I reckon I’m a pretty good knitter (this is no time for false modesty- after all, I have steeked fearlessly), and I’m trying hard to learn to be a better photographer. But I find taking really good photographs of knitting to be the hardest thing ever.
I waste a lot of time browsing Ravelry and the rest of the internets looking at patterns, and without any doubt really good photographs will sell a pattern to me. Bonus points if the knitwear is shown free range in a desirable location (who wants to knit themselves a cardigan modelled by a beautiful woman behaving frivolously on a Scottish beach? mememe! now!)
Bearing this in mind, when I finished knitting a scarf whilst on holiday (the last couple of segments were completed on the beach, and ends darned in with the handy darning needle I keep about my person at all times…) I immediately instructed my nearest and dearest to take the scarf and go and behave aesthetically, yet with carefully contrived spontaneity, so I could take pictures.
I can’t say it was a success. I show the pictures here as yet another example of something rather beautiful I’ve knitted, which I’m not sure I actually like. I fell violently in love with this pattern when I saw it a few weeks back (despite the lack of beach frivolity in the picture, but there you go, there are exceptions to every rule…) I held out for… ooh, I should think the best part of an hour, before I’d bought the pattern and cast on.
I love the way the colours behave, but having seen the scarf modelled, I’m not sure I like how it curls around. It’s perilously close to frilly to my mind, and I don’t do frilly. It’s really not me. I dunno, am I just too fussy? Should I be banned from late night pattern surfing?