Archive - Mar 11, 2007

Serge664's picture

Photo lighting help

a couple of us had been talking about ways to get better photos of our work on the cheap.

This tutorial for a DIY light tent was posted on makezine.com and I thought some of you might like to see.

DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio

I made something along this line with a sheet clipped to an empty picture frame suspended horizontally for a museum gift shop website, and the pics always turned out very well.

I also used a very similar set up with a pillowcase clipped in a hanging file frame.

Homemade Light Tent

Here's some pics i took for the museum website. There is some photoshop work involved in these, but not much.

TomH's picture

Sock software for Mac

My partner, Paul, just found Mac software to help you create sock patterns. In the web page's words ... "Use your choice of yarn, your gauge, and take your knitting to new heights of perfection." The software is called Sock Wizard Mac and costs $34.95 US. I'm not a sock knitter (yet!) but thought some of you might be interested in the software.

See:
Sock Wizard Software

Organic cotton yarns

Infiknit is a needlework kit and pattern distributor with an inventory of over 1000 patterns created by more than 40 designers from 3 countries: Canada, the United States and Britain.

One cool product they have is EcoKnit Yarn - 100% organic coloured cotton yarn. It’s apparently great for knitting (I haven't tried it myself yet) and great for the environment - the cultivation of cotton is said to account for 24% of world pesticide use.

Here are the yarny details in yarny-speak: 100% certified organic cotton grown in colors, 20 to 22st to 4in on 3.5 to 4.5mm needles. Deliciously soft lustrous yarn in 50g, 100yd skeins. Bagged 10 to a bag for stores. : Here's the link

Swifts?

I'm contemplating getting a swift and maybe a ball winder since I've got quite a bit of yarn that is in hanks and it's becomming a pain in the butt to try and hold the hank and wind by hand. Especially with a small dog that apparently has enough cat in him to want to play with the yarn.

Yes, I've seen everything from tinkertoys to lampshades being used as substitute swifts, but I'm wondering how many of you guys have swifts and if you find it easier to work with the umbrella types or the tabletop ones?

Opinions?

frito's picture

Hello Everyone!

Hi there, My name is David, I am new to the site and fairly new to knitting. I learned as a child and just now picked it up again in the last year and a half. I am interested in Intarsia and am wondering if anyone had any tips! I also wanted to say hi to everyone!

Great find on the Wheel Rowen!

David