Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Knitter of the World


Most knitters I know are pretty generous with their time and talents. They're willing to help with suggestions or opinions, to help others learn a new skill, and to just be there. I've made some wonderful friends through knitting, both near and far. And I love seeing all the creative ways that knitters get the craft out there. One of my favorite new knitting things is the Fruity Knitting Youtube podcast.

Fruity Knitting is Andrea and Andrew, a couple of ex-pat Australians living in Germany. Every few weeks, they post a video about knitting. It covers patterns, skills, projects they've made, their history with the craft, interviews, field trips, and more. One of my favorite segments is Extreme Knitting in which they and their daughter Madeline and their dog Jack head out into the world and knit on hikes and walks. Points for their extreme knitting at the end of Episode 1 in which they climb and knit on Snowdon in some rather nasty weather. Much of the podcast is done in a very conversational style. It's like sitting and knitting with friends.

Another segment they do is Knitters of the World (love the BBC-like graphic!) in which they shine the spotlight on knitters and some of the things they've made, with a focus on their knitting environment. Episodes have included knitters from Finland, Ireland and Germany. And now, Texas! Several weeks ago, Andrea contacted me and asked if I would send a submission. How could I say no? I agreed and then promptly fell off my bicycle. I had to postpone shooting for a few weeks while I healed, which they were quite gracious about. All I needed was a director / cinematographer / acting coach / lunch companion. Staci stepped right up. She knows a thing or two about knitting and video. Thanks so much, Staci!

We headed out into one of the muggiest days of the year to talk about knitting. It was quite fun, but because of the heat, much of the footage is indoors. Which actually represents knitting in summer for me. Kate even makes a cameo appearance! I sent all the clips to Andrea and Andrew, and they spliced it all together into a coherent whole along with some pictures of things I've made and some nice music. I'm amazed at how people can stitch what seems like a jumble into a coherent whole. Hmmm. Video editing is kind of like knitting, it seems. Thanks to Fruity Knitting for making me look so good!

I hope readers will take a look at this video podcast. It's great to just hang out and knit to. I learn so much from each episode. And, if you watch a few minutes past my segment, you'll note that Andrea mentions I'll be in Germany in a few weeks. It's true -- and not far from them. I do hope I can manage to meet them and thank them in person.

Here's the whole episode, Episode 7, below. (Or, if you prefer, you can jump to the part I'm in.)


8 comments:

  1. That was so cool. You have a personal palette, for sure. Your house and stuff looked like a magazine layout or something!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! All I could notice was all the clutter in the background -- including some bottles of booze! I should have straightened up a bit more. But did you see -- we actually had the walls painted a color. Gray -- but still a color!

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  2. First, thanks for introducing me to a great new podcast, I've subscribed! Second, your segment was super! I was wondering if that was Kate or Pona making an appearance. (Third, I can't believe you think your home looked cluttered, you should see ours)

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  3. PS I've always loved that Rowan cotton sweater that Andrew is wearing in this episode. Would be perfect for Texas 😊

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    1. Isn't it cool? It was already in my favorite in Ravelry and I didn't realize it! Need to keep it in mind...

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  5. I finally watched this at home and enjoyed it so. I did NOT notice the bottles of booze. May have to rewatch to see what you're currently drinking. :)

    Boy 1 thinks it was Kate in the video - is he right?

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  6. This was GREAT fun to watch! I am also particularly intrigued by this podcast and may need to watch more. I do hope you get to meet them when you get back to Germany.

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