There are always certain things that bring out sadness in a person. For me rainy days are numero uno on that list. I know lots of people who love rain.  The cool air, the sound of raindrops as it pounds against the roof, the rolling thunder and bright flashes of lightning. Sure it all sounds like it should be pleasant, but it always leaves me feeling sad. Thankfully the perfect antidote to rain is a big warm drink of your preferred poison. Mine is hot chocolate.  Even in the middle of summer.  There is just something so soothing about hot chocolate that makes me feel like I’m a child. But as an adult, I get the good stuff. No more Swiss Miss with the teeny little mock marshmallows. I go for Godiva Dark Chocolate made with whole milk.

But you can’t just sit there with a warm drink and expect the doldrums to disappear. You have to keep yourself busy and distracted. That’s where the knitting comes in. It keeps my mind occupied so I don’t get all mopey. Especially if it’s soft, smooshy wool. I always prefer to knit wool. Sure cotton, linen, bamboo, and silk are alright, but I love the feel of wool. Even the workhorse stuff just feels so wonderful sliding through my fingers. That’s why even my summer projects, like the Spring Garden Tee I’ve got going for the luvinthemommyhood KAL usually have some sort of wool content. I know there are people out there who find wool itchy or scratchy, but I just think it’s the most wonderful fiber out there. It’s breathable, antimicrobial, easily waterproofed, and has the fantastic ability to keep one warm in the cold and cool in the heat.  Seriously, what else could you ask for. That’s why I was drawn to the Angora Bamboo, I’m using for my KAL project. At 50% bamboo, %35 wool, and %15 angora, it was screaming out to be knit up into this tee. And it’s looking beautiful, if I do say so myself.

Spring Garden Tee aka April Showers, a work in Progress

Which brings me to the other topic of this post, photography. I stink at it. Just look at the above progress shot for proof. This also makes me sad. I am always in awe of the beautiful shots I see on the blogs I read, the FO pics I see on Ravelry, or the product shots I see on Hyenacart and Etsy. I want to be able to take photos like that. I think lighting is my biggest struggle. I just can’t it right. Plus then you have to get just the right angle and all sorts of other things. My sister went to school for photography, but she lives on the other coast, so I have to ask you all, what are your tips for a good photograph? I have Sony Cybershot DSC H-5 with 7.2 megapixels and 12x Optical Zoom. It’s a pretty nice camera judging by the price we paid for it. So tell me how to make the most of it. I want my photos to be as good as they can, not just for my knitting and yarn, but for my boys too. I’ll even do homework assignments if you just give me a nudge in the right direction.