Selling items online requires that we take photos of what we are selling so that the buyer can have a look. It's bad enough when you have a sub-standard camera and no decent background, but when you also have no model, the process becomes an effort in futility. Never mind that I'm getting old enough that I hate to see pictures of myself, I can't even get a good pose because I'm in front of the camera rather than behind it.
I need a mannequin. A mannequin has style. What style exactly depends on the mannequin. I think I'll invest in an artistic one without a face or hair. Something impressionistic but not abstract. I can get the pose right. I can get the drape of the clothing right. I can get the focus right. I can make the accessories look attractive to buyers.
And I can dress it up for Halloween to scare people, plant it in my home so intruders will think the house is not empty, or talk to it when I am alone -- or when I'm not alone. Everyone needs to talk things out now and then, especially with someone who is non-judgmental.
A mannequin is a good investment for Whitaker Knits. I hope my budget allows me to purchase one soon. Until then, visit www.etsy.com/shop/whitakerknits and try to imagine yourself in these hand-knitted accessories.