Here is episode 3 of Wannabe Knitter. In this episode I talk about what my kids are doing with yarn, my mishap with trying to knit a gauge with lace yarn, and my new WPI (or "whoop-i") tool. About the WPI tool--you could also just use a ruler to measure the WPI, and forgo making one out of cardboard or a pencil.
Like the fireplace? Well, I actually had it there because our boiler was broken, and my house was FREEEEEZZZZIIIINNNGGG. But, I thought it added a nice touch, don't you?