So many outtakes...



When you're looking at projects on Ravelry, what do you hope to see? Me, I want to see what a thing looks like on a human body.

Also me: I don't love taking selfies. 

What to do about that? Honestly, the answer is probably just to take more pictures. Then you can delete a bunch! (Or hang on to them, so they can later be incorporated into a ridiculous collage, as above.)

Sewing blogger Gillian Whitcombe of Crafting a Rainbow wrote a series of posts called The Better Pictures Project, and she solicited input from other bloggers taking great pictures for their own blogs. Tips range from thoughts about backgrounds and shooting locations, to knowing your camera's capabilities (whether it's a DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or your phone), to photo editing options. 

Of course, these ideas don't just apply to taking photos for blogging, or documenting your knitting and crochet projects on Ravelry--many of them are relevant whenever you have a camera in hand. But consider this your friendly reminder that if you want to see people wearing their creations on Ravelry, being a person who wears their creations in photos on Ravelry is a great start!

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Ephemeris Hat

August 4 & 25, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

With Ephemeris, Hunter Hammersen has designed "a simple and classic hat with a twist."
Twisted rib provides the backdrop for a stunning stitch pattern that cleverly uses what Hunter calls "lovely long loops." The end result is a hat that looks delicate yet is sturdy, warm and cozy!

Prerequisites: You should know how to cast on, how to knit and purl, and how to knit in the round on a 16" circular needle. Prior experience with a provisional cast-on is helpful but not necessary. The class supply list will include provisional cast-on instructions that will need to be completed before the first class. You should have a willingness to knit a gauge swatch. The class supply list and pattern will include information on what needs to be done before the first class.

Two at a Time Toe Up Socks [waitlist]

August 4 & 25, 1:00-3:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

This class presents the cure for the dreaded one-sock-itis – knit both socks at the very same time! You’re guaranteed to have two socks by the time you’re done, and both socks will be exactly the same – no more trying to remember what you did on the first sock. We’ll be
knitting our pair of socks from the toe to the cuff – making it easy to get a good fit, and we won’t have to worry about running out of yarn on the second sock.

In this class, we’ll learn how to navigate the process of knitting two at once, using Magic Loop or two circular needles, and we’ll explore several different methods for casting on, for knitting the heels, and for binding off at the cuffs.

Prerequisite: you should know how to knit one sock at a time, cuff down or toe up.

Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf [pictured]

August 11, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Crocheted linen stitch looks very much like knitted linen stitch with the added benefit of being reversible. In this class, we'll learn how to use "foundation" stitches, which are an easier and more functional way to start our projects (no more chaining and then trying to work that first row of stitches back along that fiddly chain!).

Prerequisites: you should know how to chain and single crochet.

Stillwater Cardigan

August 15, 22, 29 & September 12, 5:00-7:00pm | $40 + materials | Ann Miner

The Stillwater Cardigan was the last year's Four Day KAL from Olive Knits, and this class will spread the four day format across four weeks. (Plus a little extra--we'll skip the week of Labor Day.) Appropriate for confident beginners (and beyond), this class will walk you through making an open front, 3/4 length sleeve, top-down sweater with a faux-cable detail. 

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Impwear Bags

Photo tips aside, it's hard to capture what is really special about these bags in a photo--you'll need to see them in person! The larger ones are big enough for a sweater project, and they are completely reversible, so you get to choose which fabric you want to show off. The tops close with a drawstring to keep your items well-contained, but they also have handy nylon handles. The smaller bags are perfect for accessories--or your lunch--and have zippered tops. There are also a couple of larger zippered bags, with both interior and exterior pockets.

Impwear makes their bags in Seattle, using laminated cotton fabrics that are water-resistant and can be machine washed and dried. 

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Socks are usually two tubes connected with shenanigans at a 90 degree angle. Whether they are constructed from the cuff down or toe up, they tend to proceed similarly.

Sometimes, though, designers can't resist the urge to play around with other ideas to produce a tube for the leg, a tube for the foot, and a pocket for the heel. Take a look at this bundle of sock patterns that take unusual approaches--your next project, perhaps? 

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Carnivore looks about the same--taller, but about the same. So here's a pic of a project I'm working on for a steeking class, with a fun technique for catching very long floats. Stay tuned!


Through the Loops MKAL

Here's a detail of  Clue 5 of the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl 2018;  more progress on my Ravelry project page for this project.

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