It wasn’t in the plan. Really. I crochet because I can’t help but do it. It’s very meditative for me. Like playing piano, or writing, it’s something that helps me stay that nice person most folks like.
We neeeeeds it, gollum!
And even when the whole family has been gifted out of their minds, I still crochet. It’s just one of many ways that I express my inner geekery.
I say we all have a madness in Life and crochet is just one of mine. Which stands out just a little in a climate that’s rarely cold.
There’s always a new idea in my head somewhere and I never tire of thinking on a different angle for this or that when it’s crochet. I have about 40 different unfinished projects going at a time, so there’s always something I can work on. If I’m feeling less than benevolent to a particular project (and some projects do end up in the “dog house” for awhile), I put it aside and switch to something else so I can come back with a fresh attitude another time.
When it comes to conversations, even then I can’t shut up about crochet. I find myself drawing analogies to the artistic process involved with crochet design, or industry quirks, marketing tools or a myriad of other crochet related micro-conversations that I find myself tying to more common life scenarios. And there I’ll be, with folks staring at me going – did you really just relate that to crochet?
Uh, yep. Yep I just did.
It’s more perfect than you think. Like “Zen And The Art Of Crochet” and “What Crochet Taught Me About Popularity” kind of material. That’s the way it is for me. And I’ll argue there’s nothing wrong with it either. Substitute “cooking” in place of crochet and most folks would hardly blink an eye. We all have our ways to explore the inner workings of self, business, relationships and world. There’s nothing wrong with mine. Whatever gets your attention.
But selling crochet? That started out because I’d crochet while waiting on my kids. People started noticing what I was making and wanted one too. Before I knew it, “I want one! I want one!” and I was in business. The fact that anyone wants to pay money for my expertise is just awesome. It helps pay for my madness!
How about you? How did you get into crochet related business? And if you’re not yet, what do you think might get you to or why would you not want to?