I recently purchased the Knitting Daily DVD set from our own Knitting Help Store! I spent this past Fri evening (and Saturday) watching all of Series 100 (the 2008 shows) and most of Series 200 (also 2008 shows)...and I'VE GOT TO SHARE THIS:
I have learned so much from these shows that my head is going to explode!
I even learned new things about sweater knitting; special information about stranded knitting; learned about different yarns and fibers...but MOST IMPORTANT...I got a working knowledge of MYSTERY techniques...that before this, I knew absolutely nothing!
[COLOR=Blue]Such as what???[/COLOR] Well...Spinning fiber, using either a spinning wheel or a drop spindle. Weaving, using yarn or plastic bags! And Needle Felting! And "Dying" your own yarn! Spinning, weaving, needle felting, dying yarn...are all techniques (before Knitting Daily) that scared the #$^% out of me. Total MYSTERIES! They were SPECIAL CLUBS that I didn't belong to!
I'm on my way over to Knit Picks now...to purchase a needle felter gadget and some fiber samples! To make the coolest, felted asymmetrical flowers and leaves to accessorize my sweaters and cloches!
Anyway, just when ya think ya might know it all (yeah right!)...you can learn something new!
I highly recommend these DVD's. (Lucky you, if you live in an area that receives the Knitting Daily show on TV!) The $39.95 spent on Series 100 (4 DVD set and 6hrs) is more valuable than any class I ever took! And I could watch certain segments over and over and over, which I did.
Learned several new "Bags and Totes" techniques, too. The hosts (4) of the show have different guests on, to explain certain things within their specific expertise! The Hosts also go out 'on location' once in a while, in Series 200, to interview designers in person! I feel like I have "met" the designers! Norah Gaughan was a BIG SURPRISE! She wasn't anything like I visualized her to be! I'm a big fan of her work, and remain so!
And the lady from WEBS comes on regularly to talk about different yarns and their qualities! One of the hosts is a crochet expert, and although a nice amount of time is given to crochet, the show is called Knitting Daily...and it's mostly about knitting. But it didn't hurt me to learn new things about crochet!
I learned about VICUNA yarn. From the little South American critter of the high mountains.
As you may know, Jacques Cartier is an operation that converts the raw Vicuna fiber into yarn! Many of the finest fibers in the world pass through his facility.
Wanna hear something totally outrageous!? Vicuna is the RAREST (and expensive) yarn in the WORLD. I found some at Paradise Fibers.net One ball is 218 yds...fingering weight of course, and the price tag is $299.95!
Whereas Qiviut is just $90 for 217 yds!
On Knitting Daily, the WEBS lady shared the little ball of Vicuna yarn (a caramel, natural color)...and an entire long sleeved, cabled VICUNA sweater. She related that triple strands were necessary.
Using my sweater knowledge...I estimated that the sweater used no less than 17 balls of Vicuna...for a price-tag of $5,100...maybe more if I underestimated the yardage!
So THAT is a fiber I'll never own...along with Qiviut...but it was nice to LEARN ABOUT IT!:passedout:
Vicuna is more rare than Qiviut or the finest Cashmere. Oh, and I also learned that it's Qiviut in the US...and it's called Qiviuk in Canada! FINALLY learned the difference! I never understood that. :think:
Well, please excuse me, I must go out and finish Series 200...and put in Series 300...and work on re-knitting the hood on my Basic Black Hoodie. The sweater fits me now...but the hood is a monstrosity. Way too big. I ripped the whole thing down yesterday, and started again from the neckline picked-up stitches. Learned my lessons about hoods in the knitting of my recent project, the Faery Ring Hoodie. Oy vey!:doh:I could just shoot myself sometimes.
Oh BTW...for my Knitting Daily DVD's...I used the money I'd saved for classes at our Madrona Winter Retreat here in the Pacific Northwest. It's held in February, and it's like a Stitches event. I'm telling you...classes are so expensive...$145 for a 6hr workshop...or $85 for 3 hrs. I'm so leery of spending money on classes. I've been burned so many times. The 'teacher' can be a good knitter, a great designer...but not-so-good as a teacher.
Anyway...my Knitting Daily Series have already given me so much I can hardly process it all! But wait! I can watch them over and over and over! :happydance: Haven't you ever spent money on a CLASS somewhere, and wished you could have a DO-OVER? Like, being able to take the class again, but for free the next time?
I'm prolly the last person here at KH to learn about Knitting Daily! About it's unsurpassed value! And ALL of the projects featured in the shows are FREE on their website! So I've already downloaded several, and one is this simple, adorable coat! It's in my Ravelry Queue, and 'pairedwithyarn'!
The Manchester Jacket!
This is a woven bag made from recycled PLASTIC BAGS! Can you believe it! Series 200, episode 209!