Phew… I’ve finally finished part one of this gorgeous design. The pattern was released on Wednesday 18th October and i had my wool ready, but i was too scared to start!
Finally on Monday I decided I had to try. Having been put off by the instructions to test my gauge (something I’d never done before) otherwise the piece wouldn’t fit together and to weigh all the wool so you’d know at the end of each part whether you’d be on track to have enough wool to finish, i rather froze. Words going through my head were along the lines of “your guage is going to be wrong, and you won’t have the right hook. Your piece will look awful because it will never fit together. Why are you even trying this, you know following patterns goes wrong for you. You’ve picked a project that is way too hard for you”. But common sense kicked in and i figured I’d paid the money for the wool so I might as well try. On a relaxed day on holiday in Cornwall (look at the pretty view from our cabin… That’s the sea in case you can’t tell… And there are tin mines on the coastline)
I sat in bed with a coffee (decadent!) and set to with a guage sample. Part of me didn’t want to do this because the idea of crocheting something that would take time but not form part of the piece was a bit soul destroying. I completed my first sample and realised it was way too tall. But thankfully tatsiana had linked to a helpful video of how to alter the height of your stitches. I lost count of how many times I crocheted and frogged, but it actually felt surprisingly good as i knew I was learning something. But… It took all morning!
Before I stopped for lunch I weighed all the wool, and got the chain and first row started.
Over the next couple of days I did bits more but was worried how long I was taking. “If I get behind now…when I have time on holiday to crochet, what will it be like once I’m back in work? I’ll never keep up”…. Horrid negative voice in my head.
Anyway, we’re back home now and today I finally finished part 1 and I’m actually pleased with it! I picked the wrong wool for one section, but i was not going to frog back to redo it, and just swapped colours in another section to try to keep the balance of wools right. I’m not sure how that’s going to go as I’ve gone over weight on 3 of the wools but am fine on all the others. I’ll wait till further into the pattern before I start worrying about whether I need to buy more wool or not.
Here’s how far I’ve got before I start on part two which will be my first ever foray into mosaic crochet.
Looking at the pattern I think I get it, but I’m really hoping that’s not a case of pride comes before a fall! I’ve got two evenings by myself tomorrow and Tuesday so here’s hoping for a huge amount of headway before part 3 comes out on Wednesday. Tomorrow when I meet a friend at a local cafe for coffee and crochet I shall focus on getting those pesky ends woven in as I don’t think I’ll be able to talk and concentrate on mosaic crochet at the same time.
And finally, some reflections on what I’ve learnt so far:
My crochet style is naturally quite loose but that’s ok… It’s not wrong, and i now know how to remedy it if needed
Working tighter stitches isn’t feeling as unnatural as I thought it would
I CAN follow patterns (so far anyway)
I’m quite good at spotting where I’ve gone wrong, and deciding whether it needs to be frogged or if I can remedy it a different way
I probably shouldn’t put off doing things just because they scare me… It just puts more pressure on when I finally start. Plus, whether things go ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ I’m bound to learn stuff, and that’s a good thing!
And stuff I’m enjoying so far:
I love the colour combinations, even though they’re not necessarily colours I would have put together myself.
I’m enjoying the different textures of wool
I’m feeling proud of what I’ve accomplished so far
I’m excited about learning new techniques, and tatsiana has provided written instructions, helpful hints, photos and videos so there are loads of ways to help me figure out what I really supposed to be doing when I’m not entirely sure.
Watch this space for part two and a mosaic adventure!