Factoid….

Friday? Err, Saturday in this case.

Because many of my fellow bloggers do it, I thought it might be fun to occasionally make posts that have nothing to do with what I’m working on or finished objects. I’m trying very hard to keep this blog craft oriented, so anything I do that veers off my normal course will be craft related just the same. I got to thinking–thanks to LSG–that it might be fun to post random facts about knitting, patterns, etc, in regards to what I like or conversely, what I dislike and turns me off. I suspect that due to my nature, these will often be rants, for good or bad.

My first post is going to be about something that greatly annoys me when I’m surfing patterns on Ravelry. It annoys me so much that I will hiss at my computer scream and start yelling at it if I’m not careful. What annoys me so much?

FOs that are not worn on human bodies. Like…NONE, or the majority of the FOs are. They’re just laying there in the picture. Sad little pandas.

Dear women of the world,

I realize that you have been socialized to hate your bodies and being photographed. Really, I get it. When I put up my one FO picture with my mother in it, she about shit a brick when she found out I posted up a picture of her and her face on the internet. Because a few random strangers may see her and judge what she looks like. Which is perfectly lovely if what I think counts for anything.

I’m scared of the camera too. I was even more scared when I found out my weight was ballooning again and that was the only way I knew it was happening. However, I tend to buck up and take pictures in my sweaters; this is not only to continue my work on loving me for me.

This is important.

But.

I also do this because there is nothing more frustrating then not being able to see a handknit on a body at all, or only on a small selection of bodies, none of them seeming to be similar to yours. The one thing that frustrates me as much as not being able to find FOs on real bodies is having to read all of the kvetching about how none of these knits were made for REAL people, blah blah blah, actual complaint will vary depending on if person writing it is older, younger, thinner, heavier, busty, no breasts at all, pear shaped, this list could go on. This is why I make it a point to photograph my FOs on me and post them up. And interestingly enough, everytime I post up a new worn FO, I get at least 3 new friends’ requests on Ravelry and lots of positive feedback.

For those that fear the teal deer I’ll sum up: wear your FOs in your pictures, damn it. I want to see what it looks like on a person.

2 thoughts on “Factoid….

  1. SING IT, SISTER! Man, seeing crap lying there always sucks. I understand if it is baby clothes and you don't have access to said baby, but otherwise? WTF?

  2. Good post. I never thought of it that way. Mostly because I'm the one taking the picture and it is hard to take it while wearing something. (you do mean socks too, right? not just sweaters)lolI'll try to be better about taking pictures of knitting being worn.

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