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  • Writer's pictureAmber J

My Biggest Crochet Blunder (And How I Got Over It)

Everything was going great. I had started a new pattern and a new technique to make a really awesome blanket. It was a huge owl and was taking a lot of concentration to make sure I did every stitch right. I was feeling super proud of myself because I could see the owl slowly building as I worked.

It was going to be so epic! It was a baby shower gift and I could just imagine the mom’s face when I handed her the complete blanket with an adorable owl on it. She would hug me, maybe get a little teary eyed and thank me. I would feel so happy for giving her something so special.

(Insert sarcastic self deprecating chuckle here)

And then I noticed…the wing on the left side looked lopsided. The colors weren’t lining up. My heart dropped. I was 3/4 of the way done with the blanket! No! What did I do wrong? How could this have happened? I didn’t understand what mistake I had made, I was being so careful!

I took five minutes to

ry. I vented to hubby. I might have stomped around my house for forty five minutes grumbling. (Who can remember?!) And then I went and looked at the project and tried to figure out what went wrong. Apparently when I was counting stitches I’d missed TWO back at the start of the project, and that tumbled me into disaster. I was so fed up with myself and my inability to make this work that I put the project in time out.

I have a “crochet time out” pile. I toss random things into it from time to time when I just can’t make it work and I’m angry at it. They stay there until I can stop being angry with it (and myself) long enough to start over.

Sometimes as much as it sucks, we have to just accept that there was a mistake and start over. This particular project is still in the “time out” pile. I still cannot bring myself to rip basically the whole thing out and start from scratch. It physically pains me to just think about that.

Maybe someday, super co

l owl blanket, you’ll get to come out of the time out pile and be finished. But for now you can stay there with a hat I messed up, a pair of slippers with no toes, and a pair of mittens missing two fingers.

Do you have a “Time Out” pile? What do you do when something goes wrong? Tell me about your most frustrating crafting or life experience when you had to take a time out.

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