Week 48: Maker Movement | 2017 Project 52

So the maker movement is “the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers.” And I like to believe it includes those of us who work with fiber.

I learned how to knit years ago thanks to my mom and started pushing myself to try more difficult patterns after seeing what a few friends were able to make. After that, I was a full-fledge knitter — I had more yarn than I did projects, I was giving away more of finished items and I read patterns to see if they’d be interesting to try.

maker movement

Settings: f/4.0, 1/100 sec, 55mm, ISO 8000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

I’ve made hats, clothes… for babies, scarfs, numerous newborn hats, bibs, toys. I’ve started wraps and blankets, only to rip them later. But I keep trying new things. New yarn. New patterns. New-to-me techniques. And cheering on friends that have made some wonderful pieces. I haven’t technically clicked needles in a couple of years though. I need to, but every time I get started, it doesn’t feel right. Not yet.

Pulling out all of my yarns and books and needles, touching it all and sorting through it… I can feel the motivation creeping in. The fact that it’s colder outside helps a little too because staying warm with a pile of yarn in your lap is the best way to sink into winter.

Week 49: Cozy
due 12.06.17

It’s getting colder here in North America and my favorite thing about winter (other than Christmastime and the music that comes with it) is climbing under a mountain of warm, thick blankets. Getting cozy, when it’s cold and dreary outside, is the best!

Think about you and your family get cozy this time of year. Can you photograph your subject in a way that you bring the viewer right in, so they can cozy and feel the warmth as well? Move around your subject and try different perspectives — and don’t forget to experiment if the whim hits you!

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