“I wish I could do that.”

So often when I knit, complete strangers walk up to me and (after asking what it is I’m doing), say, “I wish I could do that.”  I’m always surprised that so many people “wish” they could knit (substitute any other art form) but rarely motivated to actually learn how to do it.

I’ve taught many friends to knit over the years.  (Once my granddaughter gets past the stage of throwing to the floor anything she doesn’t master within the first 17 seconds, I plan on teaching her now to knit.)  These friends started out with “Oh, I wish I could do that … would you knit me a sweater?”  My response was always, “No, but I’ll teach you how to knit your own sweater.”  And then they would quickly learn that mastering knitting was as not difficult or time-consuming (or dangerous) as learning to split atoms or isolating isotopes. 

So why don’t people who say they want to learn how to knit, actually learn how to knit? 

There’s the old standby “I don’t have enough time.”  People, however, generally make time for that which they want to do but don’t have to do, for instance: surfing the net, watching television, or playing games on their various e-devices.  I found out that my ex-husband and his family spend hours grouping around a TV pretending to be musicians as they play something called “Garageband.”  Why don’t they learn how to play real instruments?

I grew up with many (many) years of music lessons.  I always wanted to learn a stringed instrument but my mother said no.  (I got piano and flute, instead.)  So now I am learning how to play classical guitar.  I wish that had been my second instrument (never did like the flute)!

So I urge people who think “I wish I could do that” to learn to do just that!  Art – no matter the form or medium (e.g., composing, writing, knitting, quilting, weaving, painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.) is an important – probably  necessary – part of life.  Art puts color one’s life.


About sweatyknitter

Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.
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5 Responses to “I wish I could do that.”

  1. Cheryl Marie says:

    As a matter of fact I do bake bread but so far just a simple plain round white loaf. One thing I learned that helped me a lot was learning how to “proof” my yeast correctly. I think if you Google it you will find a good explanation, but for me I was always forgetting to dissolve some sugar in the warm water before adding the yeast. Then I could never tell if the yeast was viable or not. That is because the yeast feeds on the sugar and as a result you see it foaming after 5-10 minutes to give you your indication that the yeast was good! Good Luck with your sour dough bread – I’d love to hear how it turns out!


  2. You’ret a step ahead of me: You have a guitar! I keep borrowing one. I went to a good music store but found I didn’t like the sound of any below $1,000! I may rent one for a few months just to see if I stay with daily practicing and then, if I do, bite the proverbial bullet!

    Next on my bucket list: Bread baking. Oh, I’ve made many a loaf of bread, but I can never get them to come out the way I want them. And I want to use a sour dough starter! Are you by chance a bread baker?


  3. Cheryl Marie says:

    I smiled as I read about you wanting to play the guitar – good for you for doing it now! It’s on my bucket list and I already have the guitar – you’ve inspired me to take the time to do it!!!


  4. I’m glad you’re enjoying knitting! It keeps getting better too … 🙂


  5. jenyjenny says:

    I relearned to knit last year–a wonderful thing! I was one who wished until then. Now I am one who wishes to knit better. I retired from my job and moved to a new city. Knitting has propped me up.


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