Sunday, July 07, 2019

fab interview link+ knitting cruise!

I am so honored to be interviewed on Kym's blog Away from The Edge this week! Go take a read.

Me, working in June, on a shoot for the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Photocredit to Catherine Clark from Brooklyn General.

Kym asked such good questions.  I've been following her blog and occasionally messaging back and forth with her for I feel like we know each other in real life . After reading the interview, I have to remind myself we weren't sitting in the same room.  Doing these interviews is a lot of work so I truly appreciate it . And  hope she does mor.e of them   Maybe her other subjects won't be such Blabby McBlabsters :-)

In other news:

2019 Knitting Cruise Thimble Islands
Tuesday July 16th, 6-8 pm
sails from Stony Creek in Branford CT 

 there are a handful of seats left! 

  your ticket $ 30. via Paypal to

Feel free to bring a non-knitting friend!

board from the Stony Creek Docks at 5:45pm, rain or shine, the boat is covered by a canopy- we sail on the Volsunga with Captain Anna

It's the annual knitting cruise in the Thimbles  = a  night of cool salty breezes, knitastic company, snacking and drinking, peeping at the island homes and knitting as we tootle along the Connecticut shoreline

last year--or maybe the year before?
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we always sell out -  don't lollygag or you'll be left ashore!


Can we just glide over the fact that I rarely blog any more? I hope to return but meanwhile, you can find me on Instagram !

Friday, January 25, 2019

Headshots at TNNA in PDX


So, how's your headshot situation?
I'll be making fresh narrative headshots by appointment at TNNA in Portland on February 1, 2 & 3.

Thanks to support from TNNA in setting up a temporary studio at the trade show venue, I'll be able to offer a rate much lower than I usually do--and we can work together to make a portrait that really is you.
 There are a limited number of time slots, please sign up in advance!  Sign up here

Bring /wear a project or product or prop. I'll have lighting and a choice of backdrops. And we will have fun. And I promise, you won't look like you are posing in a hotel room!

Saturday, January 05, 2019

iPHONEOGRAPHY / PHOTO WORKSHOPS-- Rhode Island and Portland Oregon!

Sign up online! iPhoneogrpahy for Knitters & Makers at the Slater Mill Knitting Weekend Saturday January 19 in Pawtucket /Providence Rhode Island. Info here . Space limited but it'll be hands on, fun AND  in a fantastic setting. Such good light inside and great backgrounds too.

This is from a photo shoot I did with Slater Mill in the background, for Berroco Pixel yarn. 

and also---  PORTLAND OREGON  at TNNA workshops & making headshot portraits

and also, super excited about
Product Photography for Knitters Dyers & Makers
I'll share shooting tips and in-phone editing tricks to make your images pop. Above , one of my fave hat tricks: shoot from above to keep the story about the knitting--and get rid of a horizon line though the head.
See you soon?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

3 projects from Saturate/Desaturate

I've been on a work bender since late summer, photographing a ton of projects that I am crazy about. Like, I'm busting to show and tell.  Most of them won't surface for months or even a year...but happily Saturate/Desaturate , a collection and ebook from Kirsten Kapur/Through the Loops was released a couple of weeks ago.
It's probably not news that I love collaborating with Kirsten, considering that I shot her Shawl Book One and we co-authored Drop Dead Easy Knits with Mary Lou Egan. Among other adventures.
This book is extra special to me. The concept came up when we were on a long drive and I was saying how her designs are so strong that she could show them in both her signature color combos AND as natural, neutral solids that let the textures and geometry shine, showing each piece two ways. A while went by (we come up with a lot of schemes that never reach action). Then she told me she'd partnered with Malabrigo Yarn and the idea became real! Next we had to figure out a way to photograph the collection.
Naturally we came up with fantastic visual solutions that far outstripped the budget. Like going to a wonderful location where there were houses painted all kinds of colors and shooting in front of them, or shooting by street murals all over NYC , standing somewhere different for each set up. Logistically a budget buster for all the extra model and shooting  time needed to travel all over.
In the end, I decided that each project was plenty strong on its own.  No need to get crazy with the backgrounds! We'd show Saturated (in multi colors) against a plain white studio wall, and then the Desaturated (monochrome neutral or natural color version) would be photographed against a multi colored backdrop of fabric and styled with more neutral / naturals.
There are five patterns in the collection--I left off a bulky hat that I love, and a gorgeous wrap that looks crocheted but is infact some beautiful knitting stitch. You can purchase them singly if you are able to make those kind of choices ;-)  Go look!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

3 things: knits I am looking at

I invite you to follow my hashtag above over on Instagram, please!  I had a lightbulb go off over there last month.  (you are going to your best middle school voice).

1)  Westminster Shawl by Toby Roxane Barna, from her book Design Doubles. That's Toby herself, modeling. We started planning this photo shoot in 2015, shot it in 2017 and it just came out!  (the book pairs sweater and shawl designs that use the same motifs or stitch patterns but in different ways). This one is knit in bulky yarn--I'd wear it as a scarf.

I spend a majority of my work hours photographing, planning/prepping/proposing to photograph (or post production editing ) handmade knits. or related subjects.  I'm immersed in knits and images and yarns I am dying to show you but can't till they are released, months or even years later.

 2) Legwarmers in Berroco Millifiori Big. These were shot in spring 2017.  At the time, all I wanted to think about was the end of winter! But this week? So fresh and YES! 

I realized I should just post what is newly released, or whatever calls to me seasonally or by mood or style.  More often than not  I love revisiting the photographs separate from the context of the work day we shot it in. .
3) and here's my 3rd thing in knit photos: more legwarmers! I adore these bootcut shaped ones from Jill Draper Makes Stuff new collection Here. It's all in her wonderful Kingston yarn, photographed in her hometown of Kingston NY. This was shot in a combination bar & bookstore (seriously why do I not live near one???)

I'm not making the blog a priority these days  but I'm not giving up--just showing up when I can. Meanwhile I hope you'll say hi on Instagram or wherever you find me.

* I'm going to be a sheep peep helping my friend Anne Lahners at her Olympia Farm booth at the NE Fiber Festival of New England  in Massachusetts this weekend on Saturday Nov 3 (it continue son Sunday Nov 4) . Please swing by and say hi if you attend!  I am looking forward to it like crazy.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

3 things about Mucklmarl yarn

3 Things on Thursday gives me a manageable way to jump back here with yarn that is on my mind. Mucklmarl from Starcroft Fiber Mill in Maine
#1 the yarn is spun only from sheep that live on islands off the coast of Maine
 In June I was Downeast helping with the annual island sheep roundup with my friend Jani Estell and her Nash Island sheep. Their fleeces are what she uses for  beautiful fiber and yarn at her mill.
 Along with Nash Island, which is her all-white largest flock (100+), she keeps a mixed colored smaller flock even further from shore,  on tiny Flat Island.  I usually travel up for the larger shearing but this year I was lucky enough to make the Flat Island outing  on a wild and woolly early June day.
 You can see ,from this view of the crew setting up the temporary corral, that there were what Mainers call "seas". Which means, wind and plenty of waves and whitecaps. It was an exciting ride out to the island.
Part of the flock decided to go for a swim to avoid roundup (!), which was also exciting-- and frustrating. They had to be left unsheared till they dried off.  More than half of the population made it into the fencing.
 Looking down on the skirting table. That's normally my station but I was shirking my duties at that moment. Flat Island has a rocky outcropping, so I could get these views looking down on the action. This made me ridiculously happy.
Beverly Army Williams skirting in great style. Look at that  gorgeous fleece. Also at her Elizabeth Shannon apron she made from an Ellen Mason pattern.
#2 the yarn is marled,  plied with one strand of colored sheep and one natural white
 Jani  released a new yarn called Mucklmarl that's spun from the fleeces of these colored Flat Island sheep plied with her white Nash Island. It is bouncy and soft but also woolly and just exactly what I want a sweater of! I came home with an SQ (sweater quantity) and am  spending waaaaay too much time considering my options of what to cast on.  

 Sarah Hunt, aka Fibertrek, and the leader of the Wool Scout retreat along with Jani, knit a Dreyma pullover  in the lighter shade of Mucklmarl with a solid for the colorwork. Love this!
Our little secret. heh. 

#3 sometimes it's hard to decide what to knit when you have an SQ of yarn that is special to you I want to knit a pullover, something slouchy to wear every day. Top contenders at the moment are The WeekenderLouLou , Circe or maybe Such a Winters Day...  but I am open to pullover suggestions! What have you seen?

Mucklmarl is worsted weight with a little bit of halo so it could be knit on a 7-9 needle. If you want some, it's a limited release, sold  by ClementineMaine online or if you happen to be in Rockland Maine, stop in.

whew, it feels good to be back! what are your knitting plans for the cooler weather ahead?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

July 17th we sail! Thimble Islands Knitting Cruise Night 2018!

Ahoy knitting mateys, we are doing it again ! 
Cruise the Thimble Islands on our knitting charter out of Stony Creek in Branford CT.

TUESDAY  JULY 17TH  6-8 pm


(rescheduled due to intensely bad weather)


• please send me  your ticket $ via Paypal to •

board from the Stony Creek Docks at 5:45pm

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we always sell out -  don't lollygag or you'll be left ashore

Our (almost) annual knitting cruise in the Thimbles  = a  night of cool salty breezes, knitastic company, snacking and drinking, peeping at the island homes and knitting as we tootle along the Connecticut shoreline.

There are no bad views from the Volsunga
Post-cruise smiley dock shot from last summer.  


• we sail rain or shine- the boat is awning covered

• yes, non-knitting friends welcome too

• bring drinks for yourself and snacks to share if you wish

• or bring along your dinner, anything goes

• not affiliated with any shop or knitting group

• parking in Stony Creek can be tricky- leave plenty of time to find a spot and walk down to the docks


A snippet of knitting action before we even left dock last July.