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Knitting and a lack of ambition

For years I’ve said that I wanted to learn how to knit. It’s always been in that “some day” category. My mom started to crochet when I was about 4, and I was fascinated with watching her work. I loved to help by rolling her yarn into balls for her. Unfortunately, when I tried to learn how to crochet I discovered that I just cannot do it.

It doesn’t matter how much I try, how many instructions I read, how many people try to show me. I do fine with a simple chain stitch, and I can usually manage 1 or 2 single crochet stitches before it all goes to hell. For some reason the knowledge of how to do it is lost between one stitch and the next. I just can’t get it to stick in my head.

Digression: I have the same problem with calculus. Any other type of math I’ve attempted I can do, and do well, if I’m willing to put in the effort. Calculus is beyond me. End digression.

The first time I tried and failed to learn to crochet, my mother offhandedly mentioned that I might try knitting. My mother could never knit, her mother could knit but not crochet. Maybe it’s some sort of right brain/left brain thing. From that point on, knitting was on my “some day” list.

Fast forward about twenty years, and I’d still never gotten around to trying. I’d never been able to convince myself to spend (very little) money to try a hobby I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to do. I know it’s silly, but I always told myself “some day”. If I was going to do it “some day”, then I didn’t need to buy the materials today.

For my birthday last month Sam bought me a knitting book. That was all the encouragement I needed. Once I had one part of what I needed to get started, I promptly went out and bought the rest. Much to my delight, I discovered that I can knit. I can knit, and I find it challenging enough to be interesting and satisfying.

Funny thing though, now that I know that I can knit, I feel absolutely no urgency to do so. I’ll get around to finishing a project “some day”. Today I’m lacking in ambition.

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  1. Barbie | January 31, 2010 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    Yeah – I can crochet (a bit – like you *someday* I’ll do a proper project) but not knit. Well I can…if I’m supervised. And if I don’t stop. But if I drop a stitch or try to do it a few days later? All knowledge of how to do it has been erased.

    Which book did he get you? I quite like the stitch and bitch girls. :) I got their Happy Hooker book for crochet. :D

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