My current work in progress:

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


Sock Photography

Thanks for all the nice comments on my photography efforts. I am very much an amateur photographer and any skill I have in this area has been gleaned from tips I’ve found on the internet.

A couple of you asked what a light tent is. Here’s a definition I found online:

Tent like structure made of translucent material hung around a frame. The fabric diffuses the light coming from outside the tent so that highly reflective subjects placed inside the tent can be photographed without reflections.

I’ve been thinking about getting a light box or light tent for a while now. You can easily and cheaply make a light box. If you Google “how to make a light box” or “how to make a light tent” you will find a number of sources on the internet that give you step by step instructions for constructing one easily and cheaply.

I purchased a light tent rather than make one — the one I bought is collapsible, so it’s easy to store away. The homemade ones I saw described are not so easy to store. I bought my light tent here — no affiliation, etc. It was a reasonable price and was shipped to me quickly.

The photos I took of my yarn haul yesterday were all done using the light tent. I put it on the dining room table and turned the chandelier above it up high. I also trained another lamp on it, so there was a lot of light coming through the fabric.

Light Tent 082007

Light Tent 082007

I put my camera on a tripod to eliminate any shaking and shot the pictures without a flash. And I was very pleased with the results. (My camera is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR, by the way, and I love it.)

While I might not do this for my blog pictures every day, I did get the light tent with a specific use in mind, so it will be getting a lot of use.

A couple of you asked about the little tote bag I photographed. That’s a Ham’s Jams Yarn Cruiser purchased from The Loopy Ewe. They are sold out right now, but will no doubt have more for sale in the future.

Healthy Spine Socks

I’m so please y’all like my Healthy Spine Sock design, and that a number of you would like to knit it. I’ve got plans for this pattern so stay tuned — the pattern will be ready soon.

Meanwhile, I’m knitting on the second sock.

SIP 082007

SIP 082007

See? I didn’t bother hauling out the light tent. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lucy Sez

Lucy 082007

Lucy 082007

Lucy asked me to tell you all “meow.” She said you’d understand.


  1. Lucy, of course, I speak “Cat”! Right back atcha!

    Wendy, that light tent kind of looks like one of my collapsible hampers (that I use for yarn storage….) Hmmm, that’s giving me some ideas.

    Also, love the Healthy Spine socks and the Power Of Positive Thinking they represent — but I do hope your spine is not pale purple. That’s not usually a good spine color….

  2. I think my cats would turn the light tent into a cozy, little cat nest. Is Lucy curious about it at all?

  3. I think Lucy wonders if the “light tent” isn’t really a “cat tent” that she can hide out in. Or have her professional photo taken in.

  4. Please convey my “meooowwrr” to Mademoiselle Lucy. Perry would convey hers as well but she’s outside chasing the neighbor’s (illegal) run-away goat who was lurking outside our kitchen door. She bolted about 30 minutes ago, off on a quest to protect “her” property. It’s time to go open a can of cat food outside to lure my dame in shining armor home… Wish me well ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The light tent looks like a fun toy! Though I can imagine that it would either get used all the time, and for everything, or not very often at all. In my house it would turn into a “cat play zone,” and probably a “toy mouse hiding spot” as well. Especially when I wanted to use it…


  7. I’ve seen these around and the “how-to” tutorials which is probably why I don’t have one yet. Your “how-to” is totally my fave and I’m sure that with such sage guidance I’ll have a light tent soon too!

  8. gah! I did it. I just placed my first ever loopy ewe order. This is the beginning of the end for me.

  9. You tease with tantalizing tidbits. Hmmmmm. Is someone, who shall remain nameless, coming out with her own line of yarn to go with her new line of sock patterns?

  10. The socks look wonderful, and I can hardly wait to hear your plan!

    Caroline, the SockPixie

  11. Meow to you, to Miss Lucy. Man, we all “wuv” you very much.

  12. Ok now you have me curious about the main reason for getting the light tent.

    Meow back at ya Lucy.

  13. All your pictures are great, they show details and are very clear!

  14. I co-own/work at a photography studio and I have to say that I’m very impressed with your knowledge of photography, and your skill—- the light tent? Very fab. I think now that you have these things you can give yourself a very cool title, maybe capitalize your name or charge way more for anything you might happen to do. Most Rock Star, y’know?

  15. Marianne Y says:

    Thank you for the info on your light tent. I was so intrigued by your reference to it yesterday, that I spent considerable time researching it on the web, out of curiosity. I had never heard of a light tent before. I knew about diffusing lighting, but I did not know about that method. It looks like you found a good deal on it, and I like the idea that it collapses for easy storage, unlike the instructions for many of those do-it-yourself jobs I found. And, maybe I’m naive, but I don’t see why some question your motives for getting a light tent. You have a really good camera. Adding the light tent as a next step makes good sense to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Aww Lucy! Thanks for the info on the light tent, I’m still saving for the new camera! Love these socks!

  17. Oh, thanks for that link – a collapsible light tent might be just the thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I’ve looked at light tents before but that place has the best prices I’ve seen.

    I saw someone successfully use a empty, turned on it’s side large Rubbermaid container as a makeshift light tent on a blog once – multi-purpose light tent! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Thanks to all your Loopy Ewe teases, I placed and recieved my first Loopy Ewe order. Beyond Fantastic. My girls were all begging for the yarn for themselves. I will NOT share. Lucy is a knockout. My infant son squeals with delight to see her photos.

  20. Tell Lucy that Tulip the cat says “mew-mew”. I always think it sound like Mama, but who knows?

  21. I was also wondering whether or not Lucy wanted the light tent for a napping spot. Meow right back at you, Lucy.

  22. Meow, Ms. Lucy! Now I know why she was sulking last post, she wanted in her tent and you were using it!