In early August I spent a couple of days in Austin, Texas, shooting a segment of The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.
It was a great experience, and Vickie–the ultimate knitting/crochet cheerleader–is building a great community of fiber enthusiasts.
The fun started the day I got there, when I met up with Michele Muska from Boye/Simplicity. We walked down South Congress, looked at boots at Allens, soaked in some of the weirdness that is Austin and had a great dinner at South Congress Cafe.
Behind the Scenes
The next day Vickie’s son chauffered me to the studio (it’s a boot-strapped operation). Taiu Landra of Koigu and Amanda Jarvis (photo), the brand-spanking-new owner of Lorna’s Laces and Mrs. Crosby were also guests.
(It was a bit odd arriving all dressed up but with no makeup, but we knew that would be taken care of.) Taiu and Amanda and I had a great time hanging out in the Green Room, talking business and knitting. You know what happens when a bunch of knitters get together, right? Rowdiness often ensues. We were having such a good time that they had to keep coming down from the set and telling us to be quiet.
Finally, it was time for my make-up, then my seemingly-brief time on camera. Producer extraordinaire Karin Strom had made sure I was prepared, and everything was ready to go. Vickie is such a pro, we just breezed through in no time at all.
I demonstrated adding a crocheted border on a cute tea-towel apron. I’ll be sharing more details about the project and how to make your own apron, in future posts. And, of course, you’ll be able to watch my demo on The Knit Show October 5.
What is The Knit Show?
The Knit Show is a web-based series from Vickie Howell, the host of “Knitty Gritty” and “Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell”. This is something we fiber enthusiasts really want: the Kickstarter campaign has gotten a lot of support from individual knitters as well as fiber-related companies. Take a peek at the huge list of backers; you are certain to recognize a name or two.
The entire Season 1 will be released online to everyone, everywhere, on October 5, so mark your calendars and plan your binge-watching accordingly.
For another perspective, check out Heather Walpole’s blog post.
Thanks for this, Edie. We’re thrilled to have you as part of the show! Xx, Vickie
P.S. You’re right about the boot strapping, but for what it’s worth Tanner was a paid Production Assistant. Lol!
And Tanner was a perfect chauffeur.