Knitting Butterflies Episode 12 – Frog Pond Birthdays

In this episode, I have frogged and reknit several projects, celebrated my 30th birthday, and given advice on purchasing a new camera.

Clicking Away:

– I am reworking my 20% Cooler socks using the Jeck Pattern instead of theCollywobbles pattern. I had this pattern recommended to me by Lynn at the Loopy Ewe, along with Chiagoo needles. I have started knitting at the gym like Sarah from In a Sknit.

Jeck Pattern in Cuppy Cake Yarnz Yummy (Rainbow Dash) and Mermaid Song Shawl in Knitpicks Shadow Tonal

Jeck Pattern in Cuppy Cake Yarnz Yummy (Rainbow Dash) and Mermaid Song Shawl in Knitpicks Shadow Tonal

Anne's Sweater by Joanna Johnson in Brown Sheep Company Lanaloft Sport

Anne’s Sweater by Joanna Johnson in Brown Sheep Company Lanaloft Sport

-I’m currently working very hard on my Anne’s Sweater by Joanna Johnson in Green Gables Knits, using Brown Sheep Company’s Lanaloft Sport. I tried adding back darts a la Amy Herzog’s class Knit to Flatter, then decided it was too small. I frogged back to where the decreases begin and started over.

– I’m also working on my Mermaid Song shawl by Susanna IC in the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, though I restarted it in Knit Picks Shadow and I have decided I love knitting lace.

Countdown to 30

– I celebrated my 30th birthday with friends at a Paint and Sip place in my hometown, it was a blast! Please share your advice and stories from transitioning into your 30’s, I have lots of listeners with great experiences I would love to hear all about.

Celebrating with my friends doing a Paint and Sip!

Celebrating with my friends doing a Paint and Sip!

I Dream of Knitting

Fluttershy designed by TheNerdyKnitter

Fluttershy designed by TheNerdyKnitter

I have made two ponies by the Nerdy Knitter, if time and practicality were not an issue I would totally crochet ALL of her designs. She is an amazing designer!

Photographing Your Knits

-Tips for this week: What ever camera you have, learn how to use it well.

I love classes from:

Improve Photography website and podcast

Creative Live

Photo Biz X-Posed podcast

What I use:

Nikon D5200 24.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black) (refurbished, purchased at B&H.com)

Adobe Creative Cloud for editing (Photoshop and Lightroom)

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

I used to use a Nikon D60

-I share my philosophy on investing in high ticket items, specifically about purchasing a new camera. The concepts can easily be applied to any high ticket item though, such as spinning wheels, sewing machines, and even knitting needles. Instead of spending an entire budget on the most expensive piece of equipment you can afford, go one step down and use the rest of the budget on classes to learn to use your equipment properly.

You can find used and refurbished camera equipment from:

KEH.com

B&Hphoto.com

Adorama.com

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