More macro!

I went out again today and took more pictures.  The sky was still very overcast, but I went out in the afternoon, so there was more light.  I took my tripod with me but didn't end up using it because I was walking around so much, and I could generally get sharp "enough" images after a few tries.   The first thing I happened to photograph was this cute butterfly that kept walking around on the flower and didn't want to be photographed.     Photo op!

First pictures with a Panagor 90mm, f/2.8, 1:1 macro lens (and "my" Nikon D40)

I have a Nikon D40 .  It is a relatively old crop-sensor DSLR (announced in 2006!), and it isn't actually mine.  It's my dad's camera.  But I borrowed it and he hasn't needed it back yet, so it lives with me.  It has a whopping 6.1 MP, can shoot up to 2.5 frames per second, and 3 auto-focus points.  It cannot do video.   However, it definitely works and takes pictures!   I've wanted a macro lens for quite a long time.  The only thing stopping me from getting one is the cost of macro lenses.  They are, to put it lightly, incredibly expensive.  And I wasn't sure I wanted to invest a lot of money for a nice lens if I wasn't sure I was going to stick with a Nikon body for the future, since I do want to upgrade to a newer camera soon.   Two days ago, I found a listing on craigslist for a $95 macro lens, Nikon F-mount.  Too enticing to pass up!  I bought it from the seller today.   Each of these dead flower buds was about an inch wide!  Not super sharp, yay for un

Do you ever just have the (potential) energy to do all the things?

And yet, even with all the potential energy, nothing gets done.   This has been me for the last month or so.  I have so many ideas and so many desires to make abstract plans turn into concrete reality, but then I start taking action... and the energy dissipates.  Like it wasn't even there to begin with.   I don't know why.  I mean, it's definitely easier to dream about all the things I could do than actually do the things I'm dreaming of.   Life is exhausting. Or maybe that's because of my approach to it.  Think of tons of things to take on, and then scold myself when I accomplish one percent of a huge pile of things.  Retrospectively, I would be more productive if: * I narrow down my multitude of ideas to a few viable ones.  Or at least the "most" viable ones.  * I have a plan for my plans.  Jumping into a brand new thing without a hint of structure or organization is a great way to learn how to fail.   * I become more realistic about my expectations.  Su

I bought a Silver Reed SK10 and SR10 knitting machine!

I've been considering a CSM (circular sock machine) for a while, but my budget has kept me from buying one.  I really want the ability to crank out sock snakes and hand-finish the heels and toes.  I discounted flat-bed machines because how would you knit in the round on a flat-bed machine?   And then I stumbled on a post that said you can in fact knit in the round, or, knit tubular as machine knitters are more likely to say, on a flat-bed machine.  The secret?  A ribbing attachment!  (Or a double bed machine, but those are fairly rare).  So I started the hunt for a knitting machine and ribbing attachment.  I found the perfect machine for me a few weeks ago.  Here it is knitting a ribbed cowl :

I now have a tiny YouTube channel, for no particular reason

Channel: Mirith .    I've always wanted to make YouTube videos, but haven't really acted on that desire.  I think the main blocker to actually making those videos was not knowing what my niche would be.  But after some recent thought, it's fairly clear that fiber crafts are my "niche".  Knitting, spinning, crochet, even quilting and sewing, are integral parts of my life.   Another issue with video creation was that I also don't have a suitable camera for video, and was always intimidated by the idea of "video editing" -- my personal laptop is a powerhouse for word processing and web surfing, not video manipulation.       But after the "content niche" realization, I had a couple other realizations.  My phone's tendency to overheat and shut off after a three minute video could be worked around with shorter videos stitched together.  And my work computer is much more powerful than my personal one, and is also a Macbook, so it has iMovie a

Spinning yarn: lots of pictures of handspun!

It's been over a month since I got my Nano wheel and I've spun a lot of yarn since then!  (I also made an instagram for yarn-y things: mirith_yarn ). Companies/shops I bought fiber from: What I've made so far, in reverse chronological order:

A venture into spinning fiber into yarn

I've been knitting for the majority of my life, but always bought yarn ready-to-knit, as most knitters probably do.  I have wondered about spinning my own yarn, but I've never really wanted to either buy a drop spindle (very slow?) or buy a wheel (expensive!).  And I kept telling myself I had more than enough yarn already, so I shouldn't need to spin my own yarn.  Well, based on this post's title, I bet you can figure out what happened.  I bought an electric eel!  Not the animal, but the spinning wheel.  They're mini e-spinners made by Dreaming Robots , and meant to be affordable and portable wheels.   Update: I made a YouTube video about the EEW Nano !