Sunday, April 13, 2008

Clever Hans has nothing on me!

I'm pretty clever, and say so myself, all the time. I take inordinate pride in my ability to digging a hole and making a hill at the same time, as well as being able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

But I might have reached my limit with home produced videos.

I can, I know, do all the steps required:
I can plan, I can narrate, I can film—-and do a good job with each..
But, when I have do all 3 simultaneously, well, I am reaching beyond my limit!

Still, I do it any way.

At this point, my video's might be of more entertainment value than of educational value, but I know, I won't get better with out practice—and practice I will.

(and trust me, bad as these are, the are the very best I've done so far--many more clips have been deleted than posted!)

So bottom, line, I have made a few (attempting to produce?) You Tube video's demonstrating some cast on's—I have been trying to focus on my favorites; variations of long, tubular and other interesting ones.

Eventually, I will learn how to focus the camera, keep up a running commentary, and knit (all 3 at the same time.)--or I'll find a slave to hold the camera. The occasional metallic click you hear on some of the video's is the sound of the knitting needle hitting the leg of the tripod—It's not easy knitting through a camera view finder!

Until my skills improve, enjoy my You Tube series for what they are, first attempts... Not perfect. (not even on the same planet as perfect!) --eventually, I'll get better, and they will be replaced with better!

PS: if you notice that the 2 color cast on video (the first and oldest) seems better that others, you're right! Lisa (aka Tsock Tsarina acted as cameraman (or is it camera woman?) on that video.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Italian Cast-On video! I've seen written out directions for this cast-on, but never could get it clear in my mind. Amazing what a little video demonstration can do.
I've been knitting for over 40 years, and just discovered tubular cast-ons a few years ago. Since then, I've been "collecting" them, trying each one in my quest for the "perfect" edge. (And now I'll have to start another pair of socks, so I can field test the Italian cast-on...)
I think that's what I love most about knitting - that no matter how long you've been doing it, there's always a new technique just around the corner.

Kelly said...

You Tube has videos on Portuguese Knitting by chuanavit that shows the cast on she uses. Similar to long-tail, but one I haven't seen before.

Thought you might find it interesting and can add it to your collection.

You have to click on more info for chuanavit to see all 11 of her videos and then look for the cast on one.