One of our favorite designers, Beth has successfully launched her maiden voyage into DVD production with Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel. The DVD will take you through the history, techniques and process of designing and knitting one of these wonderful sweaters. Beth is a calm and patient teacher, and this DVD is based on one of her most popular classes.
Professionally filmed and produced, this DVD is jam-packed with information, yet it is so smoothly presented that it is easy to absorb and remember. For example, Beth’s discussion and demonstrated explanation of the differences between worsted and woolen yarns is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Many knitters have no appreciation or understanding of this issue, yet Beth succinctly explains the concept in context, so you’ll also understand why this is important to your yarn selection, and how it affects your finished product.
Another great feature is that the segments are categorized in several different ways, so you can easily watch them the way that is best for you. Broad overview? Focused topic? Step-by-step version? Watch the whole thing like a novel or skip around like a dictionary, whatever suits your needs.
There is a knit-along miniature gansey you can do, as well as a previously unpublished design. There are all sorts of useful files that you can print out, as well as the technique sections where Beth demonstrates the technique from beginning to end, in slow motion if you want that.
All in all, you’ll come away with an appreciation for Ganseys, a better understanding of knitting overall, and a great big dose of enthusiasm for your next project.