Beginner's mind

Do you remember when you first learned to knit? I was a small child, so my memories are dim. But I do remember the confounding tangle of yarn and needles and that sense of wonder when stitches began to pile themselves one on another to make fabric (albeit fabric with a lot of holes).

The yarn was this nasty gold, an odd ball from a cable-knit sweater my mother knit for my grandmother. We tied two pieces of yarn to my finished "piece" and called it a head scarf, a hideous accessory I paraded around in proudly.

I suppose there are some knitting teachers who hate teaching beginners, with all the fiddling, dropping, confusion and general mayhem that comes when you give adults sticks and yarn. But I love it. Grownups have very few chances to learn something from the very start where every move is new and the terms are fresh and unfamiliar. Though adults are often quite hard on themselves when mastering a new skill, a bit of cajoling can put people in that place where it's just play, where a dropped stitch becomes a source of fun and a scarf with holes a source of pride.


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January 16. 2009 11:42


I still have the very first piece of crochet my daughter made--a Christmas tree "ornament." I love it!!

Susan |

January 17. 2009 09:35

Deborah Robson

You'd be a fantastic beginner-knitter teacher.

I love teaching new *spinners.* Knitting, less so. Odd, I think, but we each have our comfy spots.

Deborah Robson |

January 20. 2009 20:11

Southpaw Cindy

You're patience is wickedly appriciated.  Now back to the teaching thing... why can't I complete a row without a huge ($%^*&@) loop on the end?

Southpaw Cindy |

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