Current Sweater Project and Photography (with some notes upon the curiosity observed upon the Isle of Knitting Daily)

I played with the settings on my camera today and set the resolution higher—I think that it was set at 1 MB or something and I set it at 7 MB. I don’t even know what that means but it seemed to make the pictures look nicer. Then again, that could simply be my perception. I have aspirations to create deep, moody pictures that evoke warmth, creation and joy, but they mostly look like a teenager with lame props took them. I’m trying though.

My current lumpy sweater is actually my first sweater ever; a cardigan with deep ribbing—4 inches!

Pattern: Basic Black

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, color 44

Needle Size: 7

Size: 35 bust

Given that I am about half an inch bigger than 35 inches, it’s going to be a close fit. I started knitting this quite some time ago and stuffed it away when I grew a bit disgusted with the bright deep golden color. It is very deep and strong. However, I have taken it up again and I am just a few rows away from completing the left front. I finished the back awhile ago.

I picked Basic Black when I got tired of looking at sloopy, sloppy sweaters that seem to conspire to make people look overweight and tired. Besides, if I want a slouchy sweater, it’s going to be in some soft worsted or aran weight, not this slightly powdery feeling DK weight yarn.

A recent and slightly unfortunate example of a slouchy sweater is the NEW and OMG FREE pattern that Knitting Daily just released—the Slouch Rib Cardigan. Granted, there is nothing evil about this sweater. It has never slain an innocent child or cut you off in traffic. But just look at it. The slender and dreamy-eyed model looks like she has a book stuffed under that ribbing along the front. Add the border of purls around the bust and the back, and designs seems to be trying to

1. Make you look heavier, or like a prepubescent girl padding her bra

2. Emphasize your bust like yellow crime scene tape. HEY, LOOK HERE!

I get a sense of what the designer was trying to do, but I don’t think that all the elements quite mesh together. (Then again, I’m not a designer, so who takes me seriously?) Still, I love Knitting Daily and I am anxiously waiting for the 5 free patterns they will be releasing in ebook form.

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March 18, 2008. Tags: , , . Knittin' Porn, works-in-progress.

2 Comments

  1. Sarah replied:

    I agree about the Slouch Rib Cardigan. It would be an okay sweater for hanging around your house, but why would you want to wear it out? I love your sweater! Very pretty!

  2. jinniver replied:

    I have now seen the sweater that got me sucked into Ravelry in the first place, and you are so right. Those lines just draw the eye right to the middle of your chest. I’ve spent my life trying to keep guys from staring at my chest when they’re talking to me–why, oh why would I want to encourage eye-to-chest conversation?

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