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.
- People share their handmade skills in abundance.
- I have forgotten the primal joy of creating with my own two hands, without digital distractions. It’s better than I remembered.
- 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!