One issue I have with my new crochet hobby has to do with following patterns. One part of me loves that crochet is, in theory, as easily as taking one stitch at a time according to the pattern before you. I told my crochet instructor, Lisa, once that when I look at a tough pattern, I just try to complete one part of the pattern at a time instead of letting myself get overwhelmed with all of the rows and stitches.
In theory, that’s a great idea.
However in reality, sometimes crochet patterns are hard to follow. Sometimes they seem to be written in code I don’t understand. Sometimes the person who wrote the pattern forgets a step or takes it for granted that you’ll know what he/she is talking about.
I have yet to meet a pattern that I was able to just go through step by step without having to ask questions, get further instruction, or spend lots of time on trial and error to figure out what I’m supposed to do. The best thing, I’ve found, is to take my instructions to Lisa so she can help me decode the parts I do not understand and show me how to work the crochet hook through a particularly difficult stitch (and if she can’t, she can watch the Youtube video with me and help me decode from there).
Life is like that, I think. Sure, in theory it seems like a good idea to just take life stitch by stitch, figuring out one situation at a time. In reality, however, sometimes life is confusing and you get stuck at a point you cannot understand or navigate through alone. I’m grateful for my friends, mentors, teachers, and pastors who help me figure out which steps to take next, and I’m grateful that ultimately I can take any mess of yarn and confusing instructions to God in prayer.