Crochet Scallops and Pentax Film

I recently found this Pentax K1000 for a great deal on eBay. I’ve been searching for a beginner 35mm film camera for awhile now so I could fuel my love of photography without spending quite as much on film and developing. The camera came with a basic strap so I decided to dress it up with crochet. Yesterday afternoon I started some blue and red scallop stripes to cover the top section of the strap using this stitch pattern. I still have a little bit to finish but I really like the look so far. The color combination is one of my favorites!
I was really surprised at how many photos came out on my first roll of film because I’m so used to the sketchy results from my Diana. I like that I have a little more control over these images. I even tried a double exposure of my cat. Creepy twin cats…

I’m still learning the ins and outs of this camera. I accidentally opened the back too soon while unloading my second roll of film resulting in exposed pictures and light leaks. However, I really like this last picture of the lake. The pink makes it look like a dreamy sunset in the middle of a hot summer day. That unexpected beauty is what I love most about film.

I hope you have a great day!

  1. Dichohecho says:

    That’s interesting, you’ve got a 55mm 1:2 lens on it. I didn’t know they made those for K mount, I thought it was exclusively a screw mount thing.
    I have two Pentax film SLRs – a K1000 and an ME Super and I have 50mm 1:2 and 50mm 1.7 lenses (one for each so I don’t go and pick up a camera with no lens on!)
    Strangely I hadn’t thought about crocheting a camera strap cosy for mine, I might give it a go!
    If you’re interested you can see my photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dichohecho
    I don’t think I’ve uploaded any K1000 ones yet but there’re plenty of ME Super ones on there :)

  2. Wow, I love your cat photograph! And the dreamy sunset :))

    I’ve always toyed with the idea of a film camera as Photojojo have such awesome accessories and DIYs for film. I think, though, that I need to pace myself as I get into so many crafting things I can get a little overwhelmed. I’m still such a novice with my DSLR!


  3. I have one of these cameras too but I havnt used it on years! Honestly I need to re learn how to use it to be honest!!

  4. Debi Y. says:

    Great camera find – and your strap cover is really nice. :)

  5. Erin Kate says:

    Too cute ! And lovely photos of course. : )

  6. Grace says:

    I love the crocheted strap, great colors! And your pictures are so pretty!

  7. Georgia says:

    oh, that camera looks amazing! i love the photos….


  8. vintage grey says:

    What a neat camera and I love the scallops!! Beautiful photos! xo Heather

  9. Naomi says:

    Oh, I love the lake photo too!! It looks like that ombre effect I’ve been seeing in some people’s photography lately. And serious question: will you please please please consider crocheting some camera strap covers for your etsy?? I’ve been searching for the perfect one, and I’d love to one day have your handiwork adorning my Canon 😉

  10. Kristen says:

    Great photos! I especially love that last one! Makes me want to start doing film again, I’m just so lazy on developing :)

  11. Becky says:

    Oh, how lovely! I really, really want a film camera!



  12. Sarah Dee says:

    That last photograph is very very dreamy!

    xoxo Sarah

  13. I love the last picture! It’s so beautiful!

  14. eliza says:

    wow, that lake picture is really stunning! i am totally impressed with how well your first roll of film turned out; bravo!

  15. lealu says:

    What a great idea and wonderful pictures!

  16. So cute! I’d would like to be able to do that!
    I discovered your blog few days ago and I love it :-)

  17. The camera strap is THE cutest thing ever and your shots are absolutely beautiful. I’ve been thinking about experimenting with film photography for ages now but I’m yet to take the leap… Your photos are so inspiring!

    Katie x

  18. Danette says:

    LOVE those crocheted scallops!!!! Wonderful idea.

  19. Alessandra says:

    love the strap cover!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  20. Amanda says:

    WOW that last photo is beautiful!!! I REALLY need to get a film camera!

  21. Lovely post and that last picture is outstanding!

  22. Sarah says:

    Oooh, this post makes me want to shoot film again! I haven’t in a while and it might be time to start again. :)

  23. I miss my Pentax K-1000… so sad when it got a light leak and could not be repaired. I’ve never been able to find an easy to use camera like that, that took such fantastic pictures… lovely post…

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