In about a half hour, I am headed over to St. John’s for an extra “kwar” rehearsal. Easter is only a few weeks away (or as Nancy S. would say – ‘tomorrow morning’) and I need all the help I can get. I was supposed to get up early and head over to the Mall to hang out with my Columbia Sip n Knit buddies at Panera, but I overslept – not a bad thing, given that I woke up after three and half hours of sleep yesterday. So before I head out to improve my not-so-good sight reading and actually learn some of these pieces, I thought I’d post a few things about knitting of course – I am off the clock!:)
In the mode of Dr. Gemma of the Cognknitive Podcast, something I really really like lately is the new Knitting Daily show and format. Vickie Howell, the newest host of the show, adds a great deal of polish with just enough approachability make knitters and crocheters of any age feel right at home. I enjoyed her earlier show, Knitty Gritty, though it was clearly meant for younger audience. (Though as a nod to us old farts, she included her mother in a few episodes and that was fun.) What I particularly like about the new format for the Knitting Daily Show is its nod to modern knitting – current fashion trends, technology (the “space to space” segment appears to be done via Skype and introduces us to a host of interesting people in the industry/blogosphere); at the same time, the show provides some excellent tips and technical assistance for the basics as well as the innovative.
This season’s episode about sleeves is a case in point. There is an EXCELLENT tutorial artfully executed by Barry Klein, owner of Trendsetter Yarns, on the topic of Japanese short rows in shaping a sleeve cap. (and BTW Barry, not that it is the main thing here, but lookin’ good, buddy!) And not for nothing, but it is fun to watch him knit with those gorgeous needles. They appear to be those lovely rosewood things.
The Space to Space segment featured Techknitter (no names, just a picture – I like that she maintains her privacy even while appearing on TV!) .