It really is a relaxing, beautiful catch-up day…sending out lots of love, light and positive healing energy with many blessings to all
after spending an afternoon yesterday watching the 20th Annual High Desert Duel and cheering a friend on in the fencing tournaments.
Way to go, Sawyer Jackson. Congratulation on the big wins–third in the Under 19 category, twelveth in the Open (any age, any rating,) and first in the Division III (under a C rating.) What an eye-opening, entertaining experience to certainly shape up a fun and busy weekend.
Another fun thing I did yesterday (hubby rolling his eyes)…I did my best to try and style one of five sweaters knitted this month so that it would look somewhat appealing to a potential buyer.
I find knitting a breeze, but, photographing it a bear. The finished cardigan has been idle for two weeks.
Fortunately, my beautiful/photogenic friend–quilter extraordinaire–made the task much easier. Doesn’t she have the prettiest smile?!
Something that’s weird–when I look at Ravelry and knitting blogs, most people crop off their own heads when photographing finished sweaters. I’d always thought it was just a quirky convention and hadn’t paid a lot of attention to it. When I sat down to edit these particular pictures, I realized the head-chopping-off isn’t just an odd photography style. Had I not wanted to make a point, I’d most certainly show the headless photo ‘cuz I want you all to oooooh and aaaaah over the lace cardigan and not be distracted by the beautiful model.
But it’s sort of ridiculous, isn’t it? It is a nice cardigan. Without a person in it, it’s just pretty lace yarn. What would my great-great grand kids be thinking someday, flipping through pages of headless pictures of hand-knits? I can visualize a decedent looking through my flickr photos; saying “My oh my…my goodness, I wonder what was so awful about her face that she always hacked it out? Did she have some disfiguring disease?” lol Hence, I try hard to set my silly hang-ups aside on show my finished garments from head to toes.
Putting the soapbox away though, once I got through the hiccups with front edge and bind-off, this lace sweater came together just as it should. I wish I had made it just a titch longer, but, I had to knit it as patterned. It will be nice for the recipient to toss on over long and short sleeved tops for the rest of spring and summer.
Sara Lace, in MadelineTosh Lace (Tart colorway,) is one of Vera Sanon‘s summer collection series. I am thrilled to be asked to knit this one up for her. It’s my first to knit a full-on L1 cardigan (40″ bust) without a body to try for sizing correctness as I knit.
Wish I had thought of using my mannequin during the knitting process…but, she came in handy when I had to block it again.
Yes, hair dryer is good for other things! What have you used a hair-dryer for besides drying/styling your good-looking hair?
If you’re inspired to make this cardigan or Vera’s other designs, be sure to join this nice group of knitters for support and ideas–they are really helpful!
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)