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Knitting a jumper for Obama, Michelle contemplates retirement

Washington: Michelle Obama is knitting and thinking about retiring from public life.

The former US first lady says in a new People magazine interview that she picked up knitting needles to pass the time during the coronavirus pandemic. And now she’s hooked.

“Knitting is a forever proposition,” she said. “You don’t master knitting, because once you make a scarf, there’s the blanket. And once you do the blanket, you’ve got to do the hat, the socks.”

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle prior to the swearing in ceremony of Joe Biden in January.

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle prior to the swearing in ceremony of Joe Biden in January.Credit:AP

She’s working on her first crew neck sweater for her husband, former president Barack Obama.

“I’m figuring out how to make sleeves and a collar,” she said. “I could go on about knitting!”

The former first lady also talks about how the pandemic helped her and her husband reclaim “stolen moments” with Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, who both returned home from college to quarantine with their parents at the family homes in Washington and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

And she discusses what she says is the “low-grade depression” she experienced during the pandemic lockdowns and after George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police in May, along with her shift away from high-impact exercise and what she wants out of retirement.

Thinking of knitting and retirement: Michelle Obama, former US first lady, with characters from the Netflix series “Waffles + Mochi”

Thinking of knitting and retirement: Michelle Obama, former US first lady, with characters from the Netflix series “Waffles + Mochi”Credit:Netflix

The woman whose buffed biceps and exercise workouts went viral during her time as first lady said she taught herself to be a better lap swimmer during quarantine “because I’m finding in my old age that the high-impact stuff I used to do doesn’t work.” Michelle Obama is 57.

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