When I first picked up a crochet hook (11 years ago), I didn't care what my dolls and projects turned out like - I just had fun making them. I loved learning my new skill! I would watch countless YouTube tutorials, Read reference books, and even ask my nan for help in understanding written crochet instructions.
Every time I finished a project I would make it again trying to improve what I had done. Maybe I would use a different hook size, Or a different brand of yarn, Sometimes I would over stuff the doll and other times I would under stuff them, I experimented with all these different things until I was happy with my perfect recipe of how to crochet.
I remember seeing a picture of a doll with the most beautiful embroidered eyes, I just had to learn how to do them! I crocheted a round ball to practice on and then I embroidered over and over again onto it until I was happy with my skill.
11 years on and I am still learning and improving my work. If I had quit all them years back when my work was wonky and tatty I would never have created all the opportunities I now have.
Never give up on what you are trying to achieve - you never know what's going to come your way!!!
The photos below are 11 years apart - and I honestly love them both. They both represent different times in my crochet journey and I am proud of both of them.