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sock weather

I started a pair of socks today (Tsunami from Knitted Socks East and West) and really wanted a way to photograph them.  The yarn, Socks that rock lightweight in blue moonstone, is beautiful but impossible to photograph.

So today, in a fit of crafting, I built my own lightbox.  I used the tutorial here, and it was great!

The colors are close – the yarn is a pale aqua combined with silvery gray.  I like how it’s variegated yet doesn’t obscure the pattern at all.

I’m not really sure that the light box is “my thing.”  It’s a bit sterile, but I can see it working well for some purposes.  My husband is thrilled, as he has been begging for a way to photograph his lego creations for ages, so I suspect this will be mostly for him.

Here is a picture of the same yarn with natural light:

I prefer it this way, even if the colors are obscured.   It looks real, where the lightbox photo is too posed for my taste, and I don’t know… I like the photos for my blog to say something about me and my style, and the light box doesn’t.

Marc is happy to finally have a place to photo his legos.


Yes, I finished the sweater!  It was quick due to the chunky yarn and almost nonexistent sleeves.  I probably won’t have photos for a bit though, since Marc isn’t home during daylight hours this week.  It turned out well, though I must say that sewing in the sleeves was a bear, as they were way small for the armholes.  I haven’t decided yet on a button – it calls for using a loop and long button, but I may use a pretty pin and call it a day.  I’m pretty sure I will want it adjustable.

I’m going to concentrate on those socks for a few days and sort through my queue… I have too many things there, and right now I’m feeling socks!

14 thoughts on “sock weather

  1. I love the colours in the yarn, really subtle but pretty. The lightbox is pretty clever too – thanks for the link. I might have to try one one day because I know my photos are not all they could be. I love the lego as well!

  2. I am also loving knitting socks right now!! Those look like they are going to be lovely. Look forward to seeing the sweater modeled. You always do that so nicely!

  3. The vest is beautiful! You knit so fast 😉 And the socks will be really pretty. The yarn as a very soft and gentle color. Have a great week!

  4. Sock weather, indeed! I’ve actually broken out the hats and mittens already. The socks are looking great — love that shade of blue/grey.

  5. oohhh…that yarn is a pretty color!! you knit/crochet like lightening…i swear i’ve been working on the same scarf for over a month!

  6. Thank you so much for the lightbox link! I feel as if the lightbulb in my head just went on (no pun intended). And I have almost all the necessary materials on-hand already.

    Your photos are one of the reasons I enjoy your blog.

  7. I am just about to cast on a pair of socks from this book. But which one to pick??? All so beautiful! Love your choice of yarn and pattern 😉

  8. Lovely work! Looks like your lightbox works beautifully, those pictures came out pefect.

    Textured patterns are really difficult to photograph. I find that either the color looks good but the detail gets obscured, or the detail is visible, but it’s all sort of muted and bla. It’s tough.

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