A student of mine told me yesterday, if she takes a class and doesn’t make any mistakes, she’s almost disappointed. She has a great additude about the learning process: she sees mistakes as a way to learn a new technique or method. If she gets it just right the first time and never has to rip anything out to redo, she figures, at home, she’ll encounter a problem and not know how to fix it.

I think with a medium like crochet, ripping out is just part of the process. You rip for mistakes, for miscounts, or if you just want to make a row or round look better. If you have this additude, it shouldn’t frustrate you or feel like your being stalled or slowed down by doing things over–you work it in to the time it takes to make an object.

The joy of mistakes

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  • May 27, 2005 at 4:07 pm

    All mistakes are learning experiences! So she’s right, there are no mistakes, just lessons (okay some are rotten lessons, but you learn from them nonetheless)

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