I forget how surprising people find knitting
Was knitting a sock with a set of five dpns on a bus one day, and noticed a guy across the aisle watching me. I often get looks while knitting in public, though rarely from guys, so I smiled a bit awkwardly. He smiled back and remarkrd that he’d been finally learning to knit, but that five at once was waaaay beyond him. He didn’t think he’d ever get to that point. I chuckled and held up my hand to cover up the back three needles that were hanging loose, so he could only see the two active needles, and I said, “Only two needles ever matter. Forget the others are even there, and just keep going forward.” The change that went across his face a few moments later as he realized it was that simple was so validating.
I didn’t figure he was ready for an explanation on turning a heel just yet, but at least he’d have the idea down before he got that far.