Knitting Butterflies Episode 29 – Classes and Camera Angles

Fiber Stories:

Lettlopi yarn for the Strokkur Sweater

Lettlopi yarn for the Strokkur Sweater

(top) Malabrigo Nube in the Sabaduria colorway, 182 yards of worsted/aran weight. (bottom) Daybreak Dyeworks merino-silk blend in the potluck colorway, yardage unknown, laceweight

(top) Malabrigo Nube in the Sabaduria colorway, 182 yards of worsted/aran weight. (bottom) Daybreak Dyeworks merino-silk blend in the potluck colorway, yardage unknown, laceweight

Contest Begins:

  • I am starting the Share the Love contest on the Ravelry board. Please enter with your stories of how someone made your day and you turned it around to make someone else’s day.
Thank you Amy from Hudson Valley knits for the lovely gift! You have inspired the Share the Love contest!

Thank you Amy from Hudson Valley knits for the lovely gift! You have inspired the Share the Love contest!

Class Stories:

Maintaining our sewing machines at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver

Maintaining our sewing machines at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver

Photography:

  • This week I talk more about my #projecteveryday project and how it’s going
  • I mention the wireless transmitter for my Nikon D5200
  • I share my thoughts on using camera angles to tell the story of the photograph, especially when photographing children.

 

One of my Project Everyday images

One of my Project Everyday images

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Project Everyday – January Part 1

I have started a project I am naming “Project Everyday” as a challenge for myself. There are lots of challenges out there to take images every single day on our nice cameras, but I know there is no way I would be able to keep up with it. Instead, I’m just photographing the everyday activities that make up my life and documenting them. Sometimes I don’t have my nice camera with me and I have to settle for my phone, but I am trying to focus on using my nice camera as much as possible. So, here is the update for the first half of January:

Of course I have been knitting and spinning. I finished my first yarn that was given to me by my sister, and I have started a new braid. I also got my order of yarn from Craftsy, so I am dreaming of a Lopi sweater called Skokkur in a beautiful purple and teal combination.

(Left) My dad snuggling with three of my kiddos while watching a movie. (right) Miss C and her best friend played in the snow for hours building a snowman. I love that they have had each other since they were babies.

(Left) My dad snuggling with three of my kiddos while watching a movie. (right) Miss C and her best friend played in the snow for hours building a snowman. I love that they have had each other since they were babies.

I took a class from Fancy Tiger Crafts with my friend, Kate, about cleaning and maintaining sewing machines. We took them completely apart, oiled them, filed down the rough areas, and put them back together. I learned so much!

I took a class from Fancy Tiger Crafts with my friend, Kate, about cleaning and maintaining sewing machines. We took them completely apart, oiled them, filed down the rough areas, and put them back together. I learned so much!

This little man always says “hot” before he puts a bit in his mouth. Usually he won’t eat anything until I have blown on it sufficiently.

Have you challenged yourself in photography this year? Tell me all about it! Be sure to leave a link to your blog or site!

Episode 28 – Fiber and Festivities

Thank you’s:

Clicking Away:

HItofude cardigan finished and unblocked

HItofude cardigan finished and unblocked

Stitches socks, Dominican Republic socks, Rainbow Dash socks

Stitches socks, Dominican Republic socks, Rainbow Dash socks

Holidays:

Spinning on my new Ashford Traditional wheel

Spinning on my new Ashford Traditional wheel

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

  • In 2014 I completed a LOT of projects from sweaters to shawls to mittens and socks
  • I attended my first fiber festivals in my hometown, nearby, and across the country
  • My theme this year is “Follow Through”
  • I made some of the best friends I could ask for #becauseofknitting
  • I am already plotting ahead for 2015, starting with a class at Fancy Tiger Crafts on January 8th, also looking forward to Interweave Yarn Fest in April in Loveland, CO, Estes Park Wool Market in June, and Stitches Midwest in August, possibly Rhineback in the fall.

Photography

  • I talk about documenting the everyday
  • I love to use Project Life by Becky Higgins
  • I’m issuing a challenge called #projecteveryday to take everyday photos of things that may seem mundane but are worth documenting. I’m challenging myself to doing a blog post a week about the everyday here on the blog, so keep an eye out for that.
    • I’m also using my “spare” camera for this project, my Nikon D60 with the 50mm 1.8 lens for most of it.

New Year Finishing

I recently finished a big project, which I will go into later. For some reason, though, everyry time I finish a giant project I run out of steam. I have no desire to cast on something new for a week or so, but it usually puts me on a finishing kick. I decided to use my time this time around to finish a bunch of works in progress sitting in my sock bin.

I started with hubby’s Regia socks. These are knit out of Regia North Pole color, which is their six ply. This made it so I only had to knit 56 stitches around and they went surprisingly fast, especially considering he has size 13 feet. I used the Lifestyle Toe Up Sock method and knit them on US 1s. 

Socks from Stitches Midwest. Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too, Needles: US 2's (I should have used 1s). Pattern: Basic vanilla cuff down Ravelry Page

Socks from Stitches Midwest. Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too, Needles: US 2’s (I should have used 1s). Pattern: Basic vanilla cuff down Ravelry Page

With those done I started working on socks that have been sitting around a LONG time on New Year’s Eve. These were started in St. Louis when I visited Sarah from In a Sknit before we met Kristi, Susie and Danie from Prairie Girls Knit and Skin podcast, and Boston Jen from Down Cellar Studio podcast at Stitches Midwest. That trip was one of two that made 2014 a really fantastic year! All I had left on the second sock was the toe and weaving in the ends. 

Socks from Dominican Republic trip. Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes  Needles: US 1s  Pattern: Basic vanilla cuff down sock with 3x1 rib on cuff and top of foot. Ravelry Page

Socks from Dominican Republic trip. Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes  Needles: US 1s  Pattern: Basic vanilla cuff down sock with 3×1 rib on cuff and top of foot. Ravelry Page

I also pulled out the socks I started on my husband and my trip to Dominican Republic for our anniversary. I had finished knitting them awhile ago but had put off grafting the toes. I finally grafted them and I love them so much! They make me think of drinking margaritas on the beach while knitting.

Rainbow Dash Socks. Yarn: Cuppycake Yarnz Rainbow Dash  Needles: US 1's Pattern: Jeck  Ravelry Page

Rainbow Dash Socks. Yarn: Cuppycake Yarnz Rainbow Dash  Needles: US 1’s Pattern: Jeck  Ravelry Page

The last socks I finished during our New Year’s Eve celebration were from back in May, my Rainbow Dash socks. I hd a love-hate relationship with knitting these because I loved the yarn and how it knits in stockinette, but I didn’t like the pattern I had chosen. I had already frogged and reknit these once though because of the crazy pattern, so I didn’t want to do it again. Overall, though, I’m pretty happy. Last night I knit half of the foot on the second sock and the toe and wove in all the ends.

I can’t even tell you how excited I am to add so many pairs of socks to my sock drawer!  I love every pair, and with the freezing cold weather we have had they are a welcome addition to my wardrobe. Now I get to decide on what projects to start for the new year! Happy 2015, everyone!

What did you finish in 2014 that you are really proud of? Tell me all about it, and feel free to link to your blog and project pages!

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015! I hope you all enjoyed something fun to celebrate. We were a little late putting an evening together, but it all worked out just fine. My sister and her husband came over and brought their kiddos and their new card game, Dominion. With all six kids tucked in bed (and only an occasional reprimand for getting out of bed) the adults brought out the wine, hard cider, cheetos and dip and played the game all night. Of course, I knitted all evening and finished the last sock right at midnight. Even though it was just the four of us it was a great evening. Though, truth, I’m still recovering this morning. Staying up late and then taking care of kiddos can be a bit rough as I get older.

  Playing Dominion and knitting. I really hate this picture but it was a great night!

  Playing Dominion and knitting. I really hate this picture but it was a great night!

I have been trying to think of a theme for my resolution this year. Normally I try to not set specific resolutions and goals because I will never get them done. Instead, I follow the footsteps of Jasmin from the Knitmore Girls and think of a theme for the year. This year my theme will be to follow through. If I start a project I want to follow through and finish it. If I tell someone we should get together, I want to follow through and actually spend some time with that person. Returning phone calls and messages, finishing my craft room, even keeping up with this blog are all things I want to follow through with. I’m hoping the result will be a lifestyle that leaves a positive mark in my corner of the world, where people feel they can trust me to only take on what I will finish and stick to it. Plus, I am hoping some of the organizational following-through will help with the stress level in my home. We will see if it works, I was really happy with my theme last year and felt a great improvement in my work. I’m looking forward to what the future will hold! 

Do you make resolutions or have a theme for the year? Tell me all about it!