So, so pretty! (You can get your own handspun from this talented spinner from her Etsy shop here!)
The colorway was called “Pebble” so as I was searching for patterns and came across Pebble Beach Shawl, I thought it might just be meant to be. When I noted the yarn would definitely jive with the pattern, I was sure of it.
And then I was sick… for the next month. I couldn’t let my sick face interfere with the beauty of the shawl.
So I waited.
And then the light was just never right. It simply wouldn’t do this incredible yarn justice.
So I waited.
And then all the sudden it had been 6 weeks since I finished it and I still had no nice photos.
Feeling much better, I resolved to get those photos.
And then it rained for a week.
Finally last week despite a cool autumn mist and wind and mosquitoes, I brought it along on a hike and with Mr Knitting Sarah’s help we finally got some photos.
They aren’t spectacular. My darling husband is great at getting photos of people and places, but doesn’t always seem to understand what I’m looking for when I go to photograph knitwear. It’s a fact I don’t think he frets over at all, but he has a lot of patience and tries really hard to help me and I do appreciate it. And in the interest of full disclosure, I’m kind of the world’s worst model. I’m not belittling my looks, I’m just often not aware that I’m making faces…
I easily could have decided to go back to the drawing board on these photos. I could have opted to wait for another day with better light, fewer mosquitoes, and where maybe I wasn’t making such weird faces. I laughed and rolled my eyes a lot as I looked at these, but as I flipped through them I also noticed how perfect the colors of the shawl are for me. Oh how I love the blues and the greys and the texture of the handspun, created by the hands of a spinner I very much respect and admire. And I thought about handspun, how it is by nature is so unique and has so much personality. And I realized that I didn’t need to take new photos. These photos may be a little goofy, but they are authentic. For better or worse they are 100% me and isn’t that the best way to honor a handspun yarn? To take a yarn created by a lovely friend that is wholly unique and beautiful, knit it into a very pretty shawl, and then just wear it with joy & laughter and show it in a whole-heartedly genuine moment. It may not be ‘picture perfect’, but I don’t know that I could honor this incredible project more.