Knit and Crochet Now! Season 8 Is on Air
By Ellen Gormley
Exciting news! Get your crochet hooks ready for season eight of Knit and Crochet Now! Each week is packed with projects, tips, techniques and free patterns.
Thirteen brand new episodes will air on local PBS stations beginning mid-September and on Create TV midDecember of this year. Each episode will feature new crochet and knit projects— that’s 26 new patterns!
We thought it would be fun to spend some time with Lena Skvagerson, associate producer, and learn a bit more about the TV show. C!: What brought you to Annie’s? Lena: For five years I contributed to Annie’s publications as a freelance knitwear designer. In 2014, Annie’s offered me a job working part time as the coproducer of the Knit and Crochet Now! TV show, with my remaining time as the in- house designer for the Annie’s Signature Designs collection.
C!: Give us a behind- the- scenes glimpse. How do you get ready for the show?
Lena: Work on a new season starts long before we start taping. Months before, we start planning the projects, writing patterns, stitching the sample projects and creating all the step- outs! That is a full- time job all by itself. Each project has to be made in stages, so when we tape, we can move from one step to another quickly.
When we tape the show, we arrive very early in the morning at the studio. The crochet and knit experts who will appear on camera meet up in the back room to arrange the projects and make sure we know all techniques involved. We then get our makeup and hair done by professional makeup artists that work their magic to make us look our best! C!: Do you tape one show a week? Lena: Oh no, we tape the whole season in just a few days. Several episodes are taped each day. We take a short break for lunch, and oftentimes end up staying late if we need to do retakes— the pace is intense, but fun!
C!: You have a new role for the 2017 season. Tell us about your new job and what that involves.
Lena: I am now the associate producer overseeing the major stages of the Knit and Crochet Now! TV show, from the beginning planning stages all the way to the final production. I work with Connie Ellison, the new editor of Crochet! magazine, and together we come up with the themes and the projects, work with the yarn companies, select the guests, design the studio set and other numerous tasks—too many to even mention! C!: Will you still be on camera? Lena: Yes, this season I will continue to demonstrate projects and techniques, plus cohost the show with Connie.
C!: What types of projects and topics will be covered this season?
Lena: The show is divided into knit and crochet projects, and we’ll also share a new technique each episode. We will talk about a wide variety of projects; everything from baby blankets, to cardigans, shawls, toys, slippers, hats and more.
C!: Can you share who the other guests will be on season eight?
Lena: Yes of course. We have returning guest Jenny King, and of course, you, Ellen. New this year is Meredith Crawford, One Sheepish Girl; Vanessa Wilson, The Crafty Gemini; Kristen Mangus, GoodKnitKisses; and Melissa Leapman.
C!: Thanks Lena! Can’t wait to watch this season!
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Front row left to right: Connie Ellison, Melissa leapman, Ellen Gormley, Jenny King and Lena Skvagerson. Back row left to right: Meredith Crawford, Kristen Mangus and Vanessa Wilson.