Saturday, 27 October 2012

Photo Shoot

Yesterday I did a bit of a photo shoot for the completed secret knitting.  I'd planned it all out in my head -- Dunbar Cave again, with brilliant blue skies, blazing autumnal foliage, and the warm golden light of late afternoon.  October has been behaving more like September recently, anyway.  It would be perfect.

Then it rained.  Really rained -- not to mention the unexpected 30-degree overnight drop in temperature.

But since I have a deadline to send this off, I decided to go for it anyway.  My sweet model was a trooper, and we just worked the umbrella into the photos.  I think I might like the shots I got even better than what I'd originally planned for.

You only get the vague, distant, or slightly blurry ones today, since after all it is a secret project and I can't really show you until it becomes un-secret.  When that happens, though, I'll have a proper post with all the photos and more details about the project!  For now, just enjoy photos of a big red umbrella in the rain.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Happy things

Once again I've been neglecting my blog... it's the time of the semester when professors decide you really need more projects, and there seems to be a performance every week, and you start getting stressed about being ready for the opera or your voice juries.  (That's if you're me, anyway.)  So today, three things that have made me happy this week!

These no-bake cookies.  They have craisins in them and they're so yummy!  Between the oats, peanut butter, and dried fruit, I can pretend they're healthy... right?  (I bet they'd be good with other kinds of fruit in them, too.  I plan to experiment!)

My Amy Pond scarf.  It's over half-way finished now, I think!  The colour is refusing to photograph correctly - it's a true red, not at all orange, not too blue.  This is the closest I could get, but the red is a little darker and more saturated.

This book!  My professors know me too well.  One of them found this at a used book store over the weekend and said she had to get it for me.  It's great :-D

Also in the past few weeks I've hemmed six choir dresses and done alterations for a friend's recital dress (two layers of heavy knit fabric and one of chiffon - youch.)  And I finished the secret sample knitting, but I can't show you pictures of that here yet for a while.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Back to creating

I've been on a bit of a crafting hiatus these last several weeks, as my hands and wrists decided to let it be known that I'd been overworking them*.  I've been wearing a brace on my right hand and trying to teach myself to be ambidextrous (since the left hand is not nearly as sore.)  Apart from the pile of choir dresses and tuxedo trousers I hemmed, I haven't touched a project since mid-September.  Three weeks of essentially no knitting has been difficult!

Today, though, my hands were feeling better and I decided to tackle the quilt tops I pieced last month.  Now I have two lovely quilt sandwiches, just waiting to be quilted!

I also sliced up a pile of fabric scraps into strips, ready to become another quilt top.

The brace is back on for insurance but I don't think I've damaged myself by today's exertions.  If all feels right tomorrow I'm going to give knitting a try!

*Possibly mild carpal tunnel syndrome, although it doesn't fit most of the common symptoms (numbness, tingling, loss of grip.)  It's just sore if I use my hands too much.  And yes, I plan to ask my doctor about it next time I go in.)

Sunday, 7 October 2012

October sunshine and a birthday hat

I went for a walk today after church -- mostly just to enjoy the gorgeous weather, but also to scope out possible sites for a future photo shoot.

The weather was perfect!  Maybe about 60, with sun and a brisk wind, pleasantly chilly when I took off my coat.  (People at church kept asking me why I was "bundled up" - I never thought that a lightweight trench coat, thin scarf, and hat chosen for fashion purposes counted as bundled up when the projected high is 55*... but maybe I'm wrong.)

These are all at Dunbar Cave state park, just a couple miles from school.  The trails are very easy - the longest is only about 2 miles - but it's pretty!  The woods were alive with squirrels and birds, and I startled saw a doe and her fawn off the trail at one point.  Down by the lake (Swan Lake!) were ducks and geese, and turtles sunbathing.

Mostly there were other hikers (complete with requisite "exercise" clothes and a couple of dogs apiece).  Somebody told me "you look too cute to be hiking!" which I decided to take as a compliment, except I didn't really consider this a hike.  More of a leisurely walk through the woods, for which purpose my outfit was perfectly adequate.

Also: people look at you really funny if they catch you taking self-photographs on a woodland trail.  So mostly if I heard someone coming I took nature photos instead.

We're not at peak colour yet, but some of the trees are putting on their autumn finery!
Oh!  And the reason I took the camera in the first place was to get photos of my hat, which my sweet sister made for my birthday.  (She forgot to weave in the loose ends afterwards, but I forgive her!)  Since my birthday's in July, though, I haven't had an opportunity until now to wear it.

I love it.  It's the perfect shade of red and it looks good with my hair loose, which most hats do not.

Fuzzy, overexposed, failed "jump" shot. It makes me laugh.
(Dress from Ross, several years ago.  Tights and boots from Target.  Coat from Old Navy.  Scarf from a market stall somewhere in France - Nice, maybe?  Hat from my sister.)