I know, I know… it’s hard to imagine there could be a problem with such a lovely color. It has so many appealing shades, from bright red-ish tones all the way to that amazing deep velvety color which is nearly black.
It’s wondrous. I love it. I have tons of it.
But sheesh, is it ever hard to photograph!
OK, lets just back the bus up, shall we?
I finally, finally started the last project for Year of Lace 2009. The kit included a huge (1000 yards) skein of Curious Creek Fibers Meru, a blend of 51% wild tussah silk 49% merino dyed in an amazing colorway called Purple Martin. See how pretty?
You would not believe how many photos I took to get this one image that nearly shows the true color. Even so I had to tweak the contrast a bit, and I’m still not completely happy with it.
Also in the kit was a little bag of clear beads with a cobalt blue lining. They completely refused to be photographed well, no matter what I tried. Maybe they’re just shy. Or stubborn.
This pattern in called Belle Nuit, and it was designed by the most amazing Sivia Harding. The pictures made me woozy with delight, but as I was hip-deep in a volunteer project which took over my life completely, I put it away for seven months. I still can’t believe I held out for that long. I need to learn to set some boundaries!
Finally, last week, I knit my gauge swatch. And then I tried to photograph it. For two hours. Two hours, people… it took less time to knit the thing!
You’ll just have to trust me… those beads just pop. The clear part grabs the light, and the cobalt just glows. They’re the perfect beads for the project, but they’re shy… or stubborn. Or I just can’t take good photos.
These photos are a prime example of why so many of the sample knitting in publications is done in light yarn. Obviously, I need to seek the advice of better photographers than myself with regards to getting these materials to show off for the camera. For now, you’re just going to have to suspend your disbelief and nod wisely, “Oh yes, goodness me! So pretty!”
Or something like that.