Being a pattern designer is great, and I absolutely love the freedom I have to make whatever I need or want. I have learned so much over the years and I am still learning so much more.
But there comes a time when you need to crochet without having to design. Here are five reasons why I think this is so:
- It changes your perspective. You may "forget" how to follow instructions since you've been giving them so long. It's good to switch seats sometimes.
- It exposes you to other styles of pattern writing. This is a big one for me because when I was first learning to write patterns I was working for someone else and they wanted it very specific and detailed. Many people, however, are not so specific and it is good to acquaint oneself with the differences every now and then.
- It helps you continue learning. I may be a professional, but I still have so much to learn about crocheting. I believe that if you are going to teach then you need to keep learning yourself.
- It makes room for connecting with other crocheters.
- It's relaxing and good to crochet without an agenda. I have to remind myself that not everything I do needs to have an agenda or a deadline. It's good to just have fun!
So while mildly pondering this at the beginning of the week I ran across Crafty Queens' crochet pattern, Mountain Pillow, and I knew this was where I wanted to start.