- 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
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.