Michelle Obama Has Taken Up Knitting During the Quarantine

Monica Chon
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Photo credit: Youtube | Rachael Ray Show
Photo credit: Youtube | Rachael Ray Show

From Oprah Magazine

  • In an appearance on the Rachael Ray Show, former First Lady Michelle Obama revealed that she picked up a new hobby during the pandemic: knitting.

  • Noting that she's part of a knitting community, the former First Lady stated that she uses a pseudonym online to hide her famous identity.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has developed a wholesome new hobby while in quarantine: knitting.

"I am trying to shift into a different kind of mode. I've developed some hobbies. I've started knitting," Obama told Rachael Ray during a guest appearance on the celebrity chef's talk show. "Over the course of this quarantine I have knitted a blanket, like five scarves, three halter tops, a couple hats for Barack, and I just finished my first pair of mittens for Malia."

Mrs. Obama added: "One is twice as big as the other. I'm still working on my stitching gauge."

Ray visibly reacted with joy at hearing the news of the Becoming author's hobby. "That's fantastic," Ray said, laughing alongside Obama, who declared "I'm a knitter."

So where has Mrs. Obama been getting advice on improving her knitting? She turns to an online knitting community for tips and tricks, but uses a pseudonym to keep her identity under wraps. "They don't know I'm in the knitting community because I don't use my real name, but I have some knitting tutors I go through to get my yarn and my patterns" she explained.

Wearing her gold V-O-T-E necklace that went viral during her virtual Democratic National Convention appearance, Obama also spoke to Ray about the importance of voting in the 2020 election. "I'm 56 and I remember voting with my father, who voted in every single election," Obama recalled. "He could only get around with the assistance of a cane or crutches—and later he was on a motorized cart—but even as he struggled to walk down to a polling place that wasn't necessarily suited for somebody with a disability, my father never missed an election ever, ever."

Noting how memorable it was to see the election process with her father, Obama added that "when it was time for me to vote, I did it with enthusiasm and pride."

The former First Lady also answered a viewer question about whether President Obama has been "getting on her nerves" while at home together during the pandemic, to which she responded, "currently, yes girl!"

At first "quarantine started out so lovely" according to Mrs. Obama, but she joked that "all that magic started wearing off" around June. "Sometimes Barack just comes in the room and I'm in the middle of something and he says 'What are you doing?'" she told Ray. "It's like nothing, nothing just please go. Sometimes you just don't want to talk. You're not ready for a check in when they are."

She concluded: "So yes, Barack Obama is a wonderful man, but he is still a man."

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