My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Tips and Tricks

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.

Pattern Review

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!!



  1. Hi Wendy :)And again a beautiful Debbie Bliss sweater. I wonder what it would look like in burgundy shades ๐Ÿ™‚ Please stop putting out those book viruses – my xmas wish list gets longer with every visit at your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Caroline F says:

    Really pretty! You chose different colors than the book specified, didn’t you? – I don’t remember a blue vest, they all seemed to be in natural shades.

  3. Thanks, Caroline!

    I . . . uh . . . don’t remember. I’ll have to go back and look in the book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I attended my local knitter’s guild meeting for the first time Monday and they were talking about the Lands End booklet…evidently one of the designers – it must be Joyce Williams has a connection to our guild. Being a newbie I don’t know all the details or history.

    Thanks for posting your ‘pic tips’…besides having having “the” (IMHO) knitblog, you also post the most awesome pics!

  5. Thanks Teresa! I always wanted to be one of the cool girls! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Me too, Wendy but I’m afraid I’m doomed to remain tragically un-hip! I’d like to blame that on the fact that I’m gonna be 44 in less than a month but the truth is, age is no excuse.

    BTW…I went off to order the Lands End booklet (Land’s End and the Linus Project will be very happy with you!)…the full name of the booklet is ‘The Art of Sweater Construction’ – just incase the legion of ‘Wendy Readers’ try to do a search.

  7. That’s interesting — on the Lands End website they do indeed call it “The Art of Sweater Construction” but on the cover of the book it says “Art of the Sweater.”

    They shouldn’t try to confuse us — we’re confused enough as it is!

  8. I also got my Art of the Sweater booklet last night and similarly drooled over the Norwegian Rose. Have you seen Meg’s latest Wool Gathering with the Latvian Mitten cardigan/jacket pattern? Also scrumptious!

  9. I burst into giggles at today’s Izzy photo! Thanks for sharing!


  10. I think Izzy is doing her interpretation of the Thanksgiving turkey! Gobble,Gobble,Izzy!

  11. Thanks for the photography tips! But what I *really* want to know is how you take pictures of Izzy without getting “alien glow eyes.”

  12. Ha ha ha… poor Izzy, there is something rather turkey like about that pose!

  13. Wendy, I actually saw Meg herself WEARING the Norwegian Rose sweater last October. It is even more beautiful in person! Dianne

  14. That’s a wonderful sweater Wendy! I am waiting on that toy/animal book from Debbie. But as I am poor, I have to wait long (amazon free shipping). Can’t wait to make that pig family that;s supposed to be in there ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your blog is quite addicting. I only stumbled on it during a search for steeks and stuff. Great description that you have about that on your site! This was a completely unfamiliar concept for me (I learned knitting in germany) and I didn’t even do it that way when doing machine knitting. Probably would have made life a lot easier.



  15. Caroline F, the vest is on page 27, but it’s a cardigan vest. It is indeed in shades of blue. I’ve been wanting to make it myself for a long time.

  16. Caroline F says:

    Aha! Wendy continues to make me see the designs in this book through new eyes! Which of course will end up being A Bad Thing because I’ll have to add them to my list of things to make…

  17. Kristin says:

    I am a HUGE Debbie Bliss sweater fan, and love the photo you posted. Do you have any suggestions on yarn that is a little less expensive than the Rowan and Debbie Bliss yarns usually called for in her books? I make a TON of baby sweaters every year, and just can’t justify spending $50 + on a baby shower gift for a casual acquaintance; but I love to knit. I need to find some cheaper yarns to feed my uncontrollable knitting habit!