Unexpected Journeys

Tiny miniature granny squares

January is coming to a close. The first craft of the year has been pounced upon and conquered as much as I could do with a month’s time to spend on it.

Crochet has tested me, but it has rewarded me as well. I have found joy in the feel of silk and cotton yarns slipping through my fingers to create something I would not have been able to do even a month before. With each stitch I get more confident, and find ideas for crochet projects wherever I look. There’s a freedom to the form of crochet that knitting can’t compare to. (Although I love knitting just as much, all the same.)

As I’ve jumped into this project there have been some unexpected discoveries along the way.

  1. People share their handmade skills in abundance.
  2. I have forgotten the primal joy of creating with my own two hands, without digital distractions. It’s better than I remembered.
  3. You don’t have to be an expert in a craft, to use its technique.

The last point is the most important, I think. How many times have you looked at something fantastic, and thought to yourself, ‘Oh, wow, I wish I could do that.’

Let me tell you, you can. You don’t need to be able to change a car’s engine to check the oil. Heck, you don’t even need to know how to drive to check the oil. So the next time you wish you knew a technique (door painting, crochet borders, papier mache…) don’t dismiss it.

We all know the saying,

‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’

Yeah, and a crochet afghan begins with a single stitch. ;) Hop to it!