A handful of writers have made the deepest impressions on me, as both a reader and a writer. Ray Bradbury was one of those. Here's a lovely letter from him describing his writing process for Fahrenheit 451.
I used to knit. I haven't done it in a while--too busy writing. This artist, however, has found a way to combine those activities. She also made a bicycle-generated popcorn maker, which would be great to have around the house!