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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

How to avoid crochet block: 9 things crocheter do to be more productive

You have been crocheting for years, but then suddenly the ideas just stop coming. We don't know what to crochet even losing interest to touch the hook.
Keep calm ladies, it is the time to understand that 'Crochet Block' attacks you.

Having a crochet block is common among crochet crafters. I experienced it too many times.
Since crochet fails to be relaxing activity, we might just sit back and take a break. It could be just because we are too tired caused by daily activities, but could also a sign of something serious happened (in this cause, making appointment with doctor might help).

Here are lists of activities you can try to re-gain your crochet desire.


1. Start a new but small crochet project.

As a crafter we too rough to our self in completing a big project. Big project is really challenging to be completed, sometimes it takes up to months to be finished. During the work, taking a small break is crucial to avoid crochet block. However, catching up with the big project again after the break could be challenging too because we need to focus on what to do next. I usually make a note for each project and put each of them in a bag. The note contains the pattern, the hook I used to make it, the types of yarn and where I am up to. It helps me anytime I get back to the project.

Make Your Home a Dream! 
 
There are a lot of small project we can try without loosing focus on the big one. My favourite is trying a new flower pattern. Other good thing about those flower project is I can turn it into corsage and sell it. Then I feel a sense of accomplishment too, which is good to my mood.
One set of my corsage flowers.

2. Join Crochet Communities

There are numerous number of crochet group out there. Joining a group is advantageous to get some supports. It is true that most of the members doesn't know each other in person, however, I have seen they support each other a lot. almost all members never hesitate to encourage whenever someone found herself down for some reasons and the spiritual encouragement come in a seconds!

Groups are also the best place to ask for recommendations. Having a suggestion from crochet crafter that have been crocheting and crafting for 15-20 years is gold. Basically we are free to ask anything in the groups as long as it is not a hate speech (or maybe a violent content, just follow the rules!), what types of yarn best for afghan, pattern for baby blanket, a throw ideas, kitchen napkin, towels, anything you want. Members will be happy to answer and giving a review. Don't forget that all of those review is genuine! it is based on their personal experiences as crocheter.

I Joined some Groups on Facebook. Some are local crochet communities which sells second hand crochet yarns and hooks. The most fun rule for me is that someone could only purchase that super low priced yarn after presenting her recent crochet project! The admin said it is because most of us tends to builds up tons of skeins at home rather than start chaining (well, It happened to me too....). In other groupie share difficulties when met unsupportive spouse or other family members toward our hobby, we also make discussions about pricing, a trouble reading patterns, even sometimes arrange meet up between group members.

Despite the local crochet groups, I joined international group too. Joining international groups is really gives me bunch of lesson in crochet. Mostly regarding types of yarns available in every country  which are so diverse. I realised that most popular yarn abroad might not the most preferred in Indonesia, it caused by the lack of supply, if it is, the price is not affordable for some of crafters. However, seeing other crocheter hand made is relaxing and kind of triggering a new idea pop-up to my mind. Lets say crocheted bag, cushion and blanket are my timeless favourites. Just need to be a little creative adjusting the size because I am going to make it with local yarn. 

3. Take days off.

Don't feel guilty to take some days off and do other things that fun. It is totally okay even if crochet is our life line and it support family finance. There are many things to do outside our crochet cube, such as gardening, cooking, or maybe short family travelling might be an option to heal our crochet soul. Sometimes I caffeinated my self during a small break in a day, it goes very well with cookies though! lol.
In my opinion, If we are treating crochet as an income pipe in life, we deserve a memorable holiday too! Just figure out what to do during the break and go for it!

4. Read a crochet book.

Well, to be honest, I do not really read the crochet books.
I usually go straight to the diagrams or written patterns. I am a big fan of Japanese crochet books. They are awesome beside the price! I got some of mine from online sales, other from a lady who sells her second hand books. I am immediately in love with them, they are written in Japanese, I cannot read even a single word. But the diagrams are so easy to understand.


Two of my evergreen favourite books

5. Social Media Strolling. 

I have to admit that Social Media is great platform to dig new ideas. Facebook is helping me a lot to connect with other crafter yet for inline shopping stocking my craft supplies. Instagram has unlimited beautiful photos of handmade things to try. I also count on Pinterest for free patterns and free online crochet books. Feel free to enjoy those social media during the break, it is not a taboo for keeping some pattern later then forget it tomorrow, lol. And as mentioned earlier, throwing problems at specific group might help. We can support, learn and share ideas together. 

6. Sending Gifts.

I did it several times and planning to do it regularly. 
It is really warm and nice feeling while our handmade well accepted by friends. We can ask for feedbacks too. It is good to improve our handmade quality. Anytime our friend wear it, she can point to us when someone look interested on the handmade.

7. Daily Routine Self-care. 

Looking back the past few years ago, I was so careless to my self. I was not happy. Life is taft to every new mom. I know nothing about the importance of self-care to a new mom with a new born baby, and that straightly put me in a little depression. Nowadays, I found that self-care is relevant to my productivity as a crocheter too.
My everyday self care routine only takes 15 minutes. So anytime I start to do crochet, I spent few minutes to look back my reflection on the mirror, then brush my hair, put a smooth shade on my face, and colour my lip. It brings my energy back when I see my self ready of the day, making a huge change to my life with crochet. :)). It gives me a sense that I am ready for work.

I found some other people make tea and enjoy the silence, read books in quite time, make a pray, recite The Holy Koran, without any distraction from any kind of gizmos. Other will send the kids play with their grandma or grandpa, so then the couple can make time just for talking, having a super nice dinner at home or restaurant, movies or even taking a bath in peace. :P

8. Talk to a friend. 

This maybe a little bit hard for an introvert. If it is not convenient, try talk to your spouse or your kids. Kids are amazing, they sometimes have a valuable point of view. Their fresh mind many times have an authentic ideas that worth to try. Even if it is not, their serious-silly comments ofter brings to laughter. Laugh is good in improving our mood, isn't it?

9. Meet the doctor. 

This might be the last option should consider especially if we lost interest in almost everything plus having a sleep disorder. It maybe a sign of depression. Medication with doctor's prescription will help. Companion from family is needed too. Soon after we feel better, crocheting will be fun and relaxing again.


After all, I hope at least one of those tips will work.
I would very happy to hear any tips or other suggestions or stories too..
and be ready to crochet again.
-with love-



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