Crochet is my absolute favorite craft. In fact, soon I will be joining my Etsy friends and opening up my own handmade shop! Yay! I will post links when I finalize everything so you can stop by and visit.
The question that I am asked most about crochet is where I learned how to do it.
Assumption #1 is my Grandmother. While my Grandma was awesome at needlework and even filet crochet, she didn’t teach me, or my mom, any of it. I do believe that I learned the appreciation for handmade through her though.
Assumption #2 is taking a class. I usually say, not exactly. I didn’t attend a class, or pay any money to learn how to crochet. I purchased a hook for less than $2 and my lessons were completely free.
So, are you ready for this big secret?
I learned how to crochet on You Tube. Yep. You Tube.
One day I found a video of a woman who taught basic stitches and I watched it. Over and over again. Then I picked up a hook and yarn and tried it. Over and over again. Finally, I completed a project – a granny square.
I kept practicing and practicing and was beginning to get very good, so I started to create things to give away to friends and family members, and one day, someone asked how much I charged.
Charged? It had become apparent that my work was quality enough that others wanted to buy it. My mind started to spin. After all, I am a work at home mom, so earning a few extra bucks would definitely benefit and allow me to turn my hobby into a business. Last month I finally started to take it seriously and work on building my handmade business. I’m hoping to have it launched fully by the end of this month.
The purpose of my post? Yes, there has to be one. That with hard work and determination, you can do anything. I used to think that I needed to work in corporate America in order to be successful. I’m so glad that I transformed my thinking and opened my mind to realize that you can do what you love and more successful, as long as you are willing to put in the hard work.