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