Wednesday, October 26, 2011
miles to go before I steek
Finally ready to cut that steek! I crochet reinforced this steek as it wouldn't have been possible to machine reinforce such a long tube. Really I'm a purist and think that a handmade item deserves hand reinforcement, why get a machine involved in all this? The shawl is 80 inches long (and will probably grow some during blocking) so that's 160 inches of chain crochet. The yarn is Malabrigo Silky Merino and the silk adds some slither which makes it necessary to reinforce that steek. With a nice toothy Shetland type yarn you really don't have to even reinforce the steek, it practically sticks to itself. Some folks get nervous about cutting something that has taken them so long to knit but I actually get excited because it's so close to the finish line and it's not really usable until it's been cut. If you're having the urge to cut your knitting (you know who you are) I say just go for it. Here is a link to a great tutorial on how to crochet reinforce your steek.
My camera got a new lens today and I rushed to use it. I have a micro 4/3 camera, an Olympus Pen E-PL1, which is sort of like a compact digital SLR. I guess it's not technically an SLR but you can change the lenses on it and have many of the same controls that you have on a larger camera. It completely suits my need for better photos without feeling like I'm dragging around paparazzo style equipment. I'm not a techie or a serious photographer so please excuse any misinformation I might be spreading here. Ever since I've started taking photos of my knitting I've been lusting after that in focus/blurry yarny beauty that many of Brooklyn Tweed's photos have. After some research I realized that I needed to be able to really lower my aperture and have a nice lens with a shallow depth of field. You can also achieve an effect that photographers call Bokeh this way, in a portrait the subject would be in focus and the background out of focus. My new lens, 45 mm f/1.8 (though I didn't lower the aperture all the way to 1.8), gave me the above photo. Not too shabby! I am in love. Thanks Mom, I am one lucky gal. xoxo
and... the cut!