There’s a lot I don’t talk about much on this blog (actually, I don’t blog much on this blog lately) – I don’t talk about video games or non-knitting books or TV shows or the conventions I go to and I don’t talk about other hobbies I have. Actually, I may have talked about all of these things at one point but I can’t be bothered to go back and read my prior entries to fact-check. Just one of the many ways I would fail at being journalist.
One of the things I used to be passionate about was photography. I took a few classes my senior year in high school and absolutely fell in love. Honestly, if fear hadn’t gotten in the way, I would have pursued it further than those few classes and the one class at a community college. Since then, it fell to the wayside. I told myself I didn’t have enough time. That it was too expensive. That I needed a really good camera before I could take the hobby seriously again. That I’d forgotten how to do it properly.
Really, as we all know, it was a combination of fear and laziness that stopped me. With a hint of “caring too much what other people think” thrown in for good measure.
Even though I’m quickly approaching thirty, I still worry
far too much all the time about what other people are thinking about me. I also worry that people will talk to me and my social anxiety can’t take it.
Yesterday the heat finally broke and it was cloudy and a bit windy and the leaves are starting to fall of the trees and I realized Autumn is finally approaching. And I realized that I didn’t want to miss it this year by cooping myself up in the house all the time. So before I could change my mind, I shoved my knitting in a bag, grabbed my camera and went for a walk around the neighborhood.
This was a great idea. All the pictures of my knitting that I’ve been taking has been pretty disappointing to me. I know I can do better and I know the issue, mostly, is the lighting in my room. Using flash tends to kill the color of the knitting and it’s always too dark in here to go flashless. My friend Alicia, a super talented photographer in her own right, has been encouraging me to get outside and take advantage of the natural light to get good shots of my projects but I’ve been too shy. The only thing weirder than a person walking around a neighborhood taking pictures for no apparent reason, is a person taking pictures of knitted hats and half-done socks.
However, today I said screw it and went out. And boy was it worth it!
Plain hat knit in Malabrigo Worsted Merino. Colorway is SFO Sky. I love it.
Of course, I didn’t check the battery on the camera and was able to get exactly one shot of my knitting, but I love it.
Due to some circumstances, my work schedule has changed and I’m now getting home at 2:40 instead of 5:30. My new goal is to take advantage of this and start taking picture walks. Just me, the camera and my knitting.