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I have a learning disability that prevents me from learning what I call ‘action items’. An action item is anything that I will have to do, such as quilting, crochet, knitting, etc. Action items and the written word for directions are not a good fit. I have to see it in action and then try it myself. I recently learned to crochet by trying it myself and watching many, many videos on learning how to single crochet. I still have yet to be confirmed that I am, indeed, actually doing it correctly, but what I have completed doesn’t look too bad. I started a scarf that turned out pretty funky so I made it into a muff then started another scarf that was really nice so now I have a matching set – plus a loomed hat.
All I need is another project or 4, right? I am trying to look at it in a different light – learning something new and fun is a good way to keep my brain active. Learning through the video is another way to add to my arsenal of knowledge. It was fun, too. It didn’t happen overnight, more like 2 weeks, but I finally had an end product that I could be proud of. I taught myself with a different medium. Normally I have to have someone show me so I can see the different angles and ask questions…but that is what the rewind does, for those who need it.
The video that made it possible (after countless attempts) was by The Crochet Crowd. Michael (the instructor) repeated everything he did a few times and you could both see and hear what he was saying/doing at the same time. Engaging more than 1 sense to learn with also helps me. I think this was challenging enough that I could go at my own pace but not feel I needed to reverse engineer anything. Keeping at it also helps. I now have the confidence to pick up a new project and not be panicked it I am doing it correctly or not. The first few times, I could not say that.
My next hoop to jump through is the long loom. Each failed attempt has left me more frustrated than the last. The round loom is a piece of cake. I think the round one, being continuous, is easier for me to gauge my tension than the long loom. I also think the difference between a tube and a flat panel could be the reason I am frustrated. BUT I will not give up. I even attempted to do it again today, but didn’t count my pegs correctly and the pattern I was trying to do was off. So I tore it all off, wound the yarn back around the ball, put the loom away and stepped back for a moment…there was just so much nice yarn at the store today, I am excited to be able to make a throw for my grandchildren.
Take some time to learn something new. You don’t have to crochet, like me, or knit, but at least pick something that you’ve been wanting to try (maybe another language?) and give yourself a little personal attention, because it is important to broaden your horizons and keep learning. Then we can share pictures of your new ‘thing’ and be happy in each other’s success.