A couple of teachers started a knitting club for students, facult, and staff. A reminder email went out earlier in the week. Tuesday night I ventured into the attic to pull out some yarn that I’ve stored away for the past three years. I dusted off some knitting needles and cast on.
It was, as they say, like riding a bike. God love you muscle memory.
I joined the knitters during the 45-minute clubs and committees period. Kids passed by. Some of them exclaimed, “I used to knit!” Some of them said, “Oh! I want to learn how to do that.” A couple of kids sat down and called up their knitting stories. A grandmother was often involved. One of the history teachers–a self-proclaimed dabbler in the fibrous arts–pulled up a seat, showed off a picture of a quilt he made during a minimester in college.
Making: bringing people together since the beginning of time.
As stories were told, I knitted for the first time since 2009. It all came out perfect. No stitches were dropped. A row that was pearled rather than knitted was fixed in a couple of minutes without help from anyone or a tutorial on Youtube.
swatch of simple stockinette stitch
That feels good.
I won’t deny feeling lost or adrift as of late. Unmoored
is a word my more educated colleague
used. Somewhere along the line I decided that it would be cool to learn about Arduino
and Raspberry Pi
. Yes, I’d like to know how to solder a circuit board. In fact, I’d like to know about resistors and capacitors and 555 timers. Mastering WordPress sounded like a good plan too. And because I know very little to nothing about any of the aforementioned things, it all seems very doable. That it until one sits down with an electronics manual
and quickly finds that the spare hour dedicated to doing this stuff has passed, and there’s no free time anywhere in the near future to pick it up again.
I’m doing this “learning new stuff” thing wrong.
I’m hesitant to say it, but maybe the question is why do I want to learn this new stuff anyway? Is it just curiosity? If so, can it wait until my son is in college (or at least old enough so we can figure it out together… assuming Arduinos are where Jobot’s interests lie). Do I think it’s worthwhile to know this stuff so that I can share it with kids at school? Yes, definitely, but do I need to be the ‘expert?*’
There was a time when curiosity was enough. Though curiosity without free time creates nothing but dilettantes and wishes.
* Yes. Yes I do.