Saturday, August 4, 2012

small crochet

I've been crocheting with a 1.5 mm hook for a lifetime (it seems). I will persevere and see this project to the end in sha Allah! Then, I will grab a hook in the range of 4 to 6 mm and crochet with a skip and a jump! I may pick up one of the two blankets I'd started on. I might even hook up a Ribbon Accent bag

Or even knit something like this Amari shawl!

It makes me ponder a little more about the issue of making money out of a hobby. Do you still enjoy what you do once you have looming deadlines over your head and customers negotiating prices? If you do sell your handmade goods, is it better to make and sell (for example, on Etsy) than to take orders for customised items? What's your take on this? 

Speaking of the smaller hook size, remember the bangle motif? Elena over at ArtEC has just made a video tutorial for it (she has made it in to earrings though, which is great!) ... in Italian! Isn't that just ... bellissimo?


Seaweed and Raine August 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM  

I don't have a shop - but someone saw some "rainboot" booties that I had posted about on my blog and wanted some. The pattern wasn't big enough, so I had to completely rewrite it to size (it wasn't my pattern origionally)... I was so excited to be selling something, but I was VERY nervous that I would end up with the desired product. I'm so tempted to say that making and then selling the product (eg. etsy) would be easier... but then, I don't know that side of things either.

deros August 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM  

Have a lot of items for sell and I like to try new in crafting ( different kind) and I even open shop on eatsy else try to sell on eBay. Problem with how to find right cost. So nothing didn't sale. :)

deros August 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM  

You are always my inspiration

Flowers in the Window August 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM  

I have etsy, folksy and eBay shops. I find that custom orders are best for items that are a bit personal like my quilts. Then customers can choose the fabrics and patterns. Whereas quilts that I have made myself and put on my shop might get lots of admirers but are more difficult to sell. Because of this I prefer custom orders and I enjoy making the quilts more when I know they already have a home to go to! Maggie xx

moonstruckcreations August 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM  

Beautiful crochet masha'Allah!! I used to crochet a lot with very small hooks and fine yarn back in my younger years. These days though I seem to prefer working with larger hooks and bulkier yarn...

Hope you are having a wonderful Ramadan insha'Allah!


ireminisces August 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM  

Asalamu alaikum, wow maybe you can crocha me something inshAllah have a blessed Ramadhan and do visit Ramadhan Dictionary coming soon.

Lorybeat August 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM  

Hi! Long time no see. I am glad you managed to arrive to my new address... my other blog site was playing up...
I have to say that I dore that motif... very pro!
I also would love to sell my work, I have in fact a little shop and I have managed to sell some, but I can not produce something for the sake of it, I always like to think of a person when I am doing it, I guess I am not that business orientated... like the Arabian people jajaja In Chile, the Arabian community is very well know for making business out of everything, very clever people...
So where are you moving to?
Regards, loren form you homeland!! TEAM GB is doing sooooo great, very proud to have my heart in this country!

Anonymous,  August 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM  

Ciao Ishrat!
It's good to see that you, like me, never stop making things!!
Good to see a tutorial in Italian, too!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures August 6, 2012 at 12:15 AM  

Are you making little pouches? I like small projects. Makes me feel productive. Everything just keeps piling up, though, because at the moment, I have no one to give them to. I used to do craft shows but hated having deadlines. I like to create just for the sake of doing so; because I like doing it, keeps me busy and happy. I go back to school/work in 3 weeks, so will be giving stuff away right and left and will maybe even donate some things that can be sold to raise money. Good luck whatever you decide. And good luck with the move. Best wishes, Tammy

Anne August 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM  

You're making me yearn to get my crochet hooks out. Been busy doing other things. Love the colors of your tiny crochet. So pretty!!

I'm not successful enough on Etsy to be worried too much about looming deadlines. I create pieces for my shop and I do custom orders. Both are fun for me. If it every gets to be not so fun, I'll rethink it. Do what feels right to you.

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