"Nuttin but knittin" - that says it all, with an occasional deviation into the real world.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Just checking in.....

Let's see.....  YarnOver 2010 was terrific!  I hope to go again.  My photography class was very enlightening.  I learned a great deal, and took pages of notes.  I now need to practice.....and then practice more.  I also need to put together a light box.  Neither of those two things have been accomplished yet.  So, my photos will show no marked improvement yet, but hopefully....eventually....  Those mysterious terms such as ISO, Aperture, White Balance, Macro are all a little more meaningful to me now.  Luckily I think I accidentally purchased a terrific camera.  Like I said....now I need to practice! 

The Two-Ended knitting class was also very interesting.  Her version was Swedish in origin.  She warned that due to the twisting motion used during the technique, many of us would have hand/wrist pain.  She was right!  So...it may not be a technique that I do a great deal of, but I always enjoy learning new "old" knitting traditions.

As for what's been happening in the spinning/knitting front, I have spun this fiber: (hey!  not a half bad photo - that one!  Playing with the ISO setting actually works!)

into this yarn. (Ashland Bay Colonial fiber in "Sandlewood" colorway)
Not sure but eventually may be colorwork mittens.  We'll see.....

Speaking of colorwork, I have finished a pair of socks but they are not yet blocked, so photos will be coming soon.  Just a tease for now:

And, I started yet another pair, in more "my" colors....soft and muted.  I like!
And speaking of liking --  This bucket of 14 vehicles was a great hit with BG.  There was a really terrific toy store right across the street from the motel in which we stayed during YarnOver.  I think I spent more money there than I did at the vendor mall. ( That's a grandma for you....)  Anyway, he has played nonstop with these since he came on Monday morning.  They even make him think twice before wanting to go outside to play.  Miracle toys!!! 
Each vehicle is 4" long....just the right size for a little guy's grip. A fascination with cars, trucks, planes and trains is just within the DNA of little boys, I do believe!

My handspun sweater is patiently awaiting some undivided attention.  I need to finalize sleeve length and do a few finishing touches.  So....soon.  I have the band finished.  It's just too big of a project to travel well, so it's been neglected of late.

7 comments:

Monika said...

Oh ,so many pretties! I like your new yarn a lot. It looks bulky somehow. Your finished sock tease looks great, but I LOVE the new one you just started!

Erica said...

Beautiful stuff!

KnittySue said...

Just beautiful....I love the colors of the one you just started in the muted colors...YUM.

Marguerite said...

Just added photography class to the list of things I want to do someday. Great pictures. Love the socks.

Dorothy said...

Those blue and white socks made me swoon! I can't wait to see the full picture. I would have loved to take that photography class. I think I have a pretty decent camera, but I just don't know how to do it.

Artseycrafts said...

I love the blue and white socks as well as the new yarn. Like Dorothy, my camera is supposedly very good but I do not know how to use it's features. A photography class would be wonderful.

KellyD said...

Ahhh my little spinner!! Your yarn is beautiful. What pattern did you use for your socks? And what brand and where did you get the toys? They are marvelous.