December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)
When I was probably 9 or 10, my mom asked if I wanted to learn how to crochet. I answered in the affirmative and she started to teach me. She showed me the basics. Chains, single crochet, double crochet and a few other things. She never encouraged me to use a pattern. She told me a little about how they work, but I don’t think I showed enough interest to go that far.
I wish I had.
Because of the last thing I made. It was during the winter of 2001/2002, my second winter in Canada and I passed by this crochet great pattern book with a really cute scarf and hat on the cover - I wanted that scarf and hat. So, I bought the book and some yarn and enthusiastically set about making it. When I followed the pattern, the scarf wasn’t turning out quite the way I thought it should. So, I made modifications. (I’m a pro, right?) Besides, who can mess up a scarf?
I finished the scarf, happy with the result and set it aside. Time to make a hat. This time, I followed the directions precisely. And when I was done, I had an awesome crocheted bowl. I looked at it and it showed absolutely no potential to resemble the picture on the book. I wore it once and was so embarrassed cold (it was a bowl - no ear coverage), I threw it away. I kept the the scarf for a while before giving it away, but it was ridiculously long and I never used it.
Fast forward 9 years and I’ve just dug out that pattern book again. Oddly, just about a week or two before this prompt was published. I’ve already started re-trying the scarf. I had to make a modification similar to my first attempt, so I think I’m going to start over again and go strictly by the book. I would love to one day be somewhat competent at crocheting things. And one day, maybe I will finally get the perl stitch down so that knitting isn’t such a painfully slow process for me.