Is there anything more awkward about our chosen profession of knitwear journalism than posing in our FOs? I vastly prefer to be on the other side of the camera. I’m sure some of this is vestigial Teenage Low Self Esteem, but as I generally think I look Out of This World Fabulous, I don’t think shyness is what’s holding me back. I think I just can’t be bothered. The sweater is done, it fits, and I expect people to take my word for it, and we can all move on to our next! exciting! project!
On the Other Hand
On the other hand, as a consumer of knitting journalism, of course I always want to see a modeled shot of the finished sweater. I am never truly content with a flat shot, or a mannequin shot, no matter how artful or well lit. I want to see the sweater living its best life, being worn by a human. And when I know the knitter personally, I want to see my friend looking foxy in her new sweater, living the I Am a Knitter Who Finishes Stuff dream.
Here We Go: The FO Show
Place: fowler’s Beach, Southampton, New York.
Time: The Golden Hour.
Pattern: Savage Heart Cardigan by Amy Christoffers.
Yarn: Elemental Affects Cormo Worsted; color: Oyster.
Pattern and yarn rating: 14/10 would knit this cardigan over and over in this exact same yarn.
One nice thing about being on vacation with old friends is that you have supportive photographers close at hand. My thanks to Maria-José Humeres-Hubert, University of Nebraska at Omaha Class of 1980, for her yeoman work with the iPhone, and also for putting cortisone cream on bug bites in hard-to-reach places.