Posts Tagged ‘green’

Photographing Green

I’ve been spinning fiber in the most gorgeous heathered shades of green this week, and you would never know it.

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I’ve tried photographing it for you half a dozen different ways, and not only does not a single one come remotely close to the correct color…

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None of them are even close to the same color as in any of the other pictures.

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It’s bizarre. What is it about green that’s apparently so impossible to photograph?

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It’s a shame because so much of what I make is, in fact, green. Anyone more skilled with the camera have some advice?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy “Do I get to pinch you?” Day, as my students seem to think of it. As you’ve probably seen in my previous posts, I have plenty of Irish heritage. However, St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. is arguably not much about Ireland anymore, if it ever was. The kids and I did celebrate today though, with plenty of green and shamrocks. Hubby and I will also celebrate tonight with some Netflix and a pint of Irish red he brewed up for the occasion.

mohair sweater

Because I teach elementary school, the above sweater won out over my traditional Aran today. Sadly that may be the closest thing to knitting I get today, judging by the number of papers I have left to grade tonight. I am busily working away at two upcoming designs though, neither of which are quite ready for sharing yet. So in lieu of sneak peeks, here is some green from my garden!

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I DO Believe in Spring, I do, I do!

Looklooklooklooklookit!

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GREEN. The hyacinths have made an appearance, although worryingly the crocus have not. There are daffodil shoots poking their heads out of the leaves too! Every year the calendar says spring is coming, and every year, towards the end, I worry that it might not actually be true. But here is evidence!

I don’t even care that my kitchen floors will look like this for the next 2 months,

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or that my shoes and dog won’t look any better. I’m not sad about putting away knitting because honestly? Air conditioning is frigid here in Virginia. The knits will be made and worn all summer long. Besides, we’ve still got a few more weeks of frosty mornings for hats and blanket knitting. I went for a run today. Outside. As if I live someplace humans actually want to live. Spring might actually, finally be here. So excited!!

Promises

Happy first day of spring, everyone! The earth is definitely keeping her springtimey promises today. It’s noticeably warmer and gloriously sunny. My crocuses are blooming

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and the hyacinths are promising to as well

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even though they seem to be a particular favorite snack of the squirrels. Even the tulips are beginning peep their little heads out of the ground. In the name of spring (and St. Patrick’s Day, when I started this project) I have cast on my own little slice of green.

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Like the calendar, this cardigan pattern has come with promises. I’m using Amy Herzog’s CustomFit pattern generator for the first time, and I have to admit the numbers make me nervous. I generally go for the same amount of ease over my whole body, and it’s never too far off from my actual measurements. This pattern has several inches of negative ease in the hips, and several inches of positive ease in the waist. This is a radical change for me. Having met Amy, taken her workshop, and bought her book, I’m prepared to trust her. But this pattern better live up to its promises.

Birthday Booty

Because my husband is my husband for a reason, he got me yarn for my birthday!

silk mohair

There’s about a sweater’s worth (again, because he knows me well), but I have no idea what I’ll make with it yet. It’s not a shade of green I normally wear, but he’s gotten me yarns in colors I don’t normally wear twice before and both times they’ve turned into sweaters I wear constantly, so I’m going to trust his instincts here. Any pattern suggestions?

We also got some snow overnight, which made for a good opportunity to finally get photos of my Smitten Glittens. All right, maybe it was also an excuse for pictures of Athena romping in the snow. It’s absurd how many photos of her we have after not even a week with her in our home.

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Flourishing Fields Update

Last summer I got a new camera, and posted about how much better it is than my old camera. I’ve slowly been using it to take improved, updated photos of some of my patterns, while I also update the format of my old patterns to be more consistent.  It has been very slow going because I’m only doing it in my very limited spare time between current designs and the day job.  I channeled by typical springtime craving for all things green, and have completed my update of Flourishing Fields!

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Flourishing Fields, by Christina Loman

If you are a previous buyer, you’ve received an updated copy already, free of charge, via Ravelry or an email sent by Ravelry. Whether you are a previous buyer or not, know that the content of this pattern has not changed. These are still fairly simple cuff-down socks with the exact same cables as before. All that has changed is the format, plus a few new photos. Enjoy!

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Warm Weather Knitting

Wow, I am impressed at how enthusiastic you guys were about yesterday’s contest! I will have to do another scavenger hunt in the future! I was a little worried there wouldn’t be much response since many people stop knitting as the weather warms, and my sales typically dip then too. Clearly I am not the only one who continues to knit voraciously in spring and summer! What do you like to knit this time of year? For me…

1. Shawls

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Ironically, I don’t really wear shawls that much. I LOVE to knit them though. They’re lighter and more delicate than say, a cabled sweater, so they’re great for knitting when it’s warm out. If you’re a shawl-wearer, they’re also immediately wearable in the springtime. For me, unless I’m knitting for a special event (like the upcoming new design for a friend’s wedding), I tend to wind up giving my shawls to a friend or relative. They’re one of the only things I knit that are more about process than product.

2. Tank Tops

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For a while I was seriously skeptical about knitted summer shirts. Something about knitwear and summer just seemed mutually exclusive. Then I discovered linen. From there it progressed to cotton, silk, bamboo…there’s just no stopping me! Sleeveless tops knit up fast, even with thin, light-weight yarns. They don’t weigh much or make you sweat as they sit in your lap mid-project. AND…instant wearability! While central air-conditioning does allow me to knit long-sleeved pullovers and blankets in the summer, there’s nothing quite like the reward of putting on a piece fresh from the blocking board.

3. Socks

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No, I’m not going to wear these right away. In fact, I try to wear as little on my feet as possible, for as much of the year as possible. However, the cold weather will return eventually, and it’s always nice to have a fresh new pile of socks waiting for me when that happens. Socks are fast, light, and easy to stuff in a purse or carry-on when I’m traveling (as I tend to in the summer). Again, they’re small and not going to make me sweaty while I knit them.

I’ve also very recently discovered a serious affection for summery cardigans, thanks to a phenomenon I call the Summer Deep Freeze. Sometimes American businesses are just a little too enthusiastic about air conditioning for my taste. My school seems to be especially guilty of this, so look for a lot of new cardigans to come from me!

P.S. If you can’t tell from the photos, yes, the seasons do influence my color cravings. Spring means greeeeeeeeeen!

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