Sunday, March 30

Entre-what? The life of a slow learner.

Some students should come with warning signs, don't you think? I had a professor in one of my master's courses who taught about the engineering involved in network communications, and when a topic was particularlly involved or complex, he would pull me aside after class, or even ask me point blank during class, "Mindy, did you understand what I was talking about?" He went on to tell me why he asked me this - because if I could understand it, he knew that the rest of the class probably caught on.

I don't know what my warning sign would be exactly, but for Jim, who taught me Beginner Socks, it would have been "Beware of Impending Melt Down". For Lisa M., who taught me Beginner Crochet, it would have been "Beware - 3-weeks to Learn how to Chain". Now, for Hope, who taught Entrelac today, my warning sign would have been, "Beware - 1 hour to create the I-cord required by the pattern just to begin the Entrelac portion, which will then completely blow my mind." I'm not even going to try to make one for the Sweater Class.

Entrelac is quite beautiful. Lisa J. has the most beautiful felted entrelac bag ever, and this is Quant from Knitty, the pattern we were to make in class today.

And here is my progress after 4 hours.

Robin was whizzing through the pattern like she'd made a hundred entrelac headbands. The I-cord? It took her a minute or two. Personally, I think she was sandbagging the whole time.

Really, all I have to say is, Remedial Entrelac is in store for me once I pass Remedial Crochet. Is it possible to go backward in learning? If it is, then I'm about to get arrested for speeding - in reverse!

7 comments:

mariss said...

Aw, just remember, "slow and steady wins the race!" You'll get there. It just takes longer for some people. I have no clue how to do entrelac, so maybe you can show me how one day ;)

Mindy said...

Only if you can you wait a year or two.

Lisa said...

Lisa J, professional entrelac-ho, would be delighted to help both of you. The skein you chose is super gorgeous. Make sure to bring it with you on Weds!

Mindy said...

Lisa, you are my hero!

Robert said...

Oh Sweetie! I can relate. Lisa M. can attest to how terrible I am at crocheting. I took the beginning crochet for knitters class and somehow my "granny square" had 7 sides to it! I tried to crochet a simple chain to knit into as a cast on for a project that needed live stitches (think ripcord in a rice bag). After an hour and working my way up 5 sizes in crochet needles, Lisa finally took the yarn and hook from me and created the chain herself. Don't give up! Regina

Robin said...

{{{{HUGS}}}} If you want help, let me know. Once you get past that first set up set of squares, it gets much easier.

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