Special Delivery!

Just wrapped up the headbands for the three girls. I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been reading the e-course “Dream Job” from Red Velvet and so with this customer, I wanted to make a nice impression and wrap the headbands nicely.  I’ve made a few things for other people already and I feel a little guilty that I didn’t take the time to wrap them nicely (then again, I wasn’t planning on trying to make a business out of it at the time). The card has my contact info on the back, with the hopes that she’ll keep the card and be able to refer me to other people and give them my contact info. I haven’t been able to think of a name for my business, so it’ll just have to be “Handmade by Christene” until I think of something better. I’ll be delivering this tomorrow– so excited!

Getting girly

Last Sunday, I received a commission for three crocheted headbands for three little girls. I finished two and am still working on the third one. Admittedly, I was very nervous about making girly headbands since I’m not a big fan of flowers and stuff on my headbands. I looked at all the usual places to find a cute pattern but I didn’t find what I was looking for. The girls the headbands are for are active (what little girls aren’t?)– I didn’t want to make a giant flower headband that’s for show but a practical, yet cute accessory. The girls picked their own colors and gave me an idea of what they wanted. Hopefully, they will enjoy these!

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Weekend Update

What an exciting and tiring week! The kids at work kept me busy all week, I had lots of knit and crochet projects, and I just bought and started reading the e-course “Dream Job” from Red Velvet (recommended by Cornflower Blue Studio— thank you!). I’m super excited about changes that are happening at my job. Our school district is encouraging the integration of personal mobile devices into the classroom. I’ve been working with some of the kids using my iPhone and my laptop to play learning games, practice their handwriting, etc. The kids love it and we (the teacher I work with and I) love it because they’re having fun while learning.

Projects-wise, I finished the headband/ear warmer for the soccer player. I wrote the pattern down, which is a first for me, when I worked on the lighter blue one. This was a blessing in disguise– it sped up the process of making this one. It turned out to be pretty cute: (Pardon my bad hair…)

The baseball beanie I’ve been working on has proved to be more challenging than I expected. I think I’ve knitted the entire hat and completely frogged it at least twice. Thank goodness the beanie is small. I still haven’t tackled the red stitching at all since I’ve been trying to get the basic beanie perfected. I finally decided to go buy some 16″ circular needles so I wouldn’t have to sew two ends together. That was a good idea. I’ll post pictures soon of the finished project.

The most exciting part of my week was starting the Dream Job e-course. I’ve mentioned that I want to start an Etsy business soon and I’ve decided I want to be a full-time crafter. It may take months, maybe even years for me to get to that point, but that’s what I want to do. Making this decision, I want to play it smart and do as much research and prepare as well as I can to make sure my business will be the best that it can be. The tricky part is still working full time while trying to start a business. But since I work in education, I may be able to use my summer break to get all kinds of things done.

Setting up shop

For 2012, I’ve made it my goal to start selling my crochet goodies through Etsy. I haven’t set the shop up yet– I want to have a decent inventory first. The idea of selling my crocheted items online wasn’t my own– I crocheted a few things, showed friends, made and sold stuff to them, and naturally, they told me I should start an Etsy shop.

I’ve been thinking about what I could possibly make in a short amount of time that is simple, practical, and easy for me to make (just in case the item becomes popular). This is what I’ve come up with for now: iPhone cozies. I made one for myself and have gotten compliments on it from friends and complete strangers. I’m starting simple though: no fancy buttons or embroidery, just a secure cozy for an iPhone in fun colors. I do have plans to sell both a pattern and cozy of the one I currently use. It is a flip wallet iPhone case. It may sell a little better since I don’t see many of them on Etsy.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know! I want to be able to sell items that people want. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

The iPhone cozies I’m working on:

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My iPhone cozy:

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Crochet Laptop Sleeve is Complete!

It is finished! My laptop doesn’t have to be naked in public anymore! I got rid of some scrap yarn finishing this project and I think it turned out quite nicely. I was worried the color combination would look strange and unattractive but that is not the case (at least in my opinion). So, for $0 and a few hours, I crocheted a simple, tightly stitched sleeve (or should I call it a laptop cozy?) that will protect my laptop from getting scratched up in my bag. Success!

Currently on the hook…

For Christmas, I traded in my iMac for a MacBook Air. I love my new MacBook! It’s super light, fast, and perfect for my needs. The only thing missing? A sleeve! Right now, I’m working on crocheting my own laptop sleeve out of leftover yarn. I chose the softer more pastel type colors and I’m hoping the color combo will turn out ok. That’s the one thing I need a bit more experience with: choosing color combinations. Here’s my progress so far:

I’ll be sure to post a picture of the finished project!

So many projects, so little time.

It has been a month since I last posted– and what a busy month it has been! I had a coworker order an amigurumi elephant and octopus (similar to the ones in the previous post), another coworker wanted “Despicable Me” inspired scarf, another friend ordered a toddler panda hat and yet another person ordered a custom hat for her son. In between working on those projects, I’ve crocheted and crafted other things. I’m currently working on recycling my old clothing and crocheting them into mats, dishrags, etc.; anything we need around the house that I can get away not purchasing! Pictures of that endeavor will be up sometime in the future.

I am so excited about the possibilities crocheting opens up for me. It allows me to be creative, problem solve, relax, and find the entrepreneurial spirit within. I work in a preschool and have been thinking of using my crochet/craft skills to create something unique that gets the kids’ creative juices flowing… perhaps even teaching them how to crochet and really challenge those fine motor skills? Maybe not- some are still learning to hold a pencil correctly.

Anyway, here are the projects I’ve worked on/am currently working on:

This is the java jacket I worked on at The Coffee Plantation (a local coffee shop). It was a super quick project– and it will keep me from getting my hands burned when I order my super hot tea. I still have to perfect sewing on buttons (and sewing anything in general) to my crochet projects. I was also thinking of just making a bunch of these and try selling them through local coffee shops and/or Etsy… I’ll have to get the button sewing thing down first.

This is the “Despicable Me” inspired scarf– and the fine young man that now owns it.


Next is a quick project that was actually a free pattern from Fresh Stitches. I made this one on a whim to give to a friend who loves everything and anything related to the fall season. I had to improvise and modify the eyes a little bit- the nearby craft store didn’t carry doll eyes.

I made a Viking helm…. (pattern from mamachee on Etsy)

…and then there were two Viking helms…

And the last project I have to share is still in progress: the toddler panda hat:

I’ve got a few more projects to finish up and I’m sure friends and family will be asking for a few things before Christmas. I know that I want to try my hand at crocheting socks and maybe even mittens or gloves. The slippers from Crochet Today didn’t work out– I couldn’t get the gauge right to make them the right size for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out in the future.