look, ma! no hands…

meet my new child, a canon rebel t1i dslr. she looks so very happy climbing up my lamp with her gorillapod legs…

expect some better photos to come. not that i’m a pro or anything, but at least now i have more motivation and no excuses.

i’m planning a 3 day vacation to new hampshire for later this month so we’ll see what this crazy tripod can really do– have i mentioned how ridiculously awesome it is? i dont think i’d recommend using this configuration to photograph outside, but the fact it can even stay up like this is beyond me. don’t you just want to hug it?? no, just me? ok.

i haven’t had much time to play with it yet, but here’s a couple of knitting shots i have managed to get so far:


swallowtail shawl


minimalist cardigan


lyttelton shrug
(this would have been a beautiful shot if i wasn’t wearing the thing inside out)

i’m in the process of setting up a photo (/dye) studio in my apartment and i’m really excited to get some practice using her (she needs a name … hmm). i’ll be back soon with more. stay tuned!

ps. i woke up this morning with the mini wheats jingle stuck in my head. i never could decide if this song was infuriating or the best thing ever. regardless, i had two bowls of maple and brown sugar mini wheats for breakfast.

FO: surprise swallowtail

swallowtail is done and currently blocking…

swallowtail shawl

swallowtail shawl

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl
Source: Interweave Knits Fall 2006
Yarn: Bristol Yarn Gallery Buckingham
Needles: US Size 4
Started: March 25, 2008
Finished: April 1, 2008
Modifications: only did 12 repeats of the budding lace pattern. other than that, pretty much kept to the pattern as written (it’s the first time i’ve ever knit from a pattern and had my result actually look like the reference)

the first few (hundred) times i looked at the charts, i nearly had a heart attack… but i figured you only knit one stitch at a time (unless you’re purling five together, that is)… and a week later she is blocking on my dollar store foam tiles. i found the pattern really addictive and amazingly quick. i was thinking of making a second one for myself but i don’t know if it’s my style. but i really love this one and i think my grandmother will too 🙂

in other news, the yarn basket in portsmouth, NH is officially carrying my double knit earflap hat pattern– both the “i ❤ new york” and “i love love” styles. i’m honored to have my patterns here– it’s an amazing little store and if you’re nearby i highly suggest stopping in and just checking it out.

and, in more awesome news, classes are over next week! aghlfksdak… one more of each goshdarned awful boring useless class, two weeks of finals, and i’m free to write patterns and knit all summer! and don’t think i wont 🙂 although to be honest it doesn’t seem like summer will ever come, as i look out my window to cold rain and mounds of snow taller than i am (you’d think yesterday’s rain would’ve melted ’em, eh? but no luck). i guess i’ll trust millions of years of common knowledge that spring and summer follow winter and just keep hoping…