This is something I frequently do while I don't have my own space for all my crochet stuff. My and my husband are just waiting for a better time to find a nice apartment to move into, and then I'll be able to file all the patterns I would like to work with, make an inventory of all the yarn I have, looms and other stuff, because right now, everything is everywhere and nowhere to be found!
The thing is that there's has to be some control or I tend to get carried away with all the awesome ideas I find on my regular crochet magazines and websites. What I usually do is create a list of links to patterns I find online, then I start bookmarking all the ideas from magazines and then... I get overwhelmed and lost.
So let's learn something together:
- Pile up or list down all the ideas and patterns
- Organized by themes - amigurumi, blankets, bags, clothes - If you're working with one style, let's say amigurumi, then group them by a specific theme like animals or fruits or dolls or any other way you'd like to tag them.
- Supplies - For each project, I end up creating, I like to grab pen and paper and on each page, I write the name of the project, list down the supplies I need for it
- Budget - It comes in handy for when you want to sell them, or at least keep track of your spendings with crochet overall or each specific project.
- Track time - This isn't something I've been doing, but I think I should because when someone asks to make them something I'm never sure of how long will it take. So there's a big chance I'll be adding this task to my project just for the sake of it.
Today, I'm using most of the bullet points above to get my stuff together and I'm going to focus on two themes for my future projects, just because a friend of mine who sells at Etsy gave me a cool tip:
There's a lot of cool stuff on Etsy, but if you want to standout from the majority, work within a niche. Find that thing you really enjoy doing in crochet and stick to it. If you like blankets, make a bunch of them. If you're more into bags, then create a bunch of them and then open your own Etsy store.
So, at this stage I'm a bit all over the place, and need to track down all the unfinished projects, pending ones, tests I've made and choose just two types of projects. So far I got my grocery net bags, a winter maxi cardigan for winter to finish, a single crochet bag in two colors to end (but I need to buy more skeens) and i want to make more of those. Having this in my hands I stopped and took a moment to see what I really enjoy doing from all those things. Bags! Specially for myself.
Yes, I do love Molla Mills work and inspiration, I base myself on some of her work, but I'm doing my one thing. My grandma actually taught me these stitches when I was a kid, so I'm bringing both their teachings into my own new projects.
Ok, now it's time to go back to work. I'll keep you posted with my next steps. ;)