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.

2 comments:

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!