Yes the format is new and different. Change IS different. While this is the first season for the new format, all changes have growing pains.
I am a relatively new knitter - but have been crocheting since I was 8 or 9. There are bits of both the old format and new format that I like.
The web chats need to be looked at as they seem to be more choppy. I would be in favor of taking that out to put in a short crochet segment.
While so many of the previous comments liked the yarn segments with Clara Parks, I found myself fast-forwarding thru them. I miss most of the shows so I record them on my TiVo and I will forward thru a segment that does not appeal to me.
i like the new format but I would like to see a beginning knit show or maybe one on blankets (any age!).
I did enjoy the show that had "Chunk" on and made one.
I look forward to the next season to what changes are made!