Made by Merion: my project journal
Merion wasn’t sure about joining the community – but she loves it!
If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I am a very keen knitter, crocheter and yarn obsessive. I always have several WIPs on the go, and I always have needles or a hook in my hand. I am forever excited about what I’m going to make next and a terrible magpie where new yarn is concerned!
When we launched our Community online, I wasn’t sure it was for me. Firstly, I don’t take many pictures of my makes, because I am often making gifts – and I’ve never really thought that anyone would want to see them beyond their recipients! Secondly, everyone makes mistakes. I am a perfectionist, and if I don’t get things absolutely right, then I certainly don’t want anyone to see it! Thirdly, I am a terror for having lots and lots of WIPs, and I don’t finish anything in a chronological order.
Steadily, the community began to grow, and pictures began to appear of so many different kinds of projects, both knitted and crocheted – and before I’d even realised, the familiarity of flicking through my feed had crept into my heart. I loved seeing everyone else’s makes – and more than that, I loved clicking the little heart button to favourite a project and leaving a comment too!
Inspiration from all over the world!
So I posted a couple of projects, and, amazingly, a few very friendly fellow crafters began to favourite them and add comments! I found myself re-discovering that it’s a very small world, and this is a new way of crafting – I have made friends with makers all over the world, just from sharing… and it’s been such an inspirational change to make!
Mishaps along the journey…
Then I decided to share a mistake. I was inspired by Alice in Knittingland to try knitting a jumper without a pattern. I wanted a raglan sleeve neckline with an empire-line shape, and slightly fluted sleeves – it was a little bit bold for someone striding into design who had no experience at all, but I have knitted lots of jumpers and I had a sketchy idea of where to go – but look at that terrible neckline! I completely ruined the raglan shaping (by attempting to calculate it by eye rather than writing it down) and then badly sew the join at the neck because I was in a rush!
But I love this jumper! I learned so much when I made it, and it was a first attempt with no pattern. The yarn was a fabulous colour, and I decided that it was important to share the whole journey, not just perfect pictures! Nobody is perfect ALL the time!
My Blueberries & Cream crocheted blanket is from a Freda & Bettina pattern called Monochrome Circles. It was favourited five times (I’m very proud to say) and I was excited about it because I love using variegated yarn for crochet.
I wanted to include both knitting and crochet in my profile, because they are fibre art cousins after all – a crochet border along any knitting edge is a gorgeous addition, and with crochet you can whip up a blanket no time at all compared to how long it would take to knit one!
Three easy tips for taking great photographs
There were two reasons I didn’t take pictures of my knitting. Firstly, I give most of it away – and secondly, I don’t own a supersonic digital camera! But you don’t need a supersonic camera to take fabulous photos – you can take beautiful photos with your phone if you follow a few handy photography guidelines!
- Light is everything: take your pictures in good lighting! We want to see those beautiful colours and stitches as they really are! This might mean making sure you take your photos in the mornings, when the light is better, or hanging near a window.
- Composition: there is inspiration everywhere! Take a look at pictures of knitwear and crochet on Pinterest, follow your favourite bloggers, or patterns – read a knitting magazine – and take your cues from those! You don’t need to turn your bedroom into a photographic studio, but it’s a good idea to move old coffee cups and chocolate wrappers out of shot!
- Background: in most cases, plain backgrounds work best. Use a wall, the back of a door, or arrange your knitwear on a table – plain backgrounds won’t detract from yarn colours or lace patterns!
To read an in-depth guide on taking better photos, check out Eric’s post here.
WIPs are just as good!
It’s great to see a project evolve as you knit! I have so many works in progress, that I’ve decided to share some of my WIPs too. There’s always a chance that someone might have knitted or crocheted a pattern that you have, and might have some handy hints to throw your way – and it’s fascinating to see a pattern in a different yarn, or even a different colour! It’s the crafting journey I love – not so much the finished article! This will seem an absurd paradox to many people but probably not to you, if you’re a knitter or crocheter. It’s the reason we have so many WIPs, and so much stash!
My latest offering is this very exciting Crochet Project cardigan, Aberfoyle, by Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin. I was so entranced with Rachel Coopey’s Socks Yeah! yarn, that I couldn’t resist starting a cardigan in the beautiful mustard Sphene (104). Watch my profile in the community and you’ll see it emerge one day soon!
We’d love to hear your stories! Why did you join the community and what do you like about it?
I’ll be starting my Christmas knitting soon, and I’m on the hunt for small gift patterns! Watch this space!
Last updated: October 15th, 2016.