As of late I've gotten a kick about learning new things. It kind of started with a blog post written by Booty Quake of Roller Derby Athletics called "Re-learning how to learn" she wrote about learning things from other sports that apply to derby. I recently started practicing yoga on a regular basis. This has had a wonderful results in derby. I feel more balanced and engaged in my core. I'm also feeling way more focused.
But I got to thinking, are there other things I could be learning that are totally out of my comfort zone?
I'm a fan of Udemy.com they offer a combination of paid for online classes and free online classes. The subject range in everything from learning a language to baking to HTML to how to play the guitar. I signed up for a few free classes like how to make cocktails, a writing course, a blogging course and a chocolate course. Oh yes...chocolate making...online...for free!
I noticed Udemy was having a course sale one morning. 75% off a whole bunch of courses. So I figured I would give one of the paid courses a whirl. I chose Learn how to knit. I've always wanted to know how to knit. My mom crochets and I SUCK at crocheting. I've tried. I've really really tried. But crocheting and I just don't work. Why I thought I would take to knitting I don't know but I figured for a small price I would see if I could make it work.
Guess what? I can.
The instructor Gabriela was fabulous. Her explanations were great and she made she to repeat things several times so people like me who are completely clueless about knitting could get it right. She also showed you how to knit in continental and English style. I haven't figured out which way is more comfortable for me yet but I liked that I had options. I like options. Options are good.
I honestly walked away feeling like I could actually knit something. Right now I'm working on a scarf. It looks a little like a Sunday School craft but I'm pretty proud of it. My ultimate goal is to make a Dr. Who scarf and a Cunning Hat...you know so I can show the world that I'm not afraid of anything (hooray for firefly references!)