On Saturday, I went got my hair cut at Zippy’s Hair Studio, which is far away in the Presidio. We are going to our friend Rohan’s wedding this coming weekend, and my bangs were out of control after four months of growth.
Here’s the haircut. It’s much shorter, just in time for San Francisco summer!
(But that’s not the point of this post.)
Hus-friend and I planned to meet up for Italian dinner after my haircut, so I walked the 1.5 miles from the Presidio to North Beach. It was a delightful walk on a sunny, clear San Francisco Saturday.
On the way, I stopped at Pincushion Craft, an adorable knitting and sewing store that I had been wanting to check out after seeing it pop up on Instagram. I really love craft stores: the combination of bright yarns and fabrics AND the possibility of starting new projects makes me giddy and only moderately overwhelmed.
While I was perusing the yarn selection, a woman came in and signed up for Pincushion’s “Learn to Sew a Skirt” class. She and her friends met the instructor, who showed them a mock-up of the skirt they were going to make. Then everyone ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the cute printed fabrics (me silently and totally not creepily…). I was sooooorely tempted to sign up for one of their beginning sewing classes, too.
After spending a significant amount on clothing last month, I’ve been more frugal this month, using yarn and fabric I already bought for small projects. I couldn’t really justify signing up for a $125 class that teaches me skills that I’ve already done (French seams, pattern usage, sewing machine basics). What’s more, I already purchased a sewing class on Craftsy, the online video-learning platform, where I will end up making…guess what! A SKIRT!
You guys, am I out of control? Why is my compulsion to take classes so strong? I love, love, LOVE the idea of taking classes whenever I acquire a new hobby. This summer alone, I’ve had to talk myself out of taking classes or workshops in knitting, sewing, cooking, pastry, embroidery, French, yoga, and cycling. SELF, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
I guess I really love the idea of learning a skill from an “expert” and having someone on hand to answer my questions. Deep down, I think I measure my success in having completed a track of some sort. It gives me great satisfaction to have finished something (even though I quit a lot of things…); it makes me feel like I’ve “done” it and can move on to the next step, which is probably another class.
In reality, a lot of classes I take aren’t actually as helpful as I anticipate. They don’t usually cover things as in-depth as I would like. I leave feeling kind of like, “Hmm, I could have taught myself that.” And, you know what? That’s true. The Internet makes learning things ridiculously easy. I can watch videos on how to do stitches or different techniques, and I’m good at researching new skills pretty thoroughly before giving them a shot. I don’t need face-to-face classes.
I’ve talked myself out of taking another sewing class for now, at least until I complete the skirt-sewing class on Craftsy. Meanwhile, I should also work through the pastry basics class I also signed up for on Craftsy. (I just want to make éclairs!!) Then and only then, if I feel the compulsion to take a class to meet people and learn a cool new skills, I’ll allow myself to sign up for something.
Does anyone else love to take non-academic classes for fun? Am I just a weirdo??