Deborah Norville wants to teach Obama daughters, Ann Romney how to knit

Don’t be surprised if you happen to spot some sewing material sticking to “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville.

Besides being a longtime TV personality, Norville is an avid fan of knitting and crocheting.


“You’ll see some red thread on me on the show and be like, ‘That’s what Deb’s working on,’ ” Norville joked to ITK when we caught up with the affable anchor while she was in Washington earlier this summer.

Norville, who even has her own yarn line, isn’t shy about her love of the craft, saying, “My career is because I sewed my own clothes. When I was a senior in high school, I was in the America’s Junior Miss Pageant … you had to have a talent to be in Junior Miss. I had no discernible talent. I was too scared to sing in front of people, I don’t tap-dance, I can’t twirl batons, I can’t play the piano. The only thing I could do was demonstrate my sewing ability, so I did.”

The journalist wants to spread her love of knitting to some other famous faces. When asked if there are any Washington types she’d like to give knitting lessons, she replied excitedly, “I’d love to give the Obama girls [lessons]. And probably Michelle, too. And I’ll tell you why — because when you knit, you totally de-stress. I would imagine Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden adds to communications team in lead-up to midterm elections Michelle Obama: 'Treat fear as a challenge' Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle MORE has a somewhat stressful life.”

Norville then had another idea for a potential crochet student, saying, “I’d love to get Ann Romney, you know, with the health. She’s got it under control, but [multiple sclerosis] is a scary thing, and stress is not a good thing.”

Norville says taking up the stitch-heavy activity has helped her to relax through the years. “When you knit, Harvard Mind Body Institute has done research that has proven you start a de-stressing process. You actually lower your heart rate, you lower the blood cortisols in your body, and you are measurably less stressed. It’s the repetitive action … When I’m knitting, I’m actually thinking good thoughts.”