Business Pitfalls: Bombing Out or Sticking To It

Did you know that you can feel absolute disgust for something that started out as a dream job?

If you have your own business, I am sure you know what I am talking about. 

The feeling of being absolutely run down and overdue for a break, or the more advanced feeling where you wonder why you even began it in the first place. 

I'm the latter. Or at least I was.

New Crochet Pattern Sneak Peek | Kawaii and Pineapple

[See update below]

I am so pleased to introduce to you my Kawaii Pineapple Amigurumi!

The pattern will be available at Crochet Spot within the next few weeks, and I will share more about the story of this little guy then.

The Designing Process - Part Five: Going Professional

Here we are, at the end of this series! I've had a great time writing about the exciting process of designing your own crochet patterns, and I hope you have too.

In this last issue I'm going to top off the series with the discussion of whether to go professional. If you've missed any of the past posts in this series, I have them listed at the very bottom of this post.

Should you go professional once you've had some experience? 

That's a fair question because crochet designing as a profession is not for everybody. There's a lot to consider before making the decision to go that route, one of which is that it can be hard work.

How to Design Your Own Tablet Cover and Pocket

Here I am again, guys! Personalizing my life!

Like the notebooks we covered a few months ago, today I am going to show you how I designed both a cover for my tablet and a pocket.

Always Keep a Tablet...

For years now I have kept a journal with me while reading the bible so that I could take notes on things that meant something to me, specific scriptures, and so that I could write my thoughts on the passage. Sometimes what I write isn't worth the paper it's written on, but other times, when I can tell God is speaking to me, I cherish those moments and record what He teaches me in my journal.

The Designing Process - Part Four: Finishing Up and Final Touches

As we near the end of this crocheting how-to series, I hope you are feeling inspired and confident to venture out and discover new crafting abilities.

If you missed the rest of this series, find them at these links:

Today we're going to talk about finishing your project and adding the final touches.

Mini Jar Basket Hangers | New Crochet Pattern

Little plants, mini jars, delicate cotton yarn - what's not to love!!

(Free pattern below! PDF copy available at Ginger Peachy Store on Ravelry and Etsy!)

I've talked about my newfound love for succulents in these posts (Watering My Green Thumb and Propogating Succulent Update = 9 Weeks Later). After receiving clippings of my neighbors hens and chicks I thought now would be a great time to paint the three leftover designs from my Cinco De Mayo project on mini pots (read Mexican Textiles Painted Pot). However, I began collecting tiny 4 oz pimiento jars and had the inspired idea to plant my hens and chicks in those instead. One thing lead to another, and now I am presenting you with my new crochet pattern:

Mini Jar Basket Hangers!

The Designing Process - Part Three: Beginning and Tweaking

So you've got your yarn, a handful of suggested hook sizes and the materials you will need for finishing. Now where do you go from there?

If you are just hopping in here, take a look at the earlier issues to this series: Crocheting from Scratch, Developing an Idea, and Planning & Getting Supplies.

Where to Begin

I like to start by making a few notes. Just the very basic idea in writing on the same page as I am going to write my pattern so as to keep it straight in my mind while crocheting, as well as remind me of certain key points in case I lay the project aside for a time, or refer back to it at some later date.

If you have a good solid idea of what you want and how to get it then just get started. Knowing the basics of crochet is obviously necessary, but the encouraging thing is, all patterns are built around the basics. Before you even get to complicated-looking cables or in depth graphs, you will first begin with the basics of crochet: chaining, stitches like single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and rows and rounds.