Friday, January 9, 2015

Simple Cowl

Extra chunky yarn is great for quick projects. I literally knit this cowl in an hour. I used some lovely alpaca Illimani yarn.

For the cowl, I cast 22 stitches onto size 15US needles. I knit until I ran out of my 2 balls of yarn.

Each row, I knit 3 stitches on each side of the cowl. I did two cables (6 stitches each) and purled the 4 stitched in between the two cables.

If you're scared of cables - don't be! They are easy. Really.

Here's a video to get you started https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG3E1-pacI0





Friday, January 2, 2015

Self Portrait Tips

Decided to start 2015 off with some self-portraits.
My mother calls me the master of selfies. 



Here are some tips on how I do my self portraits



1) I stand in front of a window 
No matter the lighting, my pictures always turn out best when I'm standing in front of a window 


2) I have the camera looking down at me
My pictures typically turn out the most flattering when the camera is angled looking down at me


3) I take multiple pictures in the same position
I do this because sometimes I really love the angle and position I'm in - but I moved or the camera wasn't focussed right. Also, the lighting can change. So always take a few pictures in each position. 



4) I don't pose as if I'm taking a picture
When I take my self portraits, I try not to act like I'm posing for a picture. A natural look is often best. When I smile, I pretend I'm smiling at a person not a camera. 



5) I take hundreds of photos but only keep a few
I'm not afraid to snap hundred of pictures in a matter of 30 minutes. It's a pain to sort through them but every single picture is different -the more you have, the more chance you'll take a perfect portrait

2015

This is how my 2015 started - A morning alone

Psalms, coffee, sunshine

A perfect start to a brand new year. 






Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ottawa in Winter

I have loved living in Ottawa. I will never get over all the beautiful architecture.










Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cable Knit Infinity Scarves

My newest addiction- CABLES! I can't get over how gorgeous they make the simplest knitting projects. They turn a plain infinity scarf into a gorgeous accessory. I can't wait to make one for myself after Christmas.




iPhone Sweaters!

These make lovely christmas gifts. Considering adding the pattern to my Etsy shop after Christmas!