Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Two New Colorways On Etsy

I've listed two new colorways on Etsy in the past week.

Honah Lee:

and Superhoney:

These can be done on any of my base yarns just like all my other colorways, so if you want something in a different yarn, please just let me know. I am currently trying to decide on new yarn bases, so these will be changing shortly. And I think I'm going to pare down to only 3 or 4 different ones--for now at least.

In vaguely related info, I recently bought Photoshop Elements to try to make my pictures better. I have been using iPhoto, which has worked fairly well, but I'm starting to feel like it's not quite good enough. I haven't quite figured out Photoshop Elements, so if anyone has any advice for me, I'd really appreciate it. My main problem is that the colors on my photos often don't turn out properly. I am already using a (homemade) lightbox, so the only thing I can think of is to fix the pictures in editing. And even with Elements, that seems to be much harder than I had anticipated.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sadly Neglected Blog

I have been neglecting this blog as of late and I sincerely apologize to those of you who read it. I have lots to post about, so I will be trying to be a little more regular about it.

For today, I'm just going to give you a photo of a recently finished baby blanket.

I made it for Chris's new nephew, who is due in just a few weeks. It's made from Bernat Cottontots using this pattern. I made a ripple from Cottontots for this baby's brother and wanted to make a similar (but not exactly the same) blanket for him. So this is what I decided to make. I'm pretty happy with it.

Monday, February 4, 2008

More Knitting

I have been doing lots of knitting lately, so I decided it was time to tackle mittens. After a few false starts (I didn't like the way the original yarn was working up and then the mittens were way too small), I managed to make myself a serviceable pair of mittens.

I made them from a pattern I found on Ravelry (how did I ever live before Ravelry?) called Warmest Mittens and my hand dyed yarn. (I added a few rounds to the hand and the thumb to make them longer and now the thumbs are too long--whoops.) When I picked up stitches for the thumb, I made fairly large holes, but I think I sewed them up pretty well. I wouldn't give the mittens as a gift, but they're definitely wearable.

I also discovered while making these that I really like working with double pointed needles. Odd. I had only used them in the past to finish hats worked mostly on circular needles and I thought I hated them. I had been avoiding patterns using them and while I really want to learn to knit socks, I was afraid to try them--mostly because of the DPNs. But now I think I'm ready for socks. We'll see.

I love wearing mittens that I made--I think I'm more excited about these than I have been about anything I've made so far. I'm not really sure why that is except that maybe I thought mittens would be too hard for me.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Yoshimi Colorway

Yesterday I listed a new colorway in my Etsy shop. It's called Yoshimi. I think I may make myself something out of it and I don't even like pink. (At least, I didn't used to like pink--I think it may be starting to grow on me again.)