So y’all might know that I like to crochet. ☺ Actually, I’m obsessed with it. I’ve always been a kinesthetic learner and when my hands are busy, that’s when I’m the happiest. What I love about crochet is that it can be simple or complex, meditative or challenging. It’s also extremely useful.
Probably the most challenging, useful, and educational project I’ve ever done was when I decided to learn how to make granny squares with my scrap yarn. I followed YARNutopia’s 365 Days of Granny Squares project, and while I didn’t make all 365 squares, I made almost two hundred, enough to make a California King sized blanket and a twin sized blanket.
Here’s the king-sized version:
When I made the squares, I didn’t know what I was doing, especially when it came to the more complicated ones. But I learned a lot, mostly about how even though something might not be perfect, it can still pretty and useful. I ended up giving this one away, but kept the twin sized one and it’s on the back of my Amish rocking chair in my bedroom. Still, even as I pass by the blanket, I can see the mistakes, and I think about how I could redo the squares. It does take a little bit of the enjoyment away.
Olivia from Two to Tango is someone who likes perfection and schedules. Her standards are high, mostly for herself. When she learns that not everything has to be a certain way and she can be easier on herself and others, then she’s able to find contentment.
Maybe someday when I look at my blanket and my other crochet projects, I won’t see the flaws. Just the beauty. I’m a work in progress. ☺
Is there something in your life you like to do that gives you joy and fulfillment? I’d love to hear about it!