Hi everyone! Welcome back to my blog! I am happy to have you here and might I just say you look beautiful today!
As many of you may know I am a self-taught crocheter! I initially learned to crochet 19 years ago! Yep.. You heard that right! 19 years ago my aunt handed me some yarn and hook I was 7 years old. I presided to teach myself to chain! I'm 26 years old now and oh boy are there some things about crochet I wish I knew then or even any of the time between!
This is my first post in my new series! Back to the Basics! So if your new to crochet I plan to let you in on some of the trade secrets and hopefully leave you more confident in yourself than when we began! If your a veteran to crochet I am sure you will find this post extremely relate-able!
Without further ado! 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Learned To Crochet!
1. Hold your hook and tools however the heck you want!
Your going to here it from everyone at some point! "Your holding your hook wrong." "Your not suppose to pull yarn from the center!" 'That's not how I learned!" I am such a perfectionist that when I first heard these things I felt discouraged. I even put my hooks down for awhile! Despite these feelings I eventually picked my hook back up and tried again! AND you know what happened? I got my confidence back with the completion of my first successful project!
ALWAYS REMEMBER EVERYONE CROCHETS DIFFERENTLY AND THAT'S OK!
2. Read your yarn labels!
You see some yarn and think oh that's pretty! You buy it and think your all set! Turns out the yarn was roving or finger weight when your project called for worsted weight! It also took me way longer than I would like to admit that on the yarn label the manufacturer recommends what hook size to use with that yarn...
FUN FACT: Most big name yarns come with a free pattern on the inside label!
3. I could make cold hard cash!
If you would have told me 6 years ago that I would be living my current life I would laugh in your face! It's true though! It has taken me a lot more trial and error than I would have ever imagined but here I am making money teaching others about the love of fiber art! BUT please remember I am not perfect. I am still learning new things everyday and you can to!
Even if it is just at a local market or a craft fair you can also make a profit! I believe in you! It just takes faith/love in yourself and a whole lot of trial and error!
There are tons of ways to make profit such as affiliate links and taking custom orders! Here is a small peak behind the veil! I will share with you my Ravelry Store profit for the past month!
*Please note this isn't my only source of income. Also keep in mind that not all of this money is mine forever to be spent on yarn or cupcakes. I'm currently the sole owner of my business and I pay taxes, I'm responsible for my own health insurance, plus other costs that a traditional job would supply.*
Ravelry Pattern Sales for May 2019: $629.02
Ravelry Seller Fees for May 2019: $25.41
4. Be Proud of your hobby or business!
There will be people who never understand! You might hear things like:
"That's an old person's hobby."
"Aren't hobbies suppose to be fun?"
"You do what for a living?"
"You make money from that! Who even buys it?"
And if your a guy you might here the classic:
"Isn't crocheting/knitting for girls and old ladies?"
Believe it or not there are still people in my current life who don't get it or understand my business ventures!
I try my hardest to stay humble so I am not good at the whole bragging thing but I have always been proud of what I do! My husband has always been proud of what I do and takes the time to celebrate even the smallest of victories with me!
Don't believe the trolls or debbie downers!
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU DO!
5. Find your tribe!
Whether it's online or in your local community find others that share your hobby! I don't know what I would do without my online crochet community. I have met so many wonderful people since I started. Join a crochet group on Facebook. Follow your favorite designer on Instagram. I have learned so much from the fiber art community and I guarantee you will to!
I am the sole designer behind Osage County Crochet!