Hi friend! Today, I saw this comment on one of my crochet videos: “Tried for 3 hours and couldn’t even get past the first 2:09 minutes. I’m feeling very disappointed in myself…”
This comment made me sad because feeling disappointed in yourself hurts. I struggle with it, and I know so many others do too. So let’s talk about it, and see if we can find ways to feel disappointed, without letting it stop us from pursuing our (crochet) goals.
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1. Putting the Time In!
First of all, congratulations! You spent time trying to learn something new, and that’s an accomplishment.
Even if you didn’t get the hang of it on the first, second, or 400th try, it doesn’t mean that your effort was a waste of time.
Crochet is all about practice. It takes time for our hands and minds to sync up to learn how to hold/move the hook, learn the stitches, and learn how to follow along with a video or read a written pattern.
Every minute that you spend crocheting is valuable time. You’re learning and progressing, even if you don’t think you are.
2. Give Your Brain a Break!
If you are struggling with a new stitch or project, I encourage you to set it aside and try something else. Your brain might need time to process the information, or you may have to learn some more things before you can master your current stitch/project.
During your break, try to learn some new stitches, or start a new project. This will help you gain confidence and skills, so that when you come back to your project, you’ll be wiser, clear headed, and more relaxed.
3. Find Your Perfect Teacher!
Have you ever asked someone a question, and their answer confused you? Then when you asked someone else the same question, their answer made sense and “clicked” for you?
We all learn things differently, so it makes sense that not every Youtube video or written pattern will click for us. If you watch a crochet tutorial on Youtube, and you just can’t get it, try to find a similar tutorial from another crocheter. Was this one easier to follow?
It takes time to find a pattern writing style that suits us, or a crochet Youtuber that makes sense to us. So just keep looking!
4. Celebrate Your Wins!
It’s so easy to focus on the things we “can’t” do, isn’t it? Instead, recognize your progress by celebrating your wins – big and small.
Did you finish your first crochet project? Did you learn a new stitch? Has your tension improved? Were you able to make straight edges? Way to go!
Take note of all of these accomplishments (in your head or on paper) because seeing even a little bit of progress, can inspire us to keep going.
5. Stay in Your Own Lane!
As hard as it is, stop comparing yourself to other crocheters. You can only measure your progress, accomplishments, and skills against yourself.
One thing that I do every couple of months is purge my social media: Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, emails, etc. If you feel bad about yourself when you see other people’s crochet posts on social media, don’t be afraid to unsubscribe/unfollow/unfriend those people. It’s nothing against those people, it’s just that life is too short for comparison and negativity.
I hope this post helped in some small way. If you ever need a peptalk, or have a crochet question and don’t know who to ask, please send me a message through my contact page. I’m happy to help in any way that I can.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
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