Vickie Howell Podcast

Vickie Howell, host of Knitty Gritty, will be releasing her first podcast on November 1, 2007.

Season One will include 7 original podisodes that will be released on Thursdays in November & December.

The line up for the episodes is:

Podisode 001: Dia De Los Crafty!
Begins airing 11/01/07
Guest: Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka Crafty Chica)
Topic: Latina inspired crafting, Dia De Los Muertos and Kathy and Vickie’s Latin roots. Kathy also fills us in with her brand spankin' new line of craft products!

Podisode 002: Eco-Create
Begins airing 11/08/07
Guest: Adrienne Armstrong (Owner of Atomic Garden/First Lady of Green Day)
Topic: Scoop on knitting, crochet and crafting with eco-friendly materials. We’ll also chat about Adrienne's new sustainable living boutique and her work with Habitat for Humanity!

Podisode 003: Man, you’re the Knit!
Begins Airing 11/15/07
Guest: Will Forte (Saturday Night Live)
Topic: Why one man knits as well as how to hook-up with the male-knitting community. Will also gives us the scoop on SNL, his movie Brothers Solomon and his other upcoming projects!

Podisode 004: Bringing Home the Crafty Bacon
Begins Airing 11/29/07
Guest: Jennifer Perkins (Host of Craft Lab/ Owner of Naughty Secretary Club)
Topic: Grass roots info on starting a crafty business. Jen also talks about the current season of Craft Lab and her upcoming jewelry book!

Podisode 005: From Make to Mags
Begins Airing 12/06/07
Guest: Adina Klein (Editor in Chief of Vogue Knitting & Knit.1 Magazines)
Topic: Advice on getting knitwear designs published and what editors are looking for when it comes to submissions, style and execution. Adina will also give us the hot gossip on upcoming VK and Knit.1 issues!

Podisode 006: 3rd Wave Femiknits
Begins Airing 12/13/07
Guest: Debbie Stoller (Editor-in-Chief BUST Magazine/Author Stitch 'N Bitch books)
Topic: Feminism and this generation’s crafty revolution. Discussion about the need for community, the desire to create and the new genre of careers emerging, all in the name of knit. Debbie also fills us in on her upcoming book, the knitting cruise she’s hosting and the scoop on what’s next for BUST!
Plus, tips on starting your own SnB group and seeking out community on the web!

Podisode 007: Book Deal
Begins Airing 12/20/07
Guest: Kelley Deal (The Breeders /Author)
Topic: Trials, triumphs and tribulations of writing a knitting book. Vickie and Kelley swap tales from the book writing trenches and talk about upcoming projects including Kelley's upcoming handbag how-to and the much anticipated Breeders return.
Plus, tips on landing your own book deal!

More info on Vickie Howell's Podcast is available on her website at:

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Posted 10/16/2007 - Vickie Howell Podcast

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Vickie Howell Yarn: Craft

Vickie Howell Yarn Craft
Vickie Howell now has a yarn collection from South West Trading Company. In this article, I'll review Craft, a 35% Milk Fiber and 65% Organic Cotton yarn.

South West Trading Company recently released the Vickie Howell Collection, a set of three types of yarn. These are Craft, made of 35% Milk Fiber and 65% Organic Cotton; Rock, made of 40% Soysilk, 30% fine wool, and 30% hemp; and Love, made of 70% Bamboo and 30% Silk.

The 35% Milk Fiber in the Vickie Howell Yarn Craft helps give the organic cotton softness and a wonderful drape. I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn as it was more comfortable then knitting with 100% cotton. It has more give and flexibility thus making it easier to knit.

The feel of the knitted fabric is cool and soft on the skin. I think it would be the perfect yarn for a summer tank top or short sleeve top because the weight of the fabric is relatively light.

There is good stitch definition with the Vickie Howell Craft Yarn. It would probably be great for cables or other textured stitch patterns. And, of course as you can see in the swatch picture, it looks great in stockinette too!

I really like the wonderful bright grass green color of yarn for this swatch. It is number 777 - Kelly. There are lots of other great colors too. I particularly like 765 - Meowers, 764 - Suss, and 767 - Todd.

Contains: 35% Milk Fiber, 65% Organic Cotton
Gauge: 5.5 sts and 7 rows = 1"
Recommended Needles: US 6 (4.0mm)
Length/Weight: 125m/50g ball
Washing Instructions: Hand wash, dry flat

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Posted 3/18/2007 - Vickie Howell Yarn: Craft

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Super Bowl Charity Knitting

Knitty Gritty is hosting a knit in on Super Bowl Sunday in order to encourage knitting for charity.

On February 4th, 2007, Knitty Gritty, the DIY Network's knitting show hosted by Vickie Howell, is running a matharon of episodes from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M. EST. During the matharon, Vickie and DIY network are encouraging the knitting of 7"x9" squares for Warm Up America!, a charitable organization dedicated to the creation of handmade blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need.

The 7"x9" squares knit and donated by DIY viewers will be sewn together into blankets, and distributed to women's shelters, nursing homes and daycare centers.

For more information on how to participate in DIY's year-long initiative, including a pattern for the square, log on to

Vickie Howell will also have a live blog during the event which is being dubbed "Super Knit Sunday".

For more information see, Knitty Gritty Knit In on Super Bowl Sunday!

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Posted 1/20/2007 - Super Bowl Charity Knitting

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Knitty Gritty

Knitty Gritty: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects by Vickie Howell contains projects from the DIY Network's Knitty Gritty television show.

This is a fresh and fun knitting book. From the clear photos and diagrams to the funky and fashionable knitting patterns, Knitty Gritty: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects is a great tribute to the popular knitting show hosted by Vickie Howell.

The first part of the book covers knitting basics including yarn, tools and supplies, and how to knit the basic knitting stitches. This section has clear and easy to understand pictures, diagrams, and instructions.

The second part of the books is split into two sections of knitting projects.

Wearable Knits includes some great knitting patterns. I especially like the Rock Star Bag, which is knit and then embellished with duplicate stitch. The bag is then felted for durability.

The Lace Sampler Shrug is a great way to learn different lace stitches while creating a great garment to wear.

The Garter Pocket is a fun and easy knitting project. This garter is meant to hold lipsticks and other essentials when you don't want to carry a purse.

The Great Gauntlets are knitted with cables and go up past the elbow to keep arms warm.

Home Decor and Knitting Gifts is the second knitting pattern section.

The Backgammon Board is felted and uses i-cord wound up into spirals for the games pieces.

The Sampler Afghan is a great way to learn new knitting stitches while knitting a fun and funky throw.

For the more advanced knitter, the Teddy Sweater includes fair isle and steeking in an adorable garment for a teddy bear.

The last section of the book covers dyeing your own yarn. It gives directions and the materials needed to make your own unique yarn.

If you enjoy Knitty Gritty, the television show, you will be happy to own Knitty Gritty, the book.

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Posted 1/03/2007 - Knitty Gritty

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Quick Christmas Knitting Gift

Vickie Howell, host of the DIY networks Knitty Gritty, has a great Christmas knitting gift that is quick and easy to make.

Vickie shows how to sew up a knitting needle holder using vintage holiday fabric. So not only is the gift practical, it serves has built in wrapping paper!

Check out Vickie's Vintage Holiday Fabric Knitting Needle Case for a quick, easy to make knitting Christmas gift.

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Posted 12/19/2006 - Quick Christmas Knitting Gift

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