Saturday, July 7, 2012

Try, Try Again

I may have posted this before, but it's worth repeating. Let's say you're having trouble with a pattern, regardless if it's knitting or crocheting, and you keep taking it in and out.

For example, I was on a plane coming home from one of our conventions and was working on a class project from the convention. This was a diagonal scarf and I kept making boo-boos after boo-boos. Decided to scrub it instead of hurting the yarn. What I mean by "hurting" the yarn is I was constantly taking the scarf apart and the yarn was going to get ruined....that was NOT going to happen.

Anyway, I have found that after several tries, besides it getting frustrating, it's better to put the yarn and needles, or hook, down and go find some scrap yarn to play. The next day, I took that scrap yarn and started it up again. Got passed the area that gave me trouble and got through it!! It was then I realized where I was going wrong. Here I can mess up the yarn and not care!

Good things do come to those who wait!!! So, instead of pulling your yarn AND your hair out, try the suggestion...I'm sure you're blood pressure will love you!!

Happy Stitching, my friends!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CROCHETING isn't that hard!

It doesn't matter how long you have been crocheting...this is a helpful hint for all of us:

If you are crocheting a pattern and you are having problems with the pattern, don't panic. What I have found that sometimes even though patterns are written in English, some designers know what they are saying and they can't relay that in their writing of the pattern. So what you do? I crochet what I think it is AND if for some unseen reason it doesn't work, then I pull it out. It has to work another way, so try what you think it may be AND if that doesn't work, put it away until the next day. Sometimes you need to walk away from a problem and come back to it. Didn't the teachers tell that to us when we were taking a test? Go to the next question on the exam and then come back to the problem question. You'll have, as Oprah says an "aha moment." If that doesn't work come on in when I'm here for some help. Be more than happy to get you out of your "mess."

HAPPY STITCHING, my friends!