Galaxy Shoes

Whoa. Sorry caps.

This post has been in our drafts folder for eons and I’m happy to finally let it out for you. I could tell¬†you’ve been dying to know¬†just how we make our galaxy shoes so¬†out-of-this-world.
(oh yikes, I really said that)
Also I’m stoked to announce that I’ve become a teacher on Skillshare! If you’ve sat down and devoured a sleeve of oreos with me in the past few months you’ll know just how obsessed I am with my Skillshare experience. I’ve taken classes on how to make a coloring page, improving my levitation photography, making legit French Macarons, designing repeating patterns, and crocheting a tiny bow!

So my class is all about my process for painting these stellar shoes. Plus you get to see my wild face and laugh at how many times I said “definitely.”LilygalshoeMy class is free to anyone (not just Skillshare Premium members) til July 7th! So I definitely recommending heading over and taking a look!

(also, that link will get you 3 months for $0.99 if you’re interested in unlocking all the thousands of creative classes on their site!)IMG_0874
Spoiler Alert, I get my kid shoes from Walmart for $3-$6 and it is a total steal.  FullSizeRender (1)Thanks for sticking around, you. We really appreciate it. <3

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Linnaeus Cowl

Haaaaaaave you met Kemper?¬†Typical-1She’s the lady boss behind Junkyarn and she blogs, vlogs, and writes patterns!

She casually mentioned to me one day (since we’re totally friends irl) that she was searching for test knitters for a new cowl she was designing so of course I jumped on that in a hot second!LinnaeusCowlonTab-2The cowl features eyelets, lattice tiers, and a sassy picot edge that will definitely make your heart skip a beat!LinnaeusCowlTab-4She just launched the pattern¬†this morning so if you’re anything like me, you’re whippin out needles and casting on before you even finish looking at all these pretty pictures I sorted so aesthetically for you!LinnaeusCowlonTab-1LinnaeusCowlTab-2The pattern is Linnaeus, named after the dude who invented Binomial Nomenclature. She was inspired by the super rad picot edge and it’s resemblance of a sea anemone. (Somehow “Anemone” didn’t quite capture the elegance and sophistication of the cowl!)LinnaeusCowlonTab-3¬†Knit up using almost an entire ball of Kenzie Hikoo¬†a New Zealand Merino blend with angora, silk and alpaca! (yum!)¬† ¬†LinnaeusCowlTab-6If you’re local, Kamille’s at Gardener Village carries all the good colors at the best price I’ve seen. You can also get it at Wasatch & Wool in Park City (which is essentially the prettiest yarn store in the prettiest city and definitely worth the drive).LinnaeusCowlTab-3LinnaeusCowlonTab-5And here’s one last shot of my face in case you can’t remember what it looks like. I wanna say a sweet¬†thanks to my awesome husband for tolerating my silly faces long enough to get some CLASS¬†A photos of me wearing this¬†cowl¬†all casually like we didn’t just pull over on the side of the road moments before the sun went down getting weird looks from an elderly couple walking their dog like RIGHT BY US SERIOUSLY THERE’S A WHOLE PARK HERE GO AWAY.

And thanks to darling Kemper for letting me test knit for her and for thinking I’m cool enough to hang out with her and letting me post that photo I took of her looking 110% classy at our friend’s INCREDIBLE North Carolina wedding.

hashtag blessed

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[photography: tab + husband]
[model: tab]

Honeycomb Cowl

Yeeee! I finally finished my Honeycomb Cowl!honeycomb cowl-2honeycomb cowl-7Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock
Colorway: Pollen
Pattern: Beeswax Cowl by¬†the fabulous and talented Amy van de Laarhoneycomb cowl-3Because I’m always looking for trouble I chose to knit this pattern with fingering weight yarn instead of DK (as called for by the pattern). The consequence of my choice was math.honeycomb cowl-8I swatched¬†using size 3 circular needles and my hexes were 1.5 inches across. I wanted a 30 inch cowl so I cast on 240 sts. and away I went.honeycomb cowl-4I skipped straight to the pattern instead of doing the ribbed border at the beginning because when I looked through some of the other projects on Ravelry it looked like the ribbing dominated the scarf and I really wanted to show off those awesome 3D hexes. honeycomb cowl-1I ended up doing 4.5 “repeats” instead of 1. The pattern is written with a chart for the edge hexes, middle hexes, and top edge hexes. I just repeated the middle a bunch til I was almost out of yarn and then finished with the top edge chart.honeycomb cowl-6I had 72 yards left over (that’s not very much) so a boisterous pat on the back was certainly in order!¬†honeycomb cowl-5Have I blocked it yet? I’ll never tellhoneycomb cowl-9x. tab

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[model: tab]
[photography: tab & bren]

BRENizer Method Photography

During my 6-month stint in North Carolina I learned about the Brenizer Method and since then I’ve been dying to try my hand at it. My husband is a darling and wonderfully reluctant model so I seized the opportunity during a levitation shoot with my sister to snag a few shots.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Brenizer Method, put simply, it’s a way to make a picture with greater depth of field (more blurry background) than your affordable lenses could afford you. I say “make” because it involves taking 6+ images and stitching them together in Photoshop panorama-style.

Here’s what I mean:

This picture has awesome bokeh (blurry background). I want that, but I want to see more of it! Show me the mountains and the power plant and the dirt beneath her shoes! I could step back, but if I do that, I lose some of the blurriness. I could drop a few thousand dollars on fancier equipment… or I could take a Brenizer! Here’s one exact shot I used to put together this Brenizer portrait. For the rest of the images you just stand in the exact same spot with the exact same focus (manual focus!) and shoot the background and foreground around your subject.brenizerpics-1¬†After shooting and editing your image pieces to your liking, you open them up in Photoshop and use Edit>Automate and Photoshop will start stitching them together for you. Here’s kinda what that process looks like. You can see where each of the images meet and what I had to work with. (Make sure to let photoshop blend your layers together so you don’t have these sharp lines between your images!)Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 11.10.43 AM¬†And after some tweaking, clone-stamping, and creative cropping… Here’s what we got! (Click to see larger)BRENizermethodpng¬†And here’s another example with some dead sunflowers. This first image is one that I grabbed for background info.brenizerpics-2And here’s the finished image. (click to see larger)BrenizersunflowersNext time I’d like to try a more dramatic look by getting EVEN CLOSER to my subject and attempting less of a “straight-on” approach.

So, uh.. How’d I do?? ūüėÄ

[photography: tab]
[model: bren]