Sexy new camera, a growing stash and more...

Nearly 5 years ago, while living in Paris I bought my first digital camera. It was an inexpensive Pentax, but it served me well. If you are a regular reader of my blog you would know that last spring it started giving me trouble, working only when it felt like it. Then in July, during my big trip to Morocco, it gave up the ghost mid stride. :(

But now finally, thanks to my wonderful family, I was able to purchase a new one with my combined X-mas booty. :D

I chose the Cannon Powershot S90, the Lamborghini of compact point and shoot digital cameras. Its got a bigger light sensor than the G11, plus image stabilization, making it AWESOME in low light. It also has all kinds of fun features I havent even begun to play with!

But to get to the point, tonight I tried it out for the first time, shooting some pics of my latest projects. Enjoy!

"Mermaid's Tail" Scarf

The first project I'm going to talk about began in one of my evening classes at Hunter. I was reading Mary Thomas's Knitting Book and was very inspired by what I was learning about how stitch patterns alter the shape and size of knitted fabric. While in class I would doodle little designs, one of which was the "mermaid's tail scarf." Many months later while visiting my mom in Kilmarnock, VA I bought some beautiful yarn from a shop called the Bay Window with plans to finally start the scarf. Later that month (while waiting to be called for jury duty) I made a swatch, essentially a mini version of the scarf.

This is my baby brother wearing his version of my scarf, which began as a swatch. :)

Mine isn't quite done yet, as you can see, but its coming along. This has been a really fun project, though I think the end result is a little on the goofy side. I think I want to try knitting this design again in the round, but tassels on the ends in imitation of a miser's purse.

Happy Purchases and an Unexpected Gift

I've been helping a good friend of mine re-learn to knit over the past few months. We're running partners and we cool down with a cup of tea and our needles after every session. To thank me for my help, she bought me this lovely skein of hand dyed merino from Catskill Merino Sheep Farm. :D

Beautiful, isnt it! She knows grey is my favorite color, and its oh so soft...

The next few images are of yarns I bought while I was out in Denver, CO for the X-mas holiday. They were bought at a place called the Lamb Shoppe. The pink one is earmarked for a snood pattern from Vogue knitting magazine, so more on that later. The other too I just couldnt resist and so, they came home to my stash. I bought 5 skeins of the brick-red and two of the blue.

The Blizzard Scarf

This project, taken from a pattern in Piecework Magazine, is my pride and joy. Its my first major lace work and it has been a wonderful experience to knit. It is also an over-due Christmas present... *sigh*

The yarn is Alpaca and Im using size 3 needles. There are 9 pattern repeats at either side of the small central patter (4 more to go! yay!) and now that I'm so far in I really dont find it difficult at all. I am glad that I went ahead and used lifelines, inserting them after every patter repeat. That saved my behind several times and also made it easy for my to count my repeats.

The recipient of the scarf is my step-mother, and I hope to get it done, blocked and over to her with in the next week or so. ;)

Finally, I just want to say that now that I have a camera again, you can expect more (and better!) posts! Feels great to be back! :)


Unknown Says:

you are oh so wonderful and I am very proud