I've been slowly teaching myself crochet, not because I want to become a crochet designer too, or that my life's goal is to be a happy hooker, but I've felt that it's a skill I can be applying to some of my designs when it's time to "finish" them off.
I saw this great cuff pattern on my new friend Mercedes blog, and decided that if I made a bunch of them over the weekend I might have worked up some muscle memory by the end of the exercise. IT WORKED!!!!, and I have a few great gifts... Miss B already claimed the green one, or was it the red one? She can't decide.
I tell my students about muscle memory all the time; they might be working a new technique and feel like they are all thumbs, I remind them that they are teaching their muscles a new way of doing something and that the more they practice and repeat the more their muscles will gain memory for this new crazy motion I am asking of them. It works... I swear!
Speaking of teaching, I'll be at Woolwinders in October for a class on Migrations and a special Schaefer Yarn petting zoo... my class is already sold out, but there are a few spots left in the zoo, join us! I also have a few classes coming up this Fall at my LYS, Knitting Etc, Ithaca is gorgeous at this time of year, so you may want to take a trip up!