Create the craft room of your dreams, even if you don’t have a lot of room. You’ll find great space saving ideas for any size crafting space. Plus take a tour of my dingy basement laundry room turned into the cutest little craft room.
Creating a space of my own wasn’t as hard as I originally thought, but it did take some thinking outside of the box. If you’ve been longing for a craft room (or maybe even just a craft closet or corner) I’ve got some ideas to get you started.
There are definitely seasons of life that make creating your own crafting space more difficult. When I was raising my own four children, I didn’t have the time, or the mental energy to even think about having a crafting space all to myself. But even if I had, it would have been a challenge to find a place for my crafting supplies. Looking back now it would have been hard…but not impossible.
Maybe you’re a teenager and you only have your own tiny room. Or maybe you’re a busy mom of small children and toys occupy every nook and cranny of your home. You could even be like me and have kids in college who come and go and you still don’t feel like there’s room for your crafting.
Have you lost your crojo? Were you once a passionate crocheter and now you feel ambivalent about the entire craft? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this post you’ll find ten things to do when you don’t want to pick up your crochet hook.
It happens to the best of us.
One minute you’re happily hooking away on your favorite crochet project, and then, BAM… you have zero interest.
Happily Hooked Magazine defined the term “crojo” this way:
“Crojo – Slang for Crochet mojo. It means your zest for crochet. Your passion or yearning for the craft. Sometimes, you just don’t feel like it. You’ve lost your crojo and even squishy yarn has no appeal.”— Happily Hooked Magazine
When you lose your crojo, you may feel worried. You may even feel lost. And notice that I used the word “when” not “if”.
If you crochet long enough, you will lose your crojo. The good news is that’s it’s always temporary and there are several things you can do about it!
You can make money crocheting and knitting, but it’s important to set yourself up for success. Find out how to make your crafting business dreams come true with advice from some of the biggest creative entrepreneurs in the crochet & knitting world.
There’s a common misconception out there that you can’t make money crocheting and knitting. When I began my own small business, I vividly remember a dear friend telling me that my creative endeavor was doomed to failure.
She wasn’t trying to crush my dreams, she was just trying to save me a little time and a lot of disappointment.
I’m very glad that I didn’t listen to that popular opinion and that I took a chance on myself. It truly is a dream come true for me to be able to make money for my family by doing what I love to do most.
And I’m here to tell you that you can do it too.
But don’t just listen to my opinion.
Victorian Knitting and Crochet facts are totally fascinating! From lace trimmed collars to delicate home decor, Victorians loved making crocheted and knitted decorations. And can you guess which monarch was the inspiration behind the popularity of our beloved craft?
My interest in Victorian era knitting and crochet started with a recent trip to the Biltmore Estate. Although I’ve visited several times before, this day I went with a different set of eyes. I was on the hunt for crocheted and knitted items and I’m happy to report that I found some (in the laundry area of all places).
That trip sent me on a rabbit trail of discovery. I knew that women had been crocheting and knitting for a long time, but what I didn’t realize was that most of its popularity as a hobby came from a former monarch.
But that wasn’t all I learned. You’ll find all the weird and wonderful information I discovered about Victorian knitting and crochet below and I hope you find it just as strange and surprising as I did.
Planning your crochet and knitting goals is a great way to get motivated about your current and future projects. By creating actionable steps you will be able to achieve so much more than you ever dreamed possible. With these simple steps you will know what you’re working towards, but more importantly how to get there.
Goals are great things to have, but unless you have a plan they can be difficult to achieve. With these four simple steps you can not only set your crochet and knitting goals, but have a concrete plan for how to accomplish them.
And if you’re interested in seeing my personal crochet and knitting goals, you’ll find them below too.
Make this holiday season extra-special with handmade gifts, but without stressing yourself out unnecessarily. Come plan your holiday crochet & knitting projects with me with these eight easy tips.
It’s never too early to begin planning for the upcoming holiday season. That is especially true if you are planning on crocheting and knitting gifts for family and friends.
Whether you are crocheting something for every person on your list or you’re only knitting one or two special gifts, these eight tips will help you achieve your handmade holiday goals.
In How to Crochet a Mini Birthday Hat you will find a video tutorial as well as get the FREE pattern! Celebrate any special occasion with a fun handmade hat and learn how to customize it so make it perfect for your next celebration!
Our rescue dog, Jersey-Boy had a birthday coming up and I knew I wanted to crochet something special for him. It didn’t take me long to think of a hat and I got to work right away.
Although it’s the perfect size for a cute little dog, it would be just as adorable for a human too.
This mini birthday hat whips up so quickly and you can customize it any way you like. You can make it bigger or smaller (which I will show you how to do). Change the colors to match your theme. Or even use materials other than yarn to embellish the birthday hat (and I’m going to show you how to do that too).
Looking for unique gifts for the crocheters in your life? In the Essential Crochet Gift Guide and Great Big Giveaway, you will find seven exceptional gifts and a chance to win a ball winder and swift for yourself!
Crocheters love to give gifts to one another. We love to share our love of yarn and hooks with other crafters. But sometimes we want something just a little bit different. In this crochet gift guide you will find fun gifts, practical gifts and gifts that will warm the heart.
But that’s not all! (This is beginning to sound like an infomercial from the 80s, lol). You will also have a chance to enter a giveaway for a Knit Picks Yarn Swift and a LAMXD Needlecraft Jumbo Metal Yarn Ball Winder, which I will ship to you anywhere in the world. (The prize is worth $91.78)
The details for the gifts and the giveaway are below!
Sit back and relax with your favorite beverage and your current WIP. In the Crochet With Me Video, I will take you on a tour of a local, historic garden. Take a deep breath and enjoy all the beautiful flowers, bees and fountains.
Life has been stressful this past year, hasn’t it?
Last week found me in the hospital with my mother, who is now doing much better, thank goodness. Her emergency stay came less than six months after my son’s week long admission which I wrote about in detail in my post:
Crochet & Knitting Therapy: Crafting in the Hospital
I feel a little like 2021 has chewed me up and spit me out. Anyone else?
Learn how to crochet or expand on your current skills right from home with these seven online crochet classes. From paid courses to a totally free platform, there’s something for every budget and every skill level.
I’m a big believer in investing in yourself.
Taking the time to learn a new hobby or improve your current skills is not just a fun pastime, but an investment in your future self.
I’ve taken several online crochet classes and each and every one made me a better crocheter.
Here are a few of the reasons you should take an online crochet class:
- You want to learn how to crochet
- You already know the basics of crochet and want to expand your current skills
- There’s a new project you want to learn how to make like hats, shawls, granny squares or amigurumi
- You are always looking to improve your skills and become an expert at crochet