Something that's weird--when you 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.
I had Sweet Husband take these shots of me in my finished Abalone this past weekend. Using a brick wall downtown as a backdrop, I tried to pose.
"This feels weird," I complained.
"Welcome to my world," he joked with a wry, cocked-up eyebrow.
Although he always has veto power over what gets posted here, he's right that he ends up getting photographed much more than I do. Looking in the mirror these days, I'm more or less pleased with what I see, but the face that looks back at me from pictures is always unsettlingly unfamiliar. Hence, few pictures of myself.
When I sat down to edit these particular pictures, I realized that the head-chopping-off isn't just an odd photography style. Had I not wanted to make a point, I would have most certainly posted the bottom photo, not the top one. Because I want you all to ohh and ahh over the sweater and not be distracted by my gappy teeth and long nose and hair that needs a touch-up at the roots.
But it's sort of ridiculous, isn't it? I mean, it's a nice sweater, but without someone in it, it's just prettily looped yarn. And I wonder what our great-great grandchildren are going to think someday, going through the headless pictures of hand-knits? I can picture a decendant looking through a stack of photos, saying, "My goodness, I wonder what was so awful about her face that she always hacked it out? Did she have some disfiguring disease?"
Hence, I'm setting my silly hang-ups aside, and you get both pictures this time.
Putting the soapbox away though, once I got through the hiccups with the front edge and cast-off, this sweater came together just as it should. I wish I had made it just a titch longer, but I think it will be nice to toss on over long and short sleeved tops for the rest of winter and spring.
If you're inspired to make one, be sure and read these notes--they were really helpful! (Although I wasn't going to touch that i-cord cast-off a second time, so I did mine the normal way. And, for the record, I can hardly tell the difference.)