Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Learn to" List: Flintknap, Read Classical Sanskrit, Tango, Make Wine, Play Dulcimer, Knit

I am a deeply curious person, and therefore I am always interested in acquiring new skills. The list of things I'd like to learn how to do is essentially endless, because nearly every time I hear about an interesting and useful skill I've never heard of before (assuming it doesn't somehow involve certain few things I prefer to avoid familiarizing myself intimately with at all costs, such as scorpions, or raw sewage) I find myself wishing I had it.

If I had infinite free time, infinite boldness, and a large chunk of cash, I am certain I'd spend my entire life traveling the globe learning things like how to make artisanal cheese, perform brain surgery, and and swim the English Channel.*

Unfortunately for me, I have limited free time, I am nervous by nature (scratch that brain surgery thing), and I seem to have, ahem, misplaced my money tree.**

These facts together conspire to keep my lengthy "Learn to" List from shrinking.

But here's at least one thing I can cross off:

The first thing I ever knit. It did not unravel. And it actually does something!

* As opposed to what I can do in deep water now, which is essentially take a longer time to drown.

** I did receive an anonymously mailed photo of my money tree festooned in toilet paper garlands and looking rather tipsy, at what was clearly a fairly racy party, with certain Wall Street executives playfully tossing one another into what appeared to be a champagne fountain in the background. I was not amused.


Anonymous said...

congratulations! several years ago, i asked my grandma adele to teach me how to knit. she tried. . . except she had forgotten how. so she decided to teach me how to crochette (sp? i'm too lazy to look it up at the moment). except i was a lousy student and could only master making really long rows.

Anonymous said...

Mmmm, yes, tango. That's on my list too.

Yay for your scarfy! (Um, belty? Sorry, it's hard to tell scale in the photo.)

Jaelithe said...

It is indeed a scarf. You're right about it looking small, though, Cyn- it's a small scarf cuz it's for the four-year-old ;)

JessiTRON said...

Wow! That was fast!

Jaelithe said...

Thanks for the yarn and the needles, JessiTRON!

Awesome Mom said...

Awesome scarf!!! Keep it up and you will be able to make some really fun things. Socks are my current favorite knitting project. I have heard that you have some really nice yarn stores out your way.

Kim said...

I have a deep respect for those who are patient enough for hand-crafting things. I am with Hannah, I can only crochet one long string, I never learned how to loop back.

Anonymous said...



Wine making.



Woman you have TOTALLY invented a time travelling machine, haven't you?

Bring a brothah back an Action Comics #1 from 1938 if you head back this era, wouldja?

Leighann of Multi-Minding Mom said...

Great job! I started my first scarf LAST winter and still haven't finished it.

I will let you know when our archaeology group has its flintknapping workshop this spring.