My Hands Will Learn
One of the great things about having done yarn-work for so long? I can always trust that my hands will learn.
Trusting That My Hands Will Learn
I’ve noticed recently that when I teach someone a new stitching technique the student doesn’t always make the same assumptions that I do. Often I hear distrust in their voice that they will ever pick it up.
I’m starting to think I need to teach how to trust one’s hands. After repeating something a few hundred times, the muscles in the hands will definitely pick it up.
For my most recent cardigan, I had to learn two new techniques. The crochet long-tail base chain, and the Tunisian crochet mesh stitch.
As I created a base chain of 295 stitches for the bottom edge, it didn’t feel at all comfortable. But I knew it would. When I’d split the yarn, I’d question if I was holding the hook in the right position. Or I’d ask if the long-tail wrap should be done in the same direction or the opposite direction of the yarn-over with the working yarn. And was I being consistent? Yes, I had questions and concerns. But I never worried that I wouldn’t be proficient at it pretty quickly. Similarly, when I started doing the Tunisian crochet mesh stitch I had to constantly count my stitches to make sure I didn’t mess up. The beginning and the end of each row was different and didn’t feel normal to me. Shaping the fabric with this new technique required me to think through how the rows layered on top of each other.
But again, I had every confidence it would all be worked out.
Teaching Trust – Possible?
This confidence in the ability to master something new in yarn-crafting was seemingly always there for me. I never remember ever doubting I couldn’t figure something out. But I’m sure that’s a problem with my memory and not really true. I’m sure in my first few years I doubted I’d ever be able to figure some things out.
And I’m not sure you can teach that confidence. I think it can only come with repeated ability to realize that your hands will always learn if given enough time and practice.
Current Tunisian Crochet
Yay! One sleeve down and the second sleeve just barely started…but started!
It was honestly a joy to finish the first sleeve. As I mentioned previously, sleeves are not my favorite part of making a sweater. I’m hopeful now that I’ve figured out all the shaping that the second sleeve will go a bit more quickly.