Thursday, February 22, 2007

I knit my first sock! and Learning Styles

Captain’s Log, Supplemental

I had heard that sock knitting is another level up from beginner, so I did some internet searches and a few knitters who visit my blog gave some suggested websites.

I found a great article, Socks 101 by Kate Atherley, with a miniature training sock pattern and gave it a go:



It was a totally neat design to just teach me the basics of working on double point needles, shaping the heel, etc. Making a sock isn’t very hard, either.

Michael’s had wool yarn on sale so now I’m working on a pair of socks I can wear around the house. Gotta finish it before the cold weather warms up!

Knitting has become so much fun! I’ve been getting some great brainstorming done on my manuscript while I knit.

I’ve discovered that it’s because I need tactile stimulation when I’m in a creative mode. Something to do with the way my brain and senses are wired. I have friends who touch things when they enter a room in order to “see” it. My tactile-creativity is something like that.

Have you heard about this? It’s apparently something educators use to teach kids. Everybody learns differently—whether a visual learner, auditory learner, or tactile learner. My friend Christa Allen gave me this website about it.

What do you think? What kind of learner are you?

9 comments :

  1. You know, I never thought about this until my kids started school, then wow! I've got one that taps nonstop while studying, one that needs complete and utter quiet, and one that has to stand up and spin around while memorizing things.

    I'm a visual learner, by the way. Tell me how to do something and I'll forget the moment you close your mouth :-) Show me, and I get it.

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  2. Aww ... that is so cute!! Now you need a little one to ... nevermind. ; )

    I've always admired those who could knit. It's amazing. My mom is low vision, but she's still knitting up a storm. She's been making dolls -- they're totally the cutest things I've ever seen. One of these days I'll take a pix of them and put it on my blog for you to see. They have little hats and everything.

    Later gator! : )

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  3. I don't knit. I crochet. But isn't it amazing how we get some of our best ideas when we driving, or crocheting, or knitting? Doing the simple things? Being creative? I think it comes from being relaxed. (And I don't been that knitting is simple as in easy, but rather simple as in non-stressful).

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  4. Cute sock! I took up crocheting last year and I find it to be the most relaxing thing I ever do. I love it! People are getting sick of me giving them scarves and blankets...

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  5. Camy you did an awesome job with the mini sock!! Can't wait to see your pair. I've got some sock links on the sidebar of my knitting blog (http://kittenyarnsandcrafts.blogspot.com) if you haven't checked those out yet.

    I'm mostly a visual learner I think. And when I'm studying, I have to be in my rocking chair rocking away as I study - course that just might be more for comfort sake than anything...even knitting or reading or writing I am in my rocking chair. I find it awkward if I'm sitting in a non-moving chair, and I'm also less relaxed...don't think that has anything to do with the way I learn though, LOL.

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  6. Great job on your sock. I think it's fabulous that you're able to plan, plot, and think while knitting. That's what creativity does for me as well...especially scrapbooking. My mind slows down and I am able to sort things out, make plans, and dream. I'm definitely tactile or "kinesthetic" learner. I used that information when I taught junior high...so important to know how to engage them.

    Love you author photo!

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  7. Hi Camy,
    I am that tactile learner, but it combines with the visual. Somehow it "pops" and becomes real to me if I can see it and touch it. I'll remember even where in the store it is if I touched it while looking it over. lol. So, if you wonder who I am...you can look in any store and find the gal touching everything, hahaha. And I still hear my parents' voices saying, "Leave that alone, hands in your pockets."
    They had no idea how stifling that was to me:-)
    Angie

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  8. Interesting. It said I'm a visual learner. But I'm not. I can't get enough answers on the second test for it to even tell me anything, lol.

    I'm not surprised that it can't peg me though. I'm very unique.

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