I’m having photograph angst again this week. I wish someone would explain to me why it is that some days all the photographs come out perfect, and other days they come out lousy. It doesn’t make sense to me. And also, how come that all my photos look dark and murky on the old laptop, but bright and true to life on the new laptop, and yet everyone else’s photos look just fine and dandy on the old one?!? Is anyone out there shaking their head over how dark and dingy my photos have become, and just haven’t had the heart to say so?

I tried a few different layouts today as well, but ended up shooting the yarn in its usual layout. It doesnt look very artsy, but it does show off the different colours in the skeins to the best advantage. At least, I hope so!

We’re also toying with the idea of rewinding one skein in some of the more variegated colourways, just to give you a better idea of how the colours combine. Extra work, but I think worthwhile. Let me show you an example. This is Sylvia 2ply Broadway, a very variegated and punchy colourway. Here’s the usual shot:

And here’s a skein that has been rewound to redistribute the colours. Beautiful, isn’t it?

My idea is to rewind one skein, but to have the rest of the pile as they are, so that you can easily compare them. I know that some of you prefer to see rewound skeins, and others prefer seeing them with the colours in blocks so that you get a feel for how much of each colour there is in the skeins. So this may be the best of both worlds, don’t you think? I’d love to hear your opinions on it. This is one area of the business that I am constantly trying to improve, and the one that I feel most amateur about. 

After I’d finished photographing this week’s yarn (previews tomorrow!) I took a couple of quick shots of the projects I was telling you about on Monday. Here’s the cable sweater, complete with fluff:

And this is the handspun shawl.


I love how the colours are gently striping. Its a joy to knit up.     

New Projects

I have two new projects on the needles at the moment (don’t remind me that I am within inches of finishing Flyte, I just can’t seem to face it at the moment. And Cobblestone has gone back in the snooze pile as well.)

The first is the cool cable sweater pattern, Baby Cables & Big Ones Too. I love the simple modern design of this pattern, and am enjoying my first ever top down sweater. What I am not enjoying is the yarn. I’m using Sublime Yarn’s cashmere, silk, merino dk, in a gorgeous deep wine colour. I bought it when my lovely Plucky friend was visiting, and have been saving it for something special. It seemed the perfect choice for this sweater, because I thought the cables would really pop with this type of yarn. Alas, it pills and fuzzes like the very devil. Just from contact with other projects in my knitting bag, the cables have fuzzed so badly that they’ve lost all their definition. I don’t know what I’m going to do about it. Just carry on, and have it as a wear-around-the-house sweater, probably. I hear that the yarn does not tolerate frogging, so carrying on is my only real option. That’ll teach me to knit with anything other than my own yarn (imagine how splendid this design would be in Sylvia 4ply!!! sigh…..)

The second is a Feather & Fan Comfort Shawl, knitted from the last handspun I finished. (I’m trying to pretend I don’t have a half finished comfort shawl already, sitting in a corner getting dusty. This one is different, ok?) I love how the fractal spinning is creating gentle stripes, which the feather & fan pattern is breaking up into undulating waves. So pretty. And the colours are just right for lots of my winter clothes. This is now my tv knit, because only 1 row in every 6 is a pattern row. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the joy and excitement of knitting with my own handspun. It makes me feel Very Clever Indeed.

I’m still fancying making Venezia, a monochrome version in navy and silver Felted Tweed. In fact, I’m dying to cast this on. But I have to be Strong, because this project is going to be my Mount Everest, and it would be really silly to cast on now, when I’m still losing weight. I have to wait until I’ve settled at a size before casting on for something so momentous.  

Shop Update 18.10.09 – Part I

Here are some of my favourites from this week’s yarn:

Miranda 2ply Dovecot

Miranda 2ply Delight

Sylvia 2ply Stray

Sylvia 2ply Expectation

Diana 2ply Whim

Diana 2ply Agreeable

Diana 2ply Liberty

Diana 2ply Frills

Maisie Discretion

Maisie Estate

More favourites tomorrow!