Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Image hosted by Photobucket.comHere is my version of Wendy Wonnacott's Gioia. I used a bulky single-ply mystery yarn, in natural black, which my brother in law and his wife sent me from Switzerland about 12 years ago. I suspect that this scarf should be made from something slightly thinner. I used size 11 needles, which would probably be only a wee bit too big for this yarn in stocking st. I can't tell you the yardage, but I had two (presumably) 100 gram skeins and used about one and a half of them.

This photo suffers from poor exposure, but I was under pressure because a. it's a self-portrait, b. my husband has misplaced a crucial component of the tripod, which would allow the camera to actually attach to it, and c. the four-year old was extremely demanding of mommy attention, and I couldn't placate him long enough for one more retake. So, I cranked the brightness and contrast in Photoshop so you can actually see something, and I'll try again. Next time, I'll check to make sure the flash is turned on.

Later the same day
Image hosted by Photobucket.comAnother attempt at self-portraiture; this time, with the camera on the tripod and the child at preschool. It's a little better, as far as photos go. But not great. I guess that's one of the pitfalls of knitting in a dark yarn: it's a challenge to show off in photos.


Marji said...

Swirls look great!
as far as photographing the black (is it a shaped scarf?) - maybe if you were wearing a light color it would show better. On my monitor I can't really see much - and yeah, black sure is hard to photograph.
look for an email from me later re Convergence in Grand Rapids MI in the Spring.

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I think the pics of Gioia are fine. I can see it especially well in the second pic. It's beautiful and I think I might want to make it. We need a tutorial on how to pronounce Gioia.

Elizabeth said...

Gioia= Joy-uh

In Italian, often the i or e following a g or c makes those sounds soft. (The soft c in italian is pronounced like the english "ch")

Jerry & Maxy said...

Oh, thank you thank you for the accurate pronunciation! What a relief to finally be sure.

It's lovely in black - very sophisticated.