Sunday, May 18, 2014

Looking Back, Looking Forward | 5KCBWDAY7
Look back on last year's Day Seven post / look forward again to one year from now.

Too many balls in the air kept me from posting yesterday -- but this one writes itself: I have officially completed 2.5 of the 3 goals I had for myself last year at this time!

* Finish 12 Shawls in 2013, and be on track for a similar feat in 2014...  DONE!
The specifics for 2013 are here, and I'm at 50% shawl progress while at 37.5% year progress...  I wish Present Me could tell Past Me that there are definitely practical applications for math in my adult life.

* overcome my fear and steek something... DONE!
I steeked a thing!  It was horrible!  I'm never doing that again unless someone pays me!  With alcohol, if possible!

* Track down all of the knitting needles I supposedly have in my house and come up with an adequate organizational system...   
I've been working on this, recently and in earnest, but it's not ready for today as I hoped it would be; you can track the current status with the label "projectneedles", because there's no way that name could ever be misinterpreted.

And on that note, my goals for the next year are as follows:

* finish up what I started with #projectneedles, complete with whiteboard!  No barcodes, though, too sexy.

* publish my first original shawl pattern.  #TNOFTW   
It's about time.  Actually, it's about space.  And Hawaiian mythology.  You'll see.

* begin to teach my kid to knit.  That's a good idea, right?  #childsplay

* finish 12 Shawls in 2014, and be on track for a similar feat in 2015.

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I want to thank the incomparable Eskimimi for organizing this fantastic intarwebz event yet again!!  Finding new crafter-writers to follow is always a highlight of my year.  Good times were had by all!
And thank you to everyone who stopped by, first-timers and familiar friends, especially those who have left comments for me this week -- it means the world to me -- and thank you, as always, to my family for sticking with me offline.  :)

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Something A Bit Different | 5KCBWDAY5

Mad:)Takes - free online Mad Libs™

Adventures in Yarn


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Conversations Between Workers | 5KCBWDAY4
Write a few short paragraphs from the point of view of one of the 
tools you use for your craft. Then write a dialogue 
between yourself and this item.

A twiddle of wire, that's all I be
And nobody knows what to do with me
My true purpose hides until you are needing
An easier method to do all your beading.

I really don't know why I keep you around.
I'm useful, admit it! ...when I can be found.

But when I can't find you, it's really frustrating!
Then make a new model, it's faster than waiting.

Ugh, stopping to put all the beads on is slow.
But once they're all loaded, it's go-go-go-go!

And what if you stretch out, you silly old scrape?
Just pause work and crumple me back into shape!

Alright, I give up, you can stay on my desk.
Ooh, look, a dust bunny on the floor!
What?  .....hello?
(Honey, have you seen that wire thing?)

        (wah waaah  wah waah-wah?)
(The beading gadget, it's like a curly wire thing...)
        (waah-wah  wah wah)
(I swear I haven't moved, it was just here!)
(Let me know if you see it.)


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers | 5KCBWDAY3
Photography takes a key role.

My usual photography for this blog is serviceable at best...
  • Show the knitting!
  • Make sure there isn't tacky stuff in the background!  
  • Adjust everything for inconsistent lighting conditions!
  • And always watermark your images because the internet is full of dead-inside digital thieves who steal shawl photos just to feel something!  (HA!)

the usual (undoctored except for watermark)

But this photo challenge inspired me to try some new angles.  My wedding photographer told me about the photography golden hour many years ago, so last night, armed with my current WIP (yes, Maple Leaf #3), I took the guesswork out of the lighting situation and focused (!) instead on the macro setting on my tiny point-and-shoot.

Macros in computer science terms means mapping input to a transformed output -- this is not that.  Macro-, the linguistic prefix, means "large" or "inclusive" -- this is not that.
Macro photography is just a fancy way to say super close up....

undoctored -- ooh, so textural

I took some photos of the yarn ball itself and messed with some of the settings...  what I lack in imagination, I make up for by zooming way in.

Single-ply laceweight can look vaguely like a bale of hay:
right side is "desaturated" AKA grayscale
 A punch of color adds a little bit of zing to the zoom:
right side is "color balanced" with extra cyan and green
 Lightening up the center of a center-pull ball reveals hidden depths:
right side has both the brightness and contrast pumped up

My favorite photo of the shoot happened when a strand of curly green ribbon got unceremoniously plopped onto my head:

Lesson learned:
Yarn is pretty and everybody needs to take pictures at dusk!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dating Profile | 5KCBWDAY2
Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects.

Are You My Companion?  Allons-y!

Jaunty, adventurous traveller seeks same.  Must love bowties and fezzes (and I wear feathers now.  Feathers are cool).  I think jelly babies are fantastic and I'm not afraid to be a little rough-and-tumble as a means to an end. So if you're ready to leave Gallifrey in your rear-view mirror, stick your thumb up at the sky and give me a sign!  No Daleks.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

A Day In The Life | 5KCBWDAY1
Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.

With apologies to Douglas Adams...

Ahhh! Whoooa! What's happening? Who am I? Why am I here? What's my purpose in life? What do I mean by 'who am I'?

Okay okay, calm down, calm down, get a grip now.

Ooh, this is an interesting sensation. What is it? It's a sort of tingling in my... well, I suppose I better start finding names for things.
Let's call it a... tail!

Yeah! Tail! And hey, what's this shiny object, whooshing past what I'm suddenly gonna call my stitches? A needle!
Is that a good name? It'll do.

Yeah, this is really exciting. I'm dizzy with anticipation!  Or is it the needle? It's working awfully fast now, isn't it?

And what's this thing coming toward me very fast? So skinny and pointy, it needs a thin name like snip, spin... 'pin'! That's it! Pin! Ha! I wonder if it'll be friends with me? Hello, Pin!

SweetieKNITHeart [Rav] designed by Jackie Loewen

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