Crafty Extras

Practice makes permanent… never perfect

My high school PE teacher used to say ‘Practice makes permanent’ ALL THE TIME! Because you might be practicing ‘wrong’. So practice doesn’t make perfect, just permanent. The only way to get better at something is to practice. Also, perfect does not actually exist! Nothing and noone is perfect!
I often have people tell me they wish they could crochet and they have tried but just can’t quite get the hang of it. My answer is always practice. Half of the battle with crochet is getting your hands comfortable and then the rest flows when you spend some time practicing.

I have practiced for years

I was taught the basics of crochet by a friend not long after I got home from living in London. The first time I saw her crochet I thought ‘How the hell are you doing that with only one hook?’
But once she showed me the basic stiches and how to hold my hand, I practiced. And practiced and practiced.
Below is a comparison of my first ever crochet project with my latest, both traditional granny square blankets. In my first ever blanket, the peach square in the middle my friends Mum started as we didn’t know how to start a square. Once I had the start, I bought a few basic colours and I just kept repeating those same basic stitches. To say my first ever blanket looks beginner is an understatement. The middle sags because it is looser than the rest of the blanket, the sides are uneven and it is really warped! But I finished it.
done is better than perfect.

I think with Social Media these days a lot of us forget about the work people put in behind the scenes. I have been practicing crochet for nearly 8 years now. And I have unravelled, stopped, thrown out A LOT of projects that just didn’t quite make it!

But I don’t show those projects online. People don’t see the first ever bear I made that was wonky, had stuffing coming out of its neck and had uneven eyes!
But they do see the projects I finish and want to proudly show the world. They see the finished projects not the process and I think we all need to remember that there is a lot of effort going on behind those little square memories we all share so proudly.
Don’t compare your progress or beginner picture with someones highlight reel.

I am the coffee-loving, crocheting Mum of Kate Made It. I am a stay at home Mum to 4 mini-humans, and I crochet every day to save my sanity and give me purpose outside of being a Mum. If I can spend all my days fondling yarn, then I will be happy! I hope you find something here to treat yourself with, either yarn, an accessory, or a pattern. Happy Hooking and Yarn Fondling!

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