We all want our finished crochet project to look as gorgeous as the pictures we see online or in a magazine. But what did it take for that project to look that good? With Pinterest, and so many other social media outlets portraying the “perfect” project, it’s making it harder and harder to know the reality of something. All we see is perfection, but what did it take to get it perfect? I thought I would add a little humor to the reality that we don’t see.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
5 Realistic Stages to a Crochet Project
- Search the internet for hours and hours….and hours. Sometimes it feels like hundreds of hours to find that perfect pattern! Once you find that perfect pattern, you….
- Head to the craft store to find the perfect yarn. Yes, you could order it online, but you wouldn’t be able to see it, touch it, and yes, sometimes I even smell all the pretty yarns. Once home with your new yarn you….
- Search endlessly for the hook you need. It’s missing again?? Trust me, you’re not alone. It’s time for your first set of choices….
a) Search endlessly…
b) Head back to the craft store for another one…
Don’t worry. Most of us chose “c“ also. Once home with your new hook(s) you….
- Begin your project on that new project high. We all start out a brand new project excited. But how long that excitement lasts is dependent on a few things. How small/large is the project? Are you able to follow the pattern? Are you beyond your skill level? Etc, etc…. Which always leads to the next step. (This is where the real “fun” begins.
- There are usually three choices here….
a) Finish your project with no glitches or problems! Yay! You did it. You have this gorgeous project to show off to your friends and family, or wear, or sell. You now get to start the process all over again with your next project.
b) Run into some snags, frog it and begin again. Many of us know this step all too well. We miss a stitch, add one too many, or just can’t figure out what went wrong. Time to rip it, rip it. I am not a fan of frogging projects, but sometimes it just needs to be done. If this is where you end up you go back to step 4 and repeat.
c) Leave the project in a bag as a UFO. This ending is usually based on how frustrated you are paired along with how much you’re determined to finish. If you’re not loving the project you’ll end up here. And if you’re totally frustrated and throwing your hands up in the air (or your hook across the room) you’ll end up here also. I used to do this a lot more than I do now. I’m getting better at knowing which kinds of patterns and projects will get me to this ending, and I try to avoid them. If this is where you end up, you get to go back to step 1 and begin again.
So many pattern choices. So many outcomes. But one thing is for certain, we’re willing to do it over and over again.
So, be honest, how many UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) do you have in your closet?