and after

May 6th, 2010 knitting

Ahh, the magic of blocking. I could not be happier with Catenary’s transformation! All the weird lumpiness from the short rows is gone, showing just a gorgeously curved shawl shape and all the lace detail in the edging. The overall size grew a LOT– I forgot to measure but you can get a sense of the size since the towels are the same in both…

before blocking

May 5th, 2010 knitting

I finished a shawl project on Monday, and I am so excited to block it today, if the rain holds off long enough for me to do it on the porch. It’s going to be one of those dramatic transformations from its pre-blocked state to its final form, so I made sure to take the “before” pictures so you can appreciate the change with me….

say cheese

Apr 5th, 2010 knitting, other, work

Here’s another commission knitting project, where I got fabulous professional images back to show for it. You might recall that I knitted the Master Charles hat out of O-wool Classic back in December for Tot Toppers to show as a model. My photos were OK, although those styrofoam head shots always seem a little creepy. But didn’t the Tot Toppers photographer do an excellent job…

shiatsu shocks

Apr 1st, 2010 knitting, work

While all the knitting-for-hire I’ve been doing recently is pretty bad for producing blog-able content, I really love the professional photoshoots I ultimately get to see upon their completion. Back in November I knitted the Shiatsu Socks from Knitted Socks East and West, to be featured in the latest Knit Picks catalog. Normally I think I do a pretty good job at photographing my knits,…

monster mash

Jan 19th, 2010 knitting

Generally, originality is something that’s valued in the craft world… to make a totally new, “you”, project and have it come out fabulous. Sometimes though, a project is so undeniably awesome that it inspires copycats– same yarn, same pattern, same great results– something you just “have to have” when you see someone else has made something incredible. That’s what happened to me when I saw…