Spring version of Renaissance Tunic

Well, I do keep my word.  Today, we had a redo photo shoot of my Renaissance Tunic, designed by Teva Durham.  Now, make no mistake as to how much I love this sweater as evidenced by its wearing this winter.  My love of this tunic is probably why I wanted to bring it to you, again as I wasn’t sure the first photo shoot did it justice.  However, this idea does add pressure to an already stressful activity.  That is how I feel with these photo sessions, pure stress.  Many reasons.  You see, hubby, who wants so desperately to please is not quite as flexible and energetic as he once was and the model is getting older.  Both get cranky and both want these photo shoots to be successful, at least in our eyes.  Also, a redo moment takes twice the energy to ready our ‘get-up-and-go’ and we (or at least, I) have high hopes of capturing some good looking shots.

I am finding these photo shoots a three step process.  Keep in mind the only reason for the photo shoots is to share knitting online.  Online sharing is the newest part of the knitting process for me (I’ve been knitting far longer than the internet as been in existence) so I am least experienced in this modeling and that is probably why I find it most difficult.  Back to this three step idea, I identify the first step as the actual knitting.  For me, the easiest part.  Secondly, the fashioning of the knitting (what I am going to wear with it), is sometimes easy and sometimes more difficult.  While I am knitting, I have ideas, but sometimes those ideas do not work because while you envision a particular garment looking one way, it sometimes looks another.  And thirdly, the actual stance and location of the shoots are planned.  This is, by far, the most difficult step in this process for me.

What I didn’t like in the first photo shoot for this garment was my turtle-like posture.  It was COLD when we went out.  Red nosed, flushed skin, and I had curled my hands and body upward into the sweater so much that when I viewed the photos, it looked like the sleeves were dangling two feet below the length of my arms.  I forgot I had my reading glasses on and the reeds in the back camouflaged the sweater rather than complimented it.  OK, that was then and feel free to view that post right here.  I will call it the Winter version.

Now, when I look at these photos, I feel like we took care of these issues but (and we are NOT telling hubby) I am not thrilled with how I styled the sweater today.  The location and weather were beautiful, a gorgeous day, I remembered my posture and hubby gave his all to the assignment, as always.  I thought the swing of the hem of the pant would compliment the swing of the hem of the sleeve but I think the fabric of the pants is really turning me off.  The photos are attached and I am NOT going to ask to have this photographed, again.

So, we now have a Spring version.  Enjoy, feel free to critique, or simply enjoy the effort.

POST SCRIPT:  There is more to the story.  This is post 2 of 3 of this project.  Feel free to follow its story that has a successful ending!  Here is post 1 and its final version, post 3!