Vickie Howell is a mother, designer, writer, spokesperson, on-air personality, and DIY Lifestyles expert with a focus on the Needle Arts and creative parenting.
Vickie is most well-known as the Host and Creative Consultant of 8 seasons of DIY Network & HGTV’s show, Knitty Gritty. She was also the co-host of DIY’s Stylelicious, Lifetime Television’s web series, CRAFTED, and several craft-based TV specials.
Vickie has been featured internationally in numerous televisions shows, radio broadcasts and publications including: NBC’s The Today Show, BBC Radio Scotland, E! Entertainment’s Singled Out, and Real Simple Magazine.
Vickie’s designs and projects have been included in over 100 publications worldwide including her celebrity column for Knit.1 Magazine (in which she interviewed the likes of Actress Tori Spelling, Singer Lisa Loeb, Designer Isaac Mizrahi and Sex Expert Dr. Ruth), the Eco-Craft column she wrote for 3 years for Kiwi Magazine, the 2009 Lands’ End FeelGood Campaign (of which she was the spokesperson for), her blog column Craft Apparent for PBS Parents and weekly articles for iLovetoCreate.com. In 2012, she has regular columns in both Knit Simple and Interweave Crochet Magazines. She’s also Caron International’s Celebrity Spokesperson with whom in 2011 she launched Sheep(ish), the first yarn in their co-branded line.
Vickie was finalist for a Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Knitwear Designer on About.com and the best-selling author of several craft books: the 2005 Craft Trends Award Finalist, New Knits on the Block: A Guide to Knitting What Kids Really Want (Oct. ’05), Not Another Teen Knitting Book (June ’06), Knit Aid: A Learn It, Fix It, Finish It Guide for the Stitcher on the Go (May ’08), Pop Goes Crochet (May ’09) and, AwareKnits: Knit & Crochet Projects for the Eco-Conscious Stitcher (Oct. ’09), co-written with activist, Adrienne Armstrong. Her 7th book, Step It Up Knits (Chronicle Books) hits shelves October ’12.
The book behind Vickie’s community-driven project, Craft Corps hit shelves in May ’10. She continues to nurture the community by encouraging artists, crafters and creative types of all kinds to join “The Corps” by telling their stories through profiles on the Craft Corps page of this site.
Vickie is a board member of the Central & South Texas Chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation and founder of, Purple Stitch Project to benefit children with seizure disorders.
All of Vickie’s creative endeavors along with her husband Dave Campbell’s movie news site, Smells Like Screen Spirit, are housed under their company Craft.Rock.Love Media, LLC.