Several years ago I wanted a new hobby. I enjoy doing things and like to have a project close at hand. I decided that I would learn to knit. My daughter and I had taken lessons a number of years ago, but I certainly did not remember enough to get started. I turned to the computer and found an abundance of videos about knitting on YouTube. Thrilled to discover that I could sit in the comfort of my own home and get free lessons, I took the plunge and a new hobby began.
Starting on a small scale, I bought inexpensive yarn at craft stores and knit a scarf. I knit several scarves, actually, but I challenged myself with each one. If you knit, you know that there is more to it than K1P1 (knit one pearl one). The abbreviations for the various stitches is endless, but with each new project and stitch I looked to YouTube for my lesson and learned it. Eventually, I knew enough to construct blankets for each of my children one Christmas.
Searching the endless YouTube channels, my husband educated himself on changing the brakes on his Jeep. An avid fisherman with spinning reels, he found that he needed information on fly fishing when we moved to Colorado. There’s plenty of information on that topic on YouTube as well. Want to change your exercise routine during the cold months? Turn on your computer and you will be able to find many different types of “classes” that you can perform in the comfort of your home.
Whether you would like to learn how to bake a cake, paint a mountain landscape, change a capacitor on your air conditioning unit, receive instructions on using a circular saw, or learn the two-step, you can find a tutorial on YouTube. There is an endless list of learning opportunities at your fingertips. While I will never claim to be an expert knitter, because of the knowledge I have gained from YouTube lessons, I am able to knit enough items to keep me busy. And when the day comes that I would like a new hobby, you can be assured that the first place I will explore that topic will be on YouTube.