Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Yarn Along - Finished!

Or probably better titled, Glamor Shots With A Cranky Jacob Sheep ;-).

The light was nice the other evening so I had Saint Tim try for some "me and Elizabeth dressed alike" shots.  Try being the operative word because unlike a photo shoot with, say, Buddy, who'd be All About posing for some pictures, those silly Jacob sheep...

Cookies worked for Jester last year.  Elizabeth is not so cheaply bought.  And while she looks frail and feeble, she can still outrun all of us.  We gave up trying to get her to cooperate in the paddock and herded her into the little shed where at least we'd have three walls helping us out.  The pictures were okay, but even though once she realized we had her cornered, I was still having to keep one hand on her chin and it looked pretty forced.

She tootled back outside and sat down next to the fence in a blazing ray of setting sun and we decided to give it one more try.  Tim hid around the corner and I sat down some distance away from her.  And very slowly scootched over.  And scootched over.  And scootched over until I thought we might be able to be in the same picture.


I love, love, love the sunbeam.  Unfortunately the sun sets quickly and that only lasted a couple seconds.  I think the sunlight from the side gave the pictures an interesting and soft, flattering look.  Probably not the best way to showcase the sweater, but the overall mood is much nicer than the clearer but forced inside shots.


Getting a little closer.


A little closer.


And for a brief moment she played along and I didn't do anything too dorky.  I think this one is my favorite.


And then she'd had enough of this stupid-camera-game-I-don't-care-how-many-cookies-you-give-me!  Tim had moved to the side, trying for a different angle.  Notice how different the light looks.  See how my hair looks "mahvelous" in the pictures above?  And how rat nesty it is in "real life light"?  I believe that would be called using the light to the best advantage ;-).  

The Sullivan sweater pattern was interesting to knit.  The reviews were probably accurate in saying it's not a beginner sweater, but it does all work out just fine in the end.  There were times I had to set it down and come back the next day with a fresh(er) brain before I could figure out the next step, but as with every project, I learned some new tricks and I'm proud of working my way through.

I also have an interesting blocking story to share, but I'm so far behind on so many things that it will have to wait until another day.  When I do that I'll take some more detailed pictures of the patterning and the intimidating I-cord edging that ended up being No Big Deal (like most knitting things ;-) and really finishes everything off so nicely. 

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along.  I once again don't have a book to share with my knitting so I'm probably going to get frogged out of this great group.  Even if you aren't interested in the knitting, I encourage you to go check everyone out.  I've added quite a few books to my winter queue.  As far as my next project...I'm thinking about something small.  Maybe a pair of mittens before it gets cold.  



33 comments:

Karen Sue said...

Lovin' this sweater. Trying to get my motor going on one I started 4 times. Just a vest. I keep telling myself that. No sweat, just sit and knit. And the sheep posing is such a bonus!

Miha Giustina said...

Wow, Sara, you all look gorgeous! Love the sweater, love Elizabeth, and you look like a model!:-)

Did you cut your hair or was it always this length? This is actually the first time I see it down:-) Very beautiful, all around.

Miha Giustina said...

Yes, that one is my favorite as well! :-)

Suz said...

oh GORGEOUS YOU!!!

Susan said...

Those sun beams give you a well-deserved halo and you both look wonderful. I am a big believer in using light. Or turning it off, if the image in the mirror is too awful... There is always one crankypants in a flock, isn't there?

Tombstone Livestock said...

Will this be your next fiber fest entry. Now with all your wonderful sweaters you will need some cold weather to wear them.

Great pics of you and Elizabeth

thecrazysheeplady said...

My hair's been that length since early spring I think. Rat nest is usually the best description and I had to have a bunch chopped off. Too much time in the sun and wind. And then all the gray bleaches out to blond and... Sigh. Go with good lighting ;-).

Auntie Reg said...

Great photos, can't wait to see who puts you and Elizabeth on the front of their magazine.

Stacey at Fearn Abbey Needleworks said...

Fun, fun, fun! Great photos, and both you and Elizabeth. I know what you mean about scootching over for lamby photos (with pockets full of cookies). And as always, wonderful sweater. Please come and show me how to do it all!

Thanks for stopping by Doodle's blog! I think I put the right buttons on. You can let me know. :-)

Andee said...

I love the photo shoot and the story behind it. I love the sweater! You always find the best lighting. I hardly ever post a book in the yarn along. I'm bad like that.

Alice said...

I really like the fourth photo. You have such pretty blue eyes and both you and Elizabeth are facing the camera. I think she finally caught on that the sweater was just as much her doing as yours. Enjoy the new creation....it's a most flattering pattern :-)

Susan said...

What beautiful photos! And, I love the story that goes with them. : ) Your sweater turned out really splendid; the natural wool color is perfect for that pattern.

I think you're really lucky to have your very your own sheep.

Lori Skoog said...

What a babe! Glam shots at Equinox.... When I had my hands on that sweater I should have stolen it!

DFW said...

You are right, that next to last picture is lovely!

Lisa said...

I like the sweater!

RMK said...

Maybe the picture belongs in a fiber festival photo contest ..... sort of a "before & after" theme! :)

small farm girl said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Oh, and you don't look half bad either. Hehehehehe. Honestly, those pictures are gorgeous!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Lovely photos! Saint Tim did great! Your Elizabeth Sweater is beautiful, I liked the last photo best too. Do you have room in the wool house for photos on the wall? It belongs someplace special:):)

Jody said...

LOL!!! The look on your faces in the second last pic is almost identical :-))

June said...

Beautiful photos! I have to admit that I like YOUR sweater better than the one in the link to ravelry. You are such a good knitter!

Tyche's Minder said...

I love the photo with both of you looking at the camera. Makes Elizabeth look like she's on board with the whole thing. :) That's a sweater I'd like to try for myself.

Rachel Berry said...

Love the sweater! Me thinks I must make one for myself!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

These made me smile! Esp. since in the beginning I thought Elizabeth was a human.......OK, she almost is! Yes, Glamour shots for sure and nice job as always on the sweater. I need to get out of the jam kettle...and start knitting/spinning etc etc etc

Sheepmom said...

What a photo shoot! Yes, the one you picked as your fave is the best, I think. St. Tim deserves credit for working the camera like a pro. "Using the light to best advantage" often means turning it OFF in my case ;-)

Brigitte said...

Great photos, dear Sara!

Brigitte

Willow said...

Super photos and the one you said you like best ~ is a magazine cover material !!

Bee Lady said...

I love the pics. You both look gorgeous in that color!

Cindy Bee

YarnKettle said...

You know I think you have the same smile. You both look lovely! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Wonderful!!!

Cathie J said...

I love your sweater. It looks great on you.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Your favorite is my favorite too!!
God Love her :-}}}

sheepsclothing said...

love the photos of you two! and your sweater is beautiful-

LannieK said...

Awww. Saint Tim did great! Great light. Beautiful shots - beautiful sweater! Elizabeth sits still bout as long as my cubs do - she's beautiful too!
:-)

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