Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Uljhan Re-release

Its been some time since the rights to Uljhan reverted back to me. Since then I have been working on putting together all comments, suggestions, and corrections in a pdf that follows my usual pattern template (although I have not fixed on a single one yet). 

Toddler version from three years ago is a bit small for my kid now. It is knit using Cascade 220 in Orange and Black
For the re-release, I wanted to work on a single colour sample for the design so that I could show that the hat looks equally good worked up in single or double colours. 

This is the teen size since I have a very small head. This is knit using a random undyed yarn from my stash
Getting the right pictures for the new version also took some time, long story... don't ask. In any case. It is finally here.

Nice and Toast

Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) 

22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in Colorwork cable 

US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm

75 - 150 yards (69 - 137 m)

Preemie (Newborn, Baby, Toddler, Child/Teen, Small Adult, Large Adult) shown in child/teen

You can download it for free from the following resources: Ravelry, Craftsy, Kollabora, LoveKnitting.com (search for DesiLoop). If you share your finished projects on Instagram and other social sites, please use the tag #Uljhan or #desiloopdesigns, for everyone to admire your version. Happy Knitting!

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Review: 50mm 1.8g lens for DSLR

Last year I received a long desired gift... a DSLR. Since then I have been getting to know all its features and capabilities. I took some awesome pictures after the huge winter storm of last year. Here are a few.

These were all done with my kit lens 18-55mm VR. It is a great lens with excellent sharp results. However, when doing portraits, I was not getting that dreamy bokeh effect that I loved in some great portraits I have seen on the web. So it was time to add a prime lens to the arsenal. So this year, I got the Nikon 50mm 1.8g lens as a gift and was immediately thrilled with the resulting photographs. It was just what I wanted. Although I would need to move closer and farther to get the right focus and frame.

Here is a picture I took when submitting my design to Knitty.com two years ago. This uses the kit lens.

Here is one I took for the self-published version of the pattern with the 50mm lens.

The difference is quite evident. I love my new lens.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

New Year, New Me...

Well, at least I would like to think so.
Its been long... and the experiences have made me realize I have spent too much time worrying about everything and everyone around me. Its time now to look at myself and focus on things that make me happy. Things I have wanted to do for so long (and there are so many...) and I have been deferring all this while to wait for the right time. The right time, well I guess now, it is when you want it to be. So now I am trying to experience more of life.

  • Spend more time with and for family
  • Experiment even more with food
  • Explore my DSLR and photography
  • Organize my house and life
  • Make time for creativity and DIY
  • Post to instagram at least once a day
  • Watch all Movies and Series on my list
  • Review most products I own including services I use and love
  • Change to a healthy lifestyle and recover
  • Loose weight
  • Communicate more with friends and family
  • Do, not just for the sake of it, but when it matters
  • Forgive
  • Hear and see reality
  • Rest adequately
  • Be happy
  • Find me...

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