Monday, January 16, 2006

You Ask For It, You Get It

Remember Marge, who misread her pattern?

I've never had such a reaction to a drawing, not since Man vs. Sweater. A disturbingly large number of readers said they identified with Marge. Are you kidding me? You've actually knit your cat's tail into a...into a...

What the hell is that she's making, anyway?

Since there was so much call for it, I've put her on a knitting bag in the shop.

Anything else you want? Just ask.

Cover Boy

I haven't said a word, until now, about a Christmas gift that was so unexpected, and so lavish, that I got weak-kneed and nearly passed out under the tree when I opened it. My parents, in a show of support that stuns me even now, put into my hands a top-of-the-line Canon digital SLR– with a professional-grade zoom lens so sweet that when I look through the viewfinder, I hear angels singing.

The first real workout the new equipment got was for my day job. Six hours of photography around campus with student models, all for a 5 page brochure for a one-day event. Whew.

But I'd rather be exhausted by photography than by anything else.

Here's a rough mock-up of the cover shot. Having a camera that can make this possible, well...the door is open. If I don't make something happen, it'll be my own damn fault.

25 comments:

Michelene said...

Congratulations Franklin. What amazing parents! The significant other and offspring #3 are zooming about town playing with his new 35mm digital camera. Now you can replace the Alex at XRX. hehehe

Did you take any footbal pictures of the Toilet Bowl game?

Cortster said...

*Beautiful* shot. I love the depth and the light (and the little fellow in the foreground ain't too bad either).

Look out for Franklin now! He's armed. He's dangerous. And he's on the loose!

:)

ck said...

Wow...will your parents consider adoption?

Beautiful shot.

Kim in Oregon said...

Beautiful pic...is that the Deering Library? I don't remember it being so bright!

Hillary said...

Aw ... I went to Northwestern! What a great photo. Did you get a Canon Digital Rebel? I am thinking of one for myself.

Carol said...

Oh, Franklin -- what a glorious photo. You slay me. (If you were my kid, I'd buy you a fancy-schmancy camera too.)

Carol said...

Oh yeah, how about some notecards with non-holiday knitting draw-rings? (Oo, my verification word is "cujo")

marie in florida said...

that is one beautiful photo! i want to go to the library now.


ps. cheers for the parents who will buy nice toys for their kids. have you noticed that some people who are wildly successful are just kids playing with their favorite toys?

marie in florida said...

i forgot to add; i've never knitted my cats tail into a whatever, her hair yes butnot her tail, but the first time i knitted the ten hour adult sweater i made the second sleeve directly opposite the cardi opening somehow

Sahara said...

Gee Franklin, I was there a while back to visit a friend, and I don't remember the library looking that nice and bright, either. I love the perspective.

I KNOW any boost in enrollment will be directly related to your photography.

Emily said...

I second the "I don't remember Deering being so bright." But may I say that it's a pleasure to be able to simultaneously read knitting commentary and snarky commentary on my alma matter? O:)

boobookittyfug said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful. The yellow. The purple. The wood. The books. The light. The shape of the windows. The intense concentration on the faces of the students. Their relaxed tension in their postures. Beautiful.

dragon knitter said...

that is magnificent!

Celtic Knitter said...

What a great shot!!! I'm studying to be a graphic designer right now so I'm really loving the photography. I have a billion ideas about what I could do with that shot to lay it out. :)

TJ said...

What a gorgeous photo! The colors are absolutely stunning, even if it is Northwestern. [I'm a University of Chicago alum myself.]

Laura said...

Sounds like a dream of a camera! And I love your library shot. Awesome shot.

Barb B. said...

I love the pic Franklin, almost makes want to go back to university.
I went to leave a comment on your almanac along, and it is set that only bloggers can leave one, so I sent the links to the lady having trouble cabling.
Barb B.

Mama Lu said...

Your employer doesn't deserve you.

Cynthia said...

Now you have something to fill your time until Mr. Shoulder is done with his time out.

You are an amazingly talented man. Thanks to Joe for directing me to this blog.

Judy, the nerdy knitter said...

I feel so silly; I always thought those casual, studying at the library photos were candids, not posed! Silly me.

Congrats on the beautiful new camera! I hope it's light enough to be safe in this time of no-knitting/no-lifting!

I hope your shoulder heals quickly and you're out of the discomfort zone soon.

Sarah said...

My husband is also a still evolving pro photographer, and he swears by the Cannon products. He's all digital, all the time.
Hope you enjoy as much as he does!

knitnthings said...

We have one of those at work - I drool over it all the time! Your so lucky!!

Kimberli said...

Fantastic! Watch out you're armed and dangerous!

And I love the Marge bag... although with 3 cats myself I haven't yet had that mishap (really, that many people have?) OY!

Liz said...

Fabulous photo; now have a handsome mental image of a library at Northwestern, next time I e-mail the cataloguing department from the UK... congrats on the camera.

AprilBrokenA said...

I haven't read the others comments, but was back reading out of boredom at work when I saw this picture. Am I the only one to see the heart created by the windows and racks and is it intentional?

btw - Love your blog!