Monday, December 21, 2009

Star of the East - Aestlight!

If you know me through Ravelry or Facebook, there is a heavy chance that you might have seen my Aestlight already.. but, here it is for my blog readers! This is one clever pattern to knit.. a rare method to create a triangular shawl. The centre garter triangle is mindless and just when it starts to get tedious, the lacy border starts and keeps you interested! I had an enjoyable photo shoot with Aestlight and I kinda went camera-crazy! Aestlight means 'east light" in Shetland dialect, perfect for the Chritsmas season! So, here is the eye-candy:

The yarn is Sandnes Garn Lanett in a mauve colorway and was done on 4mm circular. This project is because of the kindness from a fellow Raveler half-way across the globe! Thank you, Helena for the yarn and the needles! She sent this yarn to me back in Feb,2009 and I've been waiting for the right pattern to knit it with. I am glad I waited till Aestlight came into being.

This shawl is perfect for a photo shoot on a warm and sunny morning! I spent almost an hour on a Monday morning clicking away photos to my heart's content! whatta way to start a work-week! The yarn is 100% merino wool and the garter softness makes for a lovely shawl!

I am realizing slowly that yarn and photography is a deadly combination. Its like yarn p0rn! I am no photography buff but I like to take good pictures of my finished yarny objects! I like to photograph 'em in natural light and we had a bright and sunny morning last week! So, I made the most of it! I took the shawl to the terrace in my apartment and propped it between to wrought iron doors for pictures of it fluttering in the cool breeze!

It was a nice shoot but not a satisfactory one. I felt that something was missing in the photos and the beauty of the shawl was not captured fully. So, after clicking a few more pictures,I headed back downstairs to think of a different prop and a location. I finally decided to pull the dining table near the window and use a casserole dish as a prop and it worked! I finally got some pictures that I really love! I just couldn't get enough of photographing the shawl. I didn't care that I was running late to work! :D My Hubster had to literally pry the camera off my hands.!!

I am on a 2-week vacation for Christmas and New Year and its a craft-free vacation on my choice! What was I thinking!?! Here I am twiddling my thumbs, getting restless.! Instead of loading this page with the images, here is a link to the Picasa album of the photos of the entire photo-shoot: Aestlight It has photos that range from gorgeous to not-so-gorgeous to down-right ugly! I am not a professional photographer but, I try! Here is a wonderful tutorial on photographing yarny objects by Eskimimi.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all my readers! May you all have miles of yarn and oodles of time to knit and crochet! May all your crafty pursuits be a success!



  1. Great photographs of your beautiful Aestlight. I've wanted to knit this shawl for ages and seeing it on your blog makes me want to knit it more. A craft-free vacation, wow, that's going to take plenty of determination but will be a great break to just spend time with your family and enjoy the season. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. See you in the New Year:)

  2. Love the shawl. What a pleasing color! A craft-free vacation? What were you thinking? Can you stay away from your needles? I doubt it!

    I think there is one photo missing: the one with you wearing the shawl. Post one to make it complete.

  3. @Preeti: Thanks, Preeti! Seasons' greetings to you and your family! :-)

    @Anjali: I need to pester my Hubster to click more photos of me! 4 years into the marriage, and the frequeny and the subject of the photos have changed! ;-) craft-free vacation is very tough! I tried my hand at making flower garlands using jasmine flowers after so many years! finally glad to give my restless fingers some job! ;-)

  4. Gorgeous gorgeous pictures . I tried craft-free vacation once too, didn't work at all for me .So I went to the local thread store and got a hook and some thread and started crocheting away.
    Have a great Vacation.Merry Christmas.


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