You may recall the first crochet milestone I felt the need to brag about, the blanket I made for my newborn nephew. Crocheting an afghan is something that requires a lot of time, but I didn't even follow a pattern because I had a vision in my head of a simple design I knew I'd be able to implement. Clothing, however, has intimidated me for quite some time. Even the most simple garment patterns seemed very complicated to me and I had never been able to work up the confidence to attempt one until recently.
My favorite local yarn store, Loops, has been hosting a cardi party which took place over the past few weeks and comes to a close today. They pair up plenty of fun projects with beautiful yarns and offer prizes and encouragement to anyone who starts a cardigan during this promotion. It was just the motivation I needed to finally attempt the Chevron Lace Cardigan I've been eyeballing for so long. I used Berroco Modern Cotton for a sweater that is satiny soft and lightweight enough to wear in the warmer months. And after all that anxiety about making a garment, I finished it! Successfully!
Other than a bit of confusion on the sleeves, it wasn't even very difficult! So in classic Holly style, I made myself think I wasn't capable of something that turned out to be completely doable. I would say something along the lines of "Lesson learned! The next time I question my abilities, I'll shake those negative feelings and take on the challenge with the confidence of an ego-fueled rock star." But realistically, we all deal with self-doubt and I'm sure it will creep into my mind with the next goal I set for myself. It always does, if only for a brief, nagging moment. Hopefully, though, the little bursts of confidence that come with each small win will serve as reminders to never get too comfortable. To keep learning and growing and building. So there you have it, a little crochet analogy for the fact that we're all better than we think we are. Stay awesome and have a great week!