Monday, October 09, 2006

Swallowtail Shawl

I hate to just jump on bandwagons, but I sort of understand it now. Used to drive me nuts that everyone seemed to be knitting the same thing. Now I understand - patterns come out in magazines; people knit them. Anyway, it's a beautiful pattern. See Brooklyn Tweed's here. Brooklyn Tweed's photography is absolutely outstanding! I spent a few hours last night with my Olympus C4000 digital trying to figure out if I can do that where you blur everything but the focal point. It sort of intimates I can, but I tried and it didn't work. Another day. And here is a knitalong site with more pretty pictures. And this one looks so airy and gorgeous. More. This is made with a bit thicker yarn.

The yarn I'm using is pretty inexpensive, you only need one skein for this shawl, and there's lots of color choices. I've knit a few lace pieces before, so the charts are not a problem. The challenge is just keeping hold of this thin stuff. Starting out I was focusing too much on trying to maintain some tension on the yarn. Finally, I've decided it's better to just knit more loosely and let the blocking do it's magic.


JennyRaye said...

Do you have a macro setting on your camera? That's what I've used to get the blurry background thing. Nice to see you again, btw.

Joufknister said...

Jenny, is yours a digital? I'll look it up in the index. I hope so! BTW, I love your avatar!