When I was last unemployed 33 years ago, I took quilting and photography lessons. I actually quilted. I made a vest and a jacket but when I was working, my idea of relaxation was reading a book not sewing.
I often like the idea of things more than the actual reality. For instance, swooping down a hill on powdery snow is not quite the same thing as heavy ski boots that pinch and icy falls. And at one point I decided no more handicraft lessons as I had too many unfinished projects in my attic.
But I do like taking lessons (almost as much fun as teaching school) so I decided that I was going to knit.
I began my first lesson having difficulty trying to do a slip knot. I haven't had to tie many knots lately, I guess. And then the casting on method was so confusing to me, I had to take a picture of how to hold my thumb and finger with my iPhone to refer to.
I went away and I practiced my knitting and purling-no doubt I should have practised casting on but I just kept knitting…
Lesson two we learned how to do moss stitch which wasn't too bad though I did seem to get a bit confused when I looked at my knitting sample.
I practiced my casting on and rib stitch with other needles and wool. I finally understood what it looked like when I purled a stitch or when I knit so that I knew what to do next if I lost track rather than have to count stitches.
Tuesday I had to go on a field trip, but after that I was back at Sandy's where I made her observe my cast on method to see if I was doing it correctly (yes but too tight) and she helped me again get back on track!
Back again to Sandy's this morning. It seems that I was not going in a circle but often mixing up when I put it down and picked it up again and going in wrong directions! Knitting on straight needles is more straight forward!
Once again she got me straightened out and then while I sat there knitting I managed to twist it somehow so that even she couldn't figure out so once again unravelling had to occur. The only way that I am going to get done what I have to do for Sunday will be due to help from Sandy.
I read somewhere we need to teach kids to welcome challenge and one way to encourage someone to overcome difficulties is to remind him or her how he/she did so in the past. I mean I can ride a bike easily but I remember initially crashing into a tree. I was afraid of water until I was about 12 but now swim quite nicely. Learning to read was not a problem but not everything has come as easily…
So learning is such a continual process and often not a smooth path… And maybe I day I will overcome circular needles…or just stick to straight needles…