When was the last time you learned something new?
I can't say that I have learned anything new, that I've never, ever tried before, for quite some time.
However, we have some tenacious people in our office, and Jane is one of them. Determined in her belief that she could turn my disinterest in knitting and sewing into enthusiasm, she has been chipping away, day by day. With the lure of a little bag for my stuff, a 'how to' guide and some wool, she finally got a crochet stick* in my hand.
I have always been challenged by sewing, knitting and anything of that ilk. To be quite frank, I'm rubbish at it. Crochet was no different. Frustration followed. I found an apparently simple process unbelievably difficult. I don't like to give in though, and I persevered. After a couple of lessons, I got the hang of the chain stitch, which I then forgot how to do, overnight in my sleep. Today I learned the 'double'.
I have a problem with tension - how ironic.
In my lunchbreak I created something in pink which resembled a shrimp. Let loose at home on my own this evening, I have crocheted a croissant...
Both of these things are supposed to be rectangular. But, and this is an important but, I'm actually really enjoying it.
Even though I'm no good at it, I find the repetition relaxing. I could sit and make chains for ages, because the truth is, I'm simply enjoying learning something I have never, ever done before. Crochet has taken my competitive nature and thrown it out the window. I'm enjoying being a beginner at something. If I make a mistake, it doesn't matter. If I want to suddenly choose a different yarn or a different stick size, it doesn't matter, because I'm just practising. If I ask stupid questions, it doesn't matter. I'm enjoying learning slowly, with an enthusiastic teacher. Sometimes being bad at something is good!
*I apologise to the crafters who read this blog - of course I know it's a hook and not a stick. It started out as a joke and the stick stuck. And yes, I know my crochet is really bad... I'm just not bothered yet.