The pictures in the book didn't excite me, the assignment didn't call to me, and I didn't like the look of the plain weave.
But I forced myself to keep working on my sampler, and I'm so glad that I did! Because I really like the basket weave! And it turns out, I even like black and white yarn in some patterns. :)
Next up, I'm supposed to repeat this with two colors in the weft. Then, finally, I repeat the whole sequence a couple more times, with a tighter sett and then a looser sett. I'm curious to see the impact of changing the sett.
When I was younger, if something didn't appeal to me, I would have just skipped it. Now however, I am smart enough to realize that maybe the author of the book - you know, the woman who has taught thousands of beginners how to weave in person and who has written the (apparently) definitive book on learning to weave - just maybe she knows what she is doing and it might be worth my while to follow her instructions... ;)
There are some advantages of age... :)