My sister and I were just having this conversation about how we're pretty well-rounded individuals. I think I pretty much am. I am relatively successful at many things that I try - which in itself is a talent, probably, but I have no stand-out talent or ability. This was my story growing up with music, dance, sports, and even in college. As an Art Education major, I had to take classes in every medium, which means I have no real focus even in art. Shoot, check out this blog - a little of everything.
But, holy cow, I am not gifted in the fiber arts. Knitting and crocheting? Does NOT come naturally to me. Whatsoever.
My grandma (who crocheted, knitted, quilted, etc.) taught me to crochet at least 2 or 3 times while I was growing up. And I'd promptly forget. It just won't stay in my head.
But I did re-learn how to crochet last year, while sitting at dance watching another mom whip out dishcloth after dishcloth. She taught me and was most helpful. She even praised my very trapezoidal dishcloths.
But again, there was no dance this summer - and I didn't keep up my practicing. I forgot. Completely. I don't know what it is about yarn, but I just can't remember how to work with it.
When dance started back up again - I had my hook and some yarn, ready to try while I waited for my daughter. My friend was so patient to remind me how to do it again.
It is a very calming craft for me - and very portable, which is a plus. I've been crocheting while at book club, outside with the boys, watching tv, and of course, waiting at dance.
And I've met with more success. I have no grand ideas of shawls or hats (or following a pattern of any kind). I'm pretty happy that my double-crochet trapezoids have become virtually square. I'll feel extremely successful if I keep producing dishcloths. I might at some point go for a scarf. I'm sticking with squares and rectangles.
I even ventured into Walmart (for the first time in ... a year or two?) because it's the only place I know of to get the HUGE cones of cotton yarn. I just wish I could get a cone of pear-green and white or something instead of stone blue and white, you know?
Anyway, maybe if I make enough of these I'll remember how to crochet for more than a week. Because once I learned double-crochet, you know I immediately forgot the single crochet.
My other thing I've never been good at? Tennis.
What about you?