I am spinning. I am dealing with photographic issues, health issues, yanno, life.
I’m trying to remind myself how to knit. I was never any good at it. I am competent to make a scarf. I never got to the point I could read a pattern and things like cables make no sense to me, increase/decrease is about the limit of my abilty to do structural change. That’s a little frustrating; as I have a practice piece I set aside ~8 years ago, and when I started last night managed to annoy myself (I think I was doing purl when I meant to knit, which meant everything was suddenly lumpy) and ripped out two rows.
The problem with knitting is I liked it, but it was starting to be murder on my joints. If I can avoid overdoing it, then it’s good. I can make scarves, even hats. I can also do swatches, and show the yarns I make as fabrics, next to the skein they came from (which I will then rip out and put back in the skein)
I’ve got about 14 skeins to boil, about half a dozen to photograph; somewhere between 10 and 20 to catalogue and list. I’ve got a Square, so now i can get a table, or just walk about with a bag of yarn on my back and “Wanna buy some yarn” on a button (maybe I should get a T-shirt made).
I’ve been fighting with a photo website Terrence Karney, Fine Art America. It’s useful, but a mess. In theory I have a private website, which mirrors it; and I think there is a blogging function, but the tools are opaque. Also, because it’s web-based it needs JPGs, which is kneecapping my ability to to larger images, because of how the compressions work. I have .TIFF files for all the images I’ve uploaded (43 of about 3,000 processed images, from a backlogog of about 30,000 files; not counting negatives and slides, which need scanning).
They do the “we cover the materials cost, and you take a markup”. So mugs, t-shirts, shower curtains, etc., (as well as more conventional wall art) are all available. I make less than I would doing direct sales, but I don’t have to set up contracts, or (as would be more likely) line up suppliers, and then send an order when someone wanted something. I also don’t have to pay for hosting, bandwidth, etc.
I can do prints up to poster size, call it 16”x24”, but they can’t. It’s a minor problem as most of the wall art categories (canvas printing, etc.) require a nominal image size of 6 inches on the shortest side and some of my crops; as the files present, are just under that.
It’s also a lot of work putting images up. I have to think about SEO, finding keywords, making sure the images are actually print ready (noticed a spot I’d not caught in the editing, so it’s not salable at present).
Happily (as I get into the weeds) my naming system means I can find the parent images, and see about redefining the image size, so they will be better prints (I know tight crops can be large enough, because I just uploaded an image which was made from about 1/3rd of the total frame, and the shortest size is more than 6 inches).
So, shold you poke about, and see an image you would like to have, in a format they don’t provide (say a screensaver, or a large print), leave a comment, and we can work that out.
Have some photos.