Reading it, however, did put me into a contemplative frame of mind, though in a somewhat different direction. I started thinking about how each knitter thinks of their own capabilities, as far as what they can/cannot knit successfully. The first person who taught me to knit was a lady who lived across the street with her family when I was in the fourth grade. I was home sick with pneumonia, and she came over and cast on some stitches and taught me the knit stitch. I thought it was fun, but didn't keep at it all that time, since a) I was sick, and b) I spent more time reading. By the time I had a long, red piece of fabric that I liked to call a scarf, Mrs. R and the family had moved away. I didn't know anyone else who knew how to knit, and my mother was no help ("Oh for God's sake! How in the h_ll would I know how to do any g_dd_mn knitting??). So I think eventually I just gave it all away, or threw it away, or we moved yet again and it was "lost."
So when, as an adult, I signed up for knitting classes, I was a little bit nervous, since I wasn't sure I remembered anything. (About knitting that is. Otherwise, I have a pretty decent memory, though not a "photogenic" memory as one of my co-workers claimed to have the other day ...)
The class started, and Lisa was helping everyone pick a pattern and yarn. I saw a sweater with cables that I liked, but commented that it was probably too "advanced." At which point Lisa said something to the effect that everything can be considered advanced if you don't try it. Long story short, I knit the sweater, loved doing the cables, and also loved knitting.
My next foray was into hats, and then socks, and each time, I was slightly nervous about it, but figured I could probably do it, even if I never tried it again after the class was over. A couple of years ago, I took a class to learn entrelac. The instructor handed out the pattern, and immediately said, "I don't want you to read this pattern and think about it at all. I want you to start knitting, and not to think - just follow the instructions. Thinking will only get you in trouble." You know what? She was right! I followed the instructions without trying to analyze or think ahead to what might be next, and it made perfect sense.
As a result, I'm never sure what level of knitter I am. Beginner? Yes, there are still plenty of things I've never even tried to do. Intermediate? Sometimes, I guess. Advanced? Rarely, but if you are, for instance, talking about knitting a basic sock, then yeah, I can zip through that with the best of them.
Sometimes I think a lot of knitters don't give themselves enough credit because of these labels. Everyone is a beginner some of the time - but we all have to start somewhere, right?
And, just because it's been a while:
"Wilbur, why can't I learn how to knit?"