How will I be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday?

How will I be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday?   With knitting in hand… and I will probably only peek out of one eye to see the score every so often.  I will be busy weaving in ends on two projects, then blocking those two plus two other projects…and then I will be packaging them up to mail away tomorrow… when I will probably read reviews about the commercials aired during the big game today. And most likely,  I will  re-watch any and all of the ads that have dogs in them…. and forget to go to the post office till right before closing time.

do the hokeh bokeh

Yes, yes, yes…. I know shaped bokeh is a little hokey, but I really don’t care… cause I think it is fun and cute. I bought a 50 mm 1.4 lens way back in October and have wanted to experiment with making shaped bokeh filters ever since… well, October led to all the following months and finally, at the end of January, I  made a lens filter with several interchangeable fun shapes.  I waited till our Christmas tree was very very dead and brittle so as to add a little more excitement to the project… by the time I did this experiment, the tree was so dead that it was dangerous to plug the lights in … (fire hazard-a-rama) but everything was fine and once I finished with the pictures, my husband dismantled the dead tree and left it for the yard waste service… we were all a little sad to see it go.

When I first read about shaped bokeh and saw it used in some photographs, I read as many blogs as I could find on how to make a shaped filter… I followed a little of a lot of the suggestions and came up with what worked for me… for one thing, I have to admit here a couple of my obsessions… one is with decorative paper punches. I have an array of them even though I have never been a “scrapbooker”… I tend to snatch them up when they go on sale at craft stores. I just love them, even though they are rarely used… so you can imagine my giddiness when I was able to bust out the collection!!! I used them all… the heart, the star, the snowflake(s), the deer, the winnie-the-pooh and piglet, the man in the moon… oh what joy!  I also want to mention that in a lot of the tutorials they suggest using a shape about the size of a dime… but I had tremendous luck with shapes as large as 3mm (an inch and 1/4th) across!!

My other obsession is with light up plastic “blow molds”… I have a collection that would put most hoarders to shame. I love them. I picked my gnome, toy soldier and “happiness is…” angel from 1972 to be the foreground objects to focus on in order to get the bokeh filter to do its thing!!!

Following are some photos of my results, along with some pictures of the filter and lens cap I made… plus links to tutorials that I used to make mine.

Tutorials:

How About Orange

Funkytime

 

Jammer Hat

Oh knitting, how I have missed you so!

My daughters are really into junior roller derby, so when one of their fellow derby girl friends invited them to her birthday, I decided it was time to get out the needles and yarn and whip up a jammer hat … a sparkly jammer hat at that.

Got the recipe from the book Knockdown Knits, though I used a different chart for the star from the pattern called “Jammer Beanie” which you can download for free if you are a Ravelry user.  The star from Knockdown Knits was a little too squatty looking, hence the substitution. The yarn I used is called Enchantress by Yarn Bee from Hobby Lobby.  It is kind of a cool yarn, with sequins and a bit of stretchiness.

Roll on, knit on!!!  (But you might not want to do both at the same time, though that would be pretty badass!)

 

Notebook

My son just made fun of me for using a notebook to write down my blog posts. He pointed out that writing it all out ahead of time instead of just posting  kind of defeats the purpose of my blog… it squelches the spontaneous, makes it too thought out… etc. I argued with him and defended my little notebook of “posts” but then realized he was right….  My posts are still in my notebook…none of them have made it out of there and onto my blog since October. So forget the notebook approach, I am just gonna start posting.

It’s Today!!

The day I have been waiting for (getting furiously ready for) is finally here!  Hello Seattle! Tune in for Exploring the Light With Rick Sammon … you can watch it for free for the next three days right there on your computer (in your p.j.’s) …or order the workshop for download later at a discount now so you can watch it later (in your sweats).  All of the CreativeLIVE courses I have watched have been awesome… and I can’t wait to be a part of the action.

See you on the web soon!! (like in an hour)!

Your pal,

emily

Some Faves From Summer

It was a great summer… from a chance meeting with a newlywed couple in the coffee shop to a bloody 20th birthday and on to a fun family wedding… I’m really  glad I had my camera with me.

Studyings

 

Himsmostpretty is so excited that I am going to Seattle to be a part of the CreativeLIVE Weekend with Rick Sammon.  Hims has been readings up on hims favorite Rick Sammon books, Face to Face and Digital Wedding Photography SecretsHims is a little jealous that I am not taking hims with me, but hims will be here answering emails, chewings up post-it notes, and watchings the workshop live on my computer.