Four letters, four needles, four inches. For a girl who can knit sweaters and cables, there is one short word that scares the needles right out of my hands: sock.
For no apparent reason, I am terrified of knitting socks. I’m not sure if it is the really fine yarn, the skinny needles, my long fingers or lack of experience on double points, but I just haven’t convinced myself to conquer socks.
On the other hand, I am a great admirer of fancily designed and beautifully executed knit socks. When we launched Heel- our foot cream for feet worthy of hand-knit socks, we asked our good friend Amy Singer of Knitty.com to recommend a fantastic local sock designer to work with for our label photography. We not only love working with great designers, but also love finding them locally. Kate Atherley was our go-to girl for socks, patterns and perfectly executed samples.
I took great pleasure guarding the sock stash, sorting through colours and designs, matching them to Heel labels and graphic designs. We photographed toes, heels, feet from the bottom and socks from the top. The only downside to the sock experience was that Kate’s samples don’t fit my big feet! Luckily, Shannon Okey’s publishing company Cooperative Press is launching a book by Big Foot Knits this summer by sock designer Andi Smith, of Knit Brit. Maybe her larger patterns will inspire me to tackle other couple four letter words, just knit.
Amy Singer, editor and writer at knitty.com often does reviews on new yarns and knitting accessories. We joined her last month at the Purple Purl as she and a group of reviewers tried out our newest product, Heel. All of our reviewers came with their current knitting projects and eagerly waited to find out what they were going to test this week.
We received a lot of great feedback. You can find Amy Butler’s review here. I’ve summerized a few of the key comments that we received.
– “I like the spearmint. It’s cool and I think in the summer, it’s going to feel good too.”
– “It’s a little greasy, and I like that. It feels more like a lotion than a cream. It could go in a pump.”
– “It’s a lovely consistency and it disappeared into my hands right away.”
– “I didn’t find it greasy at all, in fact, I’m knitting with it right away afterwards and it’s not affecting me in any way.”
– “Definitely not greasy — almost like the moisture is sealed in to my skin now. Very nice.” – Amy Singer
I’m fascinated by photography and lighting. I find photo shoots extremely interesting and just the other week, I was able to go to another photo shoot for our newest product, Heel – foot cream for feet worthy of hand-knit socks.
I am always impressed by the whole process and the beautiful results that we get. The above photograph was professionally taken by Jessica, our wonderful photographer. The following images are from my camera as I documented our day.
The day started off with a quick brainstorming session of different pose ideas so that Jessica could get an idea of how to set up the backdrop and what lighting we would need. We then tried on some of the hand-knit socks that were designed and made by Kate Atherley, a Toronto based knitter, designer and teacher. I never understood the fascination/obsession with hand-knit socks until that morning. They were beautiful and comfortable and hugged my feet in this way that only hand-knit socks can. Some of our Heel labels will feature Kate’s beautiful socks. If you are thinking of a fun gift idea for your favourite knitter, why not pair a tub of Heel with the accompanying sock pattern? Visit Kate’s online store for her designs.
Esther and I were the lucky feet models for the day. After a few hours of tippy toes, pointing, and stretching, I have gained a new appreciation for feet models. I don’t know whether my feet and toes are just terribly out of shape or what, but after holding a pose for 10 mins with slight movements, I started to get cramps galore. As we looked at the images appearing on the computer screen, it was fascinating to see how the slightest movement in the toes or the smallest change in the direction that your feet were pointing could completely change the feel and attitude of the image.
I am always impressed by a beautiful photograph and am constantly asking for tips and advice on how to improve my own photography skills. I find that once in a while, I’ll fluke into a decent photo. I am still striving to take that one photograph that I am proud enough to display on my wall but alas, nothing as of yet.
Here are a few of the tips that I’ve gathered along the way.
1. Welcome to the wonderful world of digital. Just snap away. For every wonderful photo you see, that person probably took 90 mediocre ones. Take a lot of photos. Look at them and figure out what you did wrong, what you like about them, and what you should do differently next time.
2. Catch the light. When photographing people, spin them around and look at their eyes. Stop spinning them once the eyes catch the light.
3. Photos don’t always need to be artistically beautiful. They are about capturing your memories and emotions. A photo might not be impressive to anyone else, but if it brings you back to a wonderful moment or invokes certain wonderful emotions in you, then it’s a good photograph.
4. A good camera and a good lens doesn’t equal a good photograph. I’ve seen people take wonderful photographs with their camera phones. There is so much more to photography than just the equipment.
5. If you’re new to the SLR world, take the time to learn about ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds. Don’t waste a perfectly wonderful camera by only shooting on auto. Try manual. It will open up a wonderful new world.
Do you have any fun photography tips? Please share, I’d love to hear them.
Our unique combination of ingredients restores the skin and soothes tired feet. Cucumber extract, Vitamin E and the soothing powers of menthol work together to form a luxuriously rich treat for sock worthy feet. Go ahead. Indulge.
Not a knitter? Heel– is perfect for all feet. Whether you are walking the mall in search of holiday gifts or treating your feet after a run, Heel is for you.
We’ve launched this great product with a few of our favorite knitting friends. If you are part of the Loopy Ewe sock club, you were treated to the first batch of peppermint infused foot cream.
We were proud to launch Heel with the Loopy Ewe.
Jimmybeanswool.com devotee? Get a customized tub of soothing scentless with menthol to match the Lorna’s Lace limited edition yarn Goblin. We’ll feature a new limited edition tub each month. There’s also a lovely basic Jimmybeanswool.com batch as well.
Soak is also new to JBW. Check out the two-packs on their site.
Along with our scentless Heel, you can also choose from our delicate and cooling cucumer or rich and soothing spearmint.
These delectable treats can also be customized! With a minimum order of 24 units, we can customize the label to your heart’s content. Got a sock club, we can make a label for you. Are you a yarn retailer looking for special holiday gifts for your top customers, Heel is perfect. Knitting retreat? Yoga store? Shoe shop? Even if you have a great group of lucky friends (showers, bridal parties or charity runs) we can personalize Heel for you.
Email us for a quote and conversation on custom designs.
Another brilliant creation by the experts at Soak Wash Inc. Like Soak, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.