I wanted to learn how to weave.
We lived in Oregon at the time, and there was a wonderful store near the university, that sold yarn, looms, books, lessons, and all things I thought would be needed to for me to get going.
We had a bit of extra money at the time and with credit card in hand – I went to the store excited to see what would come of it. I fully planned on spending a wad of dough that day.
The lady at the store asked if she could help me and I said, “Yes! I want to learn to weave. What do I need?”
She looked at me funny, then asked, What do you want to weave? A scarf, a blanket, a vest? What type of yarn do you want to work with, cotton, wool, poly? Do you want a to sit at the loom or stand? What do you want?
I didn’t know the answers to her questions. I thought she might. I only knew I wanted to learn how to weave.
She was frustrated with me; telling me I needed more information. That I needed to know what I wanted before she could help.
I said, I didn’t know what I wanted and that was why I was there. Was there a book or a class that could help me figure it out? I had no information — only desire.
I was waving my credit card in the air – I want to do this! Sell me something!
Nope – until I had a clear idea of what yarn and style and design of weaving I wanted to work with — she could not help. She sent me away with nothing.
I left defeated. I never have learned how to weave.
Yesterday, the same type of thing happened to me. Only this time I want to learn to knit.
I’ve been spinning wool for years and have quite a stash of yarn. Usually I give this yarn away, to someone who can knit or weave. But now, knowing I’m teachable, off to the store that sells knitting supplies, I went.
Unfortunately, they offered everything but help.
I saw loads needles made of bamboo, wood and steel. There were small ones and fat ones, some were long, most were circular. There were kits selling for over $100. and individual needles for $10. but again — the lady wanted more information out of me than, “I want to learn to knit.”
What kind of yarn would I be using? Did I want to make a scarf, hat, sweater? Arrrrgggggg!
I left with nothing! Not a book, or needles. Worst sales person ever, I thought as I walked out not even signed up for the beginning knitting class I saw offered.
I used to smile when people came to my qigong or tai chi class, and said, I’ve never done this before — is that okay? I mean, isn’t that why they were there — to learn? And, wasn’t that why I was there — to teach? If you already know, you don’t need to learn.
What is it with yarn sports? Are they the one thing in life a person needs to know all about, before they are able to learn anything about them?
Sometimes, shaking a credit card high in the air, just isn’t enough for some people.
Communication is hard.