After the first ten days of being here with children and grandchildren, now that they've gone home it is very quiet. It was lovely having them here...but it's nice just the two of us too. And we so easily slip into the very laissez-faire attitude that creeps over us with the warm weather.
I've been doing knitting in odd moments but have nothing finished to show yet. Three pairs of unfinished socks and Glade for DD3.
Glade is knitted in Rowan's Bamboo Soft which has a divine feel and fantastic drape and lovely soft colours - I'm using the one illustrated in the pattern book - Rowan Classic Nature.
But it's slow - or rather I am slow. I'm still working on the boring stocking stitch part of the body and am having lots of trouble with the yarn splitting as I knit.
You see it's made of thirteen (!) fine filaments which are loosely twisted together and I think it would be better if I were using less pointy needles because I keep splitting it and sadly don't notice until much later...I don't think I've heard that anyone else has had this problem.....
I'm hoping to be on the fancy border pattern in the next day or so.
Nikon D70 or Panasonic Lumix FZ50?
Some of the sunsets this holiday have been amazing.....
And I've had the opportunity to use DD2's camera so some photos in the last three or four posts were taken with my own Nikon D70 (a digital SLR) and some with hers - Panasonic Lumix FZ50. The biggest sun in the sunsets was with the Lumix and the other with the Nikon...same sun just seconds separating the pictures and obviously a different view point.
I have always sworn by SLRs and as soon as the prices for a digital SLR came down to my range I bought my D70 - and I love it. But...I have to swap lenses. ..and use a tripod for some of the longer shots - and I don't have a macro lens at all.
.....you can see how I'm thinking.......
Kate's camera is much lighter, no extra lenses to carry round and an "anti-shake" feature that gives sharp pictures at high zoom. Oh and did I say the optical zoom range on this little beauty is an equivalent 35mm - 420mm!! I can't hold my Nikon steady at 200mm without really fast shutter speed and even then I really should use a tripod. And lots more pixels.
I am very very tempted by this and there are some interesting prices around. I would keep my Nikon because it will take a better photo and it is definitely faster so for snaps of the children where it's so easy to miss just exactly *that* expression, only an SLR will do.
.......but the Lumix is very good and the convenience....