There’s this file on my computer named: Worst. Photos. Ever
Knitting photos make up the bulk of them. You know how lots of knitters are doing the best and worst of 2014? Yeah, well these photos are mostly the worst. For every few good FO photos you take, there’s always a stinker. So if you’re really interested in one of these knits, click the link beneath it for a more normal presentation.
I hadn’t knit many hats in previous years, but 2014 was the year of hats. There were some Autumn hats by Jane Richmond- five to be exact. I don’t have a photo of the one I wear to run in because it’s all used and sweaty. I guess that would’ve been perfect for this post though…
(more Autumn Hats)
Below is a Petawawa I knit in our school’s colors as a gift to a student. There were two more of those.
One had it’s photo taken in blinding sunlight at high noon…
…the other in low light of dusk… where I look contemplative… with cocker spaniel ears.
Those last two let me use some higher quality semi-solid yarn I’d been saving. The Rainbow Slouch below let me use some fun variegated. Which I made even more trippy with phone apps in the hospital waiting room.
You may ask what I plan to do with this many hats. My answer is to give some away and just layer the rest.
Those were two Kingsley hats, above, below is the Gaming Hat I knit for my son, because his hat was pitiful. Oh, I’m sorry. Am I boring you with all of this talk about knit-speak?
Tough. My son allowed me to post this. He didn’t want me to post the ones where he made horrible faces on purpose. My daughter, on the other hand, is in college or always out of the house. She gets no vote.
This is the Foliage Cowl. It’s another quick, fun project. It wasn’t for her, but these mitts were. I made two pairs of Linden Mittens this year. One for cooking…
(Julie’s Linden mitts)
…and the other for magic.
(my Linden mitts)
Besides modeling knits for me, my family members take photos when I’m too rushed or lazy for a tripod, and stand-in so I can check the lighting. When I checked my settings for the Oud Tank, my daughter was quite taken with the beauty of the light shining through the leaves.
She is a real natural. Even when she was just helping me set the controls on my camera to photograph Sexxxy Librarian.
Oh man, and talk about sexy. Sort of a “Whoops, I overmedicated myself.” kind of sexy, below.
Speaking of naturals. No year is complete without at least one knitting photo of Spotacus. Here he helps me photograph my Lowlands Headwrap. He’s so thrilled to be part of Team FO…
and to wear baby clothes. He doesn’t even have to be the focal point. He’s content to share the spotlight,
as with my Everett Henley.
You know how sometimes if a designer likes an FO of their design, they’ll ask to put your photo on the Ravelry pattern page?
That will never happen with these shots. Well, okay the day I photographed my Eastwood Cardigan was a rare day of mostly decent photos.
There were actually no photos in which I appear high. The same cannot be said of the shots of my Bus Stop Pullover. Plus, my head is cut out of the picture.
Yep, my pants weren’t buttoned all the way either. Bet you never noticed that in the usable FOs. It’s all that presto change-o business of throwing on cold weather clothes for a minute to take photos in the heat. I would never purposely expose myself.
Except with one of my Aquae tops. What’s the deal with the belly?
My son says I’ve gone too far with this post, at least what he’s seen of it. He’s no fun, unlike his dad, who is also a lighting stand in for me.
He’s normally a lot happier for these photo shoots. He gets that knitting photos are a family affair.
Not sure what his deal was there. Maybe it was the fact that I give him looks like this when he tries to give me photography advice.
Hey that was my first shawl. I finally knit a shawl!! Making it and the Smokey Bear sweater were two long time goals that I met. I found neither shawl lace patterns, nor the intarsia were that frightening after all.
Okay, the inside of the intarsia was a little scary. But no one would ever see that.
I’ve become a lot more courageous in my knitting. Take these photos in the middle of the road, for instance. The speeding trucks didn’t even phase me. The Bubbas behind the wheel, looky-looing are a different story.
Nine of my sweaters were of the summer variety, more than ever before.
Gotta love it when your mouth is hanging open for a photo.
And then another one.
and another. I bet you didn’t know that in this photo we were almost pooped on by seagulls.
Also, the wind wasn’t blowing at all. I was just having a really bad hair day.
It was a scratch, people, not a pick.
There had to be a reason for this.
I probably said something really witty that made my husband laugh.
I worked on a few classic knits this year. Other than my Bus Stop Pullover, which included reading a classic Elizabeth Zimmerman book, I also finally knit a Featherweight. I remember being ecstatic about it, but here I just look depressed. Oh, well.
Ending the year with Aidez was the icing on the cake. I’m a fully initiated knitter now!
Oh man, I can feel my Ravelry friend count going down by the minute. I don’t know what compels me to do things like this. Happy 2015, friends! Lets not take it too seriously.