Sunday, August 14, 2011


How many things are wrong with this image?
For starters, I do not have my camera strap around my neck. How stupid is this? Very.  I am known for insisting everyone put a strap around their neck the instant they touch a camera. Hmph.
Then there's the fact that I'm in a restroom mirror, clutching  paper towels from drying my hands. Nice propping there.
Back up one more step. I am photographing myself in a mirror, while not looking through the viewfinder. Seen it much?  I really dislike this online cliche image. I always think the subject is trying to show  they have a big camera instead of a more compact point & shoot.  Which always makes me think, OK if you can afford that camera go get yourself a stinkin' tripod and use the self -exposure setting, and stop with the photo we've already seen a thousand times. But maybe, like me, they were just in an aggressively pink restroom during a job and decided it was the perfect moment to show a FO.

photo by Kelly Jensen,  photo asst for the job, and headband knitting/crocheting enabler.
My hair is not actually usually this bad; we were driving back with the windows down . 
Great for the gorgeous weather. Tragic for the coiffure.
Which brings us to why I am peering out over the camera : I am trying to show you my headband, and I am not usually a headband fan. However, I have hair that can charitably be called "very textural".  I've been trying to grow it out.  Enroute to a very businesslike photo shoot in Vermont,  I realized I needed something to hold it back, not out.
With Berroco Pure Pima on hand, I decided to knit a headband.I tried a mini Lacy Baktus, but didn't like it in the worsted weight gauge.  Same with try # 2, a Helleborus . (Yes,  I am  a fan of Terhi's.)  Next up I switched to crochet for a half granny triangle.  It was predictably too retro crafty for the look I wanted (I may go there again though). So I fudged a double crochet gridlike like headband, tapering the ends and fastening with a button,
When I was done with the strip of it, it seemed a little bit....more homemade than handmade, so I edged it in single crochet for a more finished look.
Bottle cap whistles by Loran Scruggs, who works with recycled tin and just happens to be profile in our new book, Craft Activism. TBP Sept 27. (shameless plug)
The headband was just right for the work in Vermont, as was our stop on the way home the next day at the Northfield Creamie in Massachusetts. Joy! is the word.
I've already cast on in a khaki-ish color skein of the cotton for the Blue Leaf headband . Obsessed, just a little.
And then, there's always this strategy for hair cover.
Thanks to everyone who entered to win the class at Fiber College, I'll notify the winner tomorrow. if she says she can't make it, I'll draw again. And you should still plan to come , it's going to be a fine time.


kt said...

The headband, she is airy and fab.
The whistles am delightful (I'm guessing the Kroger part is a spice box? Rubbed sage? Sounds like a great yarn color.)

And the cardboard box shot made me giggle. Looks like an errant robot.

WV: flunsam!

Carole Knits said...

I like the head band!

Miss Sandra said...

Argghhhh! You were right across the street from where I work Gale! Though, I'm not at the Town Hall on Sunday so I'd have missed you anyway. Hope you enjoyed the creamie. Great sandwiches at Mim's next door.
Sandra (from the WEBS class)

Mary Lou said...

Now I want a Root Bear Float. Coincidentally, just sent this a fried with 'very textural' hair.

Cookie said...

I was thinking how fabulous you are that all your bits go so well together that I never noticed the "issues" with your photo. Then again, I didn't notice the pink until you mentioned it and thought you were holding tissues. What do I know?


Ellen Bloom said...

Well, OK..YOU may not be pleased with the faux pas in this photo, but at least everything is complimentary and your accessories are divine! We love headbands, you know!

Kelli said...

Love the headband!

livnletlrn said...

Hm. Textural hair. I has it too.

craftivore said...

Your readers are much more charitable I assure you! The blues in the photo are divine and the headband is very cute.

Kristin Nicholas said...

Yum - the Northfield Creamie - Julia's favorite place for a treat!

MicheleinMaine said...

I'm looking forward to meeting you and taking your class on Saturday!