Thanks for the love everybody!! Your well wishes and kind notes of support have meant SO much! This is new territory for me, but I’m excited about it. I am a true creative, and so designing and selling knit pieces really works all my creative parts! It’s so rewarding to come up with an idea, figure out the piece and finally see it on a model at a photo shoot. I don’t really know if I like a piece until I see it on the model. It helps seeing it in three dimensions walking around. So, I’m enjoying the process, and I am meeting so many amazing people going through it.
As an aside, I’m taking some new photography classes (never stop learning new things, people) and am trying out new retouching techniques. These are supposedly the kinds of things they do for magazine covers. All I can say is, you wouldn’t believe what really goes on. I am not doing any where close to what fashion magazines are doing. I don’t think it’s necessary to do all that. But, the subtle enhancements really make a difference. I hope you enjoy the new work I have planned. And let me just say this to you. The model is this pretty in real life without any photoshop!! All the photoshop does is bring out her natural beauty that would be lost in the crappy digital rendition. And yes, even with pro cameras and lenses, the initial file is still rather crappy. Photoshop allows the artist to extract the best of the image hidden under all that digital haze and blah.
I think the scarf is a lovely photographer’s prop as well as an investment piece for a personal wardrobe. I see so many etsy shops selling baby knits, and while I love baby hats, I think selling cool knits for senior and family portraits is a cool idea. I’m giving it a whirl, and we’ll see what happens.
I am getting my etsy shop up to speed, and have decided to list both patterns and finished objects. I am listening to podcasts and reading every thing I can on having a handmade business. So much to it, people. It’s sort of unbelievable how much goes into a small business now. It’s recommended a shop have over ONE HUNDRED listings to start seeing results. Wow. That’s kind of a LOT of stuff for a sole knitter. Don’t you think? That’s why I’m going to write up every thing I’m doing as patterns and finished pieces. And then offer the same basic items in different colors as separate listings. Yeah. It’s going to be interesting! Please check me out and favorite me and my items and share my site through your media. I would really appreciate that!
And here’s my scarf!! It’s a super, super simple knit. It’s a perfect first time pattern for a beginner. If you want to have this look, you do have to purchase that specific yarn, though. The yarn is what makes this such a fun knit. It’s silk, so it’s luxurious, and it dresses up any outfit.
Gorgeous, gorgeous knit by Linda Sellick. I am very thankful to have found my wonderful model! She is Jesica Jensen, and so talented. She appears in music videos and just wrapped filming a movie in which she has a lead role. I feel so lucky I get to work with her on my projects!
I love, love, love this picture! It’s so Amelie to me. That is a favorite movie of mine, so I am thrilled to have created something that reminds me so much of her. This is Linda’s Wrapped in Lace Moebius cowl. You can really see the bead work in this image. The picture was taken in the same spot as the one from yesterday. Natural light works so well with digital photography.
What a cute pup! I know it’s not a hand made piece, but the dog wearing it is just too darling not to share! If you have never knitted or crocheted for you dog, then I hope this month’s posts will give some inspiration to do so!
This is Merlin. His owner graciously let me take a few shots of him in his adorable little sweater. I (and everyone else in the store) were rather beside ourselves.
So I won a reader’s choice contest on the Let’s Knit facebook page! I’m really excited, because we only posted a couple of hours and still placed! It’s been a great week for PattyMac Knits!
This is Linda Sellick’s knit for Wrapped in Lace. It’s simply GORGEOUS. It is difficult to show how pretty this piece is in pictures. But I think this does a pretty good job! It also has a hint of beading at the edge like her Oceanis Shawl pattern has.
I was commissioned to update the photography on this piece along with Oceanis. She reknit the whole piece and sent me one that is brand new. If you like a Moebius cowl, this is one for you!
Here’s what we in the profession call a “Behind the Scenes” image. The MUA (makeup artist) came with us for the actual shoot. She took this image of me working. The next post is the actual picture I was taking at this time. I think it’s amazing to see how it appears to everyone else, and then see the finished picture. As you can see, I’m using available light only. I am including more reflectors in my work, but it’s been tough to do. Usually it’s just me and the model. It’s hard to hold a reflector and take the pictures. So, I bought an arm attachment a light stand designed to hold the reflector. It’s not going to be easy to haul it around, but it really improves the picture quality. At this shoot, I was able to persuade the MUA to hold it for me in a few images. You’ll have to wait until the pattern is published to see those!