I really struggle to get good shots of knitted items. Poor light, contorting myself to be both photographer and model, it's just a headache.
After yet another failed attempt to take photos of socks, not helped by the light being so poor by the time I got outside that the flash was firing I decided to have a go at photo-shopping what I had onto a different world.
Switched to black and white, with a reddish tint, then painted over the original background and added light and shadows (yes I do like the airbrush tool). It needs some more tweaking, but it definitely knocks the socks of the photo I started with.