sock weather

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!


14 thoughts on “sock weather

  1. Halfway Crafter says:

    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. islandjen says:

    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!

  3. 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.

  4. kelly-ann (on Ravelry) says:

    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 😉

  5. 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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