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October 17, 2010

Beady

I started Celaeno a few days ago. The instructions for the garter section tell you to "place beads randomly." Well if that isn't a recipe for insanity.



I spend far more time obsessing over when and where to place a bead than I do knitting. I keep stopping to look at my work. "Should I put a bead here?" "Are these beads too close together?" "Are there more beads on this side?" Crazy-making!

The yarn is Schaefer Anne in Spruce, I believe. It's a great deep, murky, blue-green-black. The beads didn't show up well in any of my photos. Anyone have any tips for capturing beads in photographs?

5 comments:

Joanna said...

I'm way too OCD to actually get "random" placement of anything. lol

My hubby is a photographer and he suggested adding multiple lighting sources coming from different directions. This should catch the more reflective bead surface. Hope this helps!

anmiryam said...

No photo tips, I would just run a contest to see who could identify how many beads are visible.

Beautiful shawl. The random bead placement thing means that when I get around to Celano it will not have any beads. I'll resort to using DIC Starry if I want a twinkle effect...

alligator said...

Just thinking about trying to place beads "randomly" is making my skin crawl. It's so hard!

I recommend "Game Knitting" for these sorts of situations: http://www.leethal.net/patterns/gameknitting.html
You don't need the whole ebook necessarily, it's pretty well laid out in the intro.

KnittingInMind said...

I can't do random either.

You have been showing a lot of my favorite blues lately, driving me a bit crazy! I had to go visit Lisa Souza's site and almost had a breakdown. Can you get her to come up to Madrona?

Susanne said...

Now that you mentioned beads, I do see them. Random placement would drive me nuts too.