Crochet – It Might Be In The GenesBy Veronica Smith – 10 Comments
I am wondering if certain abilities are hereditary. My mum’s mother (Nana) could knit, crochet, and sew with perfection. A lot of it would have been necessity when she had 7 kids and little income to the home. Even after all the kids left she still knitted and crocheted with intricate lace pouring down from her hands as she worked away quickly and effortlessly with perfection and only glancing down occasionally.
Then there’s my mum, the daughter of the above mentioned knitting, sewing, and crocheting genius. Mum’s a tailor by trade although very rarely sews now. She does a myriad of handcrafts with perfection, fine intricate work that amazes those who even do the same thing. This same woman with so much natural talent cannot crochet to save her life. It’s not for a lack of trying, she wants to. I have tried teaching her repeatedly over the years and she has even gone to several lessons as well, in case it was my inability to teach. How can this be? By the way, I have taught many others to crochet successfully.
I can sew, knit (although this is under duress), and I crochet very well. I was self taught at 11 from a book. I picked it up quickly and I have never looked back. I have excellent fine motor skills but this comes at a cost. No gross motor skills, so running, catching, climbing, swimming, etc. are something I have never mastered – well never really ever managed to get through the first step successfully. However, I can crochet. So the crochet gene has skipped a generation. My Nana can, my mum can’t, and I can.
The crochet gene has skipped again. My eldest daughter is very gifted in all ways, academically as well as anything to do with her hands (don’t you just hate that?). I am on my second attempt to teach the kid (now 22 years old) to crochet. It’s not going well. She is a visual learner so I have given her instruction books with big clear pictures and very simple instructions. I have sat with her and done the stitches whilst she looked on. I have done this only with her doing it as I go. I have sat with her whilst she has done it giving wrap by wrap, stitch by stitch, and loop by loop instructions. Done all of this and anything else you can think of to try and get her to do it. It’s not happening, we’ve been at it for a few hours a day for the better part of a week. I do have another daughter though.
In contrast to the older one she really isn’t good at much concerning dexterity. However, she has the best personality plus the best sense of humor! She does have processing problems, and no real patience to speak of, and an attention span of a goldfish. If she ever shows and interest and I can get her to pick up a hook it will be interesting to see what happens with her. At the moment she is just picking on her over talented sister that she is jealous of because she has finally failed at something. Oh well, it’s good we are all different!
How is your family tree?