Thursday, August 25, 2016

Being the Dummy

  I am so happy with the re-design of my latest shawl, but I hit a point of uncertainty with the last row... The problem is, I like how it looks when flat, but I'm not sure about when it's worn. I decided to do my best at modeling it, so I could ask for some opinions about it. I wasn't terribly successful and ended up getting a laugh more often than a usable photo.


  The good news is: I made up my mind while taking the pictures, so now I don't have to beg for opinions. The other good news is: I'm going to let all of you laugh at my ridiculous attempt at being the model. And don't try to make me feel better!... I'm having too much fun laughing. More good news is: I'm not ripping it back - It's done! There is no bad news: Just bad modeling.


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  With the last row's stitches not bound off yet, I stuffed the yarn ball in my pocket and set to getting that usable photo... Which leaves me stuck using the bathroom mirror, so I hope you enjoy my ugly wall paper. Since it's from the 80's, let's call it "almost vintage". Why am I taking pictures in a mirror when I have a smart phone with a front-facing camera? Because I can't fit the whole shawl in the frame, and there's not enough light.


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  I'm not a selfie-taker. I'm awkward. I'm known for having bad posture, standing in weird positions, and making strange faces. But hey, you can still get an idea of how awesome that shawl is, right? After reviewing the photos, I realized that I can't hate the last row - It just needs some blocking!


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  30 minutes later, I had those few semi-usable pics. But I didn't need them for opinions anymore! I'm happy with the shawl; I know what needs to be done to make it right. And that's when I remembered that I have a tripod, and my camera can be set to take multiple photos. Oh, why didn't I think of that before?


  Just one more thing to do before I bind off: I think I'll try blocking it beforehand, to make sure that will fix it. But first, I have to redo the stitches I ripped out while playing dummy. Do you know a locking stitch marker is a great tool for saving active stitches from undoing? And wouldn't you know that I skipped that step, because it would be okay.
Fixed, blocked, and...

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  Success! Yay, happy dance! While it was blocking, I thought I would give that tripod a try, and attempted to get photos of my other shawl that still needs pictures before the pattern can be published. It further proved I need a dummy...


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Okay, that's an okay pic, right? You can kind of see the shawl...


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But what is this? "Look at my elbow"?...


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And where, oh where did that big butt come from? That's when I realized that my tripod was too low, and bad angles can make this size-0 butt look big.


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Oh, I'm so ashamed of my "big butt" that I'm going to hide now... Lol, not really. It's so strange how this photo came out, with parts of me and the shawl disappearing. Maybe I need to set the automatic timer up, so I don't get weird photos like that.


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Adjusted at a better angle! But, what is that? A self-exam? Reciting the pledge? I pledge allegiance to my boob?


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That's better! But, too dark. What happened to the light when I adjusted my angle?


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Turn the light setting up and... Yay, check out some of my tattoos while I only show you half of the shawl! Arg, the tripod slipped back to a lower position again.


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Mannequin-worthy stiff pose that still doesn't show off the pattern... Hey, let's scrunch it all up so nobody can see the design!


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A little better, but still doesn't show the project well enough. Are shawls really this hard to wear, or am I just that awkward? C'mon, girl, get it together!


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Much, much better. Held up, properly displayed, but with the edges cut off. I know I'll need to take it outside to get farther from the camera. At least I have an idea of a pose that will show it off well if needed...


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And now I shall fly away like my faeries!


  It's a fact: I need a dummy. When I asked The Other Half if he could help me get some not-ridiculous photos, I received a strange stare as a response. I'll either take that as a "no", or as a clue that such a thing doesn't exist. I guess every picture doesn't have to be perfect, but I want them to be better than this. At least I had fun, and I hope you did, too. Let another dummy model these worsted-weight projects in the 100-degree Florida heat. After reviewing this post, I think I might have fried my brain while trying.


Happy Crocheting!

PS: Do any of you have some Pinterest boards or something with style tips? All I have/wear/need/want is tank tops and jeans! What would you wear with shawls like these?

13 comments:

  1. I like the pictures - they're real, and look like you were having fun :) I got tired of modeling my designs in the mirror so went to Hobby Lobby and found a dress form on clearance - it has been a great purchase!
    Love the two shawls. That blue and black color combo is my favorite. Both look like they'd be great over a dress or paired with a nice blouse for something more casual.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots@blogspot.com

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    1. Nooo, not a dress! (LOL) I'm kidding... I might actually wear a dress just to wear my shawl! Thank you for the tips; I really am lost when it comes to any style that's different than mine.

      I bet that dress form would be a big time-saver! I spend too much time trying to figure out a non-weird pose, rearranging the shawls, and editing blurry photos from the timed shots. We don't have a Hobby Lobby here, but I've been watching for online sales - I'll add them to my list.

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  2. Hello Jenny,
    truth be told: You do not need to buy a dummy - your pictures are perfect! And I love the shawl. Well - love them both, but the latest one turned out great (might even try that pattern - if I'd ever find some time...)
    Have a nice day,
    Marjan

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    1. Thank you, Marjan, but I'm still having fun laughing at myself. Photos never come out the way I expect them to.

      It will be some time before that pattern is available, so maybe you'll have time to catch up! The large gaps in the lace make it work up very quickly - I think one with your skill could complete it in a night or two.

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  3. Well, if you were aiming for laughs.....lol! Just so you know that I was laughing WITH you, not AT you..... we're good, right? I got really tickled because my daughter has accused me of having some disorder that makes my body contort into unnatural positions and causes the muscles in my face to seize up and renders me looking like I'm drunk, drugged, addled or a combination of the three! The camera and I are not on friendly terms. And selfies? Lol! The last time I tried to take a decent selfie, angels wept....with tears of laughter as they rolled around on heavenly clouds, clutching their sides and screaming "oh! Oh! Ow! Ow! Stop it ! You're killing me!". Yeah, I got a dummy.

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    1. LOL! It almost wasn't funny anymore, then I read your comment. For some reason in side-shots, I always look like my head is on backwards. Maybe we have the same disorder! Thanks for laughing with me-laughing-at-me!

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  4. Awesome in so many ways. Love the shawl, love the ink, love the wrap, love the designs, love the tip, loved the modelling, laughed at the commentary. :o)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you got a laugh, too.

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  5. I have not been able to crochet in months! I need to get back into to. Especially because I want a shawl like that!! Jealous! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty hope to see you back!

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  6. At the rate I'm going, you'll have plenty of time to get back into it before I get these patterns ready! Thanks for stopping by from the party, you'll definitely see me there next week!

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    1. I think it looks great...even with your tank top and jeans! I would probably wear something like that to an outing where I'm wearing something sleeveless and I'm not sure what the temps are going to be. Doesn't matter what type of bottom you're wearing, jeans, dress slacks or a skirt, works for everything. It's perfect because of the length...you can double it if you get really chilled or just drape for a little warmth.

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