s guest on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. deborah Norville profile pic

If you Googled Deborah Norville, you’d read that she’s an American TV Journalist, has been an anchor of Inside Edition since 1995 and previously was a known as an news anchor and correspondent. One of the earliest landmarks in her career was a live interview with Jimmy Carter in 1979. What a lot of people may be surprised to learn is her connection to the world of fiber and yarn, going back to her Grandmother Norville who made and sold chenille blankets during the depression to support her family.

KnitandCrochetNow logoIt was Deborah who began today’s conversation, by remembering how she first met Marly at a Craft Hobbies show, in the Premier Yarns booth (who offer Deborah’s line of yarn) and was amazed to see her standing in the booth, chatting with everyone WHILE crocheting. Today, we jumped into the exciting news that Deborah is the Knit and Crochet Now‘s host beginning season 7, which airs in most areas next month. Others on the program this season are Robin Chachula, Ellen Gormley, Lena Skvagerson, Kristin Nicholas and Rohn Strong. Candi Jensen is the producer… these are all names well-known in the yarn industry, so we know we are going to see wonderful new project ideas, techniques and fall in love with our craft all over again. KnitNCrochetCAST

Deborah herself loved various projects from this season, Robin Chachula created a knit or crochet Dog Sweaters, Ellen Gormley created a mosaic stitch scarf… She shared that she really wants us to know, she’s not just a BIG NAME hosting this show. Deborah also tried out techniques and is intrigued with things she hasn’t tried yet like tunisian crochet.

When she was about 8, her mom and grandma tried to teach her to knit but it didn’t take. It doesn’t seem to have stopped her though, because the next year she made her own pants! (NOT an easy project.) In Home Ec, they were supposed to crochet a potholder and Deborah made a whole afghan, for which she got an A+. Since then, she’s made everyone in her family Christmas stockings and afghans… One year, she made an afghan for one of her sons, and asked him to remember, even after she was gone, the love she has for him, as if it was a hug. This compelled her other son to ask for an afghan, too!

CIRCLES is how Deborah thinks of where she came from and how she got here. That she is Third Generation in the textile business, Daddy was in the carpet business, Grandma Norville made chenille bedspreads during the depression. Deborah says her sisters are also in the carpet business…. When she began in journalism, she actually sewed a lot of her wardrobe, including a blouse that she wore in a headshot used for a long time when she did NBC News at Sunrise. Sewing kept her afloat, she says. Having her yarn line through Premier Yarns and hosting Knit and Crochet Now is a circle completed. She feels that she is a CONNECTOR to help people find more in their own lives, part of a higher purpose.

Deborah advised us to check our local PBS channel listings to find when the episodes air, but also Create TV will feature episodes on their YouTube channel. Deborah Norville has been a guest on the Yarn Thing podcast twice previously, in 2013 and in 2014. You can follow her through her website: DeborahNorville.com, she’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and also has her own YouTube channel.

If you missed getting to hear this visit live, it is still available to hear as an archived episode where it aired originally at this link: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2016/03/29/host-of-knit-crochet-now-deborah-norville or in your favorite podcast catcher like iTunes or Stitcher Radio.



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  1. JulieRKnits says:

    What a wonderful interview! Serenity yarn is one of my favorite yarns to use for baby and gifting items people that are not diligent about taking care of their knitwear correctly.

  2. Lori Biamonte says:

    I loved the podcast today and was nodding my head in agreement when Deborah talked about knitting an afghan for her son and thinking of him with every stitch she made. That is exactly how I feel about knitting for the people I love. And that is serenity.

  3. Lee Ann says:

    I just got through making a skull design scarf for my daughter out of the Serenity yarn. Great show as always!

  4. Suzanne says:

    I, of course, was familiar with Deborah Norville but got to know so much more about her this week. I get a lot of serenity from my knitting. In fact, I often say I knit so I don’t kill people. 🙂

  5. Anne says:

    Love Deborah and look forward to seeing the new K&CN shows on Create TV. I also plan to try out Serenity for a future project.

  6. Deb Hamilton says:

    I could not agree more with Deborah!! Serenity of the Soul, is truly purpose and peace so many of us search for! Wonderful show as always Ladies.

  7. Ida Williamson says:

    Crocheting brings me serenity. Loved hearing Deborah on the show! Always a bright part of my day when I tune into the podcast.

  8. savannagal says:

    I’ve never tried Serenity yarn, but I think I will now. Deborah is lovely. I’m looking forward to watching her shows.

  9. Margo says:

    It’s always an interesting show when Deborah visits. I have a couple pairs of socks made with Serenity Sock Yarn.

  10. Nancy in the Chickasaw Nation says:

    What a fun listen this podcast was. As a good show should, it left me wanting to learn more. A quote from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow says it all: The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books, (hooks and needles.) [I don’t think Longfellow would mind a couple additional words.]

  11. Linda says:

    I loved hearing Deborah’s story about making hugs for her boys.

    Would you believe that my daughter’s name is Serenity? (It is.)

  12. Vicki says:

    I love your shows with Deborah. The first show I heard with her some time ago had me purchasing a number of skeins of Serenity Sock yarn. It’s lovely.

  13. Geraldine Scott says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the interview! I have a whole bag full of serenity sock yarn waiting to be knitted up into socks!

  14. Amy says:

    What an enjoyable podcast. I’m happy to say my local PBS station is one of the stations that jumped the gun and has already been broadcasting the new season of Knit and Crochet Now. I’ve really been enjoying it. Nothing gives me a sense of serenity like a crochet or knitting project and a new yarn crafting show to watch.

  15. Michelle says:

    Really enjoyed today’s podcast. We watch Deborah on Inside Edition almost every night so it was lovely to hear about her interests and life. I have used her serenity sock yarn, it is a great quality yarn. Would love to be able to watch Knit and Crochet Now on DVD, my satellite provider doesn’t carry it so…PLEASE PICK ME!!! Thanks, keep up the good work girls.

  16. Heather says:

    I haven’t used the serenity sock yarn, but it does sound lovely. I’ve also never seen Knit and Crochet Now, so it seems I have a lot of binge-watching and catching up to do! Great interview!

  17. Valerie says:

    While God is the source of my serenity, I feel it expressed when I am knitting. I slow down and peace flows over me.

  18. Cindy says:

    very inspiring podcast. The serenity that is gained from crafting was well explained by Deborah. I agree totally. Thank you Marly.

  19. Trisha says:

    I definitely benefit from serenity when knitting. Love Deborah’s enthusiasm and positive outlook.

  20. Andrea says:

    When I think of Serenity Yarn, I think of the Seinfeld episode where George’s father uses the phrase “serenity now” to relieve stress. At least we have knit and crochet for that! 🙂 I watched a few of the new episodes with Deborah online. What a wonderful host!

  21. Debbie Rotondo says:

    Serenity is what I experience when knitting, crocheting, or spinning. Deborah explained it perfectly. I’ve knit with Serenity yarns in the past and have more in my stash.

  22. Ramona says:

    Have you ever seen those “Serenity Now!!” montages from the Seinfeld show? That used to be me. Now knitting brings me peace and I am a much better person for it.

  23. Katelyn M says:

    Thanks for another great show. I loved the stories that Deborah shared with us. I really like the story of the blanket that she made for her son and that she says that it will be a hug for when she isn’t around anymore. That was so touching! I can’t wait to see the new season of Knit and Crochet now, it is really a great show. Knitting and Crochet is my serenity.

  24. Jamie says:

    Thanks for another great Podcast. I will have to try some serenity yarn for my next knitting project.

  25. Kristina says:

    I enjoyed this episode! I’ve been able to watch a couple seasons of Knit and Crochet Now and would love to watch the new season. Serenity yarn sounds great too – I must check out their sock yarn!

  26. Jessica Raney says:

    I really loved this episode! I am always crocheting along as you chat and I love it! Always makes the time pass way to quickly. Serenity while crocheting or knitting or whatever craft you do is always important, otherwise as Deborah said your doing it wrong! Thank you so much for the opportunity not only to voice my opinion but to also partake in this awesome giveaway. Good luck to everyone else as well!

  27. Lorraine Sutherland says:

    I love the colors in your Serenity Garden yarns. They are all so beautiful. It’s hard to choose a favorite. I definitely will check out the Knit and Crochet Now shows. It sounds like a lot of fun!

  28. kim dawson says:

    I would have a feeling of serenity if Direct TV would be a butt and keep this channel for me… it never comes on the local stations in my area… one of the down falls of living in the country ;(

  29. Renee' says:

    Yes, serenity comes when I’m crafting and thinking about the joy my giftee will have when they receive the item and the joy I gain with every stitch! Deborah’s such a delightful guest! Loved the show, Marly!

  30. Loretta says:

    Serenity is finding a few uninterrupted minutes in the day to sit, stitch, and listen to your podcast!

  31. Rachel Catherine says:

    Unfortunately Knit and Crochet Now! doesn’t air on my local PBS station, so I am interested in watching it on DVD. I was going through my stash after I listened to this episode and I realized that I had used Deborah’s Serenity yarn a couple years ago to make a stuffed bear. It was soft and lovely to work with.

  32. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a new listener to your podcast and have truly enjoyed what I’ve heard. The episode with Deborah was terrific. My PBS station starting showing Knit and Crochet this week, but it’s on while I’m at work. However, my serenity was restored when Deborah mentioned we could see the program on YouTube.

  33. Wendy says:

    Very inspirational! May God grant me the serenity to knit my socks and shawls peacefully, Courage to not harm those who try to keep me from knitting and the wisdom to know when to say when at the end of the day. Love serenity yarns.

  34. Lauren says:

    Great interview. I enjoyed getting to know more about Deborah Norville and her life in yarn.
    Looking forward trying her Serenity yarn. Knitting is definately a way to achieve serenity for me.

  35. Martha says:

    Loved listening to Deorah and learning how important crafting is to her. My crafting gives me serenity.

  36. roseruffoloRose says:

    Congratulations on another great show! I love “meeting” your guests.

    Like Deborah, I too knit/crochet every stitch with love and thoughts of who I’m knitting for. If it is a shawl or blanket I too always tell the person that every time they use it they are getting hugs from me!

    I find such “SERENITY” when knitting/crocheting in this way.

    It’s amazing how many of us do this! It restores my faith in humanity for how caring we can be!

    Thanks for another great podcast!


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