I finished my sweater! I actually finished it on Sunday and have worn it a couple of times since, but hadn't got around to the picture-taking. Deane stopped by home just before lunch today specifically to take photos. How nice, that he would take time out of his busy day just to do that for me...
Consequently, my sweater was all scrunchy from me sitting on the couch, and he didn't have much time so the 'photo session' was rather hurried (he had to get back to work) and we didn't get many good pics.
'Scrunchy from the couch' photo
'Explaining our odd behaviour to the building manager' photo
'What's with this crappy lighting?' photo
As it turned out, there were no good 'front-on' pictures, so I thought I'd take some myself. Unfortunately, our digital camera doesn't have a timer on it, so I tried putting it on the dresser, pressing the button and quickly striking a pose:
As you can see, its impossible to get a good picture of yourself with a camera that doesn't have a timer. I gave up.
I think you get the gist of it though - I like my new sweater, its cosy and warm. The yarn is nice, but holds quite well in whatever shape you've put it in, and the various creases worked into it from sitting tend to stay. Perhaps after many years' wear, this problem will resolve itself...
::imagine a big sigh:: I have a bit of a dilemma. I hate having my photo taken, but I'm beginning to feel that it is one of life's necessities. If I want to show off my fabulous knitting achievements, I have to have my photo taken. Plus, if I were to mysteriously go missing, the Police would need an up-to-date photo to put on the news. Seriously. You never know what will transpire over the course of a day. It could happen. And of course my bff always wants a picture of me to add to her other friends' pictures, and since she has so few to choose from, she invariably ends up picking one I don't like. I need to fix that.
Anyway, I'm trying to get used to the whole having-my-photo-taken thing, but hate 'posing'. So I try to not-pose, but then the photos come out looking awful. Which makes me think that perhaps I should pose, but then the photos come out looking all try-hard and posey.
How the hell do you look natural in a photo? Impossible I say!!!! And yet, there are always photos of other people looking natural and not-posey all the time. Thoughts? Suggestions? Or should I just stop being so self-critical and overly judgemental of my gappy, buck-toothed smile and crinkly face, and just go with it? I mean, that's what I look like every day, right? I pull the weirdest faces all the time during conversations so people already know I look crazy, why try to hide that in a photo? I just don't understand why you can look fine in the mirror, but as soon as the camera goes 'click', its like your head is the earth and there's been a mini earthquake. The tectonic plates have shifted under the surface, moving your top jaw out a few extra millimetres, creating a few extra wrinkles in the topsoil, and making the water(hair)line recede, which makes your ears seem that much larger.
Oh well, I think I'll just have to get over it. Immerse myself fully in the not-caring phase of life. I guess it happens eventually to all of us, just at different stages for everyone. I'm picturing a beach or public pool in the summer - big people, little people, hairy-backed people, elderly saggy-skinned people, all rocking their swimsuits with confidence, not giving a crap what anyone else thinks. Good for them. I need to be more like them. I'll just wrap myself in a towel and dip my toes in for now...
OMG, only two more weeks until KAN!!!! I can't wait!! Must remember to take my digital camera to that, and get lots of photos of everything and everyone (and yes, allow people to take photos of me too...) I have all the bits and pieces I need for my class, I think I can prevent myself from spending too much at the traders market (remember, yarn diet!!) - oh, its going to be so much fun!! You can probably sense my growing excitement from all the exclamation marks I am using!!! I think I may have used my quota for the week. Or maybe not quite - yay!!! Okay, now I'm done ;-)