Go Ahead and Ask

There are two questions my friends and family occasionally ask me that really get my creative juices flowing. The first is, "Would you teach me how to...  ?" The second is, "Do you know how to make a ...?" And recently, I have been lucky enough to hear both.

Would you teach me how to...?

Usually this question is about how to make a specific item, but sometimes it is about how to do a certain craft. A group of my friends have been asking me this one about knitting. So we got together for an afternoon of knitting. It was loads of fun, and yes, it was all about knitting and not just an excuse for a bunch of ladies to get together and drink wine. At the end of the afternoon my advice to them was to go home and practice, practice, practice.  Knitting is one of those crafts that you really have to experiment with and do repeatedly before you feel comfortable with it. In the beginning, it can be tricky to remember which stitch is a knit and which one is a purl. And quite often the edges of your work look like the path of a drunken sailor walking across the deck of a ship sailing on rough seas. That's not a look most knitters are going for.

Over the past couple weeks I have been hearing updates about people's progress. There was a little frustration and a few questions. Then one day this week someone showed me their first completed project, a simple yet well made scarf. It was absolutely beautiful. Way to go, Jennifer! She was happy that she was able to make something wearable, and I was happy that I sparked an excitement about crafting in someone.

"Do you know how to make a ...?"

I especially like this question when my answer is, "I don't know. I've never tried." I can assure you that I will spend the day thinking about how to make the item in question. It is also quite likely that the first thing I will do when I get home is start designing or crafting.

My niece asked me if I knew how to make fingerless gloves. I guess they are popular with the teen crowd right now. Personally, I like fingers on my gloves so my hands stay warm, but for some fashion is more important than comfort. Before long I got out my knitting needles and a new skein of yarn and voila! Fingerless gloves.

Of course, since there was still some yarn left I couldn't stop myself so the matching socks are in progress. Well, they are almost matching. The socks aren't going to be toeless socks because that would just be too crazy!

More recently I was asked if I know how to make crocheted hacky sacks. Again, my favorite answer. "I don't know. I've never tried." After a little bit of thought and a couple pretty close attempts, this was the result.

So go ahead and challenge me. I love those questions that spark new ideas and start the creative process!

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The Chilly Dog: Go Ahead and Ask
Go Ahead and Ask
My name is Ellen Thomas and I am from Tucson, AZ. I love to design and create great stuff and I want to share some of my project ideas and how-to tips with others who love to make great stuff.
The Chilly Dog
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