There is nothing that can inspire panic in a maker than realizing the calendar says November and you’re behind on your holiday gift-making. I’ve found five patterns that can help relieve some of your panic.
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- Vinita Fingerless Mitts – Fingerless Mitts for kids by Banana Moon Studios
- Coffee Cozy Sweater Wrap – Free pattern from Sweet Potato 3
- One-Skein Crochet Cable Earwarmer/Headband – Free headband from Stitch in Progress.
- Malia Boot Cuffs – This free pattern from Little Monkey’s Crochet includes a video tutorial.
- Quick 1-Skein Super Bulky Infinity Scarf – Free pattern from Oombawka Designs
I hope these quick patterns will take some of the stress away from some of your holiday gift-making.
If there is anything I want to remember, I write it down. I had started an editorial calendar in the purple notebook in this picture.
I finished working in it one day and “put it up.” Okay, let’s be real. I put it in a tote bag that I use a lot.
The tote bag got moved. I have another one I can use. (They call me the bag lady for a reason.) No big deal.
At least, no big deal until I started looking for that notebook.
“Just get another notebook. It’s not like you don’t have enough.”
“Just use your phone like everyone else does. ” (No, nobody really said either of these to me.)
But I needed that notebook because of some things I had written in it. Plus, another notebook was with it. My crochet notebook. I really needed that one too.
And I’ve tried just keeping things in my phone. It doesn’t work for me. There’s something about the contact of pen with paper that I find necessary.
This morning, I saw the original tote bag with both notebooks inside. I feel like I’ve been found.
Or at least part of my brain has been.
Question of the day: Do you write everything down on paper or put it in your phone? Why?
That’s what I would like to know. Are you a crochet pattern tester or would you like to be?
A few years ago, I designed a some crochet patterns. I didn’t really know what I was doing and I didn’t know how to find the information I needed at the time, so I stopped.
Now I have access to great resources, including Crochetpreneur Business Academy, and I’ve started again.
I made a prototype of the Double-Layer Crochet Beanie and wrote the pattern. I got it typed and ready to be tested.
That’s where you come in. I need a few people to test it.
How does that work?
I send you a PDF copy of the pattern. You crochet the hat and let me know about any problems, questions, or other comments about it. You would also take some pictures of your finished hat to send to me with permission to use in promoting the pattern. The deadline is September 20 (2019).
What do you think?
Send me an email if you’re interested.
If you do any kind of yarn crafts at all, you might know about two odd-sounding phrases.
For those who don’t know, or if you’re new to yarn crafts, let me explain a little bit.
Frogs, toads, and the like make a ribbit sound. When you make a mistake or the pattern isn’t working or the yarn isn’t right for that pattern, you rip it. It sounds a lot like the sound a frog makes, rip-it. Pulling back/unraveling a project is said to be frogging it.
This one is sometimes scary. I experienced it just two days ago. Yarn chicken is not a chicken made out of yarn. (Though there are some cute amigurumi chicken patterns available.) No. Yarn chicken is when you think you might not have enough arn left to finish your project without buying more, but you keep going. Sometimes you win. Simetimes you lose. Two days ago, I lost. But the project was large enough that I can call it done and it’s fine.
A Few Other Terms
HOTH/HOTN: Hot off the hook/hot off the needles – a project you just finished
WIP – work in progress
UFO – unfinished object
CAL/KAL/MAL/SAL – crochet-along, knit-along, make-along, stitch-along
I’m sure there are other terms that I’m not remembering at the moment, so if there’s something you don’t know, leave a question in the comments.
This morning, I opened up WordPress to see if I had any comments to reply to from yesterday’s post. And there were none. Then I noticed there weren’t any because I didn’t publish it.
I went in to publish it and it hadn’t been written.
So here is what I had intended to post yesterday.
How Much Is Too Much?
When do you know you have too many projects in progress? For me, it’s usually when there are more than two that are currently on the hook (for crochet).
I can juggle two projects without too much problem. One is usually a big project and the second is a smaller one that I can finish quicker and get that sense of “it’s done” satisfaction while I’m still working on the big one.
Right now, though? I’m not sure how many I have in progress.
- Serenity Shawl by TL Yarn Crafts.
- Peach Hana Triangle Shawl by BustingStitches.
- Monsters for Operation Monster Drop.
- A Study in Texture: Planet Earth by The Crochet Crowd.
- Headbands for my Etsy shop.
- Coasters for my Etsy shop.
I think that’s it. I’m not going to count the things I’m wanting to design that are in the thinking/planning process. Those aren’t on the hook yet, so they don’t count for this.
Ordinarily, I would say that this is too many projects. But… It doesn’t feel like it. It feels just right. I’m loving what I’m doing right now and I think that’s the key. When it starts to feel like it’s too much or overwhelming, that’s when there are too many things going and it’s time to pare back.
What about you? When do you know you have too many projects going? It doesn’t matter if it’s crochet, writing, painting, or something else entirely. Leave a comment and let’s chat.
Depending on what you choose to do as your creative outlet, a make-along could be a crochet-along (CAL), knit-along (KAL) or something else.
This year, I participated in my first ever crochet-alongs. One was in March for the Crochet Guild of American (CGOA) in honor of March being National Crochet Month. The second was with Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts and Furls Crochet on her desig, the Bronwyn Shawl.
I made a cowl and a short scarf for the CGOA CAL. I’m almost finished with the Bronwyn shawl. Both designs turned out absolutely beautiful. I have to admit, though, the Bronwyn shawl kind of tested my patience, especially at the beginning when I kept getting a trapezoidal shape to what is supposed to be a triangular shawl. But after starting over five or six times, I LOVE it!
The question that serves as the title for the post is a real one. Have you ever participated in any kind of make-along? What was your experience like? Tell us in the comments.
I realized a few days ago that I’ve been on Facebook for over ten years. Sometimes I wonder why.
I started out with no purpose other than keeping up with friends and family. Then I decided it would be a good way to promote my writing.
There are several reasons why someone would want to be on Facebook, especially writers and makers. Here are three:
- Promote work – Make use of Facebook groups and fan pages to promote your work, whether writing, photography, fiber arts, or whatever you do. You can use your personal profile for this too, but groups and pages give you a wider reach.
- Network with others – This is another good use for groups. Also use Facebook Live chats and videos for this. Your profile page is not the best place for this. Frequent groups where people you want to associate with hang out.
- Sell work – Several ways exist to do this on the Facebook platform. Your personal page, fan page, Facebook Marketplace, groups, and Messenger are all good for this. You can tie Shopify to your account for selling purposes too.
I know I haven’t covered even half of the reasons why writers and makers might be on Facebook. What is your reason?