My ds-inlaw was watching me knit after his daughter was born. I had brought some needles with me, and he asked me how to do it.
Here was a Marine MP, 6"2' at the time , (199 lbs of muscle) asking.
So I slowly and no big deal, showed him how to cast on.
he goes.. ok... practice.. and I went to get a drink.. and he had cast on 100 stitches.
I advised he let a few off... then he wanted the knit stitch. Ok.. He watched me a few minutes.. then he did it w/ me , then he took off on his own. I went and played with the baby.. helped fix dinner.. then.. I looked. and he had done 6" of knit stitch!
Same with purl...
Then he started making up his own design.
I bowed to him.. and eventually flew home.
He wanted to knit his daughter a blankie.. well,, between the time he found the perfect yarn, and such.. He had forgotten how to knit..
He threw it accross the room, where my daughter hid it for a few months.
I flew back to spoil granddaughter, and he asked if I would show him again. ( Daughter was in shock! He is asking You? I just lol)
I downplayed it big time.. showed him. and he took off..
He made a blankie and put up the needles.
So.. He did what he wanted.
When His son was born he switched needlecrafts. He sewed his son some blankies with a used sewing machine I bought them.
So He can do needle works.. just in very short spurts.
I am very proud of him.. He wanted his kids to have something he made for them. So he put his ego,, ( which is normally huge) aside to learn.