Knit and Crochet Now! (and a giveaway)


When I'm out and about, I love to knit with friends. And when I'm at home, I knit and watch TV. (Don't we all?) A few years ago, I stumbled upon a show called 'Knit and Crochet Now' on PBS, and quickly realized it was a pretty fantastic knitting companion. Knitting friends on my TV/laptop! Because the only thing better than knitting is knitting while you watch a TV show about knitting.

I started watching a new episode each evening while working on whatever I was knitting at the time, and became totally hooked. I felt like such a multitasker. I learned so many new skills – both knitting and crochet – and looked forward to seeing what projects and guests would be featured each week. New episodes (Season 6!) of Knit and Crochet Now have begun airing on PBS this month.




You know how it's easier to learn a new skill (like, say ... duplicate stitch or entrelac) when someone is sitting there with you, showing you the way? That's exactly what happens when you watch 'Knit and Crochet Now' – you get step-by-step knitting and crochet instruction plus really helpful tips from the pros. I've watched episodes featuring all sorts of techniques: Tunisian crochet, amigarumi, wall art, incorporating fabric, colorwork, seaming, weaving, crochet short rows, knitted short rows, brioche rib, entrelac, felting, loom knitting, life lines, side-to-side dropped stitches, cast-ons, linings, crocheted cables and more. So many things! Here a few of the experts you will see on the show this season.


Brett Bara is the host with the most. She's warm and down-to-earth and I secretly wish she was my real-life crafty friend. When Brett is not in front of the camera on Knit and Crochet Now, she is a designer, author, blogger, and consultant in the craft and DIY community. She is the founder of Brooklyn Craft Company & Brooklyn Craft Camp and is the former Editor in Chief of Crochet Today magazine.


Special guest Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude) is a designer, teacher, author and most recently launched his own line of hand-dyed yarns. Drew will be hosting special segments featuring party accessories, kiddie toys, fingerless gloves, headbands and shawls. He is awesome.


Robyn Chachula, the author of six books, including Blueprint Crochet, Baby Blueprint Crochet, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Simply Crochet, creates architecturally inspired pieces and has her own crochet design company, Crochet by Faye. Her patterns have been featured in numerous magazines, including Crochet! and Inside Crochet.


Crochet expert Ellen Gormley is the Editor of Crochet! Magazine and is the instructor for two Annie’s online classes, Learn to Crochet and Crocheting with Beads. Ellen is the author of Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, is particularly well-known for her stylish bead crochet and join-as-you-go crochet and motif designs.


Special guest Jenny King is the talented Australian crochet designer behind Jenny King Designs and has written several books that include Annie’s Bavarian Crochet On-the-Go.


Color expert Kristin Nicholas is the author of eight books, including Color by Kristin, Kristin Knits, Colorful Stitchery, Kids Embroidery, Knitting for Baby and more.


Lena Skvagerson is the designer of many of the gorgeous projects for Knit and Crochet Now! She is the in-house exclusive designer for the Annie’s Signature Collection, as well as Creative Knitting Magazine, Crochet! Magazine and Crochet World. Until recently, Lena was a Designer for Drops/Garnstudio. She has been designing knit and crochet patterns for the past 25 years.


Projects featured on 'Knit and Crochet Now' include garments, accessories, toys and jewelry, but the main focus is on education and learning new techniques. I cast on this chunky lace scarf and worked right along with the show, finishing one repeat of the lace pattern as I watched! How fun is that? 




Each episode features knit and crochet projects, exciting new yarns, interesting stitch patterns and a popular segment called 'Knit and Crochet Now Scarf of the Week.' Full instructions for each of the featured projects are available on KnitAndCrochetNow.com.


Have you watched this gem of a show? You can check here to see if it is airing on your local PBS channel.  Or, if you can't catch the show on live TV, you can sign up for a Knit and Crochet Now! All Access Membership to get on-demand videos and free patterns. Sounds pretty awesome, huh? For $24.95 a year, members will have access to all of the episodes from Season 1-6  (65 episodes) and 225 patterns – every episode and every pattern is at your fingertips on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Your All Access Membership also gets you 10% off everything at AnniesCraftStore.com. Yarn, needles, hooks, and even more patterns and videos!

GIVEAWAY TIME!


THE PRIZE


One lucky reader will win a Knit and Crochet Now! All Access Membership for 1 year!


THE ALL-ACCESS MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:

  • All 78 episodes ON DEMAND
  • Free downloads for all 210 projects
  • Save 10% on everything at Annie's Craft Store



HOW TO ENTER


  • Comment below telling me if you are a knitter or crocheter (or both!)
  • 'Like' Knit and Crochet Now! on Facebook 

 


THE RULES


  • Giveaway is open until February 1st, 2015 at 11:30 PM CST.
  • Comments must include a valid email address or Ravelry ID so I can contact you if you are the winner. :)
  • Winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be contacted within 48 hours after giveaway ends. 

A huge thank you to 'Knit and Crochet Today' for the awesome giveaway. Best of luck and thanks so much for reading!


P.S. Want a shot at another giveaway? Visit Berroco's blog from January 21-28 to enter to win enough yarn to make the two hats featured in Episode 2. The winner will be selected on January 29th.

All day, and all of the night.


Hi. I'm in the middle of a knitting catastrophe. A conundrum. This photo doesn't even begin to explain. Sometimes I suffer from knitter's paralysis. The thing when you've finished whatever is on your needles and you start looking for a new project to start, but can't decide on anything. What I'm experiencing now is worse because I have way too many things on the needles and too many projects begging to be worked on. Way. I don't know what to knit first. And there are more things not shown here that are sitting in project bags around my house. It's like having 27 children who are all begging me to make them different snacks at the same time. I think I have five sweaters on needles right now. And I'm dying to start working on more. What has happened to me? (Oh, and did I mention that I'm writing patterns for a book?! Yeah. There's no time for that.)

So what's a girl to do? I think I'm going to make a list, for starters. That Rowan sweater in the middle is going to be an awesome cardigan and I'm going to finish that first. And in about five minutes, I'm going to Google videos on 'lever knitting.' Because I heard it's fast.

Knit fast, die warm, homies.

Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton – and a GIVEAWAY!


This month I had the opportunity to try out a new yarn – Cleckheaton's Australian Superfine Merino. It was such a treat to knit with these candy-colored brights! I found Cleckheaton's Superfine to be extremely soft and springy and a joy to knit with; it's silky and smooth and completely comfortable next to your skin. And this hat! It's pretty much perfect. As soon as I started knitting, my daughter asked if we could share it. HA. Definitely.


Australian Superfine Merino wool is recognized as one of the world's finest and is grown on specially bred Merino sheep that graze on sustainable grasslands. It is then lovingly twisted and dyed by the people at the Wangaratta Woollen Mills in rural Victoria. This magically soft merino warms you up in the cold and helps you feel cool when it's hot. But the best thing about this yarn is truly the softness.


This luxuriously soft and springy yarn comes in 30 amazing colorways – neutrals, brights and everything in between. You can see them all right here. The color combo I used to knit my 2 Colour Beanie was 14/Garnet and 52/Ice Green. Do you love this hat as much as I do? If so, you can download this awesome pattern for FREE.  :)

 

Another very cool bonus is the tag that comes with this yarn. First of all, it's letterpressed and completely beautiful. And! You can sew the ribbon to your knitted accessory/garment as a tag! Love that so much!

And if that's not enough eye candy for you today, check out all of the gorgeous patterns on the Cleckheaton Superfine website. Wow. Here are just a few of my favorites. (Visit to the website to download.)







GIVEAWAY TIME!


 

THE PRIZE


Kit includes:
  • 2 balls of Australian Superfine Merino yarn (in Cardboard and Cream)
  • printed pattern
  • project bag 

HOW TO ENTER

 

THE RULES

  • Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only
  • Giveaway is open until Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 11:30 PM CST.
  • Comments must include a valid email address or Ravelry ID so I can contact you if you are the winner. :)
  • Winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be contacted within 48 hours after giveaway ends.

A big thank you to Cleckheaton's Australian Superfine Merino for this wonderful giveaway. Good luck and thanks for reading! :)

Filigree



Lacy crochet + knit tops? Yes please. Take a look at this incredibly gorgeous preview of some of my favorite designs from Marie Wallin's new book 'Filigree.' This monochrome collection includes 10 designs using Summerlite, a new 4-ply Egyptian cotton yarn from Rowan. The combination of knit and crochet plus the genius construction of these garments is extraordinary. And you will absolutely love the photography in this book ... the flowers! Take a look.

Daisy

Hollyhock

Buttercup

Tulip

Rose

Lupin

Peony

Exquisite! If you're getting married or are attending a special event this spring, you absolutely must make Peony. It's mandatory. So gorgeous.

'Filigree' launches on Marie's website on Thursday, January 15th and will also be available from Rowan stockists soon. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!