WIP Tuesday – Changing Strategy

It only looks like a hot mess
It only looks like a hot mess. The index card has all my important notes while the scrap yarn lets me know where each row is.

I decided that changing strategy was going to have to happen with the Hygge CAL I am working on.  I was getting such anxiety that it came to a grinding halt and I almost called it quits.  At the rate I was going, that wrap wasn’t going to be done by the end of the year much less by mid-July.  So rather than doing each part with X amount of rows of single crochets followed by that part’s cross stitch, the single crochets needed to be done all at once.

This is turning out to be the best way for me to tackle this CAL, even if that is not how the designer wrote the pattern.  Not only can I mindlessly do each row as I watch videos, it’s also making me pay attention to each part of the stitch.  That might sound like an odd sentence, but bear with me for a moment.

I Needed Some More Knowledge

Single crochets for days
Single crochets for days. Actually, it’s more like single crochets for weeks at this point. And yeah, really high tech with my paperclip stitch holder. 🙂

Even though I have been crocheting for several years, I never really paid attention to how an actual stitch should look.  Yeah, I know that a double crochet looks different to a single.  But what is the visual difference between them?  Can you quickly identify one from the other?

Almost everything I have learned about crochet has been self-taught.  And even when I found someone, they would only answer with, “That’s how it is.”  I wanted to know the answers to the abstract questions.  Why did some patterns call for a starting chain of 2 rather than 3 for a double crochet?  Why does my project get bigger on one side when I do half double crochets, but gets smaller on one side when I do double crochets?  I had so many questions and no one had any reasonable answers.

Okay, so maybe I’m not the brightest bulb in the box because I didn’t magically know the answers to the questions I had.  Maybe I’m an idiot because I should have known better as to why the rows of my double crochet scarf were getting shorter.  In the past I lacked confidence with my crochet abilities.  Today, I ask questions if there is someone around me with the knowledge.  When no one is nearby, I also have the ability to do my own research and experiments.  I have never been someone who wants everything handed to me when it comes to learning.

The Solution

Now that I have more than half of the single crochet rows done, I am beginning to understand where the cross stitches are going to go.  If I hold the wrap up to the light, I can see the four corners of each cross stitch.  They line up perfectly like graph paper.  When I put the wrap on the table, I can easily identify  each single crochet even though the yarn is a heathered black.  Weaving yarn of a lighter color across the 1st, 10th, 20th, etc. row of each part will make it easier when I finally do the cross stitch.  I also loosely tie the scrap yarn ends together so I know where each part is.

And if you think you are having a bad day
And if you think you are having a bad day, this poor hawk was just sitting in a tree being dive bombed by mocking birds. Granted they were protecting their chick, but he was just sitting there minding his own business.

This has reduced the anxiety I was having about this pattern and the timeline isn’t such a looming monster.  Though the single crochets feel like they are taking forever, the rows themselves are actually pretty quick and I can crank out 10 rows in about an hour or so.  One of the ladies at the library this morning gave me a few tips to help me with the cross stitch.  (Thanks so much!!)  So I am feeling much more confident.

Do you have a project that has been hanging over your head for awhile?  Something that you really need to do, but  may feel overwhelming?  Maybe if you take some time to rethink your strategy it won’t be as hard as you originally made it out to be.  Let me know in the comments below so we can help each other get through our projects.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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