Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mosaic Monday

How weird - I put together this little mosaic last week with no particular aim in mind - then this morning I saw the Pantone Fall 2011 color trends forecast, and lo and behold, check out this color:

bamboo PANTONE 14-0740

I think I'll just pretend I am really fashion-forward, and planned it that way. ;) I'll focus on each color for a series of posts, and see where that takes me... :)

By the way, those pictures above come from these talented Flickr peeps:

1. Untitled by heylucy, 2. Be Happy by Steph Says Hello
3. 030 by ghosty dreams and flower things, 4. Herringbone Cowl by pigeon pair

Friday, July 29, 2011

Stitching Saturday


Once again, my Saturday was all about the knitting. There's something about the extreme heat of summer that makes me love curling up inside by the AC on the couch, watching a movie or dumb tv show. It's nothing like the feeling of winter in New York, where you're so cold your bones are cold. Have I mentioned I love living in Texas again? :)

Up there is the baby hat which I started and finished, all on the same day:
baby hat, complete

I won't show you the back, where the stripes wiggle and don't quite match up, because this is the internets, and I can be that way. :)

Here's progress on my Watson scarf, as of yesterday:

I reckon I'm about halfway done, so I headed to the local Joann to buy another skein of each of the 3 yarns to finish with.

While there, I of course fell in love with some baby yarns, and have already started another baby hat, this time on teensy #5 needles:

This is seriously the softest, squishiest yarn ever, and I am in love.

Lastly, inspired by my newest yarn, here are a few faves from Flickr users on a sea-green-ish theme:
love love

Doodle Stitch Along week 2!

Satin Sweets

Happy Saturday to you all!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

new dress

This Wardrobe Wednesday is a bit of a throwback, but I was thinking of this dress after reading an article about how Michele Obama shops at Target. :)

I was pretty amused that we own the same dress:


I always found the length a tiny bit unsatisfying on me - my favorite length for dresses is just below the knee, but it's so hard to find them. Especially in south Texas, where all I tend to see are micro-minis or ankle-length broomskirts.

Anybody else own something a famous person wore? I shall require photographic proof! ;)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

True Blues

My creation
     1. Bram Explores by mercuryglassmoon, 2. The Blues by cauchy09
     3. I tried to think of the most harmless thing by infobunny, 4. littlemermaid by peekerboodesigns

Typically, I'm not the type of person who goes in for "true blues" - that bright, royal blue-ish kind. I always opt for light grayer blues or greenish blues or teal-ish aqua blues. Oddly, I looked in my favorites and saw lots of real blues there lately.

What about you? Do you have a favorite shade of blue? :)

Sunday night scanning

     linda6    linda13

Anyone who knows me well at all knows that I adore old photographs. When my good friend Linda saw my post about having scanned all of my family's old pics, she joked that she could make me scan hers, too. I don't think she anticipated that I'd not only eagerly volunteer, but also get started right away! :)

Her photos are housed in an exquisite little leather bound scrapbook with black pages, and the teeny-tiny 1940's-era photos are the smallest and sweetest I have ever seen. For many of these, you aren't even sure what is in the photograph, until you scan them and see the large size.

I love the feeling of mystery in photos like these. Like that top photo, of the young woman on a diving board. Is the photo of the young woman, or of the cute boy just behind the fence? Does it matter? Or that random, from-the-car-shot next to it - was there something specific being photographed? Usually, I get so lost in the beauty of the silver-brown tones that the original meaning of the photo isn't so important to me.

I'll be adding to her archives bit by bit, and sharing a mysterious few with you here. Thank you, Linda, for letting me scan these for you!!! :)

What about you guys - do you have any lovely old pics you'd like to share? I'd be ecstatic if you left a link in the comments! :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Stitching Saturday

Thank you so much to everyone who made suggestions on how to stitch the Watson scarf! You were all super helpful, and I'm well on my way stitching it.

Color choice was a pain for me, until I just stepped back, realized my choices would never be exact, and settled on the colors I liked best:



There's something so inspiring and subtly pretty about these muted browns, blues, and grays:
saturday palette

Something about this palette reminds me of Cape Cod - the air, the water, the sand, and beach cottage shingles the color of beach glass or weathered brown. Here are some Flickr favorites on this blue brown grey theme:

Ferns in White woodgrain
i stayed in your heart Embroidered Diana Pocket
1. Ferns in White by Janine - Foxtail Creek Studio, 2. woodgrain by Drama-Club
3. i stayed in your heart by Bec Groves, 4. Embroidered Diana Pocket by SewLovelyEmbroidery

What do you think of the Watson scarf so far? I could do a whole separate post on how frustrating it is trying to match my photos to what these colors really look like - argh!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Flashback Friday


Here's another example of a photo that I like just as it is. It's scanned from a slide, and it's not clear to me if it was ever color or a black and white that got really weird with age:

But I love its odd, pinkish hue, if not the billion teeny dust scratches that cover it. I removed some from this version, but it took hours to achieve even this.

I love the expression on my mom's face - there are very few pics that show her like this, and it's a rare pic in which she reminds me of myself as a teenager. She was a teenager here, too. There's something so sweet about her necklace, and the pink of the photo, and the way she's standing. I love it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Three Things Thursday: red, teal, sea green

Three Things Thursday: red, teal, sea green

1. lol by rabs1985, 2. Dear Creatures + ModCloth by elsiecake, 3. thrifted joy beverage bottle by doecdoe

Sometimes, I love the way my brain works. Often, it frustrates me, in its wiggly-line way of weaving through facts and being rather unordered and random. But then, all those wiggly lines and unordered randomness sometimes meet to make a whole....

Case in point: I love the way my brain unconsciously matches things. Colors, textures, moods, etc. The world is an endless visual playground for me.

I started off looking at a pic by Elsie Flanagan, who by the way, endlessly inspires me (thank you for that, Elsie!) Then I thought it looked perfect next to that pic by doecdoe (Gina, you always inspire me, too!) The last picture took a bit of digging, looking for colors to harmonize with the 2 pics.

I dug and dug and found this pic by Rachael in my favorites:
Day 17... lol
I did lighten it and up the contrast in Picnik, to establish the relationship with the other pics.

Then, I looked at fonts to play with today and for some reason when I saw Mister K, it just “felt right.”

Only when I was done did I notice the similarities in the script on the “lol” and the soda pop label. When I see little relationships like that, totally unplanned by my conscious brain (but totally apparent to my unconscious) it just makes me smile. It totally makes my day. And restores my faith in my wiggly, weaving, unordered, random (but creative) brain. :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Typography Tuesday

Found a cool site for today:

It offers such a nice random selection of fonts and descriptions of each.

Also, I don't use Tumblr, but here's a nice template for it:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Movie Monday

So, I was sitting in the audience for the midnight showing of Harry Potter on Thursday (what's that, you say - I'm a dork? You sir, are correct!) and patiently waiting through all the laborious previews.

That is, until I saw this scarf:
I want this scarf

My best friend was already wearing a Gryffindor scarf I'd knit for the last Harry Potter, but I leaned over the second I saw Watson's scarf and breathlessly peeped "I wanna knit that one!"

Now, I am no knitting genius, but I know the basics, and I quickly jotted a few notes over coffee and lucky charms the next morning. On to the real bear: color selection!

monday palette
By the way, I'm loving color names like "irish coffee" "carnaby tan" and "blumine." 

You know I was secretly hoping the palette generator would somehow magically tell me which yarn colors to buy. I mean, I have a rough idea in my head, but it would be so much easier if I could just feed a picture through a generator and voila! it tells me exactly which wool, which shade, and which pattern to use. (App makers, listen up!) :)

In any case, the palette maker did not tell me exactly what to buy, so I am officially winging it. I've skulked around Ravelry a fair bit, looking for inspiration, but if I have any knitters in the audience, you'd be a real help if you could make some suggestions for me!

Is this a fisherman's rib? Or could I get away with just stockinette stitch using bulky yarn on bigger needles? Should I knit this in the round like the Hermione Grainger Deathly Hallows scarf? I need help here! Clearly, in more ways than one. :)

Also, that wonderful trailer still of Watson comes from an amazing site I just discovered called Clothes on Film. I adore their articles and the way they deconstruct costume design. I also love that they actually interview costume designers and include you in their process - it's absolutely fascinating. Definitely recommend them.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Stitching Saturday

Not feeling terribly inspired today, I pulled out my huge collection of Presencia floss and set out to make good on my threat to make floss palettes to match the hex palettes:
Saturday palette

Not bad, huh? I think I did a decent job color matching, but it was much harder than it looked! For one thing, the color I was looking at in real life looked different on camera, then different on my computer screeen, then... argh. So it was kind of an added challenge. Not an exact match, but maybe - colors "inspired by" the hex codes. :)

As usual, the most accurate color representation occurred when I dragged all my threads outside and photographed them in daylight.

Here's a couple of nice Flickr pics on that fuschia-ish pink theme:
birdie 014 The Fix (2)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Flashback Friday

A few years ago when I still lived in New York, I embarked on an ambitious project to scan all my family slides and photographs. Considering that this covers hundreds of images from the 50's to the current day, it was very ambitious, indeed. So far, I've covered the 50's through the late 70's (and have hundreds more images to go).

One of the most challenging elements of scanning and uploading old pics has been deciding how to edit them. Some are easy fixes (tweak contrast, remove scratches, etc.) but some I don't know if I should even touch.

For example, that photo above - I know it looks washed out and yellowed with age. I know that it probably doesn't reflect the colors it once did when it was taken. But I have a nostalgia and sentiment for that picture, exactly the way that it looks.

2. After editing the contrast and color temperature in Picnik:

3. What Picnik gave me when I clicked "Auto-fix:"

4. Me throwing up my hands in frustration and editing in Photoshop. :)

Maybe these look more true to the original image, or maybe just more true to the colors they were actually photographing (although how would I ever really know that?). But neither of these evoke my original emotion for the picture. After "correcting" it, I'm not sure that I like it anymore.

I'm thinking this could be a good recurring theme for Flashback Friday - I'll show you an image I've scanned, then some tweaks, and ask you to help me decide which (if any) is better. :)

So, what do you guys think? If you had to choose one of these versions, which would you pick?
1.  2. mom4 3.  4.  ?