Earlier this month I flew to Cleveland, OH to shoot my first season as the host and co-executive producer of Knitting Daily TV. It’s been 6 years since the last season of Knitty Gritty was shot, but walking onto a craft-show set again felt like coming home. I had a blast spending on-camera time with several of the industry’s smartest and most talented people, and am so excited for viewers to watch and learn from them! Here’s a quick, photo recap of the 4 days we spent shooting 13 episodes!
We wanted to give the new season and format a fresh look by giving the set a mini-makeover. We opted for mid-century modern-inspired, coral walls, clean white furniture for a loft-look, vintage knitting posters, and a Yarnspirations.com, shades-of-teal yarn wall.
Mugging for the Camera
I had a great time with every single one of my guests (seriously), but here are just a few of them posing with me after their respective segment shoots (clockwise: Kelbourne Woolens’ Courtney Kelley & Kate Gagnon Osbourne; Designer, Rebecca Danger; Designer, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark; Spinrite’s Julia Madill.)
Amazing designer and former Yarn Editor for Vogue Knitting, Tanis Gray also joined the show this year as the product review correspondent for her regular segment, Tools of the Trade.
Behind the Scenes
Clockwise: Last minute blocking on the studio office floor; producer and guest pizza-party in my room; Tanis going over swatches for her segments; audio-guy, Kevin mic-ing sock designer, Andi Smith.
New Web Segment Feature!
This season of KDTV I’m thrilled to bring you 13 web-cam guests from around the world! From my home studio to theirs, we talk space-to-space about knitting, crochet, design and inspiration. Look for Stolen Stitches’ Carol Feller on the first episode!
Living in a hotel, albeit briefly, has it’s challenges. One of which was discovered during an after-shoot hangout: there was a serious lack of wine bottle opener. Thankfully we had a cable needle, some elbow grease and the will to drink. The result was messy, but fruitful!
So there’s a peek. See more photos on Flickr, or by searching #kdtv on instagram!
Stay tuned for more scoop on guest line-ups, pattern links and of course, full episodes of the show which begins airing in January on your local PBS station!
Dear YarnYAY! Community & Supporters,
It’s with all of the feels, and a deep breath, that I announce that month’s will be the last monthly box, as we begin the process of closing YarnYAY! by Vickie Howell.
Five and a half years ago, this business essentially fell into my lap. I was just wrapping a tour promoting the launch of The Knit Show, and in the middle of writing my 13th book, The Knit Vibe when an executive from CrateJoy approached me about co-founding a subscription box for knitters. The arm of their company that ran subscription box businesses with creators and entrepreneurs who already had a following would handle the capital, fulfillment, customer service and sourcing. I would be in charge of project design, pattern writing, product curation, marketing, media content, and anything else creative. I had longtime been wanting to add a retail aspect to my overall offerings, but with a very full plate hadn’t yet figured out a viable, responsible way to do that. This seemed ideal.
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Have you met her? This is final shade of VH Montoya Merino, Sputnik Spruce, and she’s practically perfect in every way. Hand-dyed by the amazing @spunrightround I could not love this non-traditional, holiday palette more!
Get this limited edition run of Sputnik Spruce in the YarnYAY! December box. Now available at YarnYAY.com (link in bio)!
Ok, reposting the December Unboxing, because it looks like I chose the wrong posting option last time, so only 90 seconds came through. The vid’s 7 minutes, so hopefully this time it works! (It’s posted in full on my Facebook page, YouTube, and YarnYAY.com, too.) Thanks for your patience!...