Work is continuing apace on the kitchen and we are definitely in the home stretch now. (That’s going to be it for my sports metaphors. I know very little about them.) A window was put in this weekend and now we are waiting for the cabinets, which are set to arrive on Tuesday. It had been a bit of a down weekend for me for kitchen responsibilities, so I invited the lovely Maya over for a sleepover. I was determined to have an utterly sterotypical sleepover, so I bought nail polish and spent the evening utterly failing to manage to do my nails properly. I ended up repainting my left thumbnail no fewer than four times because I kept trying to knit before they had fully dried. On one occasion, I managed to grab the wrong nail polish and painted it a totally different color from the rest of the my nails.
As you can see, I am extremely good at this.
Kindly, Maya agreed to be a model for my 365 photography project, so I spent Saturday morning fussing with lights and playing with props. Our torn down kitchen is actually a brilliant photography backdrop, since the walls are cream and we now have lots of natural light. As there’s no cabinetry up, there’s very little in the background to detract from the subject. I don’t have much experience doing portrait photography, so it was nice to have a willing and patient subject to allow me to fool around with lights and readjust at my leisure. It was my first time working with a model willing to sit for longer than five minutes and I think that it was a good learning experience. I haven’t invested in a lot of tools for photography, but taking Franklin Habit’s photography class at Vogue Knitting last year definitely paid off in making me so much more aware of how light affects a photograph. I am pleased with the way the sitting went. I also have a few items on my very short list, because hanging drop lights off of temporary ceiling fixtures is likely to result in a house fire.
The rest of the weekend has been extraordinarily lazy. I watched no fewer than four movies in a 24 hour period, which did result in nearly finishing the Garden Trellis mitts, which is a nice pattern that knits up quickly. I’ve been working them in a Rowan Tweed, which is one of my favorite yarns of all time, and have enough leftover yardage for a hat and cowl. Cleverly, I’m working them in a dusky blue, which means that they will not actually match any of my colorful collection of winter coats. What they will do, however, is work nicely for being able to operate my camera outdoors in a New York winter.