My brain was having trouble with Hira-Kongoh, which is funny because it is probably the easiest step. But Makiko seemed to have more twist in her point of braiding than I did on Hira-Kongoh, and I could not figure out why. I think I was doing it right all along, my point of braiding was just looser somehow in the beginning.
I am loving the bird’s eye view of these videos. They are so clear. I am sure an in person class would allow feedback when I am doing something wrong and I do not realize it. But the virtual learning lets me pick a time where my mind is clear to braid. Lets me walk away when I need to. Lets me take more time when I need it and move on when I feel like it. I am less distracted by fellow students. I have less “performance” anxiety. Frankly, it is a pretty nice environment for learning! (Yes I am an introvert.)
I have been using KnitCompanion on my phone for its counters, since I seem to lose count on these braids where you repeat 6x to 9x. I noticed there are other more simple and free counter apps which I may try. I am started to be able to “read” the finished braid to count the repeats too. Does anyone else have a secret to keeping count? Maybe I need to learn to count with my toes?