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Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.

If anybody had told me just how much maths was needed in knitting, I never would have started it!

I’m not an artistic person. My stick people look pregnant! I don’t have the patience or the manual dexterity to draw or paint, but I’ve always wanted to do something creative. So, one year,  I decided to learn how to knit. There was one of those part work magazines out that gave you a ball of wool, needles and an instructional DVD to start you off and then if you bought each week’s magazine you’d build up patches for a quilt.

Well, I never made the quilt. But I did learn to knit and purl, and I did create several scarves and hats. I even made a pair of red and white striped knee length socks, and I managed to turn the heel myself! I’ve made baby hats and bootees too, which are my favourite things to make because they’re small and easy to finish.

I’m not very good, not when you compare my things to either of my grandmothers who have been knitting for decades, but I’m proud of the fact that I did something that I find difficult, and that has so much bloody counting in it!