Thursday, June 5, 2014

Try, Try Again

It started out as a quick little project to use up some yarn. While browsing Ravelry, I came across this cute basket. I had some yarn that would be perfect. I haven't crocheted in quite a while, but really, how hard could it be? Ha! First time, I kept thinking that maybe it should be a little thicker, that maybe it would not stand up on its own. And then, as the trellis pattern developed, I realized that mine did not quite look right. I wasn't sure how to fix it though, since I seemed to be following the pattern correctly. I trudged along until the only thing I could do was to rip the whole thing out and start over. So I had a huge pile of yarn on the classroom floor that I was just sure the kids would turn into a huger mess. I got a smaller crochet hook and began again. The bottom of the basket was immediately much more like what I wanted. Great! Then onto that trellis pattern. Still it was not looking quite right. I went along for a few more rounds. Then I stopped and took a really close up look at the picture in the pattern. Then I re-read the pattern. Then the light bulb came on and I knew what I was doing wrong. So, I ripped it out yet again. Finally it is looking right and I know I will like the results.

So hang in here with me a little longer whilst I try and get philosophical and make a connection to my life. During the last months with the move and all the emotional upheavals of our family, I have lost sight of the big picture. What I am trying to accomplish with my children, with my family. I trudged along, not really happy with how things were going, but not sure how to make it what I had envisioned. Then I remembered what it was I had originally wanted for my family when we started this home schooling adventure. It was to get my family to Heaven. I don't need them to go to the best schools, or to be "successful" in the world's eye. I want them to be full of joy, and I believe that comes from God above. So, there needs to be some unraveling, if you will, of habits formed during these crazy months. I will start again. And honestly, I will probably have to start over more than once, since I am not perfect. I will mess up again. I just need to remember to keep striving for the results I hope to achieve.

They are worth it, all the work.

Trying to stay on the right path, I sometimes feel as flattened as those bugs on the windshield. But I will try, try again!

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.


  1. I know just what you mean. The work, it just requires so. Much. Energy. Sometimes it's enticing to become the flattened bug and just be still and squished.

  2. Love the look of your basket. Have always wanted to give them a try.
    Ditto about trying over and over. It seems that life has a funny way of encouraging us to change, sometimes kicking and screaming the whole way. ;)

  3. Love your simple object lessons, that provide so much truth about life (and mothering). Blessings on us all as we start over and over again. It is worth it all.