In today’s video, we can all watch Lynne finally adding the finishing touch to a Throw that has been long in the making. The hold-up in completing this Throw has been the making of the videos, which has challenged our limited equipment and even more limited knowledge ofhow to make respectable videos. I remind myself of past times, where I have silently tutted at poor video quality or sound quality when watching something on the net and I am quite sure that other people have done the same when watching ours. However, we are learning and we are striving hard to do better each time.
Probably the biggest challenge to producing a watchable video tutorial is to get lighting and sound quality balanced. Indoors, the forced lighting is not pleasant and then there is something really soothing about sitting out on the porch with the sunshine and the llamas grazing calmly in the background and the birds are twittering, and all of life of is good la la la ….and then along comes a monster logging truck to shake the shingles off the roof and drown everything out with its repugnant roar! This requires retakes and remakes as well as splicing and the occasional bit of swearing. Sometimes, this rural traffic noise is just too much and we have give up. Other times we put up with the noise, but then face another barrage from flies and stinkbugs landing on the camera lens, cats yowling in the background or pushing against the tripod; wasps dive bombing Lynne and our resident Steller’s Jays screeching in competition with the trucks or annoyance at the cats. It all adds to general melee, during what should be a peaceful spinning lesson! “It’s a lovely day – let’s shoot a video outdoors shall we?” “errr..no, not today thank you!”
The Show Must Go On
This week, we have invested in a professional lighting system, which should make the world of difference and as we become more confident in our abilities to produce professional videos, we should be able to make more of them. That’s the theory, anyway. The crunch finally came when we worked for hours, trying to get the right lighting required to photograph an art piece we had made for a competition, to no avail.
To reach our long term goal of producing DVD’s covering all aspects of the fibre arts, we have to practice and learn and improve on our ability to record that information. We are getting there, albeit slowly. Bear with us whilst we experiment on you! And be not afraid of sending us feedback.
So, on with today’s show. It’s another teensy little niche topic: adding a fringe of yarn tassels to a Mega Knit project, in this case a large 70/30 llama/sheep Throw. If the few tips and techniques revealed help a few people out there, then the video tutorial serves a purpose.
Lynne is using a Mega Bodkin to add the tassels, but it can be done by hand or even with a homemade wire hook. However, if you were to hop over to our store and buy a Mega Needle, you would also be helping the Llama Sanctuary pay for the latest influx of camelids. This week we took in four alpacas and one of them needs a dentist quite urgently.
Enjoy the video and until next time, from sunny rainy Kingfisher