WATCH: Vanna White of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Reveals Her Favorite Hobby
Vanna White spends most of her waking hours flipping letters on the TV game show, Wheel of Fortune. But when the South Carolina native isn't bringing a touch of elegance to her hosting duties and helping contestants spell out common phrases each night, she's partaking in this Southern hobby: crocheting.
The game show hostess joined ABC News' Nightline to discuss all things yarn and crocheting, sans her signature sequin-clad evening gown.
"When I was five years old, my grandmother taught me how to crochet," White said. "And, of course, as the years went on, I stopped doing it all the time—until I started Wheel of Fortune. My hairdresser was crocheting a baby blanket for her baby, so I picked it up again and never stopped."
During the Nightline interview, the 60-year-old beauty took viewers on a tour through her favorite yarn store, where she marveled at all the varieties and colors. White also added she loves making baby blankets and afghans.
"Look at all this yarn," the avid crocheter exclaimed with delight.
Among the wide assortment in the store was White's own personal line of yarn, Vanna's Choice, which was launched in June 2007 in conjunction with Lion Brand Yarn. She has since developed two new yarn lines, Vanna's Glamour and Vanna's Sequins, for knitters to mimic the sparkling gowns and dresses she wears on Wheel of Fortune.
"When I go to the yarn store, I go crazy," said White. "I could spend hours picking colors. I love it. It's happy."
Perhaps more than keeping her loved ones all warm, cozy, and fuzzy, White is also proud that her hobby and yarn collection can support a great cause. Part of the proceeds from her yarn sales are donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where White told Nightline that she and Lion Brand Yarn have contributed $1.8 million dollars to date.
"[It] warms my heart," she said.
Vanna White's yarn line can be found in most fabric stores in the U.S., including JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores and Michaels, as well as online at Amazon.