The first season of "Knitting Daily TV" includes 13 episodes on everything from textured yarns to felting, skinny yarns to embellishments.
There's also information on spinning, weaving, dyeing and crochet, making it a sure thing that with the help of these shows you'll find a way to make time for yarn every day.
"Knitting Daily TV" takes the place of "Needle Arts Studio" with Shay Pendray. Shay is still a part of the "Knitting Daily TV" shows, along with Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits, Kim Werker, editor of Interweave Crochet and Liz Gipson, managing editor of Handwoven magazine.
Guests include knitting book authors, designers and representatives of yarn companies such as Yarnmarket.com, Tahki Stacy Charles, Fiesta, WEBS and Louet, to name a few.
The 13 episodes cover a variety of topics, including:
- Luxury yarns
- Lace knitting
- Chunky yarns
- Projects for the home
- Yarn from edible sources
- Knits and crochet for special occasions
- Textured yarn
- Cold-weather knits
- Skinny yarns
Programs typically include a "getting started" segment that looks at different kinds of yarn, a designer spotlight, a how-to segment, questions and answers from the online Knitting Daily community and either a knit along section or a "you made it" feature, showing how different people have interpreted the same pattern.
The emphasis in the programs is on knitting, but there's also information about crochet, spinning, weaving and dyeing your own yarn. The episodes assume you are not a beginner and don't provide a lot of basic instruction.
Getting Comfortable with the Camera
The folks at Interweave tell me that the entire season, all 13 episodes, was taped in a week. To a certain extent that shows in the finished product, because in the first few episodes everyone seems a little nervous, but things definitely get better as the season goes on.
In the first few shows there are a lot more ums, pauses and mis-speaking moments than there are in the later shows. By the end all the participants seem to be a lot more confident and comfortable in front of the camera.
This doesn't mean it isn't worth it to stick with them through a few awkward moments. The shows are informative even when they're a little strained, and I got ideas for projects and techniques to try from almost every show.
Some of the shows are pretty heavy on crochet and other techniques, making you wonder if the name "Knitting Daily TV" is really accurate. If you're only interested in knitting, some of these shows won't be that fun for you, but even I, the completely hopeless crocheter, enjoyed watching the crochet segments. It almost made me want to try again.
More information on individual episodes, as well as free patterns for the projects featured, can be found on the "Knitting Daily TV" website as the season progresses.
The season can be purchased as a four-DVD set (almost six hours of content) or watched on participating PBS stations.