Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Finished Cowl

  My resolution to get my pile of WIP's off the couch was no empty promise... I've been cleaning / trying to remember why I started that project / finding more yarn / FINISHING things! This is the cowl I was working on in the post "Stay Out of my Stash":

cowl, crochet, granny square, Loops & Threads Facets


  It's been buried on the couch, still needing a few ends woven in. I'm so unhappy with the almost-finished project that I considered throwing it away without finishing it. I loved the square I used so much, and I was eager to share the pattern... But the yarn I chose turned out to be a bad decision. What had been a cool design on paper and in worsted weight yarn became an uneven, puckering mess when made with Facets by Loops & Threads.

  I wanted to further put this yarn to the test, so I didn't throw the project away after all. Perhaps you can see in the first photo how uneven the edges look. My idea of being able to wear it long won't work. Where I thought the project would have lovely drape, it just stretches out of shape. However, it seems like it doesn't look so bad doubled over. Possibly even stylish with a jacket... And there's some cold weather coming for me to test out the warmth of this chunky yarn.

cowl, crochet, yarn, chunky, Loops & Threads, Facets


  BUT. (There's a big "but" here.) The picture above was taken before it got a bath. Let's talk about that testing: The trouble I had with the yarn coming apart while working made me suspicious that it won't hold up to much washing. After just one gentle hand-wash in the sink, I think it's safe to say my theory was correct:

crochet, cowl, yarn, chunky, Loops & Threads, Facets

  The photo above shows the cowl just after wetting it - No agitation yet and just cold water. The fuzzy "halo" of the chunky yarn became a matted mess of cobwebs between the lace.

crochet, cowl, yarn, chunky, Loops & Threads, Facets

  ...And after just a few gentle "swishes" back and forth, those cobwebs became the tangled mess you see above. How horrible would it be if this piece accidentally found its way into the washing machine? Oh! And what if it then made the trip to the dryer?? I'm not willing to risk it with this project. Not yet. I've had some acrylic yarns that make it through the wash fine, despite the label saying "hand-wash only". I don't have any expectations of that happening with this yarn.



  To be fair, I took the final picture after it was dried. The tangled mess fluffed back up a bit, but this cowl already looks worse than a well-worn sweater. The yarn is soft and warm, which makes the end result a big disappointment. With the awesome color play throughout the ball and the diamond texture of the squares, I had hopes that this would end up being my new favorite piece... And a big hit as a free pattern. Now all I have is a desire to make it again with a different yarn. Until then, I'll see if I can enjoy my cowl until it falls apart, and when I try again it will just be more

Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Video Tutorial for a Scarf

  My camera hasn't been doing much better than a potato, but it looks like I'm on my way to becoming a YouTuber. (Pun intended for those who catch it.) Even though I'm able to get a halfway decent video out of it, this problem is once again holding me back from getting good photos for the written pattern. So, I'm stuck stuck with pictures like these:

free pattern, crochet, scarf, Caron Cakes, Faerie Cake, video, tutorial


There's two other reasons I'm starting to do more videos:
1) While I was sick I tried working on things that are behind, but I couldn't make sense of my chicken-scratch notes to turn anything into a written pattern. Listening and watching the video is helping me put all the information together. I think it's a method I'd like to adopt... I have five paper notebooks full of patterns. That's a lot of trees I could save.

2) I've discovered that I actually like making videos, and I'd like to continue making more. Except... I'd love to make them better. At least my camera is taking higher quality video than pictures, but there's still a big problem with it. I hope you all don't mind that I'm using my videos as an opportunity to beg for donations. I am going to be able to afford a better camera, plus I found it available as a package with different lenses, a tripod, and spare batteries. But when I found out that lighting equipment was going to be almost as expensive as the camera package, I lost hope. I'm sure I'll still be able to make good videos without it, but if I can get some help I'll be able to make awesome videos for you.
*cough* donate button *cough* in the sidebar *cough*

πŸ˜‰Hmm, seems like I'm still feeling that cold...πŸ˜‰Anyways, please help if you can. And if you can't, then please still enjoy the video. 

  This tutorial will teach you how to begin the double crochet cross stitch, work in rows, measure for your gauge, and all the way to binding off and weaving in the ends. Follow along to create the scarf I've made, or use my instructions to adjust the multiple for any kind of project. You'll find notes between sections of the video that include materials and stitch instructions to help you stay on track- These are a good place to pause the video if you need. And don't worry: I've tried to keep it as tasteful as possible and save the begging for money until the end. πŸ˜₯


PS- My scarf is made with Caron Cakes yarn, color Faerie Cake. A size H/8 - 5.00mm hook was used. You could use the instructions in the video to work this stitch in any weight yarn or thread. I'll get that written pattern done eventually, but I hope this helps for now.

Happy Crocheting! 

free pattern, crochet, scarf, Caron Cakes, Faerie Cake

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Christmas Poem and a Pattern

  First, a sneak peek at the new pattern... Next I have a silly poem for you! Then, a little Christmas present for those of you celebrating: A video for the Double Crochet Cross Stitch Hat is at the end of the post!



'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
The air conditioner was blasting because of my spouse;
The thermometer outside showed very warm air,
And the high humidity had frizzed up my hair;
I tried products and brushing to smooth out my head,
But I should have covered it with a cap instead.


And Rip van Winkle shirtless with a cat in his lap,
Had just settled down for another nap;
When out in the yard there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to the window to see rain start to splatter;
And a few little kitties making a dash,
To protect themselves from a horrible splash;
We live in Florida, so we should always know,
That's the way the weather will often go.


As the time to feed cats was soon drawing near,
I got their food ready and donned my rain gear;
By then the weather played a dirty trick,
Because the rain had stopped rather quick;
So outside I went, and the kitties came,
As one by one I called them by name:


"Here Scooter! Here Pop Tart! Here Fluff and Booger!
Come Zombie! Come Boots! Come Innie and Sugar!"
"No, that's not your bowl; Are you trying to start a brawl?
They're on top of the porch and climbing the wall!"
Sometimes all these cats make me want to cry,
But I continue to feed them so that I can try
To spay and neuter a chosen few
Because there are people who don't have a clue.


They see five cats in my yard, so to them it makes sense
To dump a few more over my fence;
Now there's cats in my yard and cats on my roof,
Sometimes just like magic - There's more. Poof!
But enough about the cats that are running around,
Because I have a new pattern; It's worked in the round.


Working this stitch can be such a hoot,
And it makes dense, stretchy fabric to boot;
I'd never worked it in the round but thought I'd give it a crack,
Plus I made a video to help you stay on track;
This stitch in the round can be a bit scary,
So with this video you won't have to be wary;
I think this cap would be warm in the snow,
But I live in Florida, so I don't really know.


At least it works to tame frizzy hair underneath,
So you won't get it caught in a holiday wreath;
It's stylish enough to wear to the local cafe or deli,
And you don't have to fear washing when it gets kinda smelly;
For it's made with the Cakes I snatched off the shelf,
While not even bothering to be ashamed of myself.


It's really great yarn to cover your head,
Maybe keeping you warm while you play on a sled;
Or while you stand in the snow because of that jerk
That cut you off on your way to work;
This hat is probably wearable by both chicks or bros,
Plus there's a scarf to match that's worked in rows;
The 20% wool of Cakes won't make your skin bristle,
Since nobody wants a hat that's scratchy as a thistle.


It's fast to work with the double crochet's height,
So you could make this project all in one night!
πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„



  I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to get the patterns I planned posted before the holidays... I wasn't planning on getting sick again. This hat was created during one of my sick days, and it was faster for me to put together a video. There will be a written pattern coming sometime... Sometime when the words on the screen stop blurring into nonsensical lines. For now, here's the video tutorial fro the Double Crochet Cross Stitch Hat, with a kitty included:





  Well, I'm off to work on another video! I don't celebrate the holidays, but I do hope you enjoy yours. Have a merry Christmas; a happy Hanukkah; a joyous Kwanza; also happy Festivus, Malanka, National Eggnog Month, Yule, and all the other less-known celebrations that happen around this time. If I've missed a celebration you observe, then please be sure to let us know about it in the comment section so we can all learn about it. And as always:


Happy Crocheting!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sick Days

  In the past few weeks, it seems like everybody has had a "touch" of something, so I'm sorry if you're sick, too. I didn't just get a "touch" from that something... This time it knocked me out with a right hook, kicked me while I was down, dumped me in the gutter, and then a stray dog showed up and lifted its leg on me while I was in the mud. The garbage company came by a short time later, mistook me for some junk, and hauled me off to the local landfill.

Anybody else feel that way lately?

  So I've had Dan Bell videos playing nonstop between the fever dreams and teeth-jarring shivering. (He always makes me feel better.) When I've been able to pull myself out of my semi-unconscious state, I've been crocheting. Bloggers don't get paid sick days! (Wait, anybody know how we can get that?) This all started the day after I began filming a video for my latest project, which of course, means that task is now on hold. C'mon, paid sick days!

crochet, hat, scarf, lace, Caron Cakes


  I always feel so unproductive if I'm not working on something or at least doing laundry. Don't tell anybody about that load that's been left in the dryer for two days now! I feel even more unproductive if the project I'm working on gets put to a stop by reasons out of my control. Obviously, speaking of crochet there... I see no reason why Rip van Winkle can't walk his own butt out to the laundry shed to get his own pants, especially when he's the one that got me sick. Even on my (exaggerated) death bed, I'm feeling useless since I haven't met the deadline I set for myself.

crochet, scarf, Caron Cakes, double crochet cross stitch


  But wait! Are you kidding me? That must be the fever rotting my brain... How in the world can one feel so worthless when so much work has been done? Simple: None of it is done. It's all a start, though, so I suppose I should feel a little better about not getting out of my recliner unless I have to. At least I've managed to keep the cats and Rip fed. And the extra patterns I started are all a head start on something.

crochet, hat, Caron Cakes, double crochet cross stitch


  However, it all got me thinking in that overthinking way of mine, and I think I may have stumbled across a theory with some evidence to back it up: Maybe having a house full of works in progress isn't healthy for your mental heath. Sure, it's fun to start that new scarf with that new yarn! We all know it. But when you realize that you haven't seen part of your couch in over a month because none of your work ever gets finished (I'm always burying a WIP with another WIP), maybe it starts to feel like a pile of uselessness staring you in the face.

crochet, WIP's work in progress, clutter


  Or maybe I'm all wrong and that's just the fever talking... It may be possible that I shouldn't allow myself to think at all in this state. I do know one thing for sure: That pile of WIP's on my couch is now buried under a string of tangled lights, some stuff that Rip was supposed to take to work, and the blankets he threw there after he was over being sick. Now it just looks like holy crap, how long has it been since you cleaned your house?... But I do clean. Just not the couch. Or that one corner we won't even talk about... Sigh, this happens all the time.


  It all starts with me putting a few things in a place, and it becomes a little cluttered-looking. Then I guess Rip feels like he should add to the mess. It makes me get so frustrated that he's adding to the stuff that I'm (usually) trying to organize, so I just ignore it instead. Pretty soon, it becomes so bad that you could hide a dead body under there. And it all leads to rambling posts that get me thinking clutter is as contagious as this cold. But the virus that is clutter can spread to your brain, too.

crochet, expanding lace, Red Heart Super Saver


  If you are overjoyed at the sight of your pile of projects, then please don't change. For the rest of us, I think it's time to clean up and finish some things. A lot of people in the knit/crochet world act like it's kinda cute that you started another one, but I know I've reached my limit. I need to work to achieve that "I did it!" feeling of finishing a pattern, instead of the "I did it again" feeling of moving on to the next thing.

crochet, scarf, Caron Cakes, double crochet cross stitch


Happy Crocheting!
PS - The scarf and hat using Caron Cakes will both be FREE patterns/videos! But I won't say "coming soon"... We'll just hope that they will be.

crochet, free patterns, hat, scarf, Caron Cakes, double crochet cross stitch


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Wall Hanging

  By now, most of you know I don't celebrate Christmas... But that doesn't mean I can't add a little "winter" decor to my house! It gets kinda boring here in Florida, with no change in scenery except for the increased traffic in town and long lines in the supermarket. Oh, and possums. This time of year, I regularly have to kick a possum off my porch at night.


  Anyways, I wanted to do something to make it feel like winter other than run the air conditioning more. Originally, I made my snowflake set to be used as a coaster and doily set for the table. Err... Maybe I should have remembered that Rip van Winkle works with concrete before I made nice white pretty things. They lasted one day on the table before I had to wash them! Instead of letting my snowflakes get ruined, I've decided to re-purpose them into a wall hanging.


snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  I started out with some jump rings and eye pins. My plan was to use the eye pins to separate the pieces, so they would hang far apart without drooping. It seemed like a good plan to me... However, there was a point during the creation process where the title of this post was going to be "sometimes I feel like an idiot".

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter

  Add some pretty beads to those pins, and I'll have a beautiful, sparkling snowflake decoration in no time. Right? Yeah, right.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  I almost chucked this whole project out the door. Between the frustration I went through putting it together and the problems my camera was giving me, I was about to give up. But I took a deep breath and tried again (and again, and again), and I finally made it right. I even dug some lights out of the closet I've been cleaning, and decided to add them to the wall instead of throwing them out like I planned. For some reason they're joined in a loop, so I was trying to spread them out across the whole wall. In the rest of the pictures, I had looped them multiple times around the decoration, and I think it looks better than this:

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  Now, do you care to go on a little adventure with me? I could have avoided the problems I faced had I used starch or glue to stiffen the pieces, but I wanted to leave them the way they are... Just in case I can use them on the table sometime in the future. Here's how I put it all together, including all the mistakes I made.


Mistake 1:
I placed some beads on the eye pin, alternating the teardrop-shaped and small glass beads. I put four big teardrop beads and nine small beads on the first pin, planning to use that as a "spacer" between the small snowflakes. I had an extremely difficult time closing the pin because I didn't leave much room to work with. It took ten minutes to close the pin, and it was a major time-waster. I should have taken some beads off, but I had bent the pin so I couldn't remove them anymore. Figuring the beads are too pretty to waste, I fought with it until I made it work.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


Mistake 2:
I thought adding the jump rings to the back loop of a chain space would give them a nice pointy shape. This later proved to be unstable, and only pulled a giant loop out of the stitch.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


It doesn't look so bad sitting on a table, does it? Once I hung the "finished" piece up, it turned into a disaster.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


Mistake 3:
Genius that I am, I decided to put less beads on the next pins. (At least that was a good idea!) Finding them easier to close, I made more to use as spacers between the large snowflake and the small ones. However, I only used one jump ring on each side to attach them, and it pulled the pins too close to the pieces.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


Adding another jump ring to each pin was all had to do to fix mistake #3. It provided a little space between the pieces and allowed the pin to rotate a bit.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


Back to more mistakes (please let's stop counting them all)...
Somewhere along the line, I changed my mind and thought the piece looked better upside-down. Well, at this stage, I can make it hang whatever way I want, right?

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


Not a mistake, just in the wrong place:
Along with my jewelry-making supplies, I had a short piece of chain. I thought it would look fancier than stringing the hanging up with some yarn. I like it! But, let's get back to that way I thought it would look better...

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  Wait, wait... First, remember the display photos of how the project turned out? Let me remind you before I show you the disaster this thing almost was:


  Okay, I feel better now. So, you're probably thinking I'm overreacting. It's not so bad, right? Maybe it could use a few more sparkles or some color, but it's not a failure... Oh, but that final result is only after THIS:

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter

  Ha ha ha! All I could do was laugh when I hung it up. My idea that was so great on the table was a total failure on the wall! What happened to my "spacer" pin? And why does the big snowflake hang straight from one point, but curls under its weight from two? Such a catastrophe! How can I call myself a crafter?


  I spent twenty minutes vaping and deciding I hate winter. I don't need to decorate. Snowflakes are stupid, anyways. Then I calmed down and set my mind to making it right. The first thing to do was flip it all over:

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  That was better, but that spacer pin still wasn't acting like a spacer. It was acting more like a pain in my... Fingers, because that's what I'm using to open and close all these jump rings.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter

  Another genius idea: I thought if the "spacer" wouldn't push the pieces apart, then I'd hang it at the bottom where it can dangle and be pretty. I moved it down to the lower points of the small snowflakes. I don't know why I figured that would be a better place, since those spaces are even farther apart than the points in the middle.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  Ah ha! So I turned the small snowflakes so their tallest points are in line with the spaces of the big snowflake. Success! The whole jumble hung a lot less like a mess, and more like something made by someone older than ten.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  But that spacer pin... Ugh, it was still looking out-of-place to me. After this latest trial, I noticed that the big snowflake still wanted to flop inwards a bit. I decided to use the pin to add a little sparkle, and hopefully some space the hanging chain.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  Even more success! Now the two small snowflakes could hang freely. Satisfied but still wanting to dress it up more, I tried adding some teardrop beads to a few jump rings, and I was going to hang them from the lower points of all the snowflakes. I succeed in shattering my beads when I closed the rings. 😞

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  While hanging my lights, I noticed another spot that could be improved: By moving the hanging chain over to the smaller chain spaces farther from the point, I eliminated the small amount of drooping that was still a problem on the big snowflake.

snowflake, wall hanging, crochet, winter


  Adding glitter glue was a thought, but I hate working with glitter as much as I hate winter. Somehow I always end up cleaning up more glitter than goes on a project. Maybe I'll figure out a way to add those dangling beads to the bottom points... Maybe not. Either way, I'm satisfied enough with it. I heard the temperature was supposed to hit a low of 60° tonight. Perhaps I should open the windows and sip some hot cocoa while staring at my winter wall. It's as close to seeing snow as I ever want to get.


Happy Crocheting!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Weird Woolly Facts

  Although not all of these circumstances can be limited to wool itself, they all revolve around it in some way. From cloth dyeing to yarn-y laws, and right down to the sheep themselves... Here are some things you just might find interesting.


sheep, wool, yarn




Export = execution:
Ah, Merino... One of the finest wool-producing sheep. So nice, in fact, that the export of Merinos was an offense punishable by death until the 18th century in Spain.

That must be some killer wool.

pixabay.com, sheep, wool




You're grounded!
On October 26th, 2015, Singapore Airlines flight SQ-7108 was travelling from Adelaide, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flight had to be diverted to Indonesia when an extreme amount of methane gases from 2,000 sheep triggered the plane's fire alarms.

And you thought your last flight was crappy...

pixabay.com, sheep, wool




Taking the piss:
In medieval times, there were laws governing how people dressed according to social or financial class (known as "Sumptuary Laws"). They all basically meant "you're not important enough to wear that". One of those laws forbade anyone but royalty from wearing the color purple. Yup, King Edward III wanted to make sure his noble family would stand out in a crowd.

Now, that might seem like a selfish or stuck up law, and not weird... Until you learn about the dyeing process of the times. In old Ed's time, purple fiber was probably still being dyed with snail snot. A few hundred years later, people got tired of milking snails and discovered a plant-based alternative. Woad produced a nice, bright, bluish-purple hue... Especially when stale urine was added as a mordant. (source: Dyed in the Wool; A.J.R. Pomeroy)

pixabay.com, Queen Elizabeth I

Although urine had been used for centuries when fulling cloth, fuller's earth had thankfully been discovered by Queen Lizzy's time. The countryside might have smelled a bit better as a result, but the nobles's purple threads were still providing the piss-poor with a pot to piss in.

Royalty was getting mor-dant they bargained for!




Sheep aren't turtles:
It is a common belief that if a sheep gets stuck on its back, it will quickly die. Although this may have happened to some unlucky sheep, it is not true that all sheep will die when overturned. The bulky fleece of a sheep can make it difficult for the animal to right itself, but sheep do not simply die from being upside-down.

And others in the herd will push them back up when they fall over! Sheep are awesome.




For women only?
In the state of New Jersey, it is against the law for men to knit during fishing season.

YEAH! That's right, dudes! Don't even think about stealing our crafts! You know... As long as it's fishing season. It's okay the rest of the time. 

pixabay.com, knitting, wool, yarn




This sheep is really... Never mind.
The Jacob sheep can grow up to six horns! This is a rare breed that's prized for its wool and meat, plus the horns are sought after for crafting. Both males and females of the breed will grow horns. There are other breeds of sheep that will grow more than two horns, too!

Not even going there. We all get the joke.




Actually allergic, or slightly scratchy?
Many people, including myself, think they have a wool allergy. I've since learned that true wool allergies are rare, but many people with sensitive skin can get itchy from prickly fibers. True allergic reactions to wool are caused by lanolin, a natural oil in the fiber. Lanolin is found in many cleansing and beauty products, so chances are you've come into contact with it.

For me, I found that working with a blend with low wool content caused little to no reaction. But if I try to wear a garment that's more than 50% wool, I feel like taking a bath in calamine lotion afterwards. Know the difference - If it's a true wool allergy, stay away from it! But if you're just too sensitive, then a small amount of exposure might toughen you up.

Some of that fiber can be as abrasive as a Walmart cashier's attitude!

pixabay.com, yarn, wool




  Sheep have been an important part of our fiber art history for centuries. Sure, there are plenty of other fibers to work with today - From synthetic fibers to recycled plastic - But I'm willing to bet that for most, the word "knitting" brings to mind a warm, woolly sweater. Although these weird facts probably won't help you build your skills, I hope you had a little fun learning them. Sheep definitely deserve our respect as the Mighty Wool Makers, but it's still amusing to laugh at sheep farts interrupting a flight.

pixabay.com, sheep, wool


Happy Crocheting!

A big thanks goes to pixabay.com for helping make today's post more interesting! Since my camera is still on the outs, I went searching for a website that offers stock photos - And I found that pixabay actually has FREE photos that you can download, royalty-free, attribution-free, and just downright FREE! Although it's not a requirement, you can donate to the contributors of the site. And I think that's AWESOME! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Focus

*Beats head against the wall*
  I ran into a big problem today, but don't worry... I'm not going to sit here and complain about it. My camera stopped focusing correctly. I'm trying to work the issue out by playing with settings, but I'm afraid it's a bigger problem than I can fix.


  The trouble started when I was taking photos of a different project than the one here, and I thought maybe it had something to do with the color or lighting. So, I grabbed another WIP to test it out. Although I wasn't able to solve the problem, I scored a few that weren't too bad. Now I have some crochet eye candy to share with you. Hope you enjoy!


crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable



crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable


  Those are the best of the bunch. I took all the above photos in the same lighting while playing with various functions. Nothing seems to change. I searched through help forums and ran across many suggestions that it could have something to do with the IS setting. Switching that didn't help, either. Nine times out of ten, it just won't focus at all.


  As a last resort, I even tried the auto-function. In the following pictures, I moved the table over to increase the amount of sunlight falling on the project. At least I can say it seems to have changed itself... But I don't think it did a very good job at it!

crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable


crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable


crochet, circle vest, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable


  Well, I'm perplexed. Auto-function might be kicking in to do something, but none of my manual settings are changing at all. And can we agree that auto-function sucks?


  I think I've beat my head against the wall over this long enough, and there's not much use in trying to troubleshoot any further. I've been taking about 100 pictures a day with a $100 re-manufactured camera for almost two years! The poor thing has probably had enough. Ain't that just my luck... I just replaced the battery and memory card a few months ago! *Sigh* I'm going back to my yarn now, because that makes me feel better. There's always a camera on my phone, after all...


Happy Crocheting!


  *Update* The purpose of this post was only to share the pretty pictures I got out of that whole mess... But since I'm getting comments and messages from people that want to help with my camera issue, I'm adding some examples of the bad ones.






  The camera is a Canon PowerShot A3300 IS. It's just a compact digital that doesn't have many settings to adjust. There's macro and infinity for focus, brightness adjustment, a few filters, and color enhancements. Each of the previous photos were taken using various combinations of those settings, minus the filters. I've had this issue before after using the zoom function, but it has always corrected itself after powering down. This time, it isn't correcting itself. Because I'm adjusting so many functions and still getting similar-looking photos, I suspect that I'm hitting buttons but the camera isn't actually changing anything at all.

  So, if you're a camera pro and you happen to know how I could fix it, then I'd love your help. But please, don't go out of your way to help me solve this problem. I've already been looking into a new/used/refurbished camera. I found a Rebel T5 on a discount that's almost within my budget... But wait, now I'm on eBay looking at all kinds of DSLR's that come with tripods, lens kits, and random other things I probably don't need. Maybe some time spent without a camera will finally make me get on Ravelry and finish adding those patterns I'm supposed to be selling... Maybe then I could afford the camera I want. Ooo, look! I found yarn on eBay! Aw, darn... Maybe that's why I never get anything done.