Learning a New Skill

@AnneEJ (5013)
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
April 15, 2016 7:58am CST
Do you knit or crochet? I can do a bit of crochet, but prefer knitting. Last night we had a Knit & Crochet class at our church. A group of ladies gathered together, as there were some who wanted to learn these skills. We had a wide range of ages, the youngest being about six years old, and I probably was the oldest one in the group. We even had one young man. I learned to knit when I was just a child, and so I was there to help those who needed help. I was able to get one lady started on a Sachet scarf, and she caught on quickly. One of the girls brought the newest fad of spool knitting. She had several different sizes and some were trying these out. It reminded me of the spool knitting we did as kids, with a wooden spool and nails driven in. To me, it looks much slower than knitting on needles, but I guess it was something different to do. All in all, it was a fun evening and everyone seemed to be happy with what they were learning. Next month we are going to have a Painting night, as one of the ladies is a talented artist, and is going to try and teach the rest of us. I am not sure how well I will do on that. Picture from Pixabay
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@boiboing (12613)
• Northampton, England
15 Apr 16
I used to knit a lot in my student days. I created some spectacularly bizarre creations.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
For two or three years, I knit and sold a lot of those Sachet scarves, but they have sort of lost their popularity.
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@boiboing (12613)
• Northampton, England
15 Apr 16
@AnneEJ I don't know what a sachet scarf is.
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@GardenGerty (99407)
• United States
15 Apr 16
@boiboing I was going to ask about a sachet scarf as well. New term for me.
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• United States
15 Apr 16
Having a night out for knitting/crocheting sounds like fun, I can do a little crochet but never learned knitting. It should be interesting to see what you can paint at the next meeting
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
Yes, that will be interesting, I am not an artist.
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• United States
15 Apr 16
@AnneEJ I bet that your teacher will be able to help you paint something nice
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
@Marilynda1225 I am sure she will try anyway. She is very good
@MarymargII (9770)
• Toronto, Ontario
15 Apr 16
I always thought those that can knit or crochet are very patient and talented people- as I was always pretty bad at it. I think it makes a difference when your mother knits and influences the children into trying it.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
It was interesting last night to watch different people knit, some hold their needles differently, some purl a lot differently than I do. Guess it depends on who taught you.
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• Toronto, Ontario
16 Apr 16
@AnneEJ That's news to me- as I thought all knitters pretty well do the same thing. Interesting!
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
@MarymargII One of the girls said she was taught by the same person who taught her how to crochet, and she held her needles and yarn as if she were crocheting. Instead of looping the yarn over the needle with her right hand, she somehow used the left needle to pick up the yarn and make the stitch. It's hard to explain but it really looked different.
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Apr 16
I learned to knit, crochet and embroidery when I was a child. Wasn't the least bit gifted at it. My daughter is the crafty one. In more ways than one.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
Each of us has our own gifts, and are good at some things and not another.
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Apr 16
@AnneEJ ....My daughter is crafty and always trying somethng new. Making candles and such.
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@sueznewz2 (9999)
• Alicante, Spain
15 Apr 16
I'm not able to do either of those things.... my mum was a very good knitter and knitted us kids some lovely cardigans and jumpers ... but alas I did not inherit any of her skills in that area.....
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
I used to knit a lot of sweaters for children and even for adults. I even knit a bedspread once, did most of it in the car while my husband was driving us to work each day.
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
15 Apr 16
I also learned both to knit and crochet when I was a very young child. I learned in school, when I was only 6 years old.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
My daughter learned to knit young, but I think she did more crocheting than knitting.
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@amadeo (65993)
• United States
15 Apr 16
I always thought that knitting is great.Glad that you are enjoying yourself.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
I enjoyed just getting together with everyone. I wasn't working on a project of my own, just trying to help others
@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
15 Apr 16
Sounds fun to learn ma'am ;)
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
It is fun and rewarding to finish a project.
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@ladylaura89 (1410)
• Manchester, England
15 Apr 16
it's always good to learn a new skill
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
I need to get back at knitting. Have some yarn on hand.
• United States
15 Apr 16
Oh that sounds like a lot of fun and I could probably stir up enough patience to allow myself to learn and crochet well
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
Once you learn, it just takes practice to be good at it.
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• United States
16 Apr 16
@AnneEJ some body then has to be really patient in teaching me, I have the science and creative jewelry making brain-- I am not sure about knitting or crocheting
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
@enlightenedpsych2 Well each of us has our own skills, we cannot do everything well.
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@mammots (3279)
• Philippines
15 Apr 16
I know a little bit how to knit but i prefer to crochet.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
I was talking to a sister-in-law last night and she is crocheting an afghan. That is a lot of work
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@mammots (3279)
• Philippines
16 Apr 16
@AnneEJ Yes it is. An afghan blanket takes a long time to finish but for those who are already experts in crochet it would only take a couple of days to finish.
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• United States
15 Apr 16
always wanted to know how to knit/'r crochet. i fear 'fter years'f tryin' 'n patient souls doin' their best to teach me, i failed 't both miserably. that's wonderful that y'all're doin' that, openin' such'p to all. i'd not fret that paintin' class :D jest go'n have yerself a good time.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
Yes, I will go and I am sure I will have fun, even if I just provide entertainment for the rest of them.
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• United States
16 Apr 16
@AnneEJ lol, i'm sure that'cher gonna do jest fine. who knows, ya might jest surprise yerself :D
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
15 Apr 16
I remember doing the "spool knitting" in grade 1. Fun.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
Yes, I remember those as a kid.
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
@AnneEJ Now they have new way of doing it.
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@DianneN (78468)
• United States
15 Apr 16
That sounds like a wonderful night out. I wish I could have been there. I have a scarf that I began knitting which is about 90 miles long now!
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
I've got a couple of unfinished projects, but when you leave them for awhile, it is hard to get back at it. Just think a little bit more work and your scarf will reach to Florida.
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@DianneN (78468)
• United States
15 Apr 16
@AnneEJ Lol! I have to learn how to end it.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
15 Apr 16
My oldest daughter is fond of the loom knitting, and has a set of different sized looms. She is very quick with it, and can knit a beanie in about an hour on her loom. Her hats are in great demand too!
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
15 Apr 16
I would imagine once you get going on those looms they would work up very fast. My sister did a lot for Christmas gifts and she was trying to tell me about it. But I did not fully understand what she was talking about until I saw the looms last night.
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@Ruby3881 (2012)
• Canada
16 Apr 16
@AnneEJ I'm slow with them, and find the process awkward. But MamaOzzy is really fast!
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@BelleStarr (38351)
• United States
18 Apr 16
That sounds lovely, I wish our church would do something like that. We do have a bible study coming up.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Apr 16
We have a Ladies' Meeting once a month, but this was the first time we have had an activity like this
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
16 Apr 16
I think I am much more successful with needle arts (sewing, knitting and crocheting) than I would be with a paint brush.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
Yes, that is the way I feel. I can colour in my colouring book, but not much good at creating pictures
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@DeborahDiane (21675)
• Laguna Woods, California
16 Apr 16
I love to crochet. It sounds like your church has some fun activities for women!
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
Yes, it is nice to get together. Our church has lots of activities for all ages. Next Tuesday we have a Seniors gathering at our Pastor's house for lunch and that is always great. We spend about an hour singing the old hymns and then visit and talk.
• Midland, Michigan
16 Apr 16
I can knit and crochet too, but my preference is crocheting, although either one bothers my thumb joints anymore. That sounds like a fun group at church, I'd love to attend the painting class with you as that's something I've always wanted to do. Do you need to buy supplies to take with you, or will they show it and you'll purchase supplies later on?
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
I don't know yet about supplies, they will probably tell us ahead of time.
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@annierose (17703)
• Philippines
16 Apr 16
I did those when I was in high school and college but I think lack of interest on them make it difficult for me to do it. Anyway, I admire your community. It is one way for people to be creative and productive. It can also be a source of income I guess.
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@AnneEJ (5013)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
We were talking the other night about maybe doing some knitting - mittens or whatever - that we can donate to a needy cause.