Learning by Mistakes

Buck Strong's picture

You know, I love this method of learning. I try to impress on my students that it's okay to make mistakes in math.
Well, it's even better when it happens to the teacher. So, the first big revelation, chunky yarn is cool but a pain to work with. Second, use bigger needles with bigger yarn (not sure if this is a rule-of-thumb). Third, knitting brings out more of my redneck upbringing, in that the stream of expletives coming from my mouth has grown exponentially.
Being a newbie, I started with a scarf. It's almost done. Not bad for a first try but the knowledge gained, invaluable.

Geoff

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BuduR's picture

I thought swearing was a

I thought swearing was a perfectly acceptable form of knitting. Like Continental.
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scenter's picture

Hehe...reminds me of my

Hehe...reminds me of my newbie attempts. When I was first learning to knit, I did the required garter stitch scarf - piece of cake - so I started another that had a knit and purl texture. It's only one more stitch to learn, and I did thousands of the knit stitch on my first project, we can handle this, so in we dove. Revelation: My Nemesis project went sailing across the room a few times with various explatives following its path - I couldn't keep the rows and stitch counts straight, and hadn't learned how to tink (unknit) yet, so when I made a mistake it meant frogging back to past the mistake and hoping I could pick up the right stitches, and refind my place. The learning curve was steep and full of pitfalls, but now I can look back at it and laugh, and I certainly learned about stitch markers and row counters fast!

QueerJoe's picture

I kind of see mistakes like

I kind of see mistakes like this:

If I was eating something delicious or enjoying an intimate moment with my partner, and something or someone intervened and said I made a mistake, and had to re-do what I had just done...it might be more pleasing than annoying. I'd get to re-eat something delicious or re-enjoy an intimate moment.

When I make a mistake in knitting, it is just another excuse to do more knitting...how can that be bad?

Well, that's my philosophy on a good day anyway.

Do you swear like a redneck when you make a mistake in front of your math class?

Buck Strong's picture

"Do you swear like a redneck

"Do you swear like a redneck when you make a mistake in front of your math class?"

About twice a year I have a really good slip. One year I said B#ll S@#t and a student text messaged her mom about it. About an hour later I had the mom telling me that I was subjecting her daughter to an hostile environment. To make a long story short, I won the argument. Cowboy charm goes a long way with middle-aged women. Get's me bumped to first class a lot too.

Geoff

QueerJoe's picture

I'm sure your cowboy charm

I'm sure your cowboy charm would go a long way with some middle-aged men as well, or have I shared too much?

Buck Strong's picture

"I'm sure your cowboy charm

"I'm sure your cowboy charm would go a long way with some middle-aged men as well, or have I shared too much?"

Not at all. Although, here in Portland I do get a lot of stares. It's a nice relief when I go back to Albuquerque where a large part of the community dresses like me. However, I was quite popular up here after Brokeback Mountain came out. Alas, that's faded away.

Geoff

scottly's picture

I think it may take years of

I think it may take years of practice to become that sublime. I envy your Zenness.

I wish I were knitting now.

scottly's picture

"Third, knitting brings out

"Third, knitting brings out more of my redneck upbringing, in that the stream of expletives coming from my mouth has grown exponentially."

Too funny! You would think I was raised by a crew of sailors by the way I talk to my knitting. I'm sure it will become the relaxing passtime everyone talks about eventually.

I wish I were knitting now.

MMario's picture

Learning by mistake is

Learning by mistake is indeed the best way - not always the most pleasant way to learn, but lessons learned through mnistakes really stick with you. and yes, general rule of thumb is the heavier the yarn, the larger the needle - only - not always.

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