While the blog’s been a little quiet lately, I’ve been quite busy with Sweet Sheep shows, work, and grownup things like buying a new car (since ours was totaled) and official name changes (since the Fiasco and I got married and are combining our last names into one). In the midst of all the Important Things To Do, I’ve been riding a wave of creativity that has had my head going in a million directions at once: swatching! designing! new lotion scents! new product lines! dyeing! sweater-cast-on-ing! and last but not least, photography!
You might have noticed that the quality of photos on the blog has dropped since August, due to my Canon point-and-shoot dying a slow and agonizing death all summer that ended unfortunately while we were away in Costa Rica. Since good photos are such an integral part of blogging, designing, and selling products online, I figured it was finally time to spend the extra money and invest in a for-serious SLR camera.
I’ve spent spare moments over the last couple of weeks doing some research and trying to figure out what I wanted in a camera, whether used or new was a better deal, and just what all those abbreviations and numbers really meant (still working on that bit).
I found Audry’s knitwear photography blog series to be extremely helpful in providing some context and examples for what all the numbers mean and what a good camera is. I also read lots (and lots) of CNET reviews and spent far too much time on tech sites like bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com, where I ultimately placed my order. Adorama had a great deal on what is essentially the entry level version of the higher quality camera that Audry uses, that also included a bag, an extra battery, a remote trigger, a basic 18 – 55 mm lens, a lens filter, screen protector, SD card, and a couple other things I can’t remember at the moment.
Basically, it was a new-hobby-in-a-box for cheaper than I could put together buying a used camera and the lens and accessories separately. To top it off, it arrived in 2 days, yay instant gratification! I’m really looking forward to getting to know all the ins and outs of this whole thing. I’ve loved photography forever (my first job was working in the photo lab at CVS) and have always wanted to improve my skills. Photography is one of my favorite art forms and I can’t wait to see what I can create with a decent piece of equipment!
Anyway, I’ve also been knitting (cue crappy photos again).
I randomly decided to revive my hibernating Cedar Grove Shawl. It’s dropped down into the 50s and 60s here so it’s about that time where I’m too cold in short sleeves but not yet ready to commit to wearing jackets again. That’s when a big bulky shawl comes in handy as outerwear. I’m about 60% done with this and just broke into the second skein.
I’ve also finally started my Honey Cowl. I’m a few more inches in than this now and it’s going quite swimmingly. The slipped stitch pattern is a real comfort to work, especially in a fun rainbow-y yarn. I’ve used the same stitch on a design in the works (sneak peak below) and plan to incorporate it into some socks, as well.
What have you been working on lately? Any new hobbies vying for your attention? Check out more WIPs at Tamis Amis!
Your new camera is amazing!! I LOVE those photos! Super jealous now. All your projects look cosy and comfy. Just the thing for cooling weather.
Thank you! I’m (obviously) super excited about it. I wish I had gotten one sooner!
I’m honored that you would use my guide to help you figure what kind of camera you wanted!
Now I’m reminded that I didn’t finish the series. Perhaps I will find time to do that after the move!
It was super helpful, so thank you for it! 😉
yay! You’ll love your new camera–I have a Canon too! Ahh, the name changes. I was shocked at how long it took–you forget how many places you need to change! I was also shocked by how attached I didn’t realize I was to my maiden name. So weird at the time!
Yeah, even though I’ve been thinking about it for a while, it’s feeling a little funny! Will certainly take getting used to.
Those are some impressive photos! I’d never heard of the Audry series; thanks for the link!
Love the colors in that sneak peek! Can’t wait to see your progress.
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