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KatzKnitter
02-14-2011, 04:59 AM
I'm new to knitting, and I just found my heroine. Watched some videos of McPhee's book tours, and this woman is funny as heck! Her routine about the stereotypes of knitters is a hoot.

I also knit English, but with no resemblance to her knitting! :roflhard: If you think you hold your yarn "wrong" or weirdly, take a look. She knits like no one else I've seen, her own style. Wonder how long it takes her to make a sweater. Few hours? :woohoo:

Jan in CA
02-14-2011, 01:20 PM
:thumbsup: She's great! I have most of her books..may favorite so far being Knitting Rules! My least favorite is probably Cast Off, but they are all good and funny. I also read her blog. I have it on my iGoogle homepage.

She's been knitting since she was 4 so she's very fast. I think that type of knitting is called cottage knitting...:think:

Woodi
02-15-2011, 03:39 PM
I love her too...she is so naturally funny. I read her blog almost every day. She doesn't write every day though. Do you read it, Katzknitter?

KatzKnitter
02-15-2011, 03:49 PM
I didn't find the blog useful to me. I don't knit on her level and I'm not interested in her private life. I just thought she was very funny in her videos. TechKnitter is much more useful to me.

Jan in CA
02-15-2011, 04:02 PM
I don't read it because it's useful although it certainly is informative sometimes. I read it because it's usually funny.

KatzKnitter
02-15-2011, 04:18 PM
I know she's funny. But I work full time, belong to 7 online book clubs, run an artists' Yahoo group, and volunteer in 3 computer help forums. She's on my TBR list for the next blizzard.

Jan in CA
02-15-2011, 04:28 PM
Yikes. I don't know how you have the time for all that. :zombie:

Antares
02-15-2011, 05:52 PM
Katz,

I'm not exactly sure who you're talking about, but could you provide a link to some of her videos? I could use a good laugh, and I'm always interested in seeing new knitting techniques.

Thanks!

KatzKnitter
02-15-2011, 06:47 PM
Yikes. I don't know how you have the time for all that. :zombie:

I'm single, no kids! Oh, almost forgot, learning to knit too. :woohoo:

KatzKnitter
02-15-2011, 06:49 PM
Katz,

I'm not exactly sure who you're talking about, but could you provide a link to some of her videos? I could use a good laugh, and I'm always interested in seeing new knitting techniques.

Thanks!Heh-heh. Just search "Yarn harlot" and "English Lever knitting" on Youtube. Some of them were video-ed during conferences, so you will miss some of the words, including the punch line to one joke.

Oh, here's her blog: http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/ There's no real master index by topic; you just click on a date on the right side. When I first heard about her, I expected a much older woman, but she's been knitting since age 4.

Jan, is she Canadian?

Jan in CA
02-15-2011, 06:53 PM
Here's a YouTube video of her technique (and her)..Irish Cottage Knitting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o00ux6zPiE

KatzKnitter
02-15-2011, 07:15 PM
Antares, if you can learn that at her speed, or any knitting at her speed, the world is your oyster! You can watch in slo-mo by clicking the little triangle icon on and off.

But that's not the one had in mind It's this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P51GByV0H2w

Jan in CA
02-15-2011, 07:20 PM
It slows down about half way through which helps. I think the whole point of that early part was to show her speed. Eek!

KatzKnitter
02-15-2011, 08:42 PM
My error, I though she was doing English Lever.

But she also controls the yarn with her middle finger. Yikes!

You can slow down the video with the triangle icon, get one frame at a time.

Jan in CA
02-15-2011, 09:44 PM
My error, I though she was doing English Lever.

But she also controls the yarn with her middle finger. Yikes!

You can slow down the video with the triangle icon, get one frame at a time.

Oh, I didn't know about the triangle icon. :thumbsup: I tried the middle finger and while I can do it it's not natural to me.

KatzKnitter
02-15-2011, 10:03 PM
The little triangle and the double line (STOP) are universal symbols on all audio and video programs, and real-life players. You can also back up or fast forward by pulling the little circle that runs along the time-line.

Of course it's not natural to us. She's been doing it forever. But you should see how I knit. Hee-hee

Jan in CA
02-16-2011, 12:16 AM
Oh. Duh. :doh: I knew that, but totally spaced and thought there was another one. :lol: