Thursday, 13 March 2008

FO: An Orchid Branching Out (flowers and toys included)


I got a little snap happy in the studio, enjoy the photos. march13-9.jpg Pattern: Branching Out by Susan Pierce Lawrence as seen in march13.jpg Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Orchid march13-2.jpg Needles: 4mm Addi Natura Circular Needles march13-8.jpg I tweaked this one to see what it would look like in peach. Modifications: I think I'll add a longer chunkish fringe Notes: This was probably the most consuming project that I've ever made. It wasn't the pattern- thought it took me ages to memorize. It was the fact that as I was knitting I was forced to be fully aware of how I felt, what was going on around me and in my life. It's extremely interesting to track how much I can knit in a single session on the commute to work. I found that I knit faster when I was upset, late or there were annoying people around me and less when I was in a good mood or had someone with me. Knitting this piece has also made me notice that I've been feeling sick or melancholy for the entirety of it. That's just retarded. Well actually the weather here has been retarded and I blame a lot of my mood on that. I need more sunshine! I haven't seen the sun in days and days. Remember that pretty snowfall Julie talked about? Now it's half melted, mixed with city grime and over salted. Shit ain't pretty, lemme tell ya! march13-7.jpg Toby has a new studio and I took these shots there with some proper lighting and his D200. It was pretty rad but I had trouble uploading the photos to flickr. It was strange, the colors would change to a blander muted version. I punched up the saturation in most of them so that the stitch definition is more visible but it's still not right. These two are the best and closest to the actual color. march13-5.jpg march13-4.jpg The glow in the dark dunny wanted in on the action march13-6.jpg and then I kind of..um.. got creative? march13-18.jpg march13-14.jpg march13-19.jpg We weren't asked to- but I cut out images to match the thoughts or whatever I had written on the other side. Makes for a nice highway divider if I do say so myself. At the time of the shoot I couldn't find any of the 20 thousand glue sticks I own so I placed them on top of some of the extra blank tags Then some shots of the berrocco x-press I'm using for the diamond scarf. march13-11.jpg Alas, scarf itself was at home but it's almost done now. Then everyone jumped in for a final group shot. march13-12.jpg Men always have the best toys! I should probably end this entry here but I have to show you my matching flowers. DSC04606.JPG The miniature orchids Toby gave me for Valentines day have bloomed. DSC04600.JPG I love how delicate and vibrant they are. march orchids I don't know what this green mossy type plant is but it's pretty nonetheless. DSC04603.JPG I'd say they have knocked star-gazer lillies out of second place, but are still just a hair behind blue forget-me-nots.

10 comments:

hibou said...

Beautiful photos! I love the vibrant colour.

Gabrielle said...

I love your project and your photos (the fun in them and the fact that this is part of the Knitter's Project) - so to see where you've had thoughts/what you have reflected on while working marked it up with safety pins.

Pretty blooming cool all round.

And just how lovely ARE your orchids?! You might not have spring weather there yet but you are more than making up for it with the springlike colours that you are surrounding yourself with.

Please keep chin up too - Easter is very early this year, it is fooling us all into thinking that the year should be further along (seasonwise) than it is...

...don't worry though, if we have Spring in London now, it won't be long before it heads to your zone too!

soknitpicky said...

The scarf is great, and it looks like you have a fun photo shoot. I know what you mean about grimey snow--I just hate that :-( BTW, I really like that necklace you're wearing

Adriana said...

Gorgeous scarf and photos. It looks like you had fun taking them :)

Glenna C said...

Those are gorgeous pictures! I am jealous. I wish I had your angles and light.

sulafaye said...

Wow, how did you know that today would be very colorless outside and I would need an infusion of color? Great FO, and great FO pics!

Claire said...

I love love love the Branching Out in ShineSport. How many skeins did it take?

Hilary said...

GORGEOUS scarf and I love the photos! Thanks for all the eye candy...yarn, flowers, toys...what a great post!

lekkercraft said...

lovely scarf and photos (and necklace)! I find that I knit really fast when I watch episodes of '24' - I just flew through the body of a sweater in the last two weeks watching the DVDs.

Hope the weather starts to look up and your spirits lift. It's hard to motivate when it's grimy an grey outside.

Nadine Fawell said...

Those great photos should take the edge of the melancholy! I also love your necklace. And scarf. Etc. Take care, and if all else fails, eat chocolate.