I have recently decided that’s it’s time to put my masterplan into action. It might not seem like very much in the wider context and in this society where profit is the be all and end all. But for me it’s a big deal. I have been out of work for so long now that the thought of attending an interview makes me want to dig a hole, crawl into it and wait to meet my maker. My youngest child is still a few years away from school age. Once she is at school, my eldest, being home schooled will be needing a lot of my attention to help her through exams. So it will be a while yet before l will need to be working full time but I need to start thinking now about what it is I want to do when the time comes. So, in the meantime I want to try to build up something that, once my children no longer need so much support from me, I can put my time and effort into and hopefully build up a little business for myself. So I decided there is no time like the present to start out on this venture.
In my life I have tried many paths. I have been to university and earned a degree in English. I loved every minute of it. But from there the natural path seemed to be teaching. But I didn’t feel that teaching was for me and since I only have a D in maths, I would need to retake my GCSE in maths again before thinking about trying to apply for the PGSE. The thought of that made me want to dig a hole, crawl into it and… You get my drift.
So I went onto study a for a masters in Library and Information Managment. I managed to complete the year and earned my post graduate diploma without shooting myself – just about. I came away with a post graduate diploma, a lot of debt and the sense that I had just wasted the most amount of time and money I ever would.
So I have achieved a few pieces of paper for all my hard work. I learned one thing though. You need to do what you love. And over the last year I have discovered what it is I love doing. Crochet!!!
I have recently made a couple of gorgeous ponchos for a local shop called Knit and Stitch and am quite proud of them. Being paid to crochet makes me very happy!
So I decided that is the way forward. I decided my crochet business name would be Wise Monkey Crochets. I recently bought myself a logo and started a Facebook page for Wise Monkey Crochets. To help me spread the word and to advertise the items I create.
So, wish me luck! I hope to build up a good stock so that in a year or so I can hold stalls at craft fairs and make a little bit of money out of what I love doing. I know I will never be rich, but I will definitely be happy!
My first big crochet project was fairly complicated for a beginner. I had some good sources of inspiration. First a lady I know via Facebook whose page is called Those Darn Kids and can be found here creates some lovely pieces including star blankets that look stunning. Looking through her pictures inspired me to keep learning so that I might be able to produce pieces as lovely as these.
My 2nd and biggest source of inspiration came from my kids. Who once they saw me creating items gave me a continually growing list of things they wanted me to make. One of which was a Sonic the Hedgehog plushie. So I decided to give it a go.
It took me AGES, but I was quite pleased at the end result.
My next pieces gave me the chance to learn and practise more skills:
Edgings, triangles and letters:
Following more complicated patterns:
Creating items freestyle without following patterns gave my confidence a great boost:
And now after a full year of being totally obsessed with crochet, I feel ready to move onto the next level 🙂
It was almost exactly a year ago that I did my very first piece of knitting, a stripy scarf of pink and green full of holes, completely skew whiff, and perfectly imperfect for a first piece of knitting.
After this, I knitted a little snood for my then 8 month old baby girl. I was so very proud of seeing my baby wearing something I had made myself!
Then I managed to follow a pattern and I made a hat. It looked nothing at all like the pattern, but it was wearable and it did the job it was supposed to and the level of smugness I felt at seeing my baby in a hat made by my fair hands was actually quite sad. But I had the bug. I had never ever thought I would consider myself creative enough to make anything worth making. But I realised that the enjoyment of creating is addictive and I guess I figured that it doesn’t matter if what I make isn’t perfect, or even very good. I loved it and thats enough.
Soon after, my daughter was given a lesson on how to crochet. I always thought crochet looked so much harder to do than knitting. I watched my daughter being shown how to make a chain and tried myself, and I could not do it. At all. I watched my friends hands moving so fast making what seemed to me to be extremely elaborate stitches, and figured I would never be able to pick up how to do it, especially since I couldn’t even get my head around making a simple chain. I was all fingers and thumbs. But for some reason I was determined that I was going to learn. So I practised. My niece was pregnant and I wanted to make something for the new arrival, so I just kept trying. And after a few weeks I had created a little blanket and even a pair of booties from a kit I bought at Hobbycraft.
At this point I was totally hooked, but still slightly confused by a lot of the stitches and how to follow patterns. And why did it have to be made more confusing by the different terms used in the UK and the US??
I bought a book which I am probably going to be using for a while to come to learn more new stitches and techniques. I Iove this book and recommend it to anyone new to crochet.