But That One is Better…Doubting Your Own WorkBy A Guest Writer – 15 Comments
A Guest Post by Veronica Smith.
So you’ve found the perfect pattern, you’ve found the perfect yarn. You have done your swatch and all is right with the world. Off you go, obeying all the instructions, counting stitches and counting rows. It looks kind of right, maybe a bit wobbly, but you are doing it by the pattern so all will be good in the end.
Still looking a bit awkward – but like a trooper you soldier on. Now you might need to “block it” before or after assembly – read the pattern. Search the internet on blocking. How hard can that be?
Item assembled, blocked, sun dried and attached eyes, buttons, flowers. Now the moment of truth, hold it next to the picture on the pattern. Well, obviously the pattern instructions were not for the picture were they? Unfortunately they are the correct instructions.
The next step is to run to family and friends explaining how you are a failure – they ARE NOT listing to you blubbering because they are too busy telling you how amazingly talented you are and that they want one – two in fact.
It is amazing how critical we are of our own work. If somebody else made it we would think it was great so why do we doubt ourselves? Look again – It is what the picture promised. If per chance it is not exactly what is on the picture (but it probably is) remember that it was most likely made by the designer, a person who many have had many attempts at it. The camera man is a professional and can do magic with anything that may not be quite ‘right’. If you are new to crochet or a seasoned member of the hooker club and you have done your best then guess what folks – It is the best. You are the best. Love and blood, sweat and tears (well maybe not actual blood, sweat and tears) went into that over-sized pink and purple goldfish and whoever you give it to is going to see only the wonder of it.
Have confidence – all is good. Let’s just assume there is a mistake (and there isn’t) then firstly you are the only person on the planet that can see it, and second, it makes it unique – a one off article and we all know that ‘one off’ items sell for more.
………… So – go and find that pattern for the over-sized gold fish with googly eyes and puffy lips and make it with pride.
Veronica is 44 years young. She has a hubby, 2 daughters, 2 goats, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, several fish – and 7.5 acres backing on to a state forest in semi-rural Queensland Australia to house them all! Feel free to learn more about Veronica by visiting her blog.