Lately, I’ve been having trouble trying to stay focused. Between this blog, my Etsy shop, my home life, my hobby, my pet, and pretty much everything else going on, I feel like I’m dropping the ball… on everything.
I’m not someone who is clinically depressed but there has been a lot of sadness in my life over the last year and a half and sometimes I let it get me down. I lost a younger sister and a soulmate cat who was in my life for 18 years. And I miss them both terribly.
Okay… I’ll come completely clean. I lost David Bowie too.
And he died the same way my dad did 10 years ago and exactly one month before my sister did. And I miss my dad too.
Anyway… That’s not what this post is about.
Yesterday, I received an order I placed at Michael’s for a crap-load of Bernat Baby Blanket Tiny yarn. I was really excited to get started using it by making a baby blanket for someone we know who just had a baby girl.
I searched online for a free pattern for a baby blanket that might be specific to the type of yarn and since it’s a new yarn type? size? I found nothing. So, I just grabbed a pattern for regular yarn and got started. I have to say, I hated it! I frogged what I could and tried another pattern and again, I did not like the way it looked.
No big deal. I thought. I’ll just use a few basic stitches and come up with something on my own. I checked the recommended hook size for the yarn which happens to be US G/6 and got started again.
Oh boy! This yarn is very thin, and the hook created a fairly tight chain, and with the fuzziness of the yarn, I couldn’t even see where to stick my hook in! I was having a similar problem when I was trying to follow the patterns.
At this point I was getting really annoyed with myself for having bought so much of this yarn that I seem to HATE.
That’s when it hit me like a lightning bolt.
Keep it simple, stupid!
I grabbed a much bigger hook (US K/10.5) and started making a few rows of single crochet stitches. When it comes to crocheting, it truly doesn’t get any simpler than that. And guess what? It worked!
Because of the larger hook, I can see what I’m doing and I think it looks really good. I’m now in LOVE with this soft, cozy, cloud-like, light-as-a-feather, little yarn.
With that problem solved, I realize that maybe I need to start simplifying my whole life this way.
So… from now on, If I’m busy or have nothing to say, I won’t be blogging. And I won’t be beating myself up about it either. I might even start a new category here that has nothing to do with crochet. We’ll see.
And I’m not going to drive myself crazy about the shop either. I sincerely want it to be fun.
Keep it simple is going to be my new mantra and mission statement for everything I do.
I’m going to stop putting so much pressure on myself and see what happens next.
Wish me luck!
In the meantime, one of the things I dropped the ball on here at the blog was my interviews. I have a wonderful one lined up for next week. Look for it to be posted on Tuesday. And I’ll be sure to show off the baby blanket as soon as it’s done.
How about you? What is your mantra? How do you keep yourself motivated and moving in the right direction? Share your thoughts in the comments. I love hearing from my readers.