Hi everyone! I'm on location in Cleveland, Ohio this week. We are taping season 800 of Knitting Daily TV and I finished taping 2 of 4 days today. It is so nice to catch up with the lovely people I only see every six months when we get together in Cleveland.
The weather has been lovely so far, but I've been told it's going to get very cold tonight, stay cold for the remainder of my trip and begin raining in the morning. Well, there goes my hairstyle! I guess I will go with the poker straight look tomorrow, since my hair barely holds a curl anyway! In the rain and high humidity, forget it.
All packed up and ready to go! Unfortunately, it requires several suitcases for a 4 day trip when I come to tape the show. I packed 14 outfits to wear on set, including handknit and crochet garments to wear, stepouts and sample garments for each of the 14 segments, books, tools and accessories for 14 segments, along with all of my toiletries, regular things one must pack to leave home, electronics (video camera, phone, computer and cords), and yarn and tools for 5 freelance and book related projects.
I'm not much of a sweet snacker, but these are the famous Shay Pendray cookies. Shay bakes them for the green room every season and we all gladly gobble them up in our free time. They are oatmeal based cookies with coconut, nuts and chocolate chips. So yummy. And they taste even better because we know Shay bakes them with love.This is my corner of the green room. We usually stake out the same sections every time. It takes several hours to unpack and organize everything by episode. This is what I do on the first day. Then I steam and/or iron any touch ups for step outs and my outfits.
All pressed and ready to go! These are my wardrobe selections. I don't actually choose each one by episode. I decide as I'm changing between segments, coordinating with either a second person on set (when applicable) or coordinating with the colors of the samples and step outs I'm teaching. Eunny's and Shay's wardrobes are on the other side of this rack.
Ironing the yarn step outs isn't so bad, but the antique linens were impossible to iron. And don't get me started on my button down shirts. Let's just say I'm glad I don't iron for a living, or for a spouse, or really for any reason on a regular basis. I'm not good at ironing, and really don't enjoy it either. HAHA, there are very few things I say that about, too.
In this picture, Annie Bakken and I composed ourselves long enough to smile for the camera, but seriously, we giggled all through dinner. We are good friends and look forward to catching up with one another every 6 months when we get together to tape Knitting Daily TV. Dinner last night was at a delicious Lebanese grill. I miss Lebanese food so much! I used to get it all the time when I lived in the Detroit area, but it is non-existent in SW Florida, except for the things I make at home. It was a real treat for me.
I am not crazy about posting the before and after shots of professional makeup. But it is part of what we do here, and I promised to share. I am cringing, but I am keeping my promise.
I also promised to show a photo of what I see from behind the on set desk. The camera are much taller than the photo shows, but I think you get a little idea of what we see. The lights are bright and hot, too. But the camera guys are super sweet and funny. In this episode, Shay & I demonstrate crochet pleats.
And last but not least, we finally made it on the set. I taped 6 episodes with Shay today and we had a great time. I am really happy because I remembered most or all the details I wanted to share on camera. In this photo, we are talking about picot edgings, and I'm wearing the Starry Nights Shawl from Crochet So Fine.