Leonardtown High School basketball tryouts are next week, and while Colton almost never talks about it, I know it's on his mind. Unlike some kids who've been playing since they were small, Colton never really showed much interest in basketball until one day he was 6'3 and realized that this was probably the sport for him. Last year, a freshman with almost no experience, of course he didn't make the team. He and his friends signed up for parks and rec ball and went to every summer camp Coach Harney offered. Coach Harney focused on the basics - skills and drills -- and lots of time on the court. I don't know whether it's enough for him to make the team, but I do know that over the past 9 months, I have seen him really grow as a player. He has solid ball-handling skills -- he can pass, he can shoot, and he can block. Where he was once timid and unsure, he is now assertive and confident because he knows what to do and how to do it.
Whether it's basketball or knitting, the road to confidence is the same - you have to have the right skills to handle the situation. You need to really understand your fabric, and how you're shaping it in order to confidently handle the little crises that come up from time to time, like your needle falls out of your knitting, or you've done the wrong stitch several rows back, or you have no idea what happened, but it's definitely wrong. If you'd like to build your skills and be able to understand and fix your mistakes, join us Wednesday, November 8 for "Reading Your Knitting and Fixing Your Mistakes" our most popular and empowering class.
I look forward to seeing you in class or around the table. You are always welcome here. ~Ellen
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