Thursday, June 17, 2010

Writer's Workshop--Lack of Talent

Mama's Losin' It

“How long until you realized you had no talent or patience for this? Tell the story (true or fiction) of trying to learn a new talent or hobby that you only pursued briefly.”

My mother is very crafty.  She can do anything with a needle and thread.  Me, not so much.  I have tried crocheting, knitting, sewing and beading--none of which have held my interest.  I know the basics but have never tried to pursue any of them.
My first foray into knitting was for 4H when I was maybe 12.  I had high hopes--I got to be with friends and make something cool. I chose my yarn, got needles from my mom and excitedly went to the first class.  Things did not go smoothly.  I had trouble casting on, changing rows, and not dropping stitches.  I barely finished a dish cloth.  It wasn't so cool.  I lasted the six week course and never touched a pair of knitting needles again.  I think I ultimately dropped out of 4H, I just wasn't the type. 

Next I tried crochet--I did a bit better but never finished a row of squares for an afghan.  I just lost interest and motivation (besides my mom was much better at it than I was).
In seventh grade we had Home Ec.  Half was cooking and half was sewing.   The cooking I did pretty well at, the sewing on the other hand was much worse.  The pants I tried to make came out all twisted and never looked like a real person was supposed to actually wear them.

All I remember from that class was how to properly sew on a button.  Sewing is still not my strong suit.  Nick does a better job than I do.  The only saving grace I have is that my mom sews like a dream--she has come to my rescue at Halloween more than once.

Are we seeing a pattern here?

I have learned that my hands were not meant to do that crafty stuff that involves thread or string.  My talents lie in the design area--like scrapbooks and photography.  I'm good at composition and colors, not pins and needles.  I say go with what works.

Go see Mama Kat for more Writer's Workshop fun.


  1. Life would be dull if we were all good at the same thing! You photos are pretty awesome and I know you scrapbook better than me!

  2. I wish I were crafty and could do things like that. For a while, I did cross-stitch. Yes, like I was an old lady. Back in my early 20s.

  3. I can sew either...or anything that resembles sewing. A button is about all I can do

  4. I'm not at all crafty either. And contribute it to my lack of patience. I wish I could sew just to make little cute dresses for my twins. Sigh....

  5. We could be twins in this area! My mom was good at all things *needle* and I just ... wasn't! At all! Ever! :)

    Great post!

  6. I'm not good with needle and thread either. I don't have enough patience! We had to take a semester of home ec in middle school and I remember making some stuffed dinosaur pillow or something and mine looked all jacked up! :)

  7. This cracked me right up! I SUCK at sewing and my mom is the sew master! Now I can embroider just as well as my mom, but sew? Like pants? HAHAHAHA Not gonna happen! And mom lives close by Thank God!

  8. I got so frustrated with Sewing in Jr. High, that my Dad took over my Pattern for my Grade 8 end of year Dance outfit. He did it. I think Mom was just too frustrated to listen to me and it seemed everything Dad did was great! So she used this in her favour. It was a pink skirt and top with white palm trees on it. I wore it a lot, because Dad made it. I just didn't have the patience to complete it myself.


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