I do not have any repeated failures at cooking, and I don't want to derail that thread.
I have been embroidering 50 years (gulp - I'm that old?
). If I say so myself, it's beautiful. But I can not make French knots. Maybe because I was so young when I started, and I convinced myself it was hopeless back then. I have learned more complicated techniques since then, but I didn't brain wash myself on those.
Anytime I try, I end up with a snarl. That is why my theory is that French knots are overrated. Plus now I really only do counted thread cross stitch, and I don't need knots.
This last year, I started learning quilling, and I was having trouble figuring out how to do a spiral. In my hind brain, my 8 year old self was screaming, "It's the French knots all over again!" I did persist, and suddenly I was able to do it. Not the way the book said (I should be twisting the tool, and not the paper, but I do it backwards of that), but the results are the same and they look right, and once I figured it out, it was easy.
I also do not back into a parking spot. I always end up crooked, and for all the grunting and panting I do, it is just not worth the effort.
What are your chinks?