Only 9 days after starting my slippers, I finished them. You may now well be thinking ‘great’ or ‘what’s that got to do with the price of eggs?’ The thing is, those slippers represent a personal achievement. Not a huge thing, but I bought the pattern two years ago. Two years ago I also tried to make them, using some pretty rainbow coloured wool that I bought in Aldi.
My attempts were very poor, I only got the sole of one slipper made before giving up. You see, the yarn was one of those fluffy ones that also varies in thickness, so I couldn’t see where my stitches were. As well as that, I read the instructions and realised (or rather, just decided), that I couldn’t do it as I did not have a clue how to work around the post. (Apologies to my non crocheting readers for the technical jargon, I felt the same when I read that in the pattern.) The sole was frogged, as far as I could, and then the yarn was a tangled mess which went in the bin. I could have kept going, but I think I’d have ended up getting cross.
That was it, I worked on other projects (for two more years) that were far simpler and I learned a lot. The other week I decided to try again, I had plenty of yarn and the yearning to try a new thing. Since my first attempt, my crochet has sped up, my technique has improved and I have mor experience with using different stitches. I was no longer fazed by working around the post after making Sophie’s Garden, and I was the proud owner of 6 new stitch markers which Mr C bought me for Mother’s Day, meaning I could do all the fiddly counting.
Yesterday morning was the first today of my Easter holidays and my son and I were awake well before my daughter, so we went downstairs to watch TV. I indulged my self in some early morning crochet and got them finished, and added sock stop to the soles. They were ready to wear by this morning, and they’re super comfy and warm.
Every time I wear them, I am reminded of the need for perseverance. Although my perseverance in this case was more of a ’round the houses and come back to it’ approach, as opposed to ‘just keep hammering at it until you crack it’, I still feel proud. Proud that I tried again, proud that I achieved my goal, and proud that they actually fit!
I’d definitely recommend the pattern, which is available to buy from Ravelry. It’s by Bonita yarns and although it’s challenging, it includes all sizes from baby to adult. In these rainbow colours they make me think of fairies and woodland elves. I even have enough yarn left to make a baby pair, which I’m considering making as my entry into our village show later this summer.
Have you ever found something tricky, come back to it after after a while and suddenly been able.able to do it?