What with the trip to the farmer's market, the purchase and subsequent fiddling with the camera, making dinner, and cleaning, I didn't get much chance to stitch yesterday. Today the chores can go whistle--I'm working on a case of advanced stitchy butt with Heartstring Primitives' "1763 Sampler." I'm stitching this project on 34 ct. Oaten Scone Legacy Linen from the yard I bought last week, using AVAS threads instead of the called-for DMC. I pulled the DMC colors and then tried to find a close match to each of them; the blues are a little off from their DMC counterparts, but no less pleasing color-wise, I think.
I've even put the needle to a couple of other projects--Alphabetissimo and Peaceful Paradise.
Diana asked how the camera is handling the pets, and here are a couple of examples. This is easy: daylight, a small amount of movement. Scratchy moves very little except to change positions during naptime. This is a cat who basically eats and sleeps. Here he's contemplating dinner.
More challenging: incandescent light, no flash, fast-moving bunny. I played quite a bit with the settings. I don't love the results of low-light action shots, but it does much better than my old point & shoot. I'll still use my DSLR for low light, which means eventually I'll have to pick up another zoom lens. I still have a zoom for it, but it's very large and very heavy, and can't manage macro. I'll take a look at B&H Photo in New York (online) at their used equipment. Once I'm through with this degree, I'd love to take some photo courses. I'd like to be a better photographer and use my equipment more fully. By the way, something I learned yesterday from the photo lady: don't just plop your new memory card into your camera and start shooting. Take the time to properly format it for the camera (it's in your camera settings under "menu") and it's less likely to fail (don't format a card with photos on it in your camera or you'll wipe out all the pictures on the card, and also, from the photo lady, in horror: "why do you have 500 photos on that card!?" And don't do as I tend to--just toss the memory card in a drawer when you're done. Save the case the card comes in, and put it away so it doesn't get dirty or scraped. Who knew!
Pink: "Gotta dash."
See you soon!