How to take good pictures of your knitting

I have a fairly long to do list at the moment and one of the things on it is obviously “writing clever posts on my blog” so today I want to share my thoughts about an important part of knitting and blogging…. taking good pictures.

So here goes.

1. Don’t plan your photo shoot ahead. Just do it.

2. Don’t look for the perfect location. Just take the pictures where it is convenient for you, for example your back garden. A nice location will just draw away attention from your knitting.

3. Don’t wait for the sun. It will just overexpose the picture.

4. Just throw your knitted object over railings or a coat hanger. It will show its full glory all by itself.

5. Ask someone to pose in your pictures who wants privacy and doesn’t want her face everywhere on the internet. If that applies to you, just do it yourself.

6. Take the pictures yourself. Don’t ask anybody for help. They will just do it wrongly anyway.

6. Use a fancy camera with lots of buttons on it. You’ll find out eventually what they are for. If Point 5 applies to you, use the automatic release… if you can find it.

7. Alter the picture on the computer, change colour temperature, exposure, clarity, contrast,… whatever you want. But most importantly cut that head of your model off. The picture will look so much better without a person in it.

8. Be proud of yourself and decide to put “writing clever posts on my blog” on top of your to do list.

See, not that bad 🙂

Space for more

IMG_1739So the 3in1 is done and I am really pleased with the result. The Wollmeise yarn is lovely, very rich and intense colours, the pattern is great, really my style, I love the extra long sleeves.

IMG_1755I wasn’t too happy with the buttons initially but once I had sewn them on, I found them rather perfect.

The only problem really is that I still don’t know when to wear it. It is too precious to be worn with my children and their sticky fingers in sight. And it is also a woollen jumper and even in England we do expect something like spring and summer coming up now.

Never mind, I haven’t knitted anything big for myself since ages and it was about time.

Now, I still have to pack for our Easter trip starting tomorrow and I am still undecided… should I finish my longtime WIP, should I finally write down a few beginner patterns for my knitting students or should I start the next project as I just got the yarn for it.

And there is still the window yarn bombing in my mind….IMG_1742That is the window next to our door. It would be very nice to have something welcoming there (or something to make it a bit clearer that we are in fact NOT the dentist next door 😉 ) But I am not sure if I should draw attention to this window as it is uncleanable and then the dirt of I don’t know how many years would just really stand out.

This is the main window and it definitely needs some kind of decoration.

IMG_1743. Sadly I am suffering from a severe lack of ideas and need help. Any suggestions are welcome.  I wonder if I should do some kind of work in progress as otherwise I will never be able to do it anyway. Maybe going with the seasons? So I could add bit by bit and then maybe replace things? (I guess I am a little too late for my Easter decoration)

Or just wrap the bars one by one in different colours in some kind of pattern.

But now it is time to fill the half empty suitcases with an overambitious amount of yarn.



Just a quick progress update

IMG_1718Since my last post I have done a lot more colour swatching for my 3in1, bought the right needles, knitted the body (up to the where it will be joined with the sleeves), one sleeve and read a lot of very inspiring blogs.

Like The Twisted Yarn and her amazing crochet project. I followed the progress of a huge rainbow stained glass window afghan for quite a while and had actually been waiting impatiently for the result. I really have to look into crochet again (I am not going to produce such a huge piece though. Not for now.)

Or Knits for Life and her yarn bombing projects. I wish I could see one of them in real. And I wish I had the creativity, patience and knitting machine to make one of these myself. (Well, at least something small for our window)

Maybe I should link those two inspirations and crochet a window decoration one day but for now back to sweater knitting 🙂