Thursday, August 29, 2013


Tomfoolery is the fourth pattern to appear in Lit Knits. The scarf is inspired by a particularly infamous scene in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which was published in 1876.

After Tom gets into a bit of trouble, his aunt has him whitewash a large fence. Tom, being Tom, tricks his friends into painting the fence for him.

While we were trying to get the "friend painting the fence" shot, I had a little trouble getting everything lined up well. Some of you might have noticed that the apple isn't placed very well in this shot. I had to yell out, "The apple looks like it is going up his butt."

Apparently we are all five-years-old because everyone laughed.

It was brutally hot that day: 108°F/ 42°C. The reflector became more of a fan. Not in the picture (but located to the right) were a bunch of guys playing beer pong. We looked at them funny, they looked at us like we were insane. Honestly, we were all crazy for being outside on such a hot day.

This scarf went through a couple of incarnations. The intention always was to have a color block scarf that looked like a partially painted fence. Originally the ribbed portion was a bit wider. But I had some trouble with keeping the scarf from curling, even after blocking. So a week before the shoot, I knitted a new scarf as fast as I could. I promptly ran out of yarn, bought new yarn, got the wrong dye lot, and ripped out this scarf to make the replacement.

But it was worth it.


Anonymous said...

It's great that you were looking for all that detail. All too often I look at the photo after I have taken it, and see things that shouldn't be there... Love the back story. You did well to get that scarf reknitted so quickly!

Jennifer said...

What a clever concept, and I love how you incorporated that bit from the Tom Sawyer story!

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