Vickie Howell and the Knit Show

Vickie Howell and the Knit Show

Vickie Howell and the Knit Show was today’s topic on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.

Vickie Howell is a cultivator of craft and community. She’s an author, designer, instructor, and broadcast personality in the D.I.Y. world with a penchant for motivational speaking, and social media marketing. Vickie is most well-known as the Host and Creative Consultant of DIY Network’s Knitty Gritty, her best selling knitting, crochet, and craft books, and her accessible, inclusive approach to nurturing the creative community via print, video and social media. She’s continued to rally the crafty troops as an internationally recognized blogger & magazine columnist; a Spokesperson and Ambassador for major brands like Patons, Bernat, Caron, Land’s End, and Clover Needlecrafts; video campaigns for companies such as HGTV, JoAnn, Ragu, Cannon, and Inkjoy; and as the Host and Co-Executive Producer of PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell.

Vickie has a HOT NEW project in the works, The Knit Show, and she’s doing a crowd-fund program to get it off the ground. She says: ‘Last week I joined thousands of other entrepreneurs — from inventors and authors, to artisans and filmmakers — by embarking on my own crowdfunding journey on Kickstarter for: “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell”. Although the campaign is going well so far, it bares mentioning that currently the biggest obstacle to getting people to crowd fund a project like mine, is the lack of knowledge — especially in the general population (I’m talking to you, nanas and pop-pops!) — about what crowdfunding actually is. In my experience, however if you’re willing to talk to the people about the things, then they’re usually open to listening to what you have to say. In that spirit, I jumped onto Facebook Live over the weekend to explain the whats, whys and who’s who of crowdfunding on Kickstarter, and why I’m using it (and you should, too!) to fund a really exciting project. Click HERE to watch, and share wherever it may be helpful.’

You can follow Vickie Howell through her website: www.VickieHowell.com, her Facebook page, Ravelry Designer page, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.  There is also a wonderful selection of online classes at CreativeLive.com.


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  1. Heather says:

    I’ve been playing too much Pokémon, so I’m inclined to call the knitstere “Pokéyarns.” It’ll at least appeal to the younger crowd! Ha!

  2. Nikii Murtaugh says:

    K N I T S T A R S Vickie will need to invent a new font. I’ll try to explain it here: If she is familiar with Touch Math – https://www.robeson.k12.nc.us/cms/lib6/NC01000307/Centricity/Domain/3916/Dots.pdf – then K N I T S T A R S would be similar, except there would be stars on the letters instead of dots. K would have 5 stars – one at the top, middle, and bottom of the vertical line, one at the right corner where the line ends and one at the right bottom where the line ends. The same pattern would follow for each letter. N would have 4 stars, I two, T 4, S 5 stars (similar to 5 on touch math, A 5 stars, and R 6 stars. I put a space between each letter so that it doesn’t look messy. I think everyone is a star with their knitting. I loved the interview and will be a backer on Kickstarter too. Good Luck Vickie.

  3. Rhonda says:

    I can’t wait for the knit show! I think “Witty Knitties” would be a fun name a harks back to Knitty Gritty!

  4. Chris Lopez says:

    Even though it will be The Knit Show, since Vickie has made it clear it won’t just be knitting, the name needs to be universal. I like CraftStars because we’re all crafters striving to be stars with our projects. So excited for Vickie and her new venture!!

  5. Jessica Beres says:

    I think Vickie should rename the knitsters as Wip-sters as in Work-in-progress so that the name includes more than just knitters. I am a crocheter and love her patterns. I can’t wait for the show and will be making my contribution soon.

  6. Laura says:

    OMG there are some fun suggestions! I was thinking yarnistas? I think I like some of the others better. I came on to the yarn arts scene just a few years ago so I’ve never seen Knitty Gritty. Love Vicki and all she does for women and the fiber arts so I backed the show. Going to have to go look at some of those upgraded levels again though. I missed out on the flash levels she did with Kristen Ohmdal.

  7. Shelly says:

    How about the Knit Pack with some old school bump music? The Knit Wits sounded fun, but it looks like it is already taken. Best of luck with the show!

  8. Ida Williamson says:

    Stitchy Sister. Wishing you the best of luck. As someone who is currently running a campaign for a family business I know how hard you are working. You are an inspiration.

  9. Kathy Itson says:

    How about Yarnsters. Can’t wait to see the show. Just checked out fundraising and you made it. Wonderful!

  10. Leanne says:

    I have two suggestions for the new name. I think they should either be called the knitterati (rhymes with glitterati), or to incorporate crocheters like me they should by the fiber fiends. I also wanted to say how excited I am for the new show. I backed the Kickstarter and I feel good knowing I helped bring this project to life.

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