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## strawberry fields forever

So on Saturday I spent the morning playing with my camera taking pictures of the strawberry fields skein that I had spent Friday evening washing and beating and hanging up to dry. I took somewhere near 60 pictures trying to get the colors right and to make the yarn look… well pretty. I wanted to make some yarn porn. I turn green with envy when I notice the gorgeous pictures on other knitting blogs (I think Cara is probably most well known for the gorgeous pictures of yarn, but have you seen Brooklyn Tweed? Or Knitting on Impulse? There are a ton more, but I just grabbed from the top of Google Reader.)

Then Saturday sometime during the day, before I managed to actually post those pictures like I had been planning, I fell into some weird funk. My energy disappeared, my mood soured. Instead of feeling like puttering around the house the way I had planned, I kinda curled up into myself. I only came out around midday today. It was pretty pathetic and Bear was at a loss. But I’m back out of it, mostly, so I thought I’d actually share the pretty yarn efforts. Tell me what you think.

Meh. I started off not so great huh?

Hmm. Colors look better, at least on my screen, but still, not so good.

Mmmm. I do like this picture. Colors are still washed out a bit, but I still love this picture.

This, however, is my favorite. I love the colors in this yarn. In some places it’s a little Christmas-y, but there seems to be every shade of green from mint to celadon to grass to avocado. And it sets of all the pinks and reds. In some places it clashes it a bit and in other’s it compliments.

Probably at least part of the reason I love it is technical. It’s 220 yards of 15 wpi yarn: probably the best 3ply I’ve done to date. And some info, (not that this hasn’t been on the blog before) the fiber is 4oz of Correidale from Spunky Eclectic Fiber of the Month Club. Dyed in a color combination she calls Strawberry Fields.

## lah-di-dah

lah-tech is making my head hurt. And every time I hear or say it I think of some woman in a big poofy dress with a bonnet saying “Well, lah-di-dah”.

Basically if you want to print pretty things like this

you type something like this:

$\sum_{i = 1}^{n} i = \frac{n(n+1)}{2}$.

Then you pass the file with the text in it through a program and you get a pdf (or something similar depending on what you want) with all the pretty text. Fun huh? More like a pain in the ass trying to figure out what all the little tags are for different displays.

I’d much much rather be spinning this

July fiber from Spunky Eclectic FOTM club, Celebration color, Shetland fiber (from the little photo shoot my brother did, remember?). It’s gorgeous.

(I wrote this at 1:30 in the morning this morning, but my computer froze and I didn’t have the energy to recover any of it.)

## finishing and photos

Another post about what my brother and I were up too. The whole time wasn’t spent fighting. (We fight like we’re 5. “You’re stupid.” “No you’re stupid.” Actually, probably like we’re 7. But still. We manage to always annoy our mother. Thankfully Bear has a sibling too, so he either laughs at us or leaves the room. Sometimes he takes a side, but thankfully it’s rare. Because it’s not always my side he takes.)

But while Carl was here, (Think I should have called him Bro. Bear? lol. If I weren’t so tired I’d be laughing. Why does school have to start this week?) we also spent some time getting out of each other’s hair. For me that meant finishing this:

I took the pics in afternoon light and then tried post processing to fix the colors. They are better (everything had a yellow tint to it before) but the colors are both too strong and too muted. In real life the Christmas-y sections don’t pop out and leave everything else so washed out. I, as usual, am in love with it. I’ll probably always be in love with everything I spin.

See the yellow? (yes it’s exactly the same as the pic above. I really want to know how it strikes you.)

Pretty yarn.

I have like 20 pictures of this yarn. I haven’t washed it and done all the little numbers thing, but I do know I have 220 yards. Not enough for my big ole feet if I do normal sized socks. So I’m thinking ankle socks maybe? I had a few bits left ovr at the end and tried Navajo plying again.

It didn’t work so well. I think either I just plain don’t like the idea or I’m doing something wrong. Honestly, the whole idea of having the singles going in two different directions kinda bothers me. Everyone else it seems worries about the knots that form, but I know that isn’t too big of an issue from the last time I navajo-plied yarn. The knots really do disappear. But the whole 3-ply that doesn’t wear very well idea? Kinda bugs me.

Well, so while I was working (I had to work a few days Carl was here) he amused himself by going around and taking pictures. So I’ll finish this up with my favorites of the ones he took (with almost no editing from me, except that I cropped two of them.)

The Christian Science church? They have like three buildings and the reflection pool. The other two are pretty normal boring buildings, but this one gets photographed a lot.

I should know (and probably do but I’m a bit tired at the moment) what all of those buildings are. One is another of the Christian Science buildings. And uhh. Yeah. Oh, well, you can see the Prudential! Gak.

## little experiments (picture heavy post)

So Bear and I finally finally finally bought a new camera.

Not that we really needed one, but we’ve been talking about buying a digital SLR for almost a year now. Bear and I have a tendency to do that. Anything above $100 usually takes months of talking and research and looking and talking and walking away and then starting over again. Actually, the number of months are pretty proportional to the amount spent.$200, is about two months. \$300, three months. etc. The camera took longer because we really didn’t need it. I’d taken some classes back in high school and while point and shoot cameras are nice, I missed my manual. (I have it, but it sits gathering dust because I can’t stand buying film and having to have it processed). I’m super happy with the camera we got. Wanna see some pictures?

First I wandered around our neighborhood.

Roses really were popular.

I wonder if the neighbors have as much trouble with the school kids picking their flowers and killing their flowers as we do.

But then I went inside for some real tests (also, it was getting dark…)

The red sock looks a little too orange on my screen, but the fact that this camera could take a picture of the sock is an improvement over the other one. My old little point and shoot Nikon would end up with red blurs with strong, indirect sunlight. And then I realized I’d completely forgotten about a certain project.

I found it tangled with a bra (I have no idea) on the couch under two throw pillows. Tonight I will wash and block the silly thing so that I can mail it!

This is the first bobbin of strawberry fields. I’m about… 2/3rds of the way through. I’m so excited to see how these colors end up matching with the other singles.

And finally, the Rambouillet singles that I’m going to use to start swatching for the Wedding Ring Shawl. I’m going to make it a long swatch and when I’m done just call it a scarf. I’ve taken no information down on these singles. I just kept spinning on it until I was ready to spin the strawberry fields. Then I stopped. I have enough singles to get started, but soon I’ll have to go back and spin more. I have plenty of fiber and since this is as thin as I can comfortably spin there shouldn’t be a problem matching these singles.

Some of the pictures were shot with the camera in point and shoot mode, most of them were shot with me playing with the settings and a few were with all the auto features turned off (or at least, as many as I could). I’m still learning all the settings on the camera, but I’m having so much fun it almost makes me want to go buy film and take out the old camera again. I don’t know why, but I do have a slight pull. Probably nostalgia.