One of my personal barriers in life is the ability to read and comprehend instructions. I share this information freely because I know I am not alone.
I would describe myself as ‘monkey see, monkey do’, in my case, ‘Mike see, Mikey do!’ I’m a very visual person, I have to see how to do something by watching and listening to a live example being done first.
I struggle with instructions because I tend to read things that make me struggle. To put it simply, this is a real life example from when I was about 10 years old.
My dad turns to us kids in the back and asks us to look for cars as he’s about to go onto the main road.
I said, “No Cars”. My sister says “NO CARS” with a louder voice. My dad flipped out and immediately braked yelling “Where!” and proceeded to give my sister a hard time because she freaked him out.
Though my sister and I had said the exact same two words, the meanings were interpreted differently. My sister’s louder voice implied NO! Cars! which suggested there was on coming traffic and he was about to hit them.
I find the same with crochet patterns. I read things that aren’t there by somehow skipping over commas, grammar and much more. You would be astounded how much I have frogged as a result of missing to comprehend a comma, period or instructional line. I am so mad at myself when I have to frog but I’m really not sure how to solve my problem of instruction comprehension.
For pattern books, I always get books that have diagrams in the books to accompany the instructions. I need it for visual aids because I struggle with the written words to show me the way.
I will admit, sometimes people come up to me to help them do a pattern on the instructions. For me, sometimes I need to grab the yarn and hook out to follow along to see where the error is. I wish I had the gift to problem solve everything without doing that, but for me, this is who I am and I have to work to my limitations.
If anyone else has a limitation like… would you like to share with us on how to overcome and help yourself. I would love to know, even for me on a personal level. Share with me in a comment below.