Studio setup and other stuff

I’ve been putting together a studio for a lack of a better word.  A place that I can work on my spinning, knitting and sewing.  I got everything setup over the summer, and now it’s also become my photography studio too.  I didn’t realize how much I was going to want to take pictures of the yarns I create or the objects that I knit, but the photo bug kind of bit me pretty hard after reading Ashley Martineau post from Neauveau Fiber Arts on Build[ing] your own Photography Lightbox for $37.  It’s such a simple thing really and it made such a difference in my photos.  Now I just need to get a better camera.  Right now my cell phone camera is better than my real camera if you can believe that.  Here is what my studio and light box look like:

And here is an example of the types of photos I can take using my new lightbox and my cell phone camera:

Simplicity 2830 #5: And there you have it

Well, that was easy enough… sort of. Although this was my very first project, I think it came together nicely. There were some problems I had with the pattern instructions – the lack of clarity made it hard sometimes to figure out how to do something. For example, I must have spent 24-hours thinking about how I was going to sew the zippered top section into my bag… I think I even lost sleep about it. I find that unlike my knitting, my sewing takes a different set of skills. I have to visualize, visualize, visualize everything when it comes to sewing. With my knitting, I just do a lot of counting, and then eventyally the piece looks like what it’s supposed to look like.

Here are some pictures of the finished product:

I tried to make all the seams look ok.
My seams need work... they aren't very straight.
Getting the top on was tricky, but I figured it out...