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Geek Knits: Behind the Scenes [Jun. 8th, 2015|11:52 pm]
kyle cassidy
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One of the most difficult things about working on Top Sekrit Projekts is that while you're working on them, you can't really tell anybody about them and you do your thing, and you make the thing that's exciting and interesting and that you're bursting with pride over and then you have to sit on it for a year.

I'm glad Geek Knits is out and I can finally start telling people about it.

When Joan and I decided to do this book together (or when she decided I could work on it with her), Neil was one of the first people we thought of to be in it and he said "of course" without pause, because he's that kind of guy.

Joan had come up with two things for him to model, a deerstalker Sherlock Holmes hat and a black scarf.

From Geek Knits. Clickenzee to Embiggen!

(Get a copy of Geek Knits here.)

It worked out that Amanda wanted to do a whole bunch of publicity photos at once that she could use for the next tour so trillian_stars and I went up for the weekend, right around Christmas of 2013. It seems so long ago now, and it was. Neil and Amanda were living in Boston at the time and it conveniently snowed, creating a winter wonderland perfect for hats and scarves.

We did the Geek Knits photos right at sundown. Photo geekery: I shot with a Nikon d800 and a 50mm f1.8 lens with an sb800 flash off camera (which I used for some and not for others).

Clickenzee to embiggen the outtake!

It was a lovely leisurely weekend. We built a snowman, we sat around and read books, Neil read us stories.

Clickenzee to embiggen the AFP!

We talked about where our lives were going, we went jogging. Amanda and I have managed to keep a close friendship for fifteen years based on stolen moments back stage, social media, and the occasional times that our schedules allow things like this; and they're luxurious, rarefied days.

Clicenzee to embiggen the everything!

Amanda had somehow wrangled the use of a restaurant, the whole thing, for some period of time and we did a whole lot of publicity photos that are just now starting to bubble to the surface.

(as far as I know, this one hasn't shown up anywhere yet)

Clickenzee to embiggen!

They were moving out of the house that week and a lot of their stuff was in boxes and they were a bit sad, but a bit excited about what was happening next. Trillian and I packed up our scarf and our hat and the memory of three days off where we actually accomplished a lot of work and we got on a plane and came home. A year and a half went by, and Geek Knits came out on June 1, and shot to #1 on the knitting charts (look ma, I've got a best selling knitting book!)

I'm proud of Joan, I'm happy to have been able to work on this book, I'm excited to see what people will do with it, and I'm also really excited because now I can finally talk about all these photo shoots.

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[User Picture]From: mizkit
2015-06-09 08:19 am (UTC)
That's a rather dashing shot of Neil in the hat!
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[User Picture]From: mollydot
2015-06-10 03:27 am (UTC)
Very Sherlockian.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-06-09 01:58 pm (UTC)
There are closeups in the book, and we're also releasing MORE closeups on ravelry. I got to do my fancy photos, so I'm happy, and the Internet lets us do many many additional closeups, so we're all good!
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[User Picture]From: ironymaiden
2015-06-09 03:59 pm (UTC)
Oh good! The pictures on ravelry right now are eye-catching, but some of them don't work as pattern pics. (Like the dark hoodie.)
it's an interesting technical challenge to get matte textures to read well. I'd love to hear a bit about your lighting choices.
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[User Picture]From: rayvyn2k
2015-06-09 02:36 pm (UTC)
Neil and Amanda make such wonderful subjects. I adore these so much. I don't knit, but I'll be buying the book just for your photos.
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[User Picture]From: tripleransom
2015-06-09 02:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh! A knitted deerstalker. Cool! Off to check Rav for more photos!
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2015-06-11 05:39 am (UTC)
Well done on keeping that secret for so long! (and for all the glorious pictures, obviously)
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[User Picture]From: dichroic
2015-06-11 05:25 pm (UTC)
The book is in my Amazon cart - but I do have to say, after seeing the pattern for that scarf on Knitty, I hope the rest of them are a bit more complex!
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[User Picture]From: moon_custafer
2015-06-17 01:21 pm (UTC)
I just saw the scarf last night on Knitty -- hadn't seen the hat yet. I knit my spouse a deerstalker some years ago, but I'm not sure where it went - I made it during the interim between his old tweed deerstalker wearing out and his acquisition of a couple of new ones from the Sherlock Holmes Museum, which is the only place he's been able to find ones that fit his big head.
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