Thursday, January 16, 2020

3 things on my mind (work related)

 Berries in a Box by Lori Versaci
Hadley by Veronik Avery  as seen on Mason Dixon Knitting (their gorgeous Winterburn Aran yarn!)

1) I photograph many knits on jobs,  that I'd like to (make and) wear --but wouldn't connect on my own.  The two above are just the tip of the iceberg.  Go check out the link for the top one, Berries in a Box. It looks good on so many different body types. Including mine!   Yes--of course I try on samples while they are here with me for photo shoots. Wouldn't you?  I thought this shape would be too much for a shortie but it was so good.

The second one, Hadley, is no surprise style-wise for me . However, I'd only seen the original pattern that was multicolored--and it's a whole'nother  look in dark red and oatmeal. , like this sample I was sent to photograph.

2. Why why why why why am I dragging my feet on getting my new website up?  Even a good sheep shot can only hold a place for so long!  The funny thing is, I had my professional website very early on--in 1999, when relatively few photographers had websites, and most internet activity was still dial up or slow connections. The images on it were tiny!  I've had many webites since then...and a new one has been half designed for months now.
Do you drive yourself crazy not getting things done too? 

Thanks to Nancy of Getting Purly With It, for this photo , she was in the class :-) and caught me making namaste hands without knowing it.

3.  I love teaching iPhonography workshops. Yesterday's in New York at HereNowSpace was especially enjoyable. The participants were so talented and engaged.  It didn't hurt that the venue is stylish, had state of the art projection (love) and we were  surrounded by samples of mYak yarn, as it is also their showroom
At the end I was asked if I have an online video instruction version of my workshop. Nope. I almost always get this question when I teach....usually I just say nope and move on. This time I started pondering. Maybe I should produce one? On the things-to-look-into list! 

Maybe a better title for this is 3 random things...but hey look at me, three blogposts already for 2020! See you next week. or, maybe this weekend wandering around VKL in NY ?

Friday, January 10, 2020

3 things: I'm working on Today

1)The Little Sock Arms Sweater *for my favorite almost-eight-just -twelve days-can you-believe it-really-do -you-know--ONLY-TWELVE-MORE-DAYS-TILL-I'm....8 year old.    This is such a clever and fun knit. 
Zoe spied this pattern on  Ravelry in  July.  Her Rainbow Sweater was outgrown after two years, and I offered to knit a new fave.  I warned her it might take a while for me to find the right yarn.  At the time I hadn't realized that self-striping fingering weight yarn is alive and well and found at any event or festival with lots of indie dyer vendors. 
It was my good luck to be teaching at Knitting At the Estate in rural Illinois in September-and there was Julia Vesper from Knitterly Things-- with this exact sweater on display at her vendor booth next to all her gorgeous striping yarns.  And the  designer, Stephanie Lotven of  Tellybeans was there too, and  taking my class, and I was enjoying her company, so boom, I came home ready to knit it up.Talk about kismet.

2) More color!  I was compelled to cast on for this scarf knit in the round the day I peeped the latest Mason Dixon Knitting Field Guide 13, full of Kaffe Fasset wild abandon. I have a bunch of Starcoft Fiber partial skeins that I've been hoarding saving for I-don't-know-what. So this is it!  -- and it is just pure joy. Also-- two handed colorwork just makes me feel so...balanced. No plan on the colors--I have lots of greens and some yellows too.  It's fingering weight so this may take a while but I do not care. Process,  it's all about process on this on. 

3) Business Untangled -- January 15 in NYC at HereNowSpace.  STILL A FEW SEATS LEFT! I am  honored to be part of this professional development day for Indie Makers of the fiber world. It's going to be fun, it's going to be helpful, it's going to be focused. I am teaching an Iphoneography class with a lot of in-phone photo editing.  I can't wait.   If you are at all tempted, I urge you to join us. I am also excited to learn about newsletters and hear the roundtable discussion. Plus lunch and snacks so... see you there?


* If you're thinking that this pattern would be fun to knit for an adult but, ummm, maybe not in fingering weight yarn because all those stitches...good news she also published Worsted Sock Arms  it for a full range of adult sizes in worsted weight yarn. I am tempted, are you?

Thursday, January 02, 2020

3 things for a new year

1) Blogging, I've missed you!  Start as you mean to go on, etc!   This is a favorite image from last year, from a Berroco yarn photoshoot for Providence yarn, a tweedy soft wool/alpaca/silk  I really loved shooting. We did all the photographs in Providence, RI at an old manufacturing building that's now Hope Artiste Village-- which is a nice touch, right?  

2) I still shoot sheep shots. Any chance I can! These ladies, above, are some of the wild island sheep I return to every year, on Nash Island Maine, to help my friend Jani Estell of Starcroft Yarn with her roundup and shearing. I play a very small role in the annual event, but it holds a large space in my heart.  
Parade on Nash Island.  It's a little misleading-- you only see this kind of scene at roundup for a split second as they are finally brought in by our human chain around the island, and walk briskly into the corral -- usually this tiny island appears to have no sheep at all - they are shy and good at hiding in the hillocks. The only other time is right at dawn, if you are lucky enough to make camp for the night.

I photographed many sheep and goats and farmers and shepherds in 2019, working with the Hudson Valley Textile Project in New York state. I'm looking forward to more adventures with them, and in anything I can do to support  the fibershed movement. This sweet beastie lives on the very wonderful Wing and a Prayer Farm.

3) More open-mindedness. To experiences, ideas and ...anything..even if I think I've already made an informed decision on whatever it is. More on this topic another time. Happy 2020!

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!