Saturday, September 8, 2007

Knit and Crochet Today Show on PBS

There is much buzz going on about the new Knit and Crochet Today show on PBS. http://knitandcrochettoday.com Many PBS stations are carrying it, and many aren't. You'll have to check the http://PBS.org website, go to station finder, put in your zip code, and check the program schedule. If your station does not carry it, consider e-mailing them and asking for it! Remember to put in your e-mail if you belong to a guild in your area (multiple people would like the show!).

One of the stations in my area does carry it, but I went ahead and sent an e-mail to the other one that doesn't carry it. I also asked them to start carrying NeedleArts Studio with Shay Pendray. I'll have to find you a link.

Anyway, I was able to WATCH! the premiere episode of Knit and Crochet Today, that was on yesterday in my area. I was so excited! I sat right in front of the TV just like a 4 year old watching Scooby Doo. (Hmm, that sounds familiar...) First, I am just thrilled to have a fiber arts show, and doubly thrilled to have one with "Crochet" in the title. With that said. It was OK. Cassie DePaiva, was the host, and she seemed a little silly. They had a knit designer on who led a project and then Brett Bara from Crochet Today magazine led the Crochet project. (Photo above) that had been in the February 2007 issue of Crochet Today. (Sorry, I forgot to look up the designer) and I'm sorry that they didn't mention the designer's name on the show either! (disappointment!). I was worried that the show would just be a huge commercial for the yarns used, but they didn't even mention the brand/style of yarn used, just the fiber content (yay for them!) But when I went to the website to see if they had posted the projects/details/materials/instructions, I couldn't find it! (Boo for them!).

The theme of the show was felting and they had many great tips (yay for them!)
Overall, I enjoyed the show, and already have it programmed to record again next week. I understand that there is a learning curve for everything, and hopefully Cassie won't seem so clueless next week. I do appreciate the "star power" she brings to the show. (She is on a Soap Opera, One Life to Live, I think, on ABC)

And of course, I'm thrilled for Crochet! I am a little disappointed that crochet has to share the show with knit, after all, Knit has Knitty Gritty. Knitty Gritty (DIY network) is a great show, and I watch it often, but it's 99% knit. I wish Crochet had the same parity.

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