How not to photograph your yarns

OK, it’s Friday, it’s Yarnscape Day – the first one after Textiles in Focus.  Time to do a bit of stock-taking, get everything photographed, and the shop re-opened, yes?  Yes!

Or not so much.  My photography skills have never been what you could call honed, but I’m starting to think there’s a curse going on here.

My camera battery is flat.  OK – charge it.  Start stocktaking.

rose garden: Wensleydale and Princess

Find out battery charger is not plugged in.  Swear.  Waste time on Ravelry, cos there’s no point getting *too* far ahead with the stocktake; I’ll only get confused.

meet the blues

Get going with the photographs.  Fill card.  Fail to find card reader; text other half (can’t ring; he’s at worky-work).

shetland and jacob ‘humbug’ rovings

Make cheesecake whilst waiting for reply.

not today’s actual cheesecake

Reply states that card rearder is where you thought it should be (it isn’t).  Eventual actual conversation locates card reader.

bunnylace in ‘harebell’

Empty card reader; process first batch of photos.

lissom in ‘moss’

Find you’ve left the camera on, so the battery is flat again.  Swear.  Charge battery.

princess in ‘dusk’

Start taking photos again.  After half an hour, find the CF card is still next to the laptop, so all those photos have been going *nowhere*.  Swear.

finissima in ‘midnight’

Re-take photos.  Recharge battery, which is flat again.  Accidentally delete a bunch of photos whilst ‘transferring’ them to the laptop.

smitten in ‘lilac tree’

Retake most of the photos before the battery dies again.  Decide the light has gone for the day, and about a third of the photographs have been taken.

Time for a beer.  The shop update will follow later.

97) Re-entry – and happy solstice!

England is frozen solid again, for the longest night of the year.

Our kitchen is all fitted and finished, with a minimum of fuss, but the fridges are still living in the dining room whilst we wait for the paint on the skirting boards to dry.

I have finished the simple socks, and have started weaving a scarf for one of my brothers (for Christmas, ahem).

But I haven’t taken any photos of them.  Nor have I photographed the finished Peacock Feathers shawl.

I have been unable to resist taking photos of snow-and-frost pictures, though.  I can’t get enough of the muted colours, or the incredible detail shown up by the crystalline outlines.

(Probably not much good for catching dinner any more, but damn pretty).

Stay warm, celebrate the turning of the year, and have a wonderful Christmas.  Regular posts will, I hope, resume shortly.

Set-up day

No desk for me today – it’s set-up day for Textiles In Focus!!  None of my photos capture the joy I feel in this stall, not the ones of the sign (painted this morning, no less):

Nor those featuring the yummy display stands I just *had* to have:

Nor those featuring the ‘blue’ section:

But this is all because I am still a totally lame photographer.  I am so, so happy with the way this stall looks; I just wish I could capture it in all its glory for those of you who can’t make it to the venue!

I’m still slightly worried I won’t have enough stock for three days, though.

Dye-a-day #4: Thick and thin yarn, and springy colours

Today, let’s look forwards to spring whilst still staying warm!  The super-springy ‘New leaves’ colourway is one of my favourites, and here I’ve used it on a luscious, thick-and-thin singles pure wool yarn that knits up quickly and creates really interesting texture with even the plainest stitches.

On a ‘photography’ note, this is the first of the dye-a-day photographs I’ve taken myself.  It didn’t use any fancy lighting, just a white back drop and my on-camera flash.  It’s OK, but not up to the standards I want!  I can see the texture of the background, there isn’t enough light, and what light there is, is bouncing back at the camera too much.  I didn’t really expect this to work as well as it did, because every time I try something as simple as this, I have massive problems with colour balance.  Perhaps it’s something to do with the greens and browns, which my camera captures really well!  Anyway, it’s a ‘baseline’ for my ongoing search for a simple and successful (and preferably cheap and compact!) yarn-photographing-setup.