The difficulty of photography

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While I continue to knit on my sleeve (and my lace cowl that reminds me how much I dislike knitting with lace weight yarn) I’ll take a moment here to look at something finished.

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Lat year a very Lovely woman made me a wedding dress and as a way to really thank her I wanted to knit her the most beautiful shawl. I picked out yarn and pattern and beads and knit and knit and then it was finished and I needed to take pictures of it before I gave it away.

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Taking pictures turned out to be tricky. I went out late one afternoon but it was hard to find som sunlight and a good place to place the shawl. Eventually I took a few clothes pegs and Went out to the nearly deserted school yard Close to my apartment. There I pegged the shawl to a fence and started shooting away. A few kids who were playing soccer asked me what I was doing and said they thought it would look cool with the sun through the holes in the shawl. I agreed.

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But even though I had found a good place I still wasn’t satisfied with the result. There was too much of the background shining through the shawl. The kids were right, it’s a cool effect but makes it so much harder to see the actual shawl. Then it hit me. The recipient of the shawl didn’t “just” make me a wedding dress and matching pantalettes, she aslo gave me a dummy.

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After that things got easy and has continued easy all through fall. Whenever I have a finished project like a sweater or a shawl I just put the dummy on the balcony and the garment on the dummy. I do sometimes miss not to be able to photograph the lenght of the shawl like I used to but it beats having all those dark winter pictures or not being able to take pictures at all between October and April.

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The shawl turned out just the way I wanted and was a pure delight (if somewhat tedious towards the end like most projects you just want to be finished. I’m still surprised things actually don’t knit themselves while I look away. I still expect the red lace I’m working on to knit itself but so far no luck (well, actually, I did a few rounds earlier today and I seem closer to the end than I thought so maybe it has actually knit itself a little bit, just to get me past the place where it seems on never makes any progres)).

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I’m really glad that I decided I would make a very elegant shawl and that I could pull through, that an elegant shawl was what I got. That should mean that if I want a warm shawl, the Chance is big that I actually make a warm shawl and so on. This might not sound like a big deal but I think it is, not all things turn out the way you want them or expect them to be.

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The first beads I found wasn’t right, I felt that from the beginning, but I didn’t want to frog the shawl so they are different on the top lace from the bottom lace. I don’t think it matters though, it’s still a very, very pretty shawl and it feels appropriate that it was the first garment that was photographed on the dummy. That dummy is really a knit pics saver.

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Pattern: Aliseda by Susanna IC. Yarn: Malabrigo Sock, color Azules.