knitting, Photography

Photography & Knitting

Happy New Year!

As a PA by trade I love a spot of forward planning and the start of the new year is a great chance to do just that. I took the opportunity of the break between Christmas and New Year to work on some unfinished projects and think about things that I would like to accomplish this year.

One thing that I have always wished I could do better is to take better photographs so over Christmas I enrolled on the Craftsy Course ‘Shoot It – A Product Photography Primer’ with Caro Sheridan. It’s a 10 lesson online course that teaches you how to take beautiful shots of your handmade products and garments. At 2 and a half hours it wasn’t a long course but it did offer some useful tips on composition, colour and post processing. A couple of areas I wish there had been a bit more content on were on camera settings and lighting. However, it was great as a starter course and the instructor really knew her stuff. And now I want to learn more!

So next Saturday I am off to London to do a ‘Photography for Knitting and Crochet Course‘ with Emily Quinton from Makelight and Kate from A Playful Day. I can’t begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to it!

I also signed up to the free online taster course with Makelight, every day for 5 days Emily sends an e-mail with hints and tips designed to improve and inspire your photography. I am on day 4 and there has been much to think about, including how to use Instagram better. I have had an Instagram account for a while now but not really paid much attention to it so I spent some time the other day looking at other people’s photo’s and it has really inspired me to get more creative with my pictures.

If you are on Instagram I would love to see you there, I am @jemarrowsmith so do pop by and say hello!

Another thing I want to improve on this year is using Ravelry better to document projects and stash. It’s a chance to delve back into the stash and think a bit more about what I have and what I can make with it. I love that Inspiration Knits recently declared 2016 the ‘Year of Yarn Stash Love‘ and has invited people to join in by sharing photo’s on Instagram of yarn stash and WIP’s with the hashtag #yarnstashlove

So here is my offering for today, my most favourite yarn ever! This gorgeous silk and baby camel blend from Copperfield Yarns and hand dyed by Oliver Twists was purchased at The Knitting & Stitching Show in Alexandra Palace in 2014 and I am still searching for the perfect pattern for it…

Copperfield Yarns Oliver Twist

In knitting news I have finished my Spectra which I started at the brilliant workshop with Stephen West in Dec. It’s blocking at the moment but will post some pictures soon.

I have also nearly finished Peggy Sue, I just need to add the button bands.

Peggy Sue Progress

My next project is going to be a shawl that I am designing as part of the C&G knitting course. I am going to be using the Uncommon Thread Tough Sock yarn in colours (top to bottom) Bois, Tea Smoked and Squirrel Nutkin.

Uncommon Thread Tough Sock

2016 is already looking to be an exciting year with lots of fun things planned including making my first custom made sweater, a knitting weekend and a trip to Iceland! I do hope you will join me along the way 🙂

Until next time, happy knitting! x

23 thoughts on “Photography & Knitting”

  1. I think your photos are already wonderful, creative composition and interesting backgrounds that don’t overpower the subjects. But I’ve had similar thoughts about improving my photography skills, so I’ll be watching you closely to see how you grow! And I’ll be watching for that Copperfield Yarns too–that’s stunning!

    1. Thank you so much, that’s so kind of you to say 🙂 I am hoping the course next week will give me some useful tips and inspiration. I really wanted to get out and take some photo’s today but it hasn’t stopped raining here and it’s been so dark. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I’ll be sure to post on my progress!

  2. What a GREAT idea – knitting photography – who knew?! I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to photograph some socks I made and posted some, that in the end, were ickily mediocre. If I finish one project this year I will be happy. Peggy Sue looks really pretty. Is it a retro pattern?

  3. A trip to Iceland! Way to go Jem!! Did you notice I was more interested in that than a photography course 🙂 I wish I was more interested in taking better photos – but I’ve become lazy and just get our Official Photographer to do it instead…….. Shame on me!! The yarn is amazing looking – camel! I have never heard of that before. In fact all your photos are laden with beautiful colours or patterns – I shall indeed enjoy to see what you get up to this year, it sounds like a great one!

    1. Yes, we have booked to go in Feb – eek!! I can’t wait and have already been googling yarn shops in the area…souvenir yarn doesn’t count on a yarn diet right?

      No shame at all – you are very lucky to have such a talented daughter to take lovely pictures for you 🙂

      I am looking forward to learning lots this year – its going to be a fun journey! x

    1. Γεις σου Zeta! Thank you for your lovely comment. I stopped by your blog, your crochet giraffe is just adorable! I am very fond of Greece, we go there every summer and I am currently trying to learn your beautiful language 🙂

  4. Oooh, what a great year you have ahead! I can’t wait to see how you get on in Iceland (I’ve been wanting to go there since my teens and haven’t made it yet), and what you make of your photography courses. Photography is something I always feel like I could do better! Now I’m off to find you on Instagram 😀

  5. On your recommendation I also took that Crafsty course and found it really helpful even without the luxury of a proper camera. I notice from your fab photos in this post that you also took on board Caro’s advice regarding backgrounds. I think that this was the most exciting thing I got from it. Hope you enjoy your course at the weekend and look forward to seeing your new and even more improved photos.

    1. Thanks – the Craftsy course was good as a taster wasn’t it? I certainly picked up a few tips but now I am really looking forward to getting hands on at the weekend 🙂

  6. Hi, love the different backgrounds you used in your photos, it has inspired me to try harder!. There is also a Craftsy class called Product Photography at Home which covers light and camera settings in quite a lot of detail along with backgrounds and settings. Not so much for the knitter but it does cover working with models. Perhaps I’ll also try the one you recommended, sounds good.

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂 I use scrapbooking paper for the backgrounds, I also picked up a few vintage looking wallpaper samples this week to use too.

      Thanks for letting me know about the Craftsy class, that sounds interesting so I will go and check that out. I struggle to find good light in my house so I could do with a few good pointers!

  7. You’ll absolutely love Iceland. I went several years ago, albeit in summer, and just fell in love with the landscape. Every five minutes it seems to change – everything is either bubbling or steaming or looking brooding and stark. And the colours of the water and the minerals embedded in the rocks and earth – you’ll get such a lot of inspiration. Not to mention the wool! Have a great time.

    1. Thank you, I can’t wait! I have been busy on Pinterest looking at lovely pictures of the landscapes – and the knitted jumpers! I am going to make sure I leave plenty of room in my suitcase for some wool 🙂

  8. Oh you are coming to Iceland! If you need tips on the best places to see or food to get or just what ever, don’t hesitate to ask. I live in Reykjavik, Iceland 🙂 I hope you’ll have a great time!

    1. Yes, I can’t wait!! Thank you so much – I would love any suggestions you may have if places to see and visit. We are there for 3 days and staying just outside Reykjavik. Thank you!

      1. Sorry again, just discovering this feetus here… sorry I didnt make any suggestion, but if you ever come back here, I promise to give you fantastic ideas for a great vacation! 🙂

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