My friend, Niku, passed this story on to me from the Wall Street Journal about truckers who have taken to knitting and quilting during their downtime on the road. It’s a beautiful piece about defying expectations and appreciating the work and art of creating with your hands. One of the truckers talks of daydreaming about quilt patterns during long drives, and another shares that he has a stash of yarn in his cab to make “really cute slippers.” Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the story:

“The fact that you can take strands of thread and basically make something out of it, that’s awesome I think,” he said. “It’s pretty cool stuff, man.”


Quilting, he said, “gives you a little bit of ownership. You’ve actually accomplished something with your time off.”

The story is rich with imagery and wonderful anecdotes of crafting from unlikely characters, and is well worth the read. I also posted the link up on our Facebook page, and there is already great conversation going on over there about it. Join in!

8 thoughts on “Truckers Take to Knitting and Quilting

  1. If you want to learn to knit, I’ll come to Paris and teach you. I love Paris, I love France, and I need to practice my French.

  2. Knitting is an art that help cloth many of the folks before us. I am glad to see truckers using a gift and keeping this craft alive! Not only could they sell but they can use it or give gifts to families.
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