Crochet, it turns out, isn’t all that different from guitar. Huh. Weird.

So, I’ve been learning to crochet. I’m not sure what triggered the impulse, but it seemed like it would be an inexpensive new hobby, so I went with it.

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My first crochet project is a hat.

I’ve only been at it for about a week, and what I never expected was how similar it was going to be to learning to play guitar. It’s like I’m revisiting music lessons with every stitch. You see, crochet, like music, is all about tension. If you use too much tension, it’s hard to get from one place to the next, and the final product suffers. If you don’t use enough tension, everything gets wobbly and floppy and the final product suffers. You have to find the right balance. Music is exactly like that, too.
I’m also reminded of my first stumbling steps with a guitar because my muscles need to learn. After a bit of practice, my hands hurt. Only time and sticking at it will deal with the sore muscles in my fingers.
Crochet has a hundred different techniques to learn, just like guitar, but you’re able to produce something once you know the first two or three.
I guess every new skill is like that, but I was never paying enough attention to notice. So, we can talk about how learning a musical instrument is hard at first, and how individual techniques are a struggle, but that’s not ONLY true of music; it’s true of everything. And it turns out, learning music and learning hand crafts, surprisingly, teach a lot of the same lessons. Go figure.

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