My friend Jhada got the Dreamscope app, and has been having all manner of fun with her already-amazing portraits.
So you know, it's an app that takes photos from your phone (camera or memory) and applies one of many (so very many!) filters over it. The upload and convert process takes about three minutes, then your results are thrown all over the world.
As I don't necessarily want pics of me all over (this blog and G+ don't count - really, who sees it?), I opted to use a few of the more normal filters to see the results.
Here's the original photo:
Um, no. I know it's just grabbing a splash color, but the brick red makes it a little too Stephen King.
I like this one much better full size. The tire tracks in the foreground are cool.
Ding ding, we have a winner! You'll be seeing more of this in the future.
I had plans to knit today. Lots of knitting, lots of football. Instead, I hiked over to my parents' house and helped get them dug out (thanks be to neighbors with snowblowers!), then hiked home and collapsed on the couch.
TopShop had this really cute coat-cape thing that will be perfect for my Avalanche sweater. The cloak part will let me do the sw-inspired pattern without seams (hooray!), and the front will actually be jacket-like.
Hopped into the Yarn Basket in Annapolis, MD yesterday. (www.yarnbasketmaryland.com)
It's a pretty little shop, on the small side. The yarns are organized by color - very pretty, but can make getting four of the same yarn in different colorways more challenging than I'm used to. The owner is friendly and knows her stuff, and, like me, is an escapee from the business world.
The shop models are GORGEOUS, and for sale if you want to buy. (I almost got the Phoenix Wing.) Regular Hiya Hiya circs and Brittany hooks (and a small notions assortment) are in a side nook.
She offers finishing services to customers (blocking, sweater assembly), and small repairs. Reasonable requests only - bringing in three bags of half-finished sweaters - NO.
On to what I bought!
My mom gave me some cash in case I spotted something she'd like. I got two colorways of EuroBaby Maypole for ponchalettes:
Then, there was a colorways of Olympia we don't have, so yay, another hat for me:
I don't know why we didn't get this, I may special-order a bag.
Then... Fox Paws. As it turns out, I was using two different weights of yarn in my first attempt. The first repeat went ok... the second, not so much. So I totally has to buy yarn. The Viking Nordlys came in 5 colors, 4 of which will be Fox Paws.
It's a nice little single-spun, pleasant to work with, and the color changes should make a pretty thing. I'm doing the full 121-st cast on this time, fingers crossed!
So, if you're in Annapolis, it's worth dropping by the Yarn Basket!
So, there's Xandy Peter's "Fox Paws". (Ravelry link)
It's not easy. Counting pretty much every stitch every other row is critical. Frogging is a bear. After the first two days, I finished one pattern repeat:
Two days later, I'm here:
That's halfway through a pattern repeat. The SECOND pattern repeat. The odds of getting through a pattern row at work are bad. The odds of getting through rows 4, 6 or 8 on the first try are improving, but still not good.
Stephanie Pearl McPhee explains it best: "I think I know now what Fox Paws wants. It wants to be alone with me. With just a cup of tea, and no distractions, and nothing that could interrupt our time together. It wants me to say “SSSSHHHHHH!!!!!!!” to any member of my family that tries to screw me up by saying really inconsiderate things, like “Hi”. It doesn’t like the TV. It’s not sure about Audiobooks. It doesn’t care for the cat." (read her whole post here)
Fox Paws: one of the "most intense" patterns on Ravelry for a REASON.