The Art of Knitting: Stitches * Colors * Fashion
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In this instructional DVD, you'll find demos from the beginner to advanced levels and overviews of yarn types, production, dyeing and color theory. In addition, you get a stitch library, glossary of terms and abbreviations, patterns, and specialized knitting tips.
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The first five minutes paid for the effort. And I had no idea that it would go on for hours and hours. You need to have plenty of coffee ready and forget about doing any thing else the day you start to watch this DVD.
It is organized like an animated magazine with articles and sub-articles to those. Each is well titled and gives further reading or viewing references. Like a magazine not everyone will be interested in every section; yet you can always fine something and much is serendipity.
Not everything is physically knitting yet they go trough all types of knitting forms. There is a quick section on the difference in holding thread as in American vs. Continental. If you ever watch any Agatha Christy miss Marple movies with Joan Hickson then you get a good dose of Continental or European knitting methods.
Everyone knows that the process of knitting is just mechanical; you can do most while watching TV or holding a conversation. But what to knit, what looks good, and what works well as clothing, accessories or art is an other matter. We even get a crash course in color psychology.
If I covered everything on this DVD it would take a book. And this is just one of a series.
It is safe to say this is one of the best investments you could make.
I think that with a little effort, this dvd could have been wonderful. However, a LOT of the interviews were "home-movie" quality, the audio was poor, the video wasn't as crisp as it could have been, and the template style of the video editing (picture in picture boxes) was just amatuerish.
Add to that the dvd menu being poorly constructed and hard to navigate due to all the sub-menus and whatnot, and you can see how I was getting frustrated. In addition, the stitch library was a joke, with SCANS taken from sepia-colored books, and 3 songs total in the music to knit by section.
As a knitter myself, I understand that the selection for this type of product is slim. But, we can demand better!! We should demand better! Poor production quality, and bad design shouldn't be something we overlook just so we can get a dvd with a couple of interesting interviews and several redundant how-to knit interviews!!! I give the producers an A+ for effort because they obviously went to a lot of trouble with the interviews, but it could have been much better, and at $19.99 which is more than I usually pay for a box-office type of dvd, I was very dissatisfied.
I am going to look at the rest of the DVD but if there's only 35 minutes of actual knitting, then it's a big disappointment.
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