June 2010

Vickie Howell, "Craft Corps"

Vickie Howell is one of the true superstars of the knitting world, although it's interesting to gauge reactions to her within the knitting community.  "Unfortunately" Howell has chosen a mass-market route to fame, from a cable television show about knitting to a line of affordable yarns with Caron that are sold through what the knitterati sniffily call "big box craft stores."

But I'll tell you what, "Knitty Gritty" was a great show, and Howell was a great host, and I'm sad that it was canceled.  (It was always ridiculously hard to find on my cable system anyway.  The DIY Network shared channel space with HGTV, so "Knitty Gritty" aired at weird times like 6AM Sunday mornings.)  Howell is a knitting cheerleader in the best possible sense, bringing instruction and help to knitters with her trademark warmth and cheer.