Not knitting tips and tricks, but knitting photography tips and tricks.
I’ve gotten several questions lately about my photographing techniques.
The camera I use is a Kodak DC4800 (yeah, I finally looked at it and got the correct model number off it). It’s a 3.1 megapixel digital camera, but the model was discontinued last year.
I always take my photos at maximum resolution — 3.1 megapixels. And I scale them down. I use Paintshop Pro for photo editing. I crop the photo, scale it down to no more than 400 pixels wide, and then do any editing necessary. Sometimes I lighten the photo, sometimes I sharpen it, sometimes both.
And whenever possible I photograph without a flash. The best way is in natural light, but barring that, I try to get a photo in good overhead light.
And sometimes I’m more successful than other times.
Old Knitted Crap
Here’s today’s entry:
This is another design from the ubiquitous Debbie Bliss Traditional Knitting book. I did tell you I love that book, didn’t I? I’m pretty sure this is knitting in J&S shetland, but to be honest, I can’t remember. Senility.
Ooh! Ooh! Guess what I got in the mail yesterday? The Art of the Sweater booklet from Lands’ End. It contains five knitting patterns, by Meg Swansen, Nicky Epstein, Kaffe Fassett, Dale Long, and Joyce Williams.
Meg Swansen’s design is Norwegian Rose, which makes me tremble and drool. It’s a jacket done in three shades of Satakieli wool and for me makes the $25 I spent for the booklet all worthwhile. (It’s worthwhile anyway as part of the proceeds from the sale goes to a great charity — Project Linus.) I understand there’s a pattern of a child’s version of Norwegian Rose available as a free download from Schoolhouse Press.
Nicky Epstein’s design is called “Dove of Peace” and it’s lovely. I’ll never knit it because it’s intarsia and I am not fond of intarsia, but it’s a beautiful design, knitted in Filatura Di Crosa yarns.
The Kaffe Fassett design is his “Foolish Virgins” jacket, which I already have in the “Best of Rowan” book — calls for Rowan Cotton Glace yarn.
The Dale Long design is called “Christmas Past” and it’s quite nice — a fair isle made from 6 shades of J&S jumperweight wool with designs that suggest Christmas. I like this very much, and by the way, it would be a good project for a fair isle newbie or wannabe to knit. The pattern is quite easy, but the results are gorgeous.
Last but not least is Joyce Williams’ “Acorns & Tumbling Boxes” — also done in J&S jumperweight — three colors. It’s a pullover with an intriguing all-over pattern with shoulder detail of cute little acorns.
So I would knit three out of five of these designs. Not bad! I’m very pleased with this little booklet.
Oh yeah. I knit a tiny bit on Fulmar last night. Most of the evening was tied up with other stuff.
Those of you who have plowed through all of the above to get to this point get a bonus: Izzy in a lewd pose!!