My first lesson with my crochet teacher was to crochet 50 stitches and as many rows as I could. I can do this. My grandmother taught me a few stitches when I was nine. No problem. I sailed through this first test with just a few minor stitch problems. All done and project completed. My teacher had other plans.
She checked my work.
"A few mistakes," she said.
"Now rip them out."
What? Wait! I just crocheted the best crochet of my life. This couldn't be. What kind of craziness is this? Little did I know teachers have plans that the student doesn't always understand...and I am teacher.
I slowly pulled every last stitch out. I wasn't sure what was the point. It seemed a bit harsh if you ask me. The beginning of an important lesson being learned facilitated by a wise crocheting teacher.
"Start again!," she said.
I did. It wasn't until I started my first pattern that I realized what she did for me.
Perseverance... It takes perseverance to learn a new skill... not just try a new thing but to really learn it. I have been taking crocheting lessons since February. I can say I have improved. It takes time, effort, and perseverance to truly master a skill.
When I learn a new skill there is some frustration. Working through my mistakes has proven the best teacher. Redoing the imperfect rows has been a lesson in persistence. The fear of imperfection has been dispelled in my crocheting.
It has gotten easier now that my goal is to master the craft and not to finish a piece. My goal is not to finish quickly. I want to do each stitch correctly and when it isn't good... I rip the stitches out. I am not afraid to start over. Quality handcraft work takes perseverance.
This lesson is the best lesson I have ever learned.
Don't be afraid of your mistakes, just fix them, redo them, and go on.
It only gets better.
Learn everything you can with no fear!
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