A couple of days ago, I had a stray thought. Actually, I have lots of strays running around in my head, but this one seemed like something I had to act on. It was a silly idea I suppose, but you can be the judge – here it is:
Making the video was so much fun! Gives me a new perspective on the creators of real stop motion animations. This one has 5 pictures per second, which creates a pretty choppy animation – can’t imagine the work that goes into a professional video.
So, how to make a video like this? Get out all your knitting supplies, set up your camera, and be sure to have a few extra batteries! I took three photos per round of knitting, mainly because I was using three double pointed needles for this small doily. And, I chose to do a small doily, not just because it would take less time (thankfully!), but also because a larger one would have been quite bunched up on the needles, and you wouldn’t have really seen the doily growing as clearly.
After taking all the photos, I choose music. Since this is the Rondeau Small Lace Doily Pattern, I wanted to have music that would match the theme, as well as coordinate with the knitting process and speed of the video itself. The music form of a rondo was a natural, if not obvious choice. And who can go wrong with Mozart as their composer?
For the software, I simply used what was already on my computer. I read reviews of other packages, from free to expensive, but in the end, simplicity won out. This video was created with Windows Movie Maker. It was pretty easy to learn the software and come up with something relatively presentable.
You just might want to give this a try yourself. The entire process beginning with the cast on and ending with a complete video was only a few hours. Plus I get a cool doily and a cup of tea at the end!