Week 18 & 19: Knitting and Home Brewing Coffee Adventure!
"I am not retired, knitting is a full-time job." - The Cat Lady
What did I do:
Many years ago, my friend Sayaka gave me a knitting tool box. I've had it all this time, it even came with me to NYC ad back to LA. Sadly, I have never used it. Being the year of new experiences, it was about time I gave knitting a try.
I called a family friend who knits and crochets the most elaborate pieces for a knitting 101 class. My plan was to knit an eye mask cover for my meditation sittings. On the tail end of the week, a few of us took a Home Brew Coffee class at Demitasse, a local coffee shop in my hometown of West Hollywood. There's nothing like a good cup of coffee by your side while knitting! Oh, and we may have stopped in Vegas at some point to the take the edge off knitting.
Who was with me:
Mahnaz, a family friend of over 20 years, was my knitting guru. I literally showed up and we jumped right in. She had all the needles, tons of yarn and a whole lot of patience. Disclaimer: my poor execution is not reflective of her ability to teach.
My brother Maz and my friend Kate joined me for the home brew coffee class along with several other coffee enthusiasts, including the founders of Long Beach Coffee Club.
What did I learn:
Earlier this year when I set out to do Thrive at 35, I had made a list of new experiences and adventures I wanted to give myself. Never would I have thought that knitting would have been the new experience to stump me. That's right, I said knitting. This seemingly innocent pastime is much harder than it looks. My biggest mistake was not tightening the yarn after every knit. Sigh.
The home brewing class was very detailed. The instructor went through a 60 slide PowerPoint presentation addressing coffee/water ratios, water temperature, the difference in flavor between coarse and fine coffee and the different types of brewing. Then we got to do a coffee tasting to test our palettes and see if we can tell the difference between sweet and bitter. Over brewing creates the bitter flavor. Ideally, you want to balance those two extremes.
After the coffee tastings, we rolled up our sleeves and tried different methods of brewing like pour over, french press, aero press and siphon.
Would I do this again:
I would really like to give knitting another go. My hand-eye coordination could use the practice. It's so cool to be able to knit yourself or your loved ones scarfs, socks, sweaters, and blankets. For any coffee lover, I'd recommend sitting in on the class at Demitasse. The instructors really put thought and effort behind the class and are so knowledgeable in all things coffee.