This week I had a slightly unusual crochet commission. Not unusual as in "can you make me a giant banana?" but unusual as in "oh, I don't usually make things like that".
But I took it on anyway (gotta get paid somehow), and had 3 days to make a 1970's hat, following a 1970's pattern. For that whole 3 days, all I could be heard muttering, as I was hunched over my hook and yarn with burning RSI was: "but this is INSANE!"
It's a classic, Irish picot, frilly flower, bonkers bonnet of a thing, that I would never wear, or even come near to designing in a squillion years. But I learned a lot from it. By the 4th flower I was totally down with how to make the petals do that, lifty uppy thing, and by the end I'd say I could confidently make something out of a picot mesh if I so desired.
So this week I've learned to step outside my comfort zone, because you never know what you'll discover until you do (one of those being that I will never wear a floral, Irish picot bonnet in red. Ever).