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I sat for 2 hours one on one with a woman who's been knitting for 40 years and can't remember a thing she showed me.

2 hours would be about an hour and fifty minutes too long for me. I took a mini-basket weaving class once (I mean mini-baskets, made from waxed linen.), and the teacher was so facile, so fast, so talented that it was brain-numbing to watch her. Worse, in the midst of my frustration, she stood behind me where I sat, and actually guided my hands, the thread, and the pokey tool to show me how to do it. I could feel my initial frustration reach the point of overwhelmed tears. I didn't cry, but I was right there at the brink. At that point, all is lost. I asked her to stop, but she wanted to keep showing me how to do it. So I repeated myself and she backed off. I think she was frustrated too, because she was being paid to teach this little class, and really wanted to share her skills and knowledge. And itty-bitty basket kits for a hefty sum, too...

Small bites. A little bite, a little learning, repeat, repeat. At your own pace. Keep the frustrattion pot from boiling over. A little simmer is good. Can you do one knitting stitch? If you can do that, then what happens? Is it a memory thing or an awkwardness thing? Or something else?

Just itching to be helpful. Or a PITA, whichever comes first.
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