You don't need a high-end digital camera to photograph your finished projects and do it well. Photography is about skill, not equipment. Sure, at a professional level, having the best lenses, filters, and cameras can help, but if you're looking to shoot your finished projects to share on social media or a blog, how you take photos is far more important than what you use to do it.
All you need is your phone, and we can teach you the rest.
You can also get by without much in the way of photo editing. While Photoshop or another expensive software can allow you to make a lot of changes to pictures, if you set your images up right, you should have everything you need in the palm of your hand. Literally.
All the photos in this post were taken with an iPhone 6, and weren't processed beyond what can be done in the photos app that comes with the device.
Since we've been talking for weeks about crocheting after years as a knitter, it's time to give the opposite a chance to shine. Stephanie over at All About Ami, a long-time crocheter, recently started publishing a learn to knit series. It's a great resource for anyone who is looking to give needles a try after years on the hook.
It can be tricky to transition between crafts, but it's not impossible. It feels awkward at first, though with enough practice it can start to seem like you've been doing it all along. Easy-to-understand instructions are a huge help, along with patience and determination.
Fortunately Stephanie's directions are very easy to follow. She starts off by teaching garter stitch, which consists of casting on, doing the knit stitch on every row, and binding off. Her video instructions make the directions even clearer.
In the video, she takes you through everything you need to know to make her Simple Garter Stitch Scarf. The scarf is a great basic knit piece that's perfect for a beginner. You only need to know one stitch, but the combination of yarns makes it beautiful and chic. No one will be able to tell it's your very first project!
To make this scarf, you'll use both Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Bonus Bundle and Homespun® (you can purchase a kit to make this scarf) and knit on size US 19 (15 mm) needles. Since you'll be holding the two yarns together, you want to get colors that coordinate or match. Stephanie used Thick & Quick® in Fisherman and Homespun® in Hepplewhite, which look luxurious and stylish together. But you can play with color all you want! They don't have to match exactly, but having the two textures in once color adds a bit of depth to the project, which keeps it from looking basic.
The scarf can be finished off with fringe, though this is optional. If you've never made that before, fear not! Stephanie created a quick but thorough picture tutorial on making it. If you'd prefer, you can also make this into a cowl by stitching the ends together and foregoing the fringe. She provides instructions for that, as well. For either of those, you use a crochet hook to do the finishing, so you'll get to go back to an instrument you feel comfortable using.
Stephanie's clear, well-written instructions will make learning to knit easy, even if you've only ever crocheted. Her patterns are both simple and chic, so they're exciting first projects to make as well. The All About Ami Simple Knit Series is ongoing, so check back for more.
Welcome to Community Spotlight, where we'll be showing you highlights from our Community Gallery. To be featured in the gallery, simply post a picture of your Lion Brand creations to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #lionbrandyarn. We'll be choosing some of our favorites to post to the blog.
We've noticed something in the Community Gallery: you all have some really cute pets. Dogs, cats, bunnies, gerbils, all sorts of critters stop by to snuggle in your yarn or model your finished items. They are very helpful, too, keeping things warm and generally being adorable.
This Community Spotlight is celebrating the furry friends that keep our crafts company.