sock weather

12 Oct

I started a pair of socks today (Tsunami from Knitted Socks East and West) and really wanted a way to photograph them.  The yarn, Socks that rock lightweight in blue moonstone, is beautiful but impossible to photograph.

So today, in a fit of crafting, I built my own lightbox.  I used the tutorial here, and it was great!

The colors are close – the yarn is a pale aqua combined with silvery gray.  I like how it’s variegated yet doesn’t obscure the pattern at all.

I’m not really sure that the light box is “my thing.”  It’s a bit sterile, but I can see it working well for some purposes.  My husband is thrilled, as he has been begging for a way to photograph his lego creations for ages, so I suspect this will be mostly for him.

Here is a picture of the same yarn with natural light:

I prefer it this way, even if the colors are obscured.   It looks real, where the lightbox photo is too posed for my taste, and I don’t know… I like the photos for my blog to say something about me and my style, and the light box doesn’t.

Marc is happy to finally have a place to photo his legos.


Yes, I finished the sweater!  It was quick due to the chunky yarn and almost nonexistent sleeves.  I probably won’t have photos for a bit though, since Marc isn’t home during daylight hours this week.  It turned out well, though I must say that sewing in the sleeves was a bear, as they were way small for the armholes.  I haven’t decided yet on a button – it calls for using a loop and long button, but I may use a pretty pin and call it a day.  I’m pretty sure I will want it adjustable.

I’m going to concentrate on those socks for a few days and sort through my queue… I have too many things there, and right now I’m feeling socks!

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14 Responses to “sock weather”

  1. Halfway Crafter October 12, 2009 at 3:37 am #

    I love the colours in the yarn, really subtle but pretty. The lightbox is pretty clever too – thanks for the link. I might have to try one one day because I know my photos are not all they could be. I love the lego as well!

  2. Unyewshual October 12, 2009 at 5:32 am #

    It’s a lovely looking sock pattern.
    And in that yarn, it looks so soft and yummy.

  3. Rene' Sharp October 12, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    I am also loving knitting socks right now!! Those look like they are going to be lovely. Look forward to seeing the sweater modeled. You always do that so nicely!

  4. Melanie October 12, 2009 at 6:54 am #

    Thanks for the lightbox link! Who would have known I can build my own?

    I really love the vest. Can’t wait to see more photos!

  5. Maryse October 12, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    The vest is beautiful! You knit so fast ;-) And the socks will be really pretty. The yarn as a very soft and gentle color. Have a great week!

  6. Jodi October 12, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    Sock weather, indeed! I’ve actually broken out the hats and mittens already. The socks are looking great — love that shade of blue/grey.

  7. islandjen October 12, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    oohhh…that yarn is a pretty color!! you knit/crochet like lightening…i swear i’ve been working on the same scarf for over a month!

  8. Dina October 12, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    Thank you so much for the lightbox link! I feel as if the lightbulb in my head just went on (no pun intended). And I have almost all the necessary materials on-hand already.

    Your photos are one of the reasons I enjoy your blog.

  9. kelly-ann (on Ravelry) October 12, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    I am just about to cast on a pair of socks from this book. But which one to pick??? All so beautiful! Love your choice of yarn and pattern ;)

  10. Renee October 12, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    Light boxes are a handy thing to have. Your sock yarn really compliments that pattern. Lovely!

  11. Knittripps October 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    I do love that pale blue Seeing it reminds me that I have some Blue Moon silk thread in the same color that has been calling my name for a lace project.

  12. Rose October 12, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    I’ll have to try the light box. Love the sock yarn, and I can’t wait to see the FO pics of the new sweater.

  13. Umiko October 16, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    Love the sweater! Can’t wait to see what it looks like on you. I’m close to finishing my first sweater and can’t wait to wear it.

  14. Batty October 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    Lovely work! Looks like your lightbox works beautifully, those pictures came out pefect.

    Textured patterns are really difficult to photograph. I find that either the color looks good but the detail gets obscured, or the detail is visible, but it’s all sort of muted and bla. It’s tough.

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