Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Crocheting baby afghans

I tried learning to crochet when I was a kid. I tried again in 2002, and made a baby afghan for a dear friend's baby. I think I completed four afghans before there was a baby boom in my immediate circle and I lost patience with crochet completely. I tried again when I was pregnant with my daughter. I started an afghan in the car on the 8 hour car ride to get to my baby shower. At that baby shower I received more than four baby afghans handmade by dear friends and family and have never picked up the one I started again!

In the fall of 2008, I got the bug again and picked up several of my half-finished afghans. I worked for hours on each one only to realize that instead of making rectangular afghans, I was making some kind of trapeziod. I've read several books on crochet that I found at the library. I think I know where I went wrong, but after ripping apart 3 different prjects, I'm not sure I care anymore!

One of my friends sits with me on occasion and tries to show me how to make granny squares, or chains or something, but everything always comes out cock-eyed and wider at the top than the bottom. I keep wondering if I should just give up this craft since there are so many other things I like to do and want to do (and that I actually can do).

When I was reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, two things that she said stood out to me. One was that you should not feel like you have to do things that you aren't good at or that you don't enjoy. The other was that challenging yourself is important to happiness.

Two conflicting ideas. . .Which is correct? I think they both are. You just have to know which is which. (Reading Jane Austen books falls into this category too.)

I'm not sure which one crochet is yet.

What things do you think you need to let go in order to be happy? What things do you think will make you happy by challenging yourself to do them? Do you think I'll ever learn to crochet?

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