Technical Tuesday: Photos

First and foremost I am going to tell you that I am by no means an expert on this subject. I, like everyone else starting out, took horrible photos. I was friends with a couple of people who were really into photography and learned quite a bit from just asking questions.

I don’t have a fancy camera; all the photos I take are on my smartphone. This video gives you a really great founding in the basics of taking photos with your smart phone. The lighting is key. I am really lucky and have some sheer curtains in my living room, which is perfect for indirect natural sunlight. The hardest thing with lighting is getting the colour to show up true. If I am taking pictures of anything for Etsy I have to make sure the colours are perfect because you don’t want someone buying yarn and it being a completely different colour than pictured online.

Something this video mentions is to experiment and have fun with it. I take 15-20 photos for every single photo I post. So don’t think that you’re going to take three photos and they’re all going to be perfect. I might think something looks great, but when I look at it on my computer, not so much.
It’s a process and it takes time. I like to look at product photos from others and see what really appeals to me about that photo. Why is it aesthetically pleasing? What makes me want to make that shawl? Is it the colour? The way it’s displayed? Really breaking down other’s photos into smaller chunks can help you with your own photography practice. Best of luck!!

What’s going on Wednesday

What is going on indeed? There has been so much happening in the past couple weeks I feel like I can hardly keep up! Unfortunately that doesn’t mean there has been a whole lot of knitting going on. I’ve done a few rows on my Grandmother’s sweater… sleeves. I’ve also been steadily plugging away on the second sock of The Warped Porch colour-way.

Warped Porch-1984

This self-striping colour-way is named after my friend Lisa, or the Queen, as many know her. She gave me the colour combinations and I put them together. It’s really bright; poke you in the nose bright, but really, which one of my colours isn’t?

Black and White

The June newsletter went out Monday morning announcing this new colour-way, I thought I should probably include it here to, just in case. The black and white photo was really cruel, but I will admit to feeling terribly clever with myself afterwards. How to fill a post with photos when you are working on secret projects!? Well, everything isn’t a secret, just the colour. BAM! Inspiration!
I mentioned in the newsletter that there are still a few hanks of Psychedelic Onyx (the black and rainbow) self-striping sock yarn, so if you’re in the market the shop is here.

Warped Porch-1721

We are also getting ready to get our dyeing game on. There are quite a few shows in the fall and it will work best if we start the dyeing now! This also means I have to pick out my samples for the next shows. Hmmmm what do I need an excuse to knit. That is possibly the downside to working in an industry you love… there isn’t a lot of time to actually participate in the thing you love.
I’m thinking about taking a weekend away sometime. I have dreams of nothing but tourist traps and knitting in the evenings before bed. I am pulling at the end of the chain trying to escape into vacation-time daydreams. What helps you focus?

Knitting Medley

Knitting Medley

I am not going to sugar coat it people, I’ve knitted a bit on my rainbow socks and put a few more rows on Paul’s socks. Mostly our house has been completely taken over with the preparations for the Creativ Festival this weekend.

CF Spring 2015 03

We are going to be in booth #276 at Mississauga International Centre; Friday 10-7 and Saturday 10-6. This is our first year at the Creativ Festival and I am super excited about it!

CF Spring 2015 02

There is a lot of work being done to make sure all the yarn is labeled and the stitch markers are strung! I am also giving two lectures at the Creativ Festival this weekend so I have been polishing those up!

CF Spring 2015

Outside of small snatches of knitting here and there, I haven’t had any really good chunks of time to get several inches done. Paul’s sock is getting along, I am really happy with how it is turning out, I think it will be a good fit for him. I’ll just have to copy it for the second sock to make sure they’re the same size.

Paul's Socks MA April 2015 02

I am making a few plans for what I am going to knit after the show. My grandmother’s sweater is, of course, on my mind, but I will also start a sweater for myself too. I am due for something other than socks. Don’t get me wrong, I love socks; but there are only so many times you can write about socks. I’ve been dancing around with the idea of trying Amy Herzog’s Fit to Flatter pattern maker. It seems like a really great idea and I am going to try it eventually. I might as well try it sooner rather than later!

Playing Around with Colours

I mentioned a last week that I was going to be doing some experiments with yarn I began to play around with self-striping colours. While I was dyeing, I decided to try something a little bit, out there.

Dye Experiment 04152015

I’ve been sticking with a two or three colours pallet, because it is a bit easier than going all in and doing 1000 colours all at once. I am dipping my toe, not hurtling myself into the deep end. I dyed this skein, which when knit up should look similar to the Harry Potter scarves in the later movies (The Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix).

Harry Potter Scarf!

I haven’t even had time to knit a swatch of that to see if it works because I have been working on the two other pairs of socks I showed you last week… AND this pair.

Rainbow Sock 2 04152015

Yes that is right! Already done one sock! Look out world!!

Rainbow Socks 04152015

Inspiration and the Attainable

Since my headaches have been going away, I’ve been trying to get back into the gym. Things go okay, there are bumps and pain-in-the-neck’s along the way, but I am doing okay. As I mentioned last post, the weather is getting warmer and for me… that makes me want to get out and do things!

Yoga Stress

When I am trying to motivate myself to go to the gym or do athletic things, I need incentive. Normally I sign up for a race or obstacle course because nothing motivates you like the thought “if I don’t train for this, I am going to die.” A lot of people will mull over signing up for a race, but that is a pitfall you must avoid. The first time I signed up for a 5K race, I was not a runner at all. I just signed up for it because a friend of mine was doing it and it sounded like fun. After I paid, I realized I would actually have to train for this. Complete madness, I know.

Work out no Punching

It was really motivating though. Every time I thought I would prefer to sleep in or something, I just thought about running the race and being trampled by all the really fit people behind me. THAT will get you out of bed in the morning.
Since I don’t have any races coming up, I haven’t been able to use that against myself, but I have found I really enjoy going onto Etsy or Pinterest and looking at all the wise-ass sayings on some workout clothes. Any of the photos I’ve posted in reference to this link back to the pages where you can purchase them. I keep setting little goals for myself and saying, “if I get to this point, I am going to buy that workout shirt.”

Sweatin Church

This kind of works double for me because not only am I striving toward a goal where I get a reward, I get a cool shirt. I am going to want to go work out just so I can wear that shirt.
I’ve read quite a few articles with interesting and sometimes crazy things to keep you getting to the gym. One of the ones I thought was funny yet clever, is to wear your work out clothes to bed. If you’re trying to get to the gym in the morning you sleep in the work out clothes. This way you only need to drag your sleep deprived self to the gym and don’t have to worry about getting dressed and all that jazz. This is especially true for women; have you ever tried to fight with a sports bra in the pre-dawn hours?
I’ll do another post full of awesome motivating things. It might not be obvious, but I try to apply the same principles to completing knitting that is really fighting me. Goals… and buying yourself something pretty!