I don't crochet, not because of any moral objection (don't laugh there are people who are opposed to it) I just didn't learn. I was taught to knit and never really felt the need to until I started hanging out with more fibre artists. Chase taught me to make a passable granny square which I promptly forgot, then forgot again after she taught me again. Last week she showed me how to make a circle for the end of a knit project I was working on. Which I managed to do it by asking her the same question over and over. The next day I made the second circle all by my self. This inspired me to make something without any help at all (aside from YouTube). The results were, um... Interesting.
It's meant to be a washcloth. It's meant to be square and it's meant to look like this.
But I'm not ashamed of it. Ok maybe a little, but I'm not too ashamed to post pictures of it. Because here's the thing, it's not meant to be perfect. Hand made items are never meant to be perfect, crafting is a skill. Something that you get better at with practice making mistakes are an important part of the process. It's how you learn and how you track improvement. Talking about our mistakes and failures is vital, when I put this picture up on twitter I got not only encouragement but actual constructive assistance from people who have been doing this longer than me. If I'd just ripped it out I wouldn't have learned what I'd done wrong. I would have just repeated the same mistakes over and over. This isn't just me justifying spending an afternoon working on something that looks like a 5yr old made. These are lessons I've learned from crafting. Accepting my mistakes. Asking for help. Accepting praise. Striving for improvement over perfection. Admitting and even being proud of my failures
And look at the results. I put it out there and got some amazing assistance and look at attempt number 2!