My grandmother has always been very fond of knitting and stitching and the best part is that she's amazingly good at both of them. She even used to knit colorful sweaters and scarfs for me and my brother when we were young. Seeing her engrossed in her knitting projects in winter afternoons is a dear childhood memory etched clearly in my mind. Recently her love for knitting sprang up again after she saw a neighbor knitting woolen shoes and that's when she decided that she will dig out all those balls of wool and knitting needles out of her trunk and will knit similar shoes for herself. So she got right at it and within just 2-3 days accomplished her task!
And I must say she made quite a pretty and impressive pair for herself (that's her happy feet in the picture feeling all cozy in the new pair!!!).
Surprisingly my grandmother's enthusiasm attracted me to the art of knitting as well and I decided to try my hands at this warm art! Oh how happy and encouraging my grandmother was when I asked her to teach me what she knows. She recalled her childhood when she first learnt to knit and handed me over two long needles and a ball of pale yellow colored wool. Few attempts and some overnight practice was all it took to get me to learn the first lesson of the knitting tutorial and the picture you see right above is the first sample of my knitting skill (I know it's tiny but trust me it's quite an achievement!).
Learning this new art has brought so much joy and enthusiasm back into my life. It has made me realize how constant learning of new skills not only refreshes the mind but also adds so much beauty, vitality and versatility to one's life and being. So I am adding another goal to my list for this year and that is to learn at least 3 new skills before the end of 2013, the first one being knitting!
What do you think about the importance of new skills? Do you also agree that it's important to tread on unknown territories once in a while? Are you learning something new? If yes, then do share your experience and let me know how you feel about it.