Today's post is by Kimberly Golynskiy, designer of Molloy..
The first thing a knitter thinks when they find out they are having a baby is “Ooooh, what am I going to make?!” You dream of all the beautiful handknit heirlooms you’ll lovingly create for your little one and the amazing pictures you’ll take of your precious darling child happily wearing them. And then this happens:
I imagine this is a bummer for all knitters, but when you design and need to get pictures of your knitwear in action it can be really frustrating. I’m convinced the child models for Knittin Little are the most well-behaved kids on the planet or there is a person standing just off camera with a bowl of jelly beans feeding them between shots. Hey - I’m not judging - the photo shoot for the Mila Sweetpea Dress required both ice cream AND gummy worms.
My daughter, Mila, is now 5 and no longer cries/screams/rips off my knitwear, though there is a general “hurry up and take my picture so I can get this off” face in every shot. I’ve recently taken a new tactic to get her interested in the things I make - I’m having her design along with me. When a new call for submissions comes out, I show her the mood board and let her go crazy with a croquis (a croquis is a ready made figure template used for designing). I haven’t quite figured out how to knit the things she draws, but I love her bold use of color and mixing of patterns.
I thought letting her pick out yarn might improve the likelihood of her actually wearing the stuff I make for her but she wanted to combine a teal and orange Freia Ombre with a very expensive maroon Twist Mink. The girl certainly has good taste in yarn, but she somehow gets chocolate on everything she wears, so I had to adjust my strategy. Now I let her pick the colors from pre-approved yarn (something superwash or acrylic) and that’s worked out better. Here she is enjoying (well, at least not ripping it off) a hat in a rainbow (or course!) mix of Cascade 220 Superwash. Baby steps!
Someday they’ll appreciate the things we knit for them (right?!?), but until then, if you have a little one who isn’t excited about what you make, get them invested by letting them pick the yarn colors and maybe even the pattern!
Thank you Kimberly! And our models are definitely not the most well behaved. Our photographer is a) super fast and b) she promised them all vanilla wafers after. Whatever works.
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