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Don’t Be Discouraged

How often do we look at a project and say “I’ll never be able to do that”?  I know I’ve said that plenty of times.  You know what, that’s the wrong attitude to have.  I’ve learned that the hard way.  Instead, I tell myself one day I WILL be able to make that.

We all learn at a different pace and it take dedication, time and patience.  Don’t be discouraged, don’t give up.  Put the project down and come back to it at a later time.   Hmm, is that how I got all those WIP’s?

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Here are some of my learning/growing tips.

Join a non judgmental online crochet group, I know that sounds funny.  Anytime you have a group of women there will be some drama.  Look past all that and the 50 million rules and start posting your work.  You will know whether your work is good or not by the number of likes and comments.  People normally don’t like to hurt someones feelings and will just scroll on by.  Take that as sign that maybe something was not quite right and don’t be discouraged and try again.

If you can find a crochet group that actually meets that a plus.  Check your local craft stores, libraries, churches, Meetup, colleges and word of mouth to name a few.

Follow a few crochet blogs that you admire.  In the beginning I was following a bunch of blogs until I got it down to a couple that I check in on frequently.

ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs

KT and The Squid

Glamour4U

Moogly

Cre8tion Crochet

I’m a visual person so I not only look at their content I look at their website design.  It’s something about the colors and fonts that I like from each of their websites.  The creativity is across the board from simple to edgy.  Watching their websites evolve gives me the encouragement that I can do the same.  It’s not a race that needs finishing today.  I applaud the ladies who can hold the house down, crochet, write patterns, take pictures and blog.  That’s too much going on for me and I have a hard enough time staying on task.

English is hard enough so you can imagine crochet language.  Some writers are VERY detailed and some are not.  Find that one person who speaks the same crochet language as you do.  For example, I like the instructions to read ch3 and not 3ch.  Seeing that 3ch is like nails on a chalkboard, but it does not discourage me.

Always be humble when someone compliments your work.  No one likes a person who is always nasty when asking a question.  Even if your work is beautiful it will always be ugly to me because of your demeanor.    A smile and saying thank you goes a long way.

When all else fails, ask for help.


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Check out Newbie Crocheting for some more crocheting tips.   What other tips or tricks can you offer to someone who needs a little push in the comments.

Happy Hooking!

@crochetstyles4u
I started crocheting again after many years. Back then when I thought of the word crochet a granny square comes to mind first. No one was wearing crocheted clothes and the fad of crocheting died. I picked up a hook and some yarn and I was on my way. No more granny square blankets for me. Thanks to the internet you can learn anything you want and if you search just a little bit further you will find people who share your passion. I immediately I became enthralled in Pinterest, Ravelry and Facebook crochet groups. If I ran into a snag there was YouTube, I can learn a new stitch from a live person. So two years later here I am, a certified crochet addict and lover of yarn.

If you are a die hard crocheter you will understand. I have so many WIP’s going on at one time until I confuse myself. The attack of the yarn has made it to my home. Yarn has found it’s way from my computer room, bedroom, and now it rests in the family room. Pretty funny having my son’s friends over and they are moving yarn to sit down and I provide the entertainment of showing them my finished work. I think that’s the real reason why they want to come by so much.

To combat the many unfinished projects I decided to keep an online presence of what I do, make and find on the web.

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