Spun-off from her knitter’s blog, Let’s Knit2gether hit the web in September of 2006 to showcase the handiwork of Cat, our lovely hostess and self-proclaimed “knitting addict.” With her husband Eric holding the camera steady, Cat guides viewers through her knitted and crocheted projects from her home in Rockland, NY. She also travels to relevant get-togethers and conventions in the New England area. But don’t let her homey smile fool you; her website’s streamlined design alludes to her real occupation as an executive in the software industry. In her extra time however, she is without doubt one of the most prolific knitters to share her fetching work with the web.
With tightly edited episodes set to light, down-home music, Let’s Knit2gether covers a variety of subjects including felt knitting, tips for railroad ribbon, fur yarn and bead knitting, holiday gift ideas, combination knitting, needle varieties, yarn winding techniques, organizational tips, storage, and preservation. Most episodes include segments dedicated to viewer feedback, refining techniques or just plain griping about the difficulties of others. There are also frequent book reviews and interviews, such as Cat’s meetings with lace expert, Jane Sowerby, and Save the Children cofounder Kate Conradt. More community-oriented than straightforwardly instructional, Let’s Knit2gether encourages viewers to respond to each episode, discuss any techniques covered, share helpful pointers, chit-chat with Cat, and connect with knitters in their area. Whether sitting by the hearth, beating the streets, or petting an alpaca, Cat clearly has her finger on the racing pulse of the New England knitting scene, and she has a quiet, maternal demeanor that is hard to resist.
Did you know that certain types of rabbits produce three or more pounds of fiber each year? Well, you might have missed the annual Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, but you can bet Cat didn’t. Scroll down to her fifth episode and bear witness to a sheep getting shorn, yarn being spun from raw fiber, and the generally quirky antics of upstate New York alpaca enthusiasts. Seen from above, the festival’s sheer size is enough to impress the uninitiated homebody knitter. But the fair attracts families from across the country, representing every step of the yarn-making process from breeders and ranchers to blenders and spinners. And like every expo that Cat attends, there are plenty of fashion-savvy bargains to keep you warm through the winter months.