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KDTV Series 700: It's almost here!

Apr 18, 2011

A note from Kathleen: Knitting Daily TV just finished shooting its seventh season, and associate producer Annie Hartman Bakken is here to give us a peek behind the scenes. After reading about the show antics and all the good stuff coming up, I can't wait to see the new season! Here's Annie to tell you more.

    
During her segments, Eunny faces lots of cameras, lights, and a teleprompter.
Before the cameras roll, Kristin and Marcy chat with the producer.

Taping KDTV Series 700

After descending on Beachwood, Ohio, for a fast week of knitting and crochet in the production studio, we just concluded our seventh season of taping Knitting Daily TV!  

In order to put together a star-studded, information-packed season, we depend heavily on sponsors, our content producer, guest stars, and even the UPS man to deliver the garments in time. We had some close calls and a few last minute changes, but we managed to put together what I think is the best season of Knitting Daily TV to date!

We have 13 jam-packed episodes of Getting Started and Quick-Tips segments for knitters, including techniques like knitting with the magic loop method, felting gauge tutorials, knitting fixes, an in-depth look at wrapped stitches, non-traditional ways of joining, short-row tips, a study of knitted steeks, and much more.

Crocheters will enjoy the crochet-along with Kristin and the editor of Interweave Crochet, Marcy Smith, putting together the Chain Reaction Afghan Project. Learn how to crochet 20 afghan squares, along with unique ways of joining them for a beautiful finish.

And we have guest stars galore: Laura Bryant, Barry Klein, KT Baldassaro, Penny Sitler, Mathew Gnagy, and Deborah Norville, just to name a few.

It's not all hard work, though! We always find time to have fun when we're together. There's a Filene's Basement close to the studio for shopping and there are great restaurants in the area for our bi-annual dinner together.

Here's a look behind-the-scenes during our fun shoot in Ohio.

    
The studio door is decorated with candid shots of Eunny in the sweaters she wears for each episode.
Shay's Cowboy Cookies are always a treat.

Wardrobe Control

Since we tape the show out of order, we have to somehow keep track of which sweater Eunny wears for each episode.

All the sweaters are hung and labeled with tags, but the easiest solution to double-checking that Eunny has right sweater on is to take digital photos of her and print them out, label them with post-it notes that say which episode is which, and tape them to the studio door (photo at right).

Shay's  Cookies

Carrying on a tradition started by her late husband when she taped The Needlearts Studio, Shay always bakes and brings Cowboy Cookies for the cast and crew.

Facebook fans of Knitting Daily TV have asked for her recipe, so without further ado, here it is!

Cowboy Cookies

1 cup margarine or shortening (Shay uses Imperial margarine) softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups instant rolled oats
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup coconut
1 12-oz package chocolate chips

Cream shortening or margarine and sugars. Beat in eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in oats, vanilla, pecans, coconut, and chocolate chips. Drop onto greased baking sheet and bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.

Makes about 60 cookies.

Cookie Tip: If you store the cookies in a tin, as opposed to a sealed plastic storage container, the cookies will get crispy—our preferred cookie-texture at Knitting Daily TV.

    
Clockwise from upper left: Shay Pendray is all smiles in her host photo; Laura Bryant and Barry Klein have a good laugh before they tape one of their segments; Between takes, associate producer Annie (me!) poses with Eunny and director Mike; Eunny plays around on set with one of Mathew Gnagy's mannequins.
Happy Moments

When the cameras aren't rolling, we do have a lot of slap-happy, giggly moments. The people at the studio and the people we work with in the yarn industry are one-of-a-kind, genuine folks.

It's been a pleasure working closely with everyone involved. Thank you for another great season!

Season 700 of Knitting Daily TV will begin airing on Public Television stations nationwide this coming July, be sure to check your local listings to see if it will air in your area.

In the meantime, catch up with the DVD set of KDTV series 600, which is on sale now!

Cheers,


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