Another thing I have to tell you! I took a 2-hour class last Saturday on learning to spin yarn with a drop spindle. I have been wanting to learn how to spin for ages now, but there are several barriers that have to be cleared first. Learning to spin with a drop spindle seemed like a good bridge between here and there, so to speak.
The resulting yarn was hideous, as you might expect. Not even “endearingly hideous.”
I mean, everyone’s all, “No, it’s just thick-thin-slubby! People pay a lot of money for that kind of yarn!” Way to make an effort to encourage the newbies, I really do appreciate it. But let’s be honest: your first efforts at anything are crappy. That’s just the way it works.
It’s difficult to be bad at something. But like so many things that are difficult, the effort is good for you. Learning something new – no matter what it is – is one of the best things you can do for your brain. Neuroplasticity, blah blah blah.
Over the years I have learned that with new skills, I either learn them very quickly, or I will never ever be able to learn them no matter how hard I try. I used to obsess about my lousy performance at the “bad at this” skills, and fling myself at them, and get discouraged, and hate myself for sucking so badly. But as I got older I realized that a more appropriate response is to stop wasting my time, and bury “bad at this” things as quickly as possible, like a cat in the litter box.
The polite way to phrase this is, “Play to your strengths.” But privately I always think, “It’s time to bury this turd and move on with my life.”
It’s too early to know whether spinning is a “good at this” or “bad at this” thing. But if you never hear me speak of it again, just picture a lumpy, mis-shapen skein of yarn buried at the bottom of a litter box. (You’re welcome!)