About Me

Here's a few things that define my approach to knitting
  • I live in a hot, humid climate
  • I am a highly sensitive person
  • I am allergic to lanolin
  • I have dyscalculia
  • I went to engineering school
  • I don't have a job
  • I don't have a partner
  • I don't have any kids
  • I don't have any pets
I had an idea that knitting would help me learn to focus on one thing and would improve my innumeracy problems. It actually hasn't. I am still not great at counting. I get to 29 and have to pause and think about 30. It's a legitimate issue with the interparietal sulcus of the brain that makes it so I don't perceive numbers the same way as people without this disability. This is not to say I can't still do geometry and trigonometry and calculus. I just can't add 8+6 in my head. I have to do 8+8 and subtract 2. Of course on a calculator it is absolutely no problem. Spreadsheets are really useful too.

It's possible that the take-away from that explanation is that I am extremely stubborn. I was bad at arithmetic in school and I went to Georgia Tech anyway. I was a good writer, but it never even occurred to me to go to a liberal arts school. I do not pick activities based on my talent, I do what I find interesting. I don't think I am a talented knitter. I am just determined to keep at it until I get it right. Because knitting does not comes naturally to me maybe I can be a better explainer.

Being highly sensitive means I can't tolerate uneven lighting or strong smells and I find most natural fibers itchy. I wear a hat with a brim all the time. I avoid yarn from the fabric store because it reeks of fabric sizing. My hands are less sensitive to texture than my neck, so I can knit a scarf I could never wear. This means if I want to experiment with animal fibers I can't use the finished product. My mother is not sensitive though, and she loves scarves. She is my main tester.