This post is a little delayed, with good reason. Over the last week, I have been working towards learning to knit. The first step for this, from what the Internet told me, is learning how to cast on. This has become the bane of existence, and almost caused me to give up, and start a new learning project. However, given that the semester was already half over, I needed to persevere. And so I did. And I learned quite a bit about myself as a learner in the process.
For this project, as some of you may recall, I decided I would be relying a lot on YouTube videos. The channel I decided to use primarily, found here, I struggled with. Not because it wasn’t good, but because of who I am as a learner. It turns out, I am not good at following video instructions. I tried with multiple different videos, and none of them were able to show me to how to cast on. For nearly 5 hours, off and on throughout the week, I was frustrated, unable to figure out the hand movements they were doing, and how to actually cast on. Finally, I remembered a tool on YouTube that might just help me.
In the settings, in the wonderful picture I have cropped, there is an option to slow the video down. I knew about this option, but in my frustrations, it completely slipped my mind. So, wanting to make this thing work, I went back to the first channel, and slowed the intro video down to 50%. That made it a lot easier to see the hand movements, and mimic them. After I understood, I spent the next hour casting on, and taking it apart, repeating this skill until I felt like I mastered it. Or I could do it with my eyes closed. And finally, it worked! Here is a picture of my latest round of casting on, that will likely turn into my first major project!
As for my first project, I have decided on one of two things. A pot holder, because it’s simple. Or an infinity scarf, because they are incredibly comfortable and make good gifts. I am leaning towards the latter, but I would like to know what you think! Comment!