Fuzzy t.v.

April 4th, 2007

There has been some good knitting related t.v. lately! I am, of course, talking about the new episodes of Knitty Gritty.

Realizing that I had a few episodes on my DVR, I watched them today while I was taking a break from work. I am so thrilled to see that, at least in these first episodes of this season ( Knitting with Balls and Twinkle Toes), Vicky Howell seems to be a bit more real, loosening up from the perky hostess role a bit. (Maybe the network has become less restricting?) In any case, I felt I saw the person behind the script for the first time. I also really appreciate that they have put down the fun fur for a bit to teach some more experienced knitters some skills… and are bringing on some really cool people to do it.

I watched the episode with the lovely Cookie A. today and snapped some pictures for those of you without DIY channel. (And cause I am just dorky like that- haha)

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It seems the project she presented was a version of the Baudelaire socks, with a heavier gauge. (Knit with heavyweight STR on size 4 needles instead of the fingering weight Knitty version. The lace chart is also a few lines shorter.) I never really thought about it- but that is a great idea for making socks faster… 😉

You can see some better pictures from the episode on (Kristi and) Cookie’s blog here. (update- Cookie posted about it again here after it aired yesterday.)

If the rest of the new season is as good as this episode, I actually might continue to watch it! (Plus, coming up next are Stephanie Japel and Scout!)

I am glad that they are covering topics more suited to a knitting audience (duh!), instead of the random beginner who just happened to catch the show. I really think these new episodes will work for both people starting out and the more experienced knitter because if you see beautiful knitting, like Cookie’s sock and Michael’s bag, you will want to learn the basics to get to those projects!

The only question I have is, what is that Traveling Stitches book that they said Cookie wrote. I searched but couldn’t find it. hmm. Anybody know anything about that?


16 Responses to “Fuzzy t.v.”

  1. Carole Says:

    I hadn’t realized they were airing the new episodes already. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. yuvee Says:

    Oh, I’m so jealous! I really want to watch the show, if only they’re available for download online…

  3. carolyn Says:

    maybe she’s got a book in process but it’s not out yet?

  4. jess Says:

    I caught the new KG eps last night too! 🙂 I can’t wait for Stefanie + Scout’s eps.

    According to the DIY website (http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_5419748,00.html), the Cookie A. book is due out this year, and will be self-published…

  5. marye Says:

    so they’re not on HGTV yet? oh well, i guess i’ll have to wait. but i’m glad they’ve moved on past funfur flipflops.

    i’m not a fan of the knitsters though. are they still on?

  6. Sarah Says:

    Here, here, I couldn’t agree more! The concept of knitty gritty was always a good one, but come on – how many fun fur projects are people really interested in? Yesterday’s show was great.

  7. Veronique Says:

    Oooh, I didn’t know Cookie had a book coming out! And she just put up all these sock patterns for sale too. I’m amazed!

  8. Moe Says:

    Gah – I don’t have cable (even if I did, I don’t think we have DIY channel in Canada). Oh I wish they had it on broadband.

    Off to check out Cookie’s blog, I haven’t been there in a few days…

  9. lomester Says:

    Hi! I found you through craftpirate.blogspot.com and thought i would stop being a blog stalker and comment. 🙂

    I have seen this show at a friends a few times when it first started and was dissapointed at how basic it was. Now i wish I got this channel in our area.

  10. Amanda Says:

    I agree, I think that the show is better this season. I met Vicky Howell a few weeks ago, and she was definitely more like the person you see this season in the show. Very relaxed, fun, and passionate about the craft.

  11. Johanna Says:

    Hmmm, is that enough reason to get cable?

  12. cactusneedles Says:

    I agree. I’ve caught a couple of them and noticed that Vicki is a little more relaxed and seems more like a real person. I like the more challenging episodes too. Makes me want to actually try some of the projets they’re showing.

  13. Paula Says:

    HGTV is carrying Knitty Gritty at 7:00 a.m. on M,W and F. I don’t know if they’re old or new episodes since we don’t have DIY on Dish Network (or at least my program level,) but the one from Wednesday did a steeked sweater for a Teddy bear. I liked it very much because they showed every step. Looks rather interesting, especially if you like knitting in the round!

  14. s t a c i Says:

    I started watching a recorded episode the other day. Usually I’ll wait until they introduce the guest, realize I’ve seen that one before, and delete it. But when I saw it was Cookie A., I was excited…so I said outloud “Cookie!”

    Four dogs quickly flipped their heads around to see if I meant that they were getting a treat. “Cookie” is the word we use for “dog biscuit ’round here. 🙂

  15. Stacey Says:

    Uh oh…I’m wondering if HGTV isn’t airing the new ones yet cause I have KG on Season Pass and the Cookie episode was NOT on for me. I’ve been waiting forever! Noooooooooooo!!!!! I really hope that I am wrong about this.

  16. Angela Says:

    RCN in Chicago is on a totally different schedule. Not only are they not airing the episodes on DIY’s website, but the first 10 minutes are cut off by infomercials, so the show just starts in once they are already at the table. Bah. BTW, your blog makes me miss Boston so much!