Knitting is for hipsters. I see photos of hipsters knitting on the tube all over Instagram. I see American hipsters using spinning wheels to make yarn (in really obscure places) showing up in my news feed and on funny lists on Buzzfeed. The hipsters have the knitting.
Crochet is knitting’s lesser known little sister. Crocheters all over the world, roll their eyes and sigh when someone asks “ooh, did you knit that?”. I don’t mind, I just like people being interested in my stuff, but Facebook groups are full of this (mock) anger towards non-crafters.
I took up crochet in the last trimester of my second pregnancy because I had really awful SPD and all I could really do was sit on my bum. It took many hours of YouTube tutorials and practice of the few main stitches before I found my style.
For anyone who wants to learn to crochet I would always recommend making granny squares to practice getting regular tension, then crocheting along with a video of someone making a hat when you’ve gained your confidence.
Once I was moderately proficient, I started designing my own patterns and making one-off pieces. On occasion I’ve made some things that friends and family have asked me to make repeats for them too, but I’d never really made things to sell properly.
Now that uni is over for the summer, I’ve had the time to design and make a small stock of crochet items and I look forward to having a stall at my first craft fair next month. I don’t really know what it will bring and I’ve been told not to get my hopes up, but if I manage to make my stall fee back, I’ll be happy.
I’ve decided to concentrate on baby clothes, because they don’t take as long to make and people are a sucker for a cute baby design! I’ll also being including some cute and quirky designs for adults, such as slippers that look like mice, little fox hats and scarves that look like ice creams. I don’t really know what the customers will be after, so I don’t want a table full of cat hats in room full of people who wanted baby stuff. Basically I have no clue what I’m doing or what to expect!
My mojo (or crojo as fellow crocheters call it) has well and truly returned and if you see something you like, I’ll be taking orders from August, so go ahead and like my Facebook page in order to be kept up-to-date!
If anybody wants to learn crochet, give me a shout, I’m happy to point you in the right direction and hope to make some tutorial videos myself if I find the time.
This crochet post was a little history heavy, I promise any further crochet posts will be action packed; I’ll make sure I spin a really good yarn. *BADUM TISH*