Knit and Cro­chet Now! Sea­son 8 Is on Air

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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.

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