Homemaking skills, what they are and how we learn them, is a topic I've been thinking about for awhile. I was very intrigued when I came across this blog post via Jamie. The author asserts the value of "old fashioned" homemaking skills, explaining why they are dying out, as well as why they have made a resurgence in popularity. She also gives links to resources for those who want more information.
Here are the six skills she details, with my personal "report card" following each.
sewing--(C) Both my mom and sister are talented in this area, but I seem to have little knack or patience for it. I want to want to sew--I just don't enjoy it. I of course had home ec in junior high, and then I took sewing lessons a couple years ago (a Christmas gift from my husband, in which I was taught by a retired home ec teacher!), but I have done minimal projects since.
gardening--(B) My husband gets the credit for this one. He does the research/planning and most of the maintenance and I do the gathering and processing. We're a good team in that way.
canning--(B-) My experience is minimal. I have done this on a couple of occasions with a good friend of mine, Jody. We've made applesauce and strawberry jam (both sealed and freezer), as well as small batches of apple pie filling and spaghetti sauce. I'm always amazed by people who put up quarts of all kinds of produce to last through the winter!
cooking from scratch--(B+) Constantly improving. Blogs have been such an inspiration to me in this area, as has the More with Less cookbook. Some of my "made from scratch" recipes can be found here.
knitting and crocheting--(F) Yikes--I definitely don't have these skills! My mother-in-law gave me knitting needles, yarn and a lesson at a local store for Christmas one year (Are you seeing a gift-giving pattern?!) and my scarf, if it can be called such, was quite pitiful. I admire other's handiwork but have little desire right now to try again.
hospitality--(A) Yay, the best for last! My husband and I really enjoy opening our home to others, so this is one skill we're frequently honing. I'm thankful to those who have taught me about gracious hospitality, mainly my mom, sister, and friend Jody.
So, what about you? What's your "report card" on these homemaking skills? How have you learned some of these skills? Are you influencing others by teaching them how to can, knit or sew? I'd love to hear from you!