Crocheting on the go can be an excellent way to utilize time available to obtain maximum benefits, and a useful crochet bag is a must to enable the addition or completion of "works in progress". It doesn't have to be the size of a suitcase but it should not be the size of an aspirin bottle either - somewhere in the middle works best. Imagine what a nightmare life will become when taking an over sized crochet bag on public transportation like a bus or airplane
When choosing a bag to serve as a crochet bag keep in mind two more important features - it must be waterproof and it should have numerous pockets/pouches to keep everything in it's designated place. It's a good idea to find a bag that stores the project you are working on in the center, in this way maximum protection is provided from evil outside forces that will ruin your cherished crochet project in an instant. Take you time shopping for a bag and make certain to look at the options of an online purchase simply because of the sheer volume of selections.
The crochet supplies you place into the bag is pretty much entirely up to personal tastes, the type of projects you enjoy and the tools required to make progress upon them. Again, it can be so easy to go "over-the-top" when stocking your bag you can literally end up with an albatross that weighs a ton, is uncomfortable to carry in practicality. Odds are you will always forget something at home in the beginning, but start small and add items as time progresses until you have just the right crochet bag for your mobile projects.
I have a sister that crochets at every available opportunity - her specialty being dolls and doll clothing and her creations are very well received, so much so that over the years she has sold literally thousands of items (long before the days of Etsy and Ebay). When visiting her home she always has a collection of finished crochet items boxed away as a sort of personal savings plan, available for sale when an influx of cash is needed quickly. Over the years she has experimented with tons of different types of crochet projects, but found her niche and has prospered from it considerably.
In her own way she has utilized her crocheting skills as a cottage industry, working when she wants and adjusting her participation in crafts as life allows.
Many others are doing this also, and sadly many are spinning their wheels and failing miserably.
After much thought it becomes clear that there are a few basic reasons that many who enjoy the art of crochet are unable to sell their creations with any measure of real success. After long consideration it all comes back to dual points of contention and that is to make items for sale that are unique and are extremely well made.
A crocheter can make dozens of assorted items in various styles, and if they are sloppily made there will be no sale. The same applies to attempting to sell items that any 12 year old with a crochet hook can crank out in volume, again no sale.
Crochet items that have any hope of being sold need to possess a "Wow Factor" and discovering just which projects to make and of these which you possess the skill to make flawlessly can be a long process for sure.
It really does not matter what type of recreational activity a person decides to pursue, there always seems to be distractions that take a bite out of opportunities for personal enjoyment. Finding time to crochet fits this category well, as tending to job, home, family, friends and a hundred other aspects of daily life can be problematic in the world of the crafter. Achieving a healthy balance can be tricky to most, and downright impossible to some.
Believe it or not, personality plays a big role in finding time to crochet simply because we each have a unique way we arrange and go about our lives. Some folks procrastinate, some go over the top in aggressive behavior while others stick to the middle of the road. In any case the key to finding the time to crochet resides in wise time management, by making a conscious effort to complete the business of life to enable recreation.
In addition to making space in your schedule for periods dedicated solely to crochet there are small windows to get projects accomplished in short spurts. Every crocheter should have a ready "to go" bag with all of the supplies necessary for a few favored small projects that can be completed quickly like gloves, socks or slippers. This can be worked on in the waiting room at doctor's visits (or any other waiting situation for that matter) on public transportation or as a car passenger. Try this and you'll be pleasantly surprised at an instant increase in the number of "smalls" that will be completed monthly.
It would be a fair guess to say that we have all been there, that awkward moment when we open a gift presented to us that is something that leaves us speechless - a horribly made crocheted items that is of the absolute wrong size, style and color. Then come the lies - I love it, I'll cherish it, I wish I had 10 more of these, you made this? Boy, what a talent.
These are important to keep in mind when it's your turn to be the gift maker. The best approach is to keep things as simple as possible, meaning don't crochet a sweater for a relative you have not seen in 3 years that lives in Arizona. Be practical and only place your time in crochet projects that are universally well received. Crochet items given as gifts are also not a great way to experiment with items or patterns that are totally unfamiliar or above your skill level as a crafter. If the crochet pattern is new to you make one items for yourself as a lesson in what to avoid in the second item you make and will eventually give as a gift. Dissect every step of the creative process, embrace mistakes and learn from them.
When it comes to yarn color selection stay with base colors in earth tones, using the softest yarn available - especially when it comes to clothing items. Try to avoid yarns that require extreme care in cleaning or ones that are prone to great shrinkage or fraying.
Lastly, keep the gifts made from crochet patterns appropriate to the occasion. A pretty pair of well made crocheted slippers makes a wonderful gift as a stocking stuffer at Christmas, not so much as a gift for your parents on their 50th wedding anniversary.
But you knew all of this....right?
We have all been used to pretty much the same old same old when it comes to crochet patterns - themes for baby, children's clothing, kitchen patterns, etc. but if you want to create something out of the ordinary what else is there really? We,, there are the odd crochet patterns, you know the ones no one ever really gives much thought to or even a clue of where to get them. Problem solved!!
Here is a short list of some neat and odd crochet patterns that will more than likely have you friends and family questioning your sanity if not at least wondering about your personal taste in crafting and crocheting.
Water Bottle Holders - http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/free-water-bottle-holder-crochet-patterns.html
Crafting Your Own Crochet Hooks - http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/crafting-your-own-crochet-hooks.html
Robot Crochet Patterns - http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/crochet-robot-amigurumi-patterns.html
Eye Mask Patterns - http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/crochet-patterns-eye-masks.html
We've decided to branch out a little bit (as if we didn't have enough information on the site already) and begin to start posting a few crochet tutorials to help folks learn useful tools more easily. With that in mind are our two latest articles "Learning The Picot Stitch" and "Learning The Pineapple Stitch" each of these gives all the information necessary to master these two stitches quickly and you'll be incorporating these into projects in no time. Easy and clear lessons ensure you won't get frustrated, and the items you can make with these are incredible!
Learning The Picot Stitch - http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/learning-the-picot-stitch.html
Learning The Pineapple Stitch - http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/learning-the-pineapple-stitch.html
A Really Cool Yarn Craft......
Just a quick post about a really cool yarn craft I examined briefly a long time ago and just rediscovered recently - finger knitting. It is very possible to quickly make a ton of different projects without the aid of any yarn tool like a crochet hook or knitting needles - all that's needed is a skein of yarn or two and five healthy fingers.
It's kind of like making a bunch of granny squares and connecting them together in the same manner one might make a blanket or afghan. This is a wonderful skill for those that have a physical issue in holding a crochet hook or knitting needles and is perfect for kids of all ages.
Here's a link to a great video that explains it all in just a few minutes:
We've added to our small but still growing collection of crochet charts today with the addition of some neat bear images. There are three charts in all - one for a brown bear, one for a Koala and one for a teddy bear. All three of these are simple to make and use a minimum of colors, and best of all these bear crochet charts are excellent for any type of children's projects. The bear charts can be found here http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/bear-crochet-charts.html
Free Crochet Patterns Blog
Happy Saturday everyone! For those that may be in search of some great weekend crochet projects take a look at out latest post on rag bag crochet patterns. These are wonderful ways to eliminate part of that pile of old or unworn clothing that we all have and these are fun ways to really get creative with colors and hook sizes. The free patterns for these can be viewed here http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/rag-bag-crochet-patterns.html
If you've never made a rag bag before don't fret - it's pretty much the same as crocheting with yarn except that the medium is cloth cut into thin strips. Same stitches, same patterns reads, same everything except for the substitution of cloth for yarn. If you try one and like it look back here in the not-too-distant future for rag rugs, rag baskets and more.
In our latest endeavor to add more and more useful crochet patterns and charts to the website we now have a couple (3) new kitchen themed crochet charts that are finally published. The three - one for a coffee pot, one for a coffee cup and one for a cool heart shaped apple can be had here http://freecrochetpattern.weebly.com/giraffe-crochet-patterns.html
The charts themselves are attractive and fun to make and should be easily completed regardless of skill level. One of the things that makes these so much fun is that these can be finished with very little effort because they each only have 2 or three colors of yarn - not too make yarn changes at all.
Just another fan of free crochet patterns of all types and styles looking to share the gifts of those that are creative and kind.