Yarn Porn For Labor Day

Quite some time ago, almost a year ago, I bought some Sundara sock yarn. She was discontinuing a particular colorway called Briar Rose. I really loved the picture and I bought the yarn. After knitting one Jaywalker with the yarn, I somehow lost interest and the Jaywalker sat in a box, along with the remain half-ball of Sundara.

 After sorting through some of my knitting supplies, I finally came to terms with the fact that I would never, ever knit a second Jaywalker. I frogged the entire sock and wound it into a a wrinkly ball. Then, I did something else: I listed it for trade/sell on Ravelry.

 Never, never, never do this. Ever.

 Messages jammed my inbox. Just after a scant hour, I could barely keep up with them. I knew Sundara junkies are fierce—but this was very startling proof.

 I finally arranged a swap with Maverick, noticing at the last moment that she was in Scotland. Fortunately, it just cost $4.60 to ship yarn all the way to Scotland! I was very surprised. Today, my yarn arrived in the mail.

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Undressed yarn porn!

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It’s called Handgefärbte Sockenwolle, 465 yards of a wool-nylon blend. I just picked it because I thought the colors were very pretty. This colorway is called Turkistone. Here’s a link to its Ravelry page. I think this may become a pair of Maelstrom socks,  Cookie A’s latest lace sock pattern, from Twist Collective. It’s definitely soft and squishy, and I think it will be very fun to knit with. I’ve never heard of it before.

 She also tucked in a tiny packet of gummy bears (not pictured, because, duh, they lasted two seconds) and also…..drumroll…tiny sample skeins of Wollmeise colors! They’re very small, very colorful and very soft, probably worsted or bulky weight.

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I’m thinking of using the 4 coordinating colors to spice up a hat of plain worsted weight, maybe some green Cascade. That, or maybe a fancy felted headband, because this yarn does not feel like superwash.

 Thanks, Maverick, you went above and beyond in this trade!

 Everyone, enjoy your Labor Day knitting!

August 31, 2008. Tags: , , . Knittin' Porn. 4 comments.

Professional Yarn Modeling: Photography Tips For Yarn And Handknits

Hey, honey. Want me to show you a few tips about how to make your yarn porn…yarn porn? Wanna know what makes a yarnie’s heart race?  Well, guess what. Today’s your lucky day. I’m going to share just a few tips about you, too, can make your yarn look fabulous.

Today’s Photography Subject: Sock Yarn

Brand: Purled Llama Dulce

Colorway: Hummingbird

  •  Getting Personal–The Close-Up

Look for a little flower button on your camera—I’m assuming that you have a digital camera—and you should always use this if you want really sharp pictures of your yarn. Just press it down and a little flower symbol will appear on your screen. You can hold your camera much closer and get much better focus that way.

 

This is 440 yards of pure merino softness. The moment I saw this in my LYS, it was like I walked into a dream…a beautiful dream, that I never wanted to leave…

  • Keep It Natural

 This reminds me of one of my pet peeves; knitters that use flash when they take pictures. Natural light is almost always better! You don’t have to pose it outside, though. If you have a window that the light comes through in say, the afternoon, you can use that indirect sunlight to make some lovely pictures. (Note: this picture is slightly bleached because my lighting was too strong; I’m not perfect yet either!)

 If you don’t know how to turn the flash off, look again at your camera. There should be a little lightning bolt button. Press that until the symbol *on-screen* turns into a lightning bolt within an X. This will turn it off and it will stop bleaching out your pictures!

  • Be Original!

 

Me: pantomiming Speak No Evil.

 I’ll be perfectly frank here: I love the Yarn Harlot’s traveling sock. It’s cute and fun to see it in various settings. But it’s been done. Why not have a traveling hat and display it on lamp-posts or famous busts in museums? Maybe a manikan in a department store! One blog that I really enjoy is Turtle Girl’s blog, and many of her pictures figure one of her many turtle statues and possessions. It’s her own and very cute.

  • Take Two–Or A Hundred

 Always, always take more pictures than you think that you will need or use. It is always better to have more options than to have less, especially if your photography skills are still a little shaky. I’m working on mine. For example:

That’s a lame version of the picture at the start of this post.  More option and more pictures to choose from are always better! You’d be surprised at the weird flaws that can ruin what might have been a good picture and it is always a relief to have another to choose from.

  • More Pixels! Give Me More!!!

 No clever picture for this one, but I’m serious. Set your camera to take higher resolution pictures–usually, there’s an + button on the camera. This will also help with those lucious close-ups. It will take up more space on your camera, but you can always delete them after you’ve loaded them onto your comp.

Let’s Review The Methods For Sexier Yarn Porn

  • Use The Close-Up Option On Your Camera
  • Use NATURAL Lighting
  • Be Original!
  • Take LOTS Of Pictures
  • Use Higher Resolution

Well, I hope that you as excited as I am…

about our photography lesson. This a great example of the drugged model look, perfect to send to your grandparents and relations. Nothing is surer to have them travel down for a surprise visit to make sure you’re not sprawled out on the floor with a needle in your arm. Hopefully this tips will help you to be surprised (and pleased) with what you have managed to capture with your camera. Seriously.

July 22, 2008. Tags: , , . Knittin' Porn. 11 comments.

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