My Yarn Addition

I am so proud of myself. I haven’t bought a skein of yarn in 2017 (Yay me!). I am planning on moving this year closer to my family and hopefully one step closer to my dream house.  I have made a decision to purge and my yarn collection is embarrassing (it is borderline a need for an episode of Hoarders).  I have been diligently working on projects in hopes to diminish my stash before my move (if I don’t it is going to take one U-Haul trip for yarn alone).  I have made a conscious decision to budget what I spend on yarn.  This is hard for me so please pray I keep it up.

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The Yarn Room in Progress

Late last year I had to have my basement waterproof. By God’s grace this was an expense covered by my HOA. My only responsibility was to move everything away from the walls. Although this may seem simple enough (especially when you are saving thousands of dollars) this became a daunting task. My basement had become a dumping ground for everything I thought I needed at every thriftstore, bargain sale, yard sale, deal, etc. and it wasn’t pretty. Werks I worked and worked to no avail. Exactly 3 days before the crew would come to complete the work my 2 uncles (bless their hearts) came and helped me move all this stuff into the middle of the basement. As this happened I realized (and they were my amen section) how much unused space was in my basement. All my money woes were stacked in the middle of my basement. I was headed to hoarder rehab if I didn’t get my act together. Then I saw it, a vision of a craft cave (something like a man cave but for a crafter). It has been my motivation. Donation pick up after donation pick up, I am slowly but surely purging through the “I might need that one day” pile. I am too embarrassed to put up a picture (I will do a before and after once it is complete). However, it has made me stay away from stuff I don’t need in the thriftstore and I avoid yard sales these days. I have chastised myself repeatedly when I open a bin and it burps yarn. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO KICK MY YARN BUYING HABIT. I have slowed down tremendously though (hey thats a step). I am thoroughly excited about getting a yarn room. I know its going to be worth all this work.

Yarn Stash Taking Over

I have been struggling with not buying yarn. My yarn store frequently has great sales and I simply can’t resist. I already have more yarn then I can use in my lifetime (which is still not enough to me). I have considered quitting my job and making this my full-time business. However, when I discuss this with my partners; mortgage company, electric bill, car payment, car insurance, etc. they say I have to keep my good government job. I work on my eclectic blanket to use up yarn scraps just to make it seem like I am putting a dent in my yarn collection. Pretty soon I am going to need a storage unit to hold my yarn. I am currently working through patterns in my pattern collection books. I am hoping to organize my finished products for sale on Etsy by the end of next month (pray for me). I have recently lost interest in taking special orders and really just want to focus on working on patterns that interest me. I know this is a phase and hope that once I get my Etsy store stocked up, I will get back in the swing.
My eclectic blanket in progress.

Project Progress

I am currently finishing up my WIPS. I completed a beautiful baby dress and now I am working on booties to match it. I can’t wait to list them on my Etsy page. I have been able to pist an item each day this week so far (yay me). I researched some successful Etsy crochet stores and realized each has a lot of items for sale. Meanwhile my site was looking like it was on vacation. I truly don’t want to work flea markets this winter so I pray that posting more on my site will be the Jumpstart my site needs. I am revamping my dedication to my crochet business and I am confident this will boost sales on my site. If anyone has some keys to success please don’t hesitate share. GODSPEED

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I Have Been Slacking

I had my crochet schedule all set. Then life happens!!! 😦 I haven’t been doing my 20 hours week, at all. I have made it a point to make a conscious effort to get back on track. I went through some of my older projects to make sure that I can post a project a day on my Etsy website. I plan to use the scheduled post feature on Facebook to ensure I post at optimal times.  I am currently working on a bathing suit cover up and hats for my winter flea markets. I won’t be selling any winter items until the end of August or early September. I have been trying to pay attention to how I market and this appears to be best in selling. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Watch “Crochet Bikini Top |Part1||Lina Suon” on YouTube

OK, so I was looking for a cute summer top to make for my summer crochet line. I found this video on YouTube, and I couldn’t get it to look like the one in the picture. I consider myself a crochet expert but the instructions on the video just didn’t work for me. This is a two part video and I found my top going left on part two. The video has a lot of likes and it appears that others have been able to create a top that they are satisfied with. That was not the case for me. I am sharing the video and hope my fellow crocheters find it helpful. I haven’t decided if I am going to take another stab at it yet but if anyone does please let me know how it turns out for you. I think maybe I work better with written patterns. Godspeed!