June 8, 2010
I’m learning a lot about dog photography. It goes slower than knitting photography. You never have to wait for knitting to stop licking itself.
If you’re trying to photograph a dog in a naturalistic setting of quilts or handknits, it’s good if the dog sleeps a lot and likes textiles. My dog really likes textiles, especially my personal pillow. Apparently my pillow is just THE BEST. If you had told me a year ago that a dog would be lounging on the pillow where I lay my head, and that I would be OK with that, I simply would not have believed you. This is the miracle of dogs.
Dog On Quilt
This is Olive’s first quilt of her own, in tough linens, tea towels, and cut-up cloth shopping bags. The words on the border were applied with cardboard stencils and Crayola Fabric Markers. I followed the instructions for heat-setting, and they washed up just fine.
These words are pretty much the extent of Olive’s understood vocabulary (the word obscured by Olive is “Olive”). “Kitchen!” –roughly translated–means “You’re in trouble so you’d better get into the crate as fast as your toenails can skitter.” Understanding this word has saved Olive from many extended scoldings, which she feels are a waste of her time and mine. Nap over scolding is a good deal.
Dog And Handknit
Here we see Olive posing, quite spontaneously, with the color Courthouse Steps in progress.
The plan was to do 9 “steps” on all 4 sides (9 plus 9 equaling my favorite number, 18). But that will make the blanket too long and skinny and a bit too big for a baby blanket. So I’m going to stop at 7 in each direction (7 also being propitious in my numerology), and then do some kind of border to keep the rectangle to nearly square proportions, and make the courthouse steps pop. I am liking it now, but I’ve learned all over again that when you are adding colors as you go like this, you can’t really predict how it’s going to look when all the colors get there. It’s a leap of faith.
In theory, you could swatch. I prefer faith.