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The Woes of Photography and Cardigan Progress

23 Nov

I’ve had an amateur interest in photography for awhile now. I started with taking pictures of food; give me good natural light, a decent camera and I can take some pretty tasty photographs.

Tofu Florentine

Cinnamon Roll

For some reason though, photographing knitting is something I still struggle with. I think with food it’s possible to get a good close-up shot that still features the entire plate, but with my knitting it seems like I’m always having to choose between a close up and capturing the entire piece. Sometimes I’ll take up to 50 photos and not like a single one, even after extensive photoshopping.

On that note, here’s a close-up photo of the completed back of my Who Me? Cardigan. I can’t get over how good the hand dyed yarn looks! The back neck stitches are going to be picked back up later and used to make the sailor collar.

This week I’m back in Austin visiting my family for Thanksgiving. If you need me I’ll be relaxing, cooking, eating, watching all the Harry Potter movies, and making some progress on my cardigan!

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Austin Trip, a FO and a new WIP

17 Jun

I’m finally back from Austin! While I can’t say it was the best trip, I still had fun and I always love spending time with my mom. Living half a continent away can be tough sometimes!

The first day I was there I thought I might have broken my foot and spent the day laid up on the couch watching reruns of House. The next day my foot felt better, but I soon came down with an upper respiratory infection which I am still dealing with. All this down time meant I finally had a chance to finish Tuck! Photo courtesy of my mom.

Completed Project: Tuck

This project was so fun and I love the finished product. It may be my favorite garment I’ve knit to date.

Of course I did manage to venture out of the house a few times and so we paid a visit to the Old Oaks Ranch Fiber Arts Center in Wimberley.

This charming little shop is situated in a rural area and includes a sculpture garden, a herd of alpacas and a large room for weaving. It’s a bit of a journey from my parents house, but well worth the drive. When we arrived we were immediately greeted by the super friendly owner and offered a glass of water, which was great because it was well over 90 degrees outside. The shop is quite cozy and there were several people there chatting and working on various projects.

While there actually wasn’t much of  a selection of vegan fibers, I still picked up 2 skeins of Habu Textiles XS-32 20/18 Bamboo, which I think wants to be a shawl. I also picked up a few skeins of 2nd Time Cotton from Knit One, Crochet Too, which is made from recycled fabric scraps from the garment industry.

On the plane home I started the Arrowhead Shawl with the 2 skeins of Hempathy I had leftover from Tuck.

I don’t really wear shawls over my shoulders, but living in San Francisco means I’m always looking for light weight scarves for the summer, and I think this will be perfect!

Vacation Time!

8 Jun

It’s been hectic around the TreeWool headquarters lately. I recently started an exciting new job and with TNNA right around the corner I’ve had a few projects to wrap up. I’ve also been working on a headband design and writing an introduction to vegan knitting for the book The Vegan Girls Guide to Life by my friend Melisser over at The Urban Housewife. The book will be out this November, and you can bet I’ll let you all know when it’s available!

Here’s a sneak peak of the headband.

Today I’m headed to my hometown of Austin, Texas to spend some much needed time with family and friends! While I’ll still have some work to do, I’m definitely looking forward to having some down time and working on a few neglected knitting projects along with paying my usual trip to Hill Country Weaver’s, and eating at all the great vegan spots Austin has to offer. You can expect to hear more about my trip soon!