I Learned it on YouTube

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Michelle Phillips

I love YouTube. Not for watching cat videos or bloopers or workout videos or any other number of videos to waste the day away, but as a means for instruction. Although, I will admit that there is one YouTube channel I follow for entertainment. TwinsthenewTrend is a favorite because these college age boys listen to an array of music they have never heard and give commentary. Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is my personal favorite. 

Anyway, over the years I have learned how to do a plethora of repairs, crafts and even found story ideas. 

For example, when I owned a coffee shop, I took to the Internet to learn how to change the handle on the toilet (someone broke it off). I was also able to trouble shoot a problem with my espresso maker, then watch videos about how to replace a steam valve. I also watched videos of how to make pastries and learn difficult baking techniques. Sometimes I would be watching a performance by one of my many college aged customers who attended the nearby community college.

My most recent dive into the YouTube world has been to learn one of my new COVID-19 hobbies, crocheting. My cousin had started crocheting and most of the women in my family, as well as my husband’s family, crochet or knit, so I sat down on a Saturday afternoon and pored over videos to learn how to make Granny squares. 

I can sew and am quite crafty in general and decided after watching four of five different videos that I could probably manage crocheting, unlike my adventure in knitting, which resulted in one long, misshapen scarf before I threw in the towel. Crocheting just seemed easier, after all there was only one hook, rather than two needles automatically making it easier. Plus, I remember my mother-in law’s knitting needles getting taken away from her on a flight right after 9/11 because they were considered a “weapon” according to TSA. That would never happen with the friendly, round ended crochet hook.

I’ll admit, at first it was rough going. I found some scrap yarn and practiced for several days before I decided to commit to buying all the yarn I needed to make a large afghan. I picked shades that would match the new living room furniture with money I would normally have spent on a vacation (thanks, ‘rona).

I am happy to say that I have completed 10 percent of the project and will certainly feel accomplished once I am done.

Now to watch a couple of the twins’ videos before I make dinner.

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