This blog is mostly about knitting and my life in general; one thing I really like to do, is learn. I am one of those people who would go back to school forever if they won the lottery. I would learn all sorts of things that interest me and love every second of it.
Learning new skills is important throughout your life. I remember in math class at high school, we would always ask “when are we going to use this in real life.” The completely honest answer is, never, not once have I ever sat down and tried to figure out a complex calculus equation. The truth of that matter is, they teach you these things in high school as a brain exercise. Learning is one of the best things you can do for your mental health and wellbeing.
It can also benefit your knitting as well. You can learn to spin, embroider, sew and any number of skill sets and they cross over to knitting. The next thing I would like to learn is spinning. I feel like it is the next evolution in my growth as a fiber artist. I have knit the yarn and dyed the yarn, now I should learn how to spin the yarn. Who knows, it might not be a hobby that is for me, but I am going to give it a try nonetheless. I’ve already put this plan into motion and signed up for the VKL Chicago 2014 class Spindle 101. I was really looking forward to this class and devastated when they cancelled it, I am going to have to find another way to take classes. There were quite a few spinners and weavers at the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Fair; I signed up for the spinning and weaving event newsletter in hopes that I would stumble across a class.
Actually the people in the booth directly next to mine were spinning on the very fringe of the divider between the booths. I got to talking with the lady and she told me about all her spinning wheels and how she thought she should just teach classes on them because she has quite a few. I seriously encouraged this and told her I would be her first customer! I am determined to spin and I really hope she starts a class.
If you’re not into branching out into the other worlds of fabric and fiber, I would still recommend learning a new skill. It helps keep your mind sharp and it usually keeps me out of trouble for a couple minutes. You could learn something like playing the piano or guitar; there have been studies done that prove the efficacy of playing guitar and staving off Alzheimer’s and arthritis. You keep your hands dexterous and build up the muscle in them and reading music keeps the mind engaged.
I am not sure why or when, but I have a desire to learn carpentry. I feel I would not be terribly good at this, but it is still something I would be interested in taking classes on. Are there any skills you have always particularly wanted to acquire?