Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teeny, Tiny Progress

Sorry about the grainy pictures. My camera is misbehaving and I'm not sure how to get it back on track. I suspect someone has been messing with the settings (coughJordoncough) and I'm not digital camera savvy enough to know where to make corrections.

Anway, I hope you can see the images well enough to see what I've been up to lately. Considering the hours I have poured into this project it really does seem like a tiny object. Let me tell ya though, this is stitch for stitch as much work as a full sized human sweater. It's the February Lady Sweater being done 1/4 scale with laceweight, handspun yarn and very fine knitting needles so that it will finish up in a size that will fit a 16" doll.

It's not finished yet, but Delilah tried it on to confirm that yes, all is well and it is going to fit. Now to make it longer and add sleeves.

And here's how I accomplish this miniature work. Lots of light and lots of magnification! I have to take out my contact lenses (they're not working that well for me lately anyway), put on my glasses, turn on a bright lamp over my shoulder and knit with my hands under a magnifying light. THEN I can see what I'm doing! Dropped stitches can have tragic consequences though.


becky c. said...

Whoa! That is dedication. I am impressed!

Tara said...

Wow....just wow!!!

Ruinwen said...

I'm really awed how you can take a pattern and size it down like that. The result is always so lovely. *hugs* :)

cjbj said...

Have you tried the Otto lights? I like them. Like natural light. And about contacts. Have you tried the night and day ones, I did my best with those with one long eye and one short. Mono vision. Costco seemed to do a good job for me and best prices.

Marlene said...

The light I use is much like an Ott light, only less expensive. I wore my contact lenses as Mono vision for years but as I got older the difference between the prescription for the two eyes became to great and I could no longer adjust. Two years have passed since I wrote this blog post and now my eyes are also too dry for contact lenses of any kind. I have to wear glasses all the time now, not just when I do close up work.