My week has been plagued with my tax return being rejected because of a pdf and my week old laptop, after spending 90 minutes on the phone with support, being returned to get fixed. I am trying to get posts scheduled since I won’t have access to a laptop for about a week. Also, I’m dog sitting and I only brought one knitting project which won’t be done for awhile so I had to think of something I could do quickly. Luckily there is no shortage of talent out there, so without further ado, here are some more YouTube creators whose channels I enjoy.
I found Fruity Knitting when I wanted to make Dorset Buttons for a cardigan. Andrew and Andrea have put together a truly marvelous video knitting magazine (90 minutes!) It features their projects, pattern designers, bits of travel, history and interesting facts. Sadly, Andrew lost his battle with cancer recently and the community is still mourning his loss. I was watching this channel when I realized what I wanted in a relationship – a partner who not only loves me but shares a common vision. Their love, respect, support and admiration for each other is apparent in every episode. I do hope Andrea continues with the podcast but even if she doesn’t, we have over 100 videos of quality content to enjoy and while Andrew may not be here anymore in physical form, he is certainly with us in spirit in every episode.
Arne and Carlos are designers for Rowan among other things. They started out in fashion design and when they noticed their knits were selling better than anything else, decided to focus on knitwear design full time. They are popular lecturers and pre-pandemic did a lot cruises. I recently learned Carlo’s sister lives in Austin! Their channel has a variety of content – from chatty, quirky stories about their past to Norwegian history and a variety of tutorials. They are an informative and amusing way to spend some time and full of inspiration.
Kim and Jennifer were guests on Fruity Knitting so when I ran out of options (i.e. I had binged all of the Fruity Knitting videos), I looked for others. This sister duo runs a sheep farm on Prince Edward Island and spins and dyes yarn. When we are able to travel again, I hope to spend some time on PEI and visit their shop.
If you like Irish Crochet, then check out this channel. Larisa has a variety of tutorials up and shows you how to do specific techniques step-by-step.
Christine is a multi-talented artist. She has a show on Netflix (unfortunately Netflix didn’t renew for a second season) called The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell which was done with Jim Henson Studios. Apparently she actually made all the stuff used in the show including a tea set made of chocolate and an amazing gingerbread house. Her vibe is definitely dark vintage (as in she loves Halloween and her videos are often spiced up with some cheeky horror). She calls her aesthetic “dead grandma” and she pulls it off wonderfully.
You want to up your embroidery game? Well here you go. You’re welcome.
Andy J. Pizza is a teacher on Skillshare and I ended up taking a bunch of his classes. He doesn’t have a lot of videos but he does have a podcast of the same name that you can listen to here. Like the name suggests, his topics are more about the creative process than a specific medium. He’s smart but also entertaining so go check him out when you’ve hit a roadblock.
I have a dream of making a dollhouse and Ara made a miniature reproduction of the Addam’s Family house. It took her 11 years (and I can only imagine how much $$$) and it is amazing. I love that she is also based in Texas. A little further north than me, but still in Texas. When the pandemic struck and we were in lockdown she was inspired to do a whole series about a dollhouse made of cardboard and materials we have lying around the house. It includes furniture, a doll, a dragon and she wrote a wonderful poem to go along with it.