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Part of being dyslexic is the evolution of task-oriented routines. I certainly don’t realize when I develop them, and I’d never even thought to see if others did them, until the topic came up in conversation last week.

I should probably use a bookmark instead of the ruler. It
doesn’t cover the entire width of the chart, but it was at

Like many things, I just assumed everyone did that, despite the fact my hubby used to tease me when he catches me carrying mine out.

When I do the dishes, for example, I always do flat pieces, like plates and Tupperware lids first, then things like pots and pans, then bowls, then drinking vessels and finally utensils. It’s not that I think anything bad will happen if I don’t. It’s just because I find it easier to arrange them and put them away after drying them when I group them together like that.

I guess there’s something to it, because he’s started doing the same thing.

According to the other dyslexics I’ve spoken to about this little quirk, they do the same kinds of things. The few people without dyslexia that I’ve spoken to, though, seldom use as many routines as we tend to. I guess that makes sense, since they don’t have the same sorts of processing issues.

That’s ok. Many folks without dyslexia struggle with things we find easy. It’s part of being human.

Anyway, as I was knitting, I looked at the way I had everything organized, and realized I was accommodating for my neurology again.

My knitting ruler helps me stay on the correct row within the chart, since I have trouble keeping my place within a grid, and the app on my phone kept track of which row I’m on. Instead of counting stitches towards the middle of the rows, I watch for how they’re patterned in relation to what I’ve already done. Counting is reserved for fixing the occasional mistake, and starting new patches of color.

As much work as that is, using written patterns is harder for me, since I need to decode what various abbreviations are as I go, like sc, sl, and yo.

That’s all probably why I prefer to knit pieces off the top of my head, whenever possible. It’s just easier to concentrate on what my hands are doing than knitting while trying to keep track of a pattern, row/stitch count, and monitoring how much yarn I have to work with at the same time.

Ah, well. That’s okay. Regardless of what anyone thinks, I need to do what works for me. Why conform to others’ ideals of doing things when their ways just make life harder?

Oh, and I’ve made some progress since I took the above picture. This is going to be a really neat scarf when I’m done with it.

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