Michelle Obama talks lap swimming and knitting as she ‘moves towards retirement’

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Michelle Obama has spoken about life during the pandemic – including teaching herself to knit. (CREDIT: Gallo Images / Getty Images)
Michelle Obama has spoken about life during the pandemic – including teaching herself to knit. (CREDIT: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Swimming leisurely laps in a pool and knitting crewnecks? That doesn’t sound like the Michelle Obama we know.

The former first lady has kept a busy schedule since leaving the White House in 2017. She wrote her bestselling memoir, Becoming, has been involved in various entertainment projects such as her new healthy-eating Netflix puppet show Waffles + Mochi, and she actively campaigned for then-Presidential candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

But in a recent interview with People magazine, she hinted at her plans to retire – and spend more time knitting. 

The 57-year-old picked up knitting needles to pass time during the coronavirus pandemic and now she’s hooked.

“Knitting is a forever proposition,” she says.

“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.”

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

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

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