A Pom Pom Party… Say whattt!!!!

Craft yarn council pom pom party
Picture via Pinterest

Yes, you read that right it’s a party and not just any party but a Pom Pom Party! If you don’t know then you should know that I love a good pom pom. They are super fun and can be an easy way to add a pop of color or a little whimsical magic to your design. And of course as the doll designer for My Pretty Brown Doll pom poms are an important part of my signature designs.

So when I was scrolling Instagram and kept seeing #pompomparty I was like wait where the party at not that I need another reason to par-Tay ūüéČ but if yarn is involved then it’s definitely my kind of party. The Pom Pom Party is being hosted by The Craft Yarn Council all of September, you can join the fun by following the Pom Pom Party on Facebook and on Instagram. They are also hosting a pompomalong September 11th – 15th to show you some cool ways to make and use your pom poms.

Afro Puff keychains

 

There are so many ways to make pom poms, I live by my Clover Pom Pom makers like I seriously don’t know how I was making pom poms before I got my hands on these handy gadgets. If you are ready to take your pom pom making skills to the next level then you definitely want to have these in your craft basket. You can find them here. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

So will you be joining the Pom Pom Party? Let me know what fun things you will make with pom poms this September and if you need a little inspiration you can grab the pattern for the cutest keychain ever and make a one or two puff (pom pom) Keychain.

Lessons Learned my 1st Month Working My Crochet Business Full Time

Me and Mini Mia aka my Supervisor

So what’s it like playing with yarn all day? Well, first of all, I don’t play with yarn all day. I know bummer ūüôĀ

In all seriousness¬†when I set the goal of being able to work my crochet business full time I knew that I would not be playing with yarn all day but I do like the way it sounds when people ask me what I do. ¬†I have been selling my crochet items since November 2011 I didn’t really start thinking about it as a business until around 2013 and didn’t think I could really do it full time until 2016.

I do want it to be clear that I did have a plan for transitioning from my full-time job to working my business full time but things did not go according to plan but I am happy to say I am making it work.

One of the things I was and still am really excited about being able to work my crochet business full time is having more time to crochet and get orders out more quickly which leads me to the number one lesson I learned in my first month…

I Suck At Time Management

I already knew I had issues with time management but a huge spotlight was put on the issue when I didn’t have the “day job” excuse anymore like seriously how did I get anything done when I did have a day job because I am struggling (If you have some good actionable time management tips please let me know).

Which leads me to the second lesson learned…

Setting Boundaries and saying NO

When you tell people that you are working your crochet business full time the automatic assumption is that you are not working and that you are available to be at their beckon call or just hang out whenever. ¬†I’m not going to lie I actually do like having the freedom to go to lunch at my favorite restaurant or go yarn shopping in the middle of the day but I ¬†also know if I want my business to be successful setting boundaries and saying no are a must.

Lesson three…

This Is Hard. Really Really Hard

but it is worth it. I have never been this happy and content with my decision and even though every day is like a roller coaster ride full of highs and lows I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. ¬†Well maybe a bit more profit but I do believe the money is coming and July wasn’t a horrible month, see a snapshot of my July income and expenses below.

Income: $2288.98

Expenses: $579.31

Profit: $1709.67

I will go back to my more detailed income reports next month. I should also note that the expenses on this income report also include the expenses for attending the Crochet Guild of America Annual Conference. There are a lot of things that I am learning on this journey and I will continue to share as much as I can. Make sure you are following my Facebook Page as I do live videos there every Tuesday with tips on running your crochet biz.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and until next time happy crocheting.

 

 

Caron Cakes Shop Fall 2017

Did you hear the news? Caron Cakes are here to stay and it kicked off their Fall 2017 line with 16 new Cake colors, they did retire some colors and you can get information on the discontinued colors here, but it still leaves 30 colors. Caron Cakes is a 80% acrylic 20% wool variegated yarn with each cake including 5 colors and 383 yds. ¬†But they didn’t stop there…

Caron Cakes Fall 2017

We now also have Caron Cupcakes, it comes in 12 fun colors it’s a 3 weight yarn, a super sweet mini version of the beloved Caron Cakes. It comes in 244 yds, is 100% acrylic and comes with the cutest Pom Pom on top.

Caron Cakes fall 2017 Caron Cupcakes
12 colors for Caron Cupcakes

If you find yourself needing more yarn no worries Caron Big Cakes has you covered. You get 603 yds. It’s 100% acrylic it’s 4 weight and comes in 16 colors.

Colors for Caron Big Cakes

If you love chunky yarn then you will love Caron Tea Cakes. It comes in 12 colors is a #6 bulky weight yarn. You get 204 yds and it is 80% acrylic and 20% wool.

Colors for Caron Tea Cakes

Last but not least we have Caron Sprinkle Cakes. If you need Tweed in your life then you will definitely be a fan of Sprinkle Cakes. It is also a #6 bulky weight it is 77% acrylic 20% wool and 3% other fiber. It comes in 4 color ways and you get 204 yds.

Colors for Caron Sprinkle Cakes

You can find all the yarns here at Michaels Caron Cake Shop. So which is your favorite and what do you plan to make with your Caron Cakes? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Pattern Review Friday – Crochet Slouchy Beanie

Heyyy and happy Friday! I know I have been slacking on my pattern review Fridays but that happens sometimes when you trying to crochet all the dolls lol. I probably should do a review of the doll pattern but since it’s my pattern I already know the review would be completely biased.

So today’s¬†review is a pattern that I have made a lot of times like over 200 times! It is for the oh so popular slouchy beanie! I know there are tons of crochet slouchy beanie patterns out there but this one is my absolute favorite and my go to pattern.

crochet slouchy beanie
my favorite slouchy beanie pattern

The pattern is called “Really Easy Slouchy Beanie” and can be found on Craftsy.

A little sidebar about Craftsy. So it seems that a lot of people are not familiar with the site but not only is it an awesome place to find patterns (if you design patterns also a great place to sell see my post here) Craftsy is also a great place to learn as they offer online courses from crochet to knitting even cooking and jewelry design. If you have a crafty bone in your body then you definitely want to check out Craftsy. Oh did I mention they also sell yarn! Yes, yarn and the prices are awesome so seriously finish reading my post and then go check out Craftsy.

Ok back to this pattern review…

Cost: Free (Yes it’s a free pattern)

Difficulty: Beginner-Advanced Beginner, this pattern is a great introduction to making hats and crocheting in the round.

Why You Will Hook It: Because the end results are awesome. The pattern can easily be modified so you can add stripes, you can make it as big or as small as you would like and it is the perfect unisex hat just change up the colors and it works for boys and or girls.

Why You Will Frog It: Seriously you won’t unless you just want to use the yarn for something else. By the time you are ready to frog it you will be done and ready to make the next one.

How Many Hooks: 5 out of 5 it’s a free pattern easy to read easy to modify and actually well written.

For my version, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn and a 5.00mm hook

crochet toddler slouchy beanie
Crochet Slouchy Beanie Black