Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Farmergirl knit.

Most times when I finish a new hand knit or something I've sewn, I walk around the house with it, planning how best to capture it in a photo. Mostly I dream about living in one of those houses with white big walls and clean, clear airy, spaces and not so much clutter. You know the houses I'm talking about. One of those houses would have so many perfect backdrops for a photo shoot.

But let's face it. I am not one of those domestic goddesses, I live with three little messy, stuff loving people and we live on a farm.

Added to the not perfect house for a backdrop issue, is the fact that my kids are a bit over the posing thing. I generally have to bribe them and chase them around if I don't want a hanger shot.

So this morning I decided I couldn't be precious. If I wanted a couple of shots of Miss Pepper wearing her new Chinatown test knit, then I'd have to let her wear it following her Dad around doing the farm chores.

I had to risk chook poo, wood shavings, mud, dust and dirty water.

This morning I must have been feeling brave, or desperate.

And I think I got some pretty good shots.

Not gorgeous, white walled, focus on the garment shots, but definitely farmer girl wearing her new Mama made jumper in real life.

Chinatown jumper details here.

See ya. xx

65 comments:

  1. It was worth risking chook poo- the photos are beautiful! If you can say "It'll wash out" or "It'll grow back", it's all good :)

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  2. Well pardon me, Kate, but I reckon you live with four - not three - little messy, stuff loving people.
    Like your mum, you never were too crash hot at arithmetic.
    xxxxx
    P.S. Hope you're and your four darling ones are having a lovely easter/passover break.

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  3. Oooh Kate these photos are so lovely they make me want to cry. I especially love the third one down with wee Pepper looking at her daddy!

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  4. Well I think these are much better than the clean white house shots you were after initially! Gorgeous job!

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  5. I think you'll find that those of us that do have the white walls (on in my case...just the wrong shade of off white) only use them because we don't have a backdrop like yours! Crikey...it's the very bestest setting for the knit. Just PERFECT.

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  6. just the sort of photo's i love Kate! and just as beautiful, nay more beautiful for the Realness.

    totally love the jumper too. that blue looks just lovely on miss Pepper :)

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  7. Mama made jumper in real life is stunning! I like it even more this way. My one white wall is over the posing thing as well, now I need a farm.

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  8. Oh my, these photos are just fantastic.
    Love them

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  9. Who needs the pristene white house when you have the perfect farm backdrop!But I can appreciate dodging the chook poo factor. Jumper is lovely.

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  10. Am I crazy, or do your chickens live in an airstream caravan? That would be awesome if they do!!!

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  11. more than one gorgeous chick in those photos, Kate

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  12. Great top!

    I really love the photos of Pepper and Farmer Bren. I think it's so much more meaningful to capture your creations in your space. At least you have a interesting space to work with. Me, I take photos against the wall of the house (white painted brick).

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  13. Oh my.... I would take these cute as can be daddy & girl love pix over white walls any day... throw in some baby chicks and I can hardly tear my eyes away.... well done on this knit....loving the colour choice and how well it matches her daddy's farm wear :)

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  14. Heaps better than white walled houses. I'll take a little girl, with chickens and her dada photo any day.
    So sweet.

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  15. These photos are total keepers, print them off and frame photos...jumper looks good though ; )

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  16. I'ts PERFECT, the pic's, the kid, the farm boy and the jumper. I decided this year that photos are best taken when subject is in its natural environment. NO white walls here either!

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  17. SO much more gorgeous and beautiful than any white walled glamour shots. WIth reality and love and chickies!!! how can you go wrong? xo
    PS love the knit too x

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  18. Oh yes you did, you got some great shots - I love them all! They perfectly model that snuggly new mama made knit, looks cozy.

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  19. Sweet pics, Kate.
    Love the sweater and the broody room. Hey - guess what? We're a month away from selling Ruby Hills Bath Milk!
    xx

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  20. your bravery paid off, Kate - so so beautiful xx

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  21. Your photos are so adorable. I love the "natural look" and wish we could live on a farm like that!
    Have a nice day. Simone from Germany

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  22. Love the photos - expecially the first of the ones of the two of them. It really shows the two of them and what they get up to together:)
    Love your Dad's comment:)

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  23. i've often dreamed of one of those houses too - the light, bright, airy and uncluttered houses. instead my house is darkish and bursting at the seams with mis-matched furniture, books, yarn, fabric, lego (let's not forget the lego), quilts etc...
    some days i despair but the other day someone came over, curled up on my couch and said 'this is the sort of house that makes people feel at home. the sort of house that invites people to drink tea and craft and the sort of house that makes me feel instantly comfortable'. So, I figure my house is okay, because that's how I want people to feel. I want them to know that it's okay to spill something, to take their shoes of and relax, to feel at home and to feel welcome.
    I imagine your house is very similar :)
    the jumper is gorgeous as are the chicks :)
    l
    x

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  24. I could lend you my Humphrey B Bear, but your real life shots are much more stunning!

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  25. it's perfect...the style, the colour, the girl and the mama who made it. These photo shoots are the best kind. x

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  26. I'd swap white walls for that country look any day - if I had that of course! I'd love to live in the country and have little chicks to play with. Very cute photos of the two of them looking very snug and cosy. Love it all!

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  27. Kate these photos are gorgeous as it your daughter sporting her new knit...give me reality any day :)

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  28. Aww Kate, I am sure I am not the first to say that a modelled knitted garment is far more appealing than one on a hanger! And Miss Pepper did a great job. Worth the poo risk! Your farm is the perfect back drop too. Everything about your post was worth the click over to it. xxx Fi

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  29. Worth every bit of chook poo Kate. The photos of Pepper in the sweater are fantastic.

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  30. waaaay nicer than a white wall shot....such beautiful photos! though i understand the dream of having a white wall...or some clean space too x x

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  31. Great real life photos!
    And ooh I love this pattern! Could you tell us where it will be available from? I've been searching for a nice cozy jumper to knit for my little girl and this one is perfect!

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  32. I think the photos are perfect. Especially love the first one of them together.

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  33. These are great Kate!
    Especially love the last one!X

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  34. I'd probably be triple checking my reader that I was looking at the right blog if I did see the pristine white walled 'studio style' shots on here. I way prefer what I do see instead.

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  35. Now this is what taking photo's is all about...LOVE the pics...So natural and professional...I use to do a lot of kids portriats and a few wedding way back when...and these are just the sought of shots people want...Relaxed friendly and not cheesy...
    Just perfect...

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  36. They are the best photos you could have captured....a moment or two between a dad and his little girl.
    The knitting is lovely.

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  37. Naaw, gorgeous jumper, gorgeous family, gorgeous pics!

    I especially adore the second last photo, such a cute moment captured.

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  38. Someone small, on their way to bed, saw Miss Pepper and said "can we go and play at her house tomorrow?" It would be nice. x

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  39. I dream about having a house suitable for photos shoots...but imagine all that work keeping it perfect and where would I put all my "stuff". Love your farm shots, they are gorgeous.

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  40. Kate, these pics are sublime. Miss Pepper is just stunning and modelling that gorgeous knit, she is pretty as a picture.
    I think that first shot of your hubby and your little lady with the chicks is award worthy. It captures so much beauty, the kind that white walls and perfectly polished furniture could not.
    Another lovely post :o)

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  41. The very best shots, this is real life. I love your little chicks, oh to have chickens again, and a veggie patch. I so loved having chickens and veggies, all free range and organic...bliss.
    x Sandi

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  42. Ace to see you and the gang today, I was sorry that we had to leave early. How did you heart go? As we left I noticed Pepper helping herself to what was possibly her FOURTH piece of chocolate cake...big smile on her face :) ps that jumper looks super cosy and I love the colour x

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  43. Lovely shots! And lovely jumper! Nice one!

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  44. Just gorgeous Kate :) I love these photos and your knit is fantastic. Kx

    p.s. So funny - I often wish I had a white space to take photos too!

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  45. Adorable photos. Great pattern! Are you going to publish? BTW, the twirly skirt arrived in Iowa yesterday. My granddaughter is going to love it!

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  46. Oh my goodness! That first one of the two of them sitting with the chicks is such a sweet picture! You can see the love going back and forth! Any hope that her jumper will be a pattern to buy in the future?

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  47. Well, it just goes to show... life really does have a way of happening whilst we're busy making other plans. AKA "Happy Accidents". I think these are the best 'fashion mag-y' pics yet, white walls or not. Beautiful!

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  48. I haven't read all the comments people have left but I'm sure they are all saying the same thing.
    The people in those big airy uncluttered homes are probably wishing they had a farm to create such beautiful natural shots. I love them Kate. Jumper is cute too.

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  49. I LOVE this little sweater and not posing it makes it look so comfy and practical...and CUTE all on its own!

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  50. Beautiful shots & a beautiful jumper, I really love it, Kate!

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  51. Just lovely Kate! I love farm yard shots, especially involving gorgeous knitted jumpers and cute little girls :) You knitted it beautifully.

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  52. how gorgeous are your girls??

    loving the mama made jumper. I love little girls in blue SO much! Yay for no signs of pink! :)

    What special shots to keep too, chick poo or not! S P E C I A L

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  53. Love the jumper and the farm shots.

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  54. A lovely pattern and the shots are beautiful.
    Chrisartist

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  55. Love it! And it looks absolutely perfect for wandering around on the farm - and in reality, these jumpers are going to be worn by kids, not hung in sterile "white wall" environments!!

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  56. lovely lovely lovely. natural and real and happy. just like your blog, really. xo

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  57. There couldn't be a more gorgeous shot than those of Miss Pepper and Dad with the chicks! The jumper is beautiful!:-)

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  58. Cute cute cute! Pepper is the sweetest girl ever, and those chicks... peep peep!

    I've just been informed by Ina that she's not going to wear the grey cardi I'm knitting for her. I really should have consulted her on the colour choice before I started - seems four year old girls don't fancy grey, but would prefer pink or yellow or orange. Duh!

    But I do like your teal blue farm girl jumper. Pretty and practical and great with jeans!

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  59. I think you got some totally awesome shots!!! Those little chickens and Miss Pepper and her daddy.....Gorgeous Kate! :-)

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  60. far too much cute going on over here ; ) x

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  61. Your photos are gorgeous. Utterly lovely. Natural and real. The best.

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  62. I just love this knit. So perfect. And These shots are much more exciting than white walls! xo m.

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  63. I so know what you mean about the white walls, airy spaces free of clutter. But those photos of Pepper are gorgeous and the jumper is divine!

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