Friday, March 16, 2012

Try, Try Again

By Heather

Do you challenge yourself to try new things? Over the past few years, I’ve been challenging myself to learn new hobbies—no biggies (like skydiving or bungee jumping), but little things that broaden my horizons a bit.

Sometimes I fail. Like the year I was determined to learn conversational Spanish. I have a decent Spanish vocabulary, but stringing it together into complete (recognizable) sentences is still out of my grasp.
Scarf I made.

But sometimes I succeed.

Last year I was bound and determine to learn how to crochet. I had learned how to knit, but didn’t do it very well, and it hurt. I have tendonitis in both forearms and cubital tunnel, too—so the double needles did me in after a while. But I love making things with yarn, so I thought crochet might be better suited for me, since it’s just one needle (discovered it’s better but I still have to take lots of breaks).

Well, last March I received a quickie crochet lesson from friend Shelly (you can read about it here), but after that, my crocheting fell by the wayside. Until last December when I rushed out and bought a how-to book, lots of yarn, and more hooks.

Baby blanket I made.
There was a lot of trial and error. Lots of unraveling. Lots of repetition of basic stitches. Lots of going to You Tube for visual help (LOVE You Tube for this!). After a week of solid practice, I finally got the hang (the hook?) of it.

So far I’ve made a couple of bookmarks and hearts, and a baby blanket and a scarf. I still have trouble reading patterns (even after a lesson from friend Judy Clemens), so my goal this year is to continue practicing and learning and making cute things (I’ve started a crochet inspiration board on Pinterest).

Have you tried a new hobby lately?