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Knitting Challenge Day 4: How did you learn how to knit?

Well, this kind of has two answers. My grandmother tried to teach me when I was about 13, and I started to make a scarf, but it just kept getting smaller and smaller until I couldn’t fit the needles through the holes anymore and I didn’t know how to fix it. This was before Youtube was so full of quality tutorial videos, so my choices were books or to ask my grandmother. My grandmother is a rather …. fickle person when it comes to teaching someone something or helping anyone. She likes to do it when she likes to do it and isn’t really one to be consistent with anything. So, asking my grandmother was out, and I had a really hard time finding any book helpful. So I gave up for years. It wasn’t until a couple years ago, that I picked it up again.

My second go around was much more fruitful. I bought a laminated how-to piece that had a very basic knit cast-on method and how to make a purl stitch and knit stitch. This time though, I got it quite easily. I immediately went on a knitting frenzy and have been knitting on and off for about 2 1/2 years now.

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Games That Teach You to Draw

I love the blending of gaming and learning, even if they results can be a bit corny (we all have our favorite childhood learning game). Today, I thought it might be fun to show you some DS and 3DS games that will teach you to draw. No expensive drawing tablet needed. No huge array of tools. Just your DS or 3DS! (Descriptions provided by Amazon)

Let’s Draw

Based on a best-selling line of Japanese drawing books, Let’s Draw! challenges players to create full images by combining small, easy to draw shapes into larger objects and scenes. In doing so Let’s Draw! makes art accessible by teaching children of all ages, even those who have not yet learned to read, how to draw via full voice instructions as they play. Kids follow step-by-step guidance to create more than 100 different images that they can then bring to life with animation and sound. Let’s Draw! also lets players pair their newfound art skills with their imaginations to create and animate their own designs from scratch. These customized images become the stars of 10 fun mini-games, including Whack-a-Mole, Car Racing and Air Hockey.


Art Academy

Art Academy is an educational art game for Nintendo DS and DSi that is designed to teach the basics of painting, drawing, sketching, color theory and beyond. An extension of the Art Academy game series, previously available only to DSi users via Nintendo’s wireless download DSiWare functionality, this cartridge based software for DS and DSi incorporates all 20 lessons from the previous two releases as well as 10 new lessons. The game features multiple modes, including one led by an in-game art tutor, as well as Free Paint mode that allows you to let your creativity flow freely. Additional features include: a wide variety of pencil and brush types, an in-game painter’s color palette, the ability to save and frame finished work, a demo lesson that can be wirelessly shared with other DS or DSi owners and special DSi camera functionality.


Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!

All types can learn to Draw and Paint Beginners to experts, kids to adults, and hobbyists to experienced artists will enjoy Art Academy: Renaissance. Learn to draw and paint, exploring the theory and techniques behind art, at your own pace. Or start an art project in Free Paint, whenever and wherever inspiration hits.


Pokemon Art Academy

Players take on the role of a young aspiring artist who enrolls in the Pokémon Art Academy to learn how to draw Pokémon under the tutelage of Professor Andy. Through novice lessons they are taught the basics of art, from simple shapes to coloring, and introduced to various tools and techniques they will use to create art.


Disney Art Academy

In the Disney Art Academy game, discover your inner artist to capture the stunning visuals of over 80 Disney and Pixar characters. With advice and lessons inspired by Disney art and Pixar animations, learn to use a bundle of different drawing tools to create Elsa and Olaf from Disney Frozen, characters from Disney Inside Out, Mickey Mouse, and more! Even share your creations with your friends!

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Speed Knitting

So, I’m not terribly interested in speed knitting, mostly because I deal with repetitive motion injuries on a fairly regular basis as it is. After reading a couple articles on increasing your speed, I’ve learned that it’s more about ergonomics that simply stressing your joints. I think it’s still a little early for me to attempt, but these articles have made me reconsider my interest in the subject.

Stephanie Mason Design put together a nice blog post lightly exploring the different techniques for faster knitting and she brings them down to four points. They are nice and short, but the post originally included videos which appear to have been changed to private at some point and are no longer viewable, which is disappointing. Nonetheless, I still think the article is worth a read.


From Stephanie’s blog, I was linked to another blog named Sweet Georgia. This post also covers speed knitting and actually includes videos. I’ll admit, I’m a little overwhelmed by the techniqes, but it’s something I’m going to save for later when my life isn’t quite as hectic.

Knitting for Speed & Efficiency

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20 Hour Principle

So, I’m sure many of you have heard about the 10,000-hour rule. The idea that it takes 10,000 hours to become the absolute best in your field of study. What if you just wanted to be moderately good at something. It’s not even about becoming phenomenal, you just want to play an instrument, or draw, or whatever skill it is, competently. According to Josh Kaufman, it only takes 20 hours.

I personally want to put this to the test. I’m not sure what skill to pursue yet, but I want to test this out.

Opinions? Do you think this is possible?