Three years in a row I’ve had “learn to crochet” on my New Year’s goals list and on Friday afternoon I decided to get going and give it a try. (prompted by being able to finish the baby quilt I’m making since I’m currently without machine and I’ve got all the blocks appliqued and embroidered.) I had gotten a very simple, clear looking book from the library claiming it could teach “kids of all ages.” Surely I could do this? Well…maybe not. I didn’t give up and definitely had that chain stitch down, but man I had a hard time just seeing through the denseness of the stitches. Learning new skills is hard!
At some point I switched from trying crochet to trying knitting, as well as getting engaged in a very long email thread with friends who assured me knitting is easier.
Honestly, I found it all very frustrating. I just feel like I should be able to do this, I guess because it seems like if I have other sewing skills shouldn’t I be able to learn these as well? I took a trip to Michaels to get some less fluffy yarn, hoping that might make it easier to see the stitches (of whatever I was trying.) Would you believe they were having a “yarn event”? Many sales and flyers about classes. It seemed quite serendipitous. I picked out a couple new yarns and tried again the next day. I also got some bigger knitting needles. Anyway, by this point I seemed to have down making tiny scarves for Barbies.
So, on Sunday I came home from church to find that Paul (who had also gotten needles for himself) had successfully followed the videos and mastered casting on and the knit stitch.
So he showed me and we practiced and practiced.
Someone was heard to say, “This is supposed to be so relaxing it but I find it exceptionally tense!” While another said, “This is so weird I can’t believe anyone ever invented this and figured it out.” The metal needles are very satisfying! I have visions of us companionably knitting next to each other on the couch while watching Downton Abbey.
I think we have a long way to go, but I’m pretty pleased with us for trying to learn something new.