"I" is for Infrared Film

This photo of Persephone was taking with my Nikon N8008s using Kodak IR film. In reality the leaves behind her were a dark green, but foliage (among other things) takes on a surreal whiteness on IR. To learn more about Infrared photography check out Michael Fulks’ page.

Branching Out

So the Prairie Tunic was getting cumbersome on my straight needles. Off to the yarn shop I go. Intending, of course, to grab a new Addi Turbo circular and run. Somehow a ball of Rowan Kid Silk Haze found its way into my hands (color: pearl). Having the attention span of a 3 year old mainlining pixie stix, I immediately cast on Branching Out. What a fun, fast lace pattern!

Trellis Scarf

1. Photographing unblocked lace is very difficult.
2. Photographing blocked lace probably isn’t much easier.

Luckily, knitting lace is pretty fun. I’m on the 7th repeat of the Trellis Scarf from the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Knits. KnitPicks’ Alpaca Cloud (in horizon) is kitten soft and, at $4 per 440 yds, quite a bargain. Knitting such fine yarn on US5 needles is a bit odd at first but, as this is my first lace project, knitting laceweight yarn would likely be odd on any size needle. So far, so good.

Prairie Tunic

Almost finished the back of the Prairie Tunic from the Spring 2006 Interweave Knits. Having been set aside in favor of the baby cardi, it’s now knitting up surprisingly quickly on US3s. The yarn is Lion Brand Micro Spun (“an ultra soft microfiber sports yarn”) in Lily White. The yarn really is soft and machine washable and dryable, though it splits easily, creating obvious pulls on the finished knit. The lace panel, which makes up the center of the back and the sides of the front, looks great. The overall pattern is simple enough make this a great mindless knit and small enough to travel with. Thumbs up, so far.