The delay here was completely ridiculous. School ended not even 2 weeks ago, and it completely threw me off my schedule. To be fair… this update should make up for the wait. I started out trying to make some cool
I was going to finish this doll’s eyelids, teeth, and mouth for this week; the body being left open was really bothering me. We’ll get to the face details next week. I promise. The legs/bottom area was giving me a
Crocheting and hand stitching has started back up on this pink monster. It’s been a while. I want to finish her, so I can get started on tweaking the crochet pattern for the shop. She’s pretty sweet. Being a fan
This doll was originally going to be something completely different. I’m not sure what happened between the head and upper body, but it’s not going in the direction I had originally started. I should probably get back to sketching out
Hats! Crocheting hats has been the theme around all of the prepping for the crochet-along (which starts tomorrow, so sign up… even if you’re late. Do it.). I’m working on the hat design that will match the Holiday Monster doll’s hat. The (people sized) hat crochet pattern will end up in the shop as a paid pattern. I’m working on a worsted weight version and a fingering yarn version in various sizes… something like baby, kid, teen/adult, and adult large. The paid pattern will include a copy of the Holiday Monster crochet pattern, and will be the only place it is available outside of a future crochet-along sometime next year.
I wanted to sell Knot By Gran’ma the other day. Wait. SELL YOUR (my) BUSINESS?! I didn’t want to, but the thought popped into my head. I’ve been feeling lost for a little while, feeling like it didn’t matter if I was creating or not. There’s been that nagging feeling of failure and the thoughts of “you’re a loser” floating around. There was a little bit of a pity party, and I was the guest of honor. I didn’t have a crown or anything cool, but it might have been fitting… The Queen of the Pity Party Crown. It made me take a step back for a few days… a little regrouping, if you will. Burnout is a real thing over here.
Sometimes I’m like that shoemaker. You know, the one who has no shoes. The only difference is I have no hats… and I’m not a shoemaker. I’m a crocheter. It’s kind of the same. The weather has turned, and I need a hat. I’m cold. Apparently I’m so cold that all I did with this hat was play yarn chicken. Yarn chicken is when you may or may not have enough yarn to finish the section(s) that need to be finished. I won these rounds.
In setting up my wholesaling, I’ve been doing a little reworking. I raised my retail pieces so I could add them to my wholesale linesheet. I wasn’t going to, because I wanted to sell them at wholesale costs myself and “make some money”. Well, that’s totally hypocritical seeing my stance on pricing crochet work and whatnot. It’s also no way to build my brand and actually pay myself for my talents.