creatively procrastinating

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My ravelympics project was the Helleborus Yoke Cardigan from Knitscene and knit with Universal Yarns Classic Chunky Tweed yarn.  I put all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak, for the Ravelympics and things did not turn out so good. I let lots of things slip to the side as I crammed in knitting time and things ended poorly on Sunday night (poorly, as in me throwing an "I'm never going to knit anything again, ever!" tantrum at midnight). Needless to say, I did not finish the sweater in time and it needs a few more modifications before it's wearable.

Helleborus Yoke sweater in progress

After sleeping on it, I've realized that things aren't so bad and everything is easily fixable. The body of the sweater went great and I found the perfect buttons yesterday. But, I made the bottom edging a little bit too tight, so the sweater looks like an eighties sweatshirt, instead of a relaxed cardigan. The collar turned out awful too. I read about a lot of complaints about having to reknit the collar multiple times on ravelry, so I should have known that I would have to also. I'm going to add some additional short rows to the collar so that it lays flat and does not gape out so much. Hopefully I'll be able to spend some time reknitting the sweater this weekend to make it wearable.


To make things better, I did some playing around with a fun photography website that has been around for quite a while now, Tilt Shift Maker. Why I didn't try this out when I first learned about it, I don't know. But, I'm glad to have had a chance to play with it today. You upload your picture and tweak the settings and it makes your photo look like a miniature scene.
tilt shift Brussels

tilt shift Berlin
Bikes in Berlin

tilt shift Paris
Paris rooftops

tilt shift garden
Our little garden

tilt shift - Ometepe, Nicaragua
Foliage in Ometepe, Nicaragua

tilt shift Granada, Nicaragua
Granada, Nicaragua with Mombacho Volcano in the background

tilt shift Japanese garden
My favorite garden and restaurant in Kyoto, Japan

tilt shift Ryoan-Ji Japan
Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto

tilt shift Shibuya Tokyo
Shibuya intersection in Tokyo

tilt shift Bamberg, Germany
adorable and quaint Bamberg, Germany


  1. how fun! Your pictures are gorgeous too!

  2. I was just transported to age 5 watching the opening credits to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood!! That is an awesome tool and your shots are amazing!

  3. I love the pics. So that's how they do it!

  4. Awesome job on the photo alterations! I really can't believe some of these were actually full-sized. And good luck with the sweater!

  5. The paris roof tops really looks like minature buildings. So fun! I played around with that site too, but at the time didn't have to many good photos on my computer to play with, I need to try that again. Your sweater looks really good, I hope you can get it to where you like it. It would be ashame not to be able to wear it.

  6. I love those pics - I'm going to have to try that out!
    Good luck with the sweater - it's very pretty so I'm sure you'll be able to tweak it to perfection...

  7. Bummer about the sweater. Looks like it will be worth the reworking. It is beautiful! That picture tool is so cool!

  8. The pics really do look like miniature scenes! Esp the ones of the Paris rooftops and your garden!
    Good luck with the sweater... I made one sweater and that was it for me hehe

  9. That tilt shift maker looks like hours of fun! I thought the pictures were of mini-scenes, too! That sweater is lovely--I've eyed that pattern and can't wait to see it worn out!

  10. this is wonderful procrastination! love those tilt and shift pics!

  11. well i am glad that you have decided against never knitting a stitch again *ever*! :)
    sometimes a little tantrum is just what we need to put things back in perspective!
    what a great photo site - your pictures turned out really fun! i'll have to go check it out!

  12. Your tilt/shift photos look fantastic! They are running an ad on TV for Chattanooga, TN tourism that is all done with tilt/shift. Your pictures are better!

  13. sorry about the cardigan! That photo tool rocks, there is some serious cool going on in those photos!

  14. The sweater looks fine in the picture. I'm sorry you were so frustrated by the whole thing. We've all been there -- if it's any consolation.
    And those photos are so cool. I must try this.

  15. paris!
    your sweater color is lovely, and I'm sure it will look even better when it's on you!

  16. Your sweater is pretty - I can't imagine having to re-do some of it, I hope it works out ok! I LOVE your pics - that's one of my favorite all-time tricks for photos, and yours turned out fabulous!!!!

  17. Where is that restaurant in Kyoto. Looks gorgeous! I'm about to go there at the end of the month for a few days! So excited!!! Anywhere you recommend going?

  18. i'm sorry that your ravelympics project didn't turn out great. at least you know how to fix the mistakes, though. :) i considered joining in, but i'm kinda glad i didn' face would probably be covered in cold sores if i had. and i certainly don't need that. :)

  19. your sweater looks wonderful! congrats!
    and the tilt-shift looks great! have you seen this?

  20. your cardigan looks so pretty, love the color you choosed for it! all the photos are amazing!

  21. that little tilt-shift maker is so neat! it's amazing how little and toy-like it makes things look.

  22. whoo-hoooo! Thanks for the tip on TiltShiftMaker. I can't wait to mess around with that.


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