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?
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
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.
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.