Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Excuses, Excuses

I finished Clue 2 for Mystery Stole 4 last Thursday, and then had a bad attack of the busies before I had a chance to blog the silly thing. I swear it’s like somebody set my ponytail on fire just to see how fast I could run. I think I’ve got things nearly under control, and if I’m really lucky it won’t take me three days to get this written.

At any rate, this is what the stole looked like six days ago:

If you click that, you’ll get a larger image.

Georgina is doing some interesting things here, moving from diamonds to scrolls, and using lots of double decreases.

Here’s another, slightly more successful, shot of the beads:

Again, click to see it bigger.

Can you spot the place where I dropped the stitches? To tell the truth, neither can I.

The yarn is a denimy blue, and the beads are emerald green with silver lining. I’m still absolutely stymied about getting good photos of this piece. Any suggestions? I’m thinking maybe a darker background, or trying to shoot outside… maybe both?

I’ve realized that I’m just going to be behind many of my mates on this piece. There are people zipping through clues in an evening, but I’m just not moving that quickly. I’m about halfway through Clue 3, with Clue 4 yet to be printed and number 5 due on Friday. Oh well, it’s not a race, right?

We’re turning towards fall here. Some of the leaves are showing their colors, and there are pumpkins and apples at the local farms. I need to bake myself an apple pie… perhaps I’ll even share it with my husband.


Bells said...

it's looking good. I'm kinda kicking myself for not following through with signing up for this. I love it in blue - it's gorgeous.

For photos, are you using flash? It looks like you are. Maybe try being in daylight and doing a mix of macro shots and wider shots. If you go on a darker background though you won't be able to see the lace at all, I think.

Alwen said...

It can be surprisingly hard to get good photos of dark colors. I have a black dog, and before I got a new camera, most shots of her looked like dog silhouettes.

Anna said...

Hope the apple pie tastes good! And that your DH got at least a tiny piece of it! :)

essjay said...

The stole looks fantastic so far!

You need a lot more light for your pictures - if you can get it outside that probably would be best. I just use desk lamps and shine light directly on it....but that can mess with the color too.

loopykd said...

I love your photos of the stole (which is gorgeous by the way). I would recommend not using a flash. Flashes tend to throw harsh shadows and expose your picture longer for a natural light look and more accurate depiction. Good luck with clue 4!