Is it just me, or is everybody out there who crochets or knits or does any type of craft, totally blown away seeing huge, complicated, intricate, detailed pieces that someone else has done and immediately thinks, “Hmmmmm…I can do that, and probably do a better job of it than they did”. I confess, I’ve got to be the world’s worst.
When I am “into” a craft, whether it is crocheting, knitting, decorative painting, macramé, sewing, or whatever “twangs my buds” at that particular time, first of all, it takes me at least a week to decide exactly what project I want to start next. Not very long ago, I saw a church pew that had been cut down to a 2-person bench and it was painted in distressed fashion with a cabbage rose design flowing on the sides of the bench. Well, my creative juices began to flow (until I realized I had to actually find a church pew). OK, on to the next idea.
In searching through crochet patterns, I stumbled upon the most gorgeous pattern for a mandala vest. The colors were breathtaking and the design was unbelievably intricate. I was “hooked” (pun intended). That was going to be my next project. I bought the yarn (see below) after about 2 weeks of drooling over all the different choices available in the stores. Yep, this is the one, that’s my pattern, got my hook, here we go.
After beginning this thing, I gradually realized that at the rate I was going, I might finish it in time to be buried in it. The more I crocheted, the larger was my realization that, once again, I had bitten off more than I could chew and there was no way I would ever in my lifetime finish this. I couldn’t bear to “frog it”, so I neatly folded it all up and put it in my favorite tote bag and stashed it in the closet in hopes that my passion for doing the largest, most complicated, most difficult items would one day be fired up again and I would get it out and complete it.
So, on to the next project, still with the fire for crochet flickering dimly in me, since I own Lil Pawz Barktique pet apparel, I decided the best thing for me to do is make a hat for my Yorkie. Since I already had a skein of red yarn, that would be my choice. Found a simple little pattern and flew into it. End result….a little red hat for Abby!
The moral of this story is, don’t let your creative juices overpower your good sense. Size does matter; and if you are limited for time and trying to do 10 things at once, don’t begin something that you may not be able to finish in your lifetime! Completing a project is much more satisfying than seeing it gather dust in the closet until the moths eat it up!