Monday, 28 June 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
.... I cannot blog every day for a month.
Yesterday I did a crash course in the basics of how to use the manual settings on my DSLR. It's all about getting the balance between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We learnt about the nature of each of these variables and how tweaking them up or down will affect the exposure of the shot.
At lunch after the session I got my knitting out and applied my new found knowledge to shoot an in-progress shot of the green cardigan of doom. This is indoors without a flash and even has a little bit of depth of field. This makes me very happy. I now have the tools to experiment more and start really seeing what my expensive camera can do.
Friday, 11 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
I love the black and red grandmothers flower garden blocks here.
And for something a little bit different, how about these skulls?
Or maybe some weaving?
Then there's these fabulous new fabrics in the shop I dare not set foot in...
Much better to take inspiration from this stash-busting example.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
The scales and I have never have had a super-happy relationship, but at the moment I feel like they are teasing me mercilessly. They will not go under 100kg. They'll hover just above it, creep up to 101, creep back to 100-point-something, but they will not go under.
Still, I guess it's better than where they were sitting in January this year.
And look how well the nail polish has lasted from the pedicure I got in Washington four weeks ago.
Monday, 7 June 2010
Now that the black cardigan knitting is done, dusted and wet-blocking (cold damp Melbourne weather means that it dries very slowly...), I can get on with a new winter cardigan for myself. Here is my sorry excuse for a swatch. I'm getting gauge, so let's just start knitting and see how we go. Hopefully I'll get this done before the cool weather is through.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
I finally finished the knitting on Seabreeze's cardigan last night. I swatched before starting this project. I even washed the swatch, which is unusual for me. So while I was knitting away, I kept looking at it, thinking, "this looks too small, it looks way too small..... but I got gauge after washing my swatch, so all should be ok.... I hope....."
The Yarn Harlot recently posted about wet-blocking before sewing up so I took inspiration and this morning I gave the pieces a little bath, then spent some time pinning them out so that they matched the measurements on the schematic. You know what? I think it's going to be ok.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
The coming of the cold weather brings the obligatory increase in the desire for soup. I had a surfeit of a-bit-too-old carrots in the fridge, so I tried out this recipe. Easy peasy, tasty and I had everything handy.
The cryptic crossword is from yesterday's paper. Mum will ring later today and we will compare notes and try and finish it off together.