Floundering

It never ceases to amaze me how hard it is to do something new, expecially when it’s something having to do with technology.  To me, it seems like everyone can zip around computer and software programs so easily and there I am staring at the most basic of basic things saying, what!? how do I do that?, how do I lock the aspect ratio?, how do I choose just the text?, how do I color the text?, how do I size this so it fits? (see how it doesn’t above), how can I get it just how I want?  I feel like it must take me HOURS longer than anyone else to do the simplest of things.  I flounder around on the internet at times trying to ferret out a better way to do something, only to be stymied by all the information and posts and text out there.  I tuck my tail between my legs and go back to clicking and clicking, shuffling though the menus, hoping I’ll get it right.
Then, as I was finishing off the new banner for the sophisticate cardigan knit-a-long (kal), Whew – yes, I love it!  I was thinking, is this how “non-makers” feel when they look at knitting needles, a crochet chart or an embroidery sampler?
Do they think, “What the . . !??” Are they floundering around YouTube looking for a semi-decent video explanation of how to “psso?”  Do they see a pair of knitting needles and feel their stomach curdle like a sippy cup of three-day old milk? That’s how I feel when Illustrator starts bouncing at the bottom of my dear old Mac, mocking me that I have to do something graphic.  I love the design aspect, but it’s the doing of it that strikes fear into my heart.  Is this just practice? A good class? Patience?
Then I think, what would I tell a new knitter staring with frustration at their hands which just can’t seem to hold those needles right: take your time, it takes practice, it will get easier, we were all where you are once . . . .
And, after all the work I did trying to design a new header, shown above, I decided it was too limiting to reflect everything this blog is about.  There are the kids, but where is the making.  Hmmm . . . back to the drawing board.  Practice, right?
P.S. Just as I was wrapping up this post, I somehow deleted the whole thing and when I went to “undo” it was too late . . . I had to rewrite the post. I HATE that.  I think my computer is laughing at me.  May technology be with you today.

  1. well, i stumbled here today and will have you know it’s one of the prettiest blogs i ever did see. there. following. ravelry & twitter too. where ya been all my crafting days? wish i’d had you when my bigs were little!

  2. btw, you are no guppy! it may take time, but it’s perfect when you’re done! techies usually need help in the visual part and it can’t be learned no matter how long they do it. you have both sides of your brain…clearly!

  3. Anne…this post cracked me up! I was just stopping by and scrolling around, noticing all of your neat little menus and ad-thingies and links off to the right (hello- an online course? Wow!)As always I was marveling at your great photography and thinking about sending you a note to let you know how amazed I am with what you’ve done here since I ‘met’ you in Marissa’s fishbowl class less than a year ago. Then I got to this post and just smiled and giggled. You are so honest- and so insightful! I’m right there with you- with a decrepit old PC- not even a mac. You can tell by how infrequently I post at all just how little patience I have for the computer gremlins at this point- so yay for you for perservering!! :)

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