Vanna White is used to the phenomenal gift-giving and massive cash prizes that come with the job of being the letter-turner over on “Wheel of Fortune.”
As it turns out, she’s quite the gift-giver herself.
Erin and Ben Napier from the HGTV show “Home Town” and “Home Town Takeover” recently had their second daughter together, Mae, on May 30. Vanna White surprised the parents with a handmade gift.
Erin Napier shared an image of the handmade blanket on her Instagram story. White even included a tag sewn on that reads, “Made especially for you by Vanna White.” Napier also referred to White as her husband Ben’s very “first crush.”
The blanket is a beautiful and intricate piece. As someone who is always on the television screen, how does she seem to find the time for these kinds of time-consuming masterpieces? As it turns out, both Vanna White and Pat Sajak, along with whatever contestants are chosen during that time, film only four days out of the entire month.
That means White is left with the rest of the month to pursue her other passions.
Vanna White Loves to Crochet
One of her favorite hobbies is crocheting, and she’s gotten really good at it over the years. White even has her own line called “Vanna’s Choice” by Lion Brand yarn. It’s on the market for her fans and other crochet aficionados to buy.
The brand contacted her after she gushed about crocheting while on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” years ago. For her, this hobby serves as quite the stress reliever whenever she has free time.
“I learned from my grandmother when I was five but I came back to it twenty-five years ago when my hair dresser encouraged me to crochet on the set of Wheel of Fortune. Whenever I have downtime on the set, I crochet,” White shared with Etsy back in 2008.
A portion of the proceeds from her sales goes to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At this point, she’s raised about $2 million for the organization.
Although her hobby makes her happy, giving away the things she makes is an added incentive. She said to Etsy she loves to hear about people that have kept her gifts for decades. Little baby Mae may have that blanket for years to come now.
The “Wheel of Fortune” star puts a lot of love into those projects.
“I think that handmade gifts are so meaningful and more valuable to people than the most expensive store bought product. I love the look on people’s faces when I give them a blanket for a new baby or an afghan for their home,” White said.