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Photographing Shawls
Shawls Book 2 by The Crochet Project

Pulling a book together, even if its just 5 patterns, is a lot of work.  Its less about the designing, because that is a given, its all of the little things that take up the time. I have a checklist I use when pulling together patterns and The Crochet Project books and in the run up to publication and Yarndale, it looked like we were ahead of the game.  All the flat shots of the shawls were done, the text was mostly edited and laid out, just some final tweaks here and there and then we were done.

And then came the tweet "Could we get a couple of washing line shots to show all 5 shawls together, please?" This task hadn't made it on my list and I had simply forgotten about the need to get a photo of all 5 shawls together.

While my washing green does have excellent views, it is walled and it can be a bit of a struggle to get the right angle on larger objects.

I needed an alternative plan. Out came two tent poles, some cord and tent pegs and off I went into the cow field.

It took a couple of tries to get it right.  The weight of the shawls needed some counter traction.

The I erased the guy lines in lightroom to get more of a "washing line" and less of a "using tent poles to show off shawls" effect. 

As dramatic shawl photos go, I am quite pleased, even if the farmer said something to the effect of "Every time I am up here, you are doing something odd in that field". Hahaha! 

New Pattern: Goldenrod

IMG_9957.jpg The moment I saw the mustart yellow/brown Flump Aran from Babylonglegs that was supposed to be a gift to myself for finishing the book, I knew 2 things:

1. I wasn't going to wait until September to play with it

2. It would be a hat

3. It would end up being a gift for Kerstin, aka Tantie.


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And so here it is, called Goldenrod after the yellowy brown orange flowers that grew in every ditch in Iowa.  The hat's tall posts echo the plant's tall stems.


The crown of the hat is made out of clusters of double crochet (UK trebles) and chain spaces, copying the way goldenrod flowers shoot off of tall stems in long clusters.


Its a semi-slouchy design, perfect as is for pulling up your hair into it on a bad hair day.  There are also instructions for adding in extra length for a more slouchy design.


And, before you adjust your computer screens, it really is this green here.  It is the remarkable upside to the rain. It is like living in a rain forest, but without the heat or I guess its really like living in Scotland.


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Its model is its intended recipient, Kerstin - who did not have to be bribed with chocolate or cake or TV or toys to take these pictures.  She was also much more compliant than my usual models and she didn't scream and cry after I dragged her out for a second time to get one more shot.  These are all excellent qualities in models...*looks accusingly at her 3 live-in models*.



Materials: 5mm/H8 Hook 4mm/ G6 Hook 1 100g skein of Babylonglegs Flump Aran - 182 yds/166 m (pictured in “MooTard”)

Gauge: 15 sts and 12 rows in 4 inches in HDC with the 5mm hook.

Final Measurements: Hat height: 8 inches Diameter: 21 inches

Stitches: HDC = Half Double Crochet (UK Half Treble) DC = Double Crochet (UK Treble) FPTC = Front Post Treble Crochet (UK Raised Double Treble Front) FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet (UK Raised Treble Front) BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet (UK Raised Treble Back) Ch = Chain

Tech edited by Joanne Scrace.

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