How to be a Borrower

Hey You Guys!

Hope you're well and having a pleasant week so far, I've been planning Christmas 2018 and a few new bits and pieces in between so having a lovely time drinking tea and scribbling in my sketch book which I rarely get to do!

But onto today...I've had quite a few questions about my Borrower pictures (a series I'm doing on Instagram) so thought I'd use todays post to talk about them, the reason behind it and how I create the images in case anyone else wants to have a bash at being a borrower. I'd love to see them so if you do create your own, make sure to use the hashtag #mylifeasaborrower so I can find them and we can talk about how much fun it is!


What are you on about? 

It all started because I was thinking about some of the things we constantly hear in our line of work, whatever that may be. For me, things like 'My Aunt Doris knits' or 'I bet you have big balls" (that ones always followed by a wink wink nudge nudge') and you laugh and smile and remember the first time you heard 'that one' many years ago. But, one of the sentences I hear the most is 'you look like a borrower!'  and this has always been a nice one because I found it so intriguing. I started thinking about what I could do if I really was a borrower - obviously I'd always be knitting... but what else could I get up to?


Lauren Aston Designs Giant knits

Where did it start?

Having heard this for a few years, the real fuel to this fire came after I posted the above image on Instagram and people kept saying it. I've posted pictures with my needles before but for some reason this one seemed to resinate the most. From there I decided that I wanted to actually be a borrower and thought the ideal place to start this, sat on top of my giant needles as they're so integral to the whole idea.


How do you do it? 

All you need to create a Borrower image is a basic knowledge of photoshop. I'm definitely not a photoshop whiz and I'm sure that if I was better at it I could make them look a hundred times cooler but for now I'm having fun so that's all I need. 

There's also some apps that you can use to do this kind of thing if you don't have photoshop. I've never used any apps for this myself so don't know how easy/hard they are I'm afraid but it has to be worth looking around the app store if you fancy it. 

So it's simply a case of photographing the setting and then myself, then I cut 'me' out and shrink her down....super simple! The hardest part is the cutting out and making sure it's neat - hair is ALWAYS a nightmare because it's so whispy. You can use the 'background eraser tool' on Photoshop but it only really works if the background is a strikingly different colour. I just go slow and accept that this will take the longest, after that it's pretty quick.

You can see that as my first attempt is was a bit mess (I was super excited to do it so rushed it all haha) the yarn wasn't very neat and I wasn't actually knitting I just used the sleeve of my jumper (from the kit) and popped some of the stitches back on the needle! After this I decided that I needed something to properly knit and decided to make a scarf. In each image the scarf could get longer - I've added black stripes into it so you can see the growth of the knitting and hopefully one day it'll be super long. 

P.S can you spot my socks?! 

So as you can see above it's basically just cutting 'me' out then dragging me over to the needles image, altering the size and position until it looks about right then erasing the overlaps i.e. where the yarn on the 'me' layer is covering the needle but would actually be hidden behind the needle in real life - I find the easiest way to do this (again, there are so many ways of doing things on Photoshop so there are lots of other options but this is how I roll...) is to turn the opacity down on the layer that you're erasing (to maybe 20-50%), that way you can see through it to the setting later and (staying on the layer you're erasing) you can then run over the bits that shouldn't be there.... 

Finally I play around with the brightness, contrast, curves and saturation of each layer until they both match (I definitely should have done this more for this image but as it was the first one I'll be honest, I was too excited to notice or care!) 


What else have you got?

After the first one I think I upped my game when I realised I wanted it to be a series of images, I started knitting the proper scarf and taking more care about the composition of the images so the three other borrower shots I've published so far are ...

Chilling on my own finger...

Chilling on my own finger...

Just waiting for someone to pour the gin

Just waiting for someone to pour the gin

Just reading Harry Potter (surely, if you're that small it's like being IN it right?!)

Just reading Harry Potter (surely, if you're that small it's like being IN it right?!)

See ya next time 

So that's me as a borrower. I hope that was useful for anyone who'd asked, I'm working on the next one at the moment and it should go onto instagram in the next few weeks. I'm having so much fun watching my scarf grow and imagining all the things I could do! So my questions to you is of course, What would you do if you were a borrower? 

I'll leave you with that, Take care m'darlin's, 

L x