Do you have that one friend-of-a-friend who only ever talks about a single topic? I know a few people who limit their interests to their kids' lives, their weight or sports. Whenever I find myself at a social function where I'll be expected to interact with them, I do everything in my power to direct the conversation to a broader range of topics. On the rare instance when I'm successful, I've gotten to know that one-note person a little better and learned to like them a little more. I've attempted a few crochet patterns that are the yarn equivalent of those one-topic people.
It's the drape of a piece or the lure of a gorgeous multicolored yarn that draws me to a crochet pattern with vast fields of the same stitch... insert hook, yarn over, pull through, chain 1, repeat and repeat and repeat for hours, weeks, days... I get through it with movie marathons and Netflix binges. When I can't remember "why I even wanted to start this damn project anyway" I set it aside (or throw it in a huff across the room.)
When I pick up the project again I'm reminded that beautiful, multi-hued yarn is best showcased when it doesn't compete with a complicated pattern; that a specific drape requires repetition of stitches. And ultimately simple and repetitive stitches often yield a stunning fabric. And, hey, I really like to watch movies.
I'm learning to engage the simpler patterns with a better attitude. Now if only I could Netflix binge at the next dinner party...