It’s official, folks: I’m a Crochet Professional. It’s a great time to be alive!
Last year I was forced to leave my job at Michaels due to health reasons. It was a trying year, but I made it through relatively unscathed. During that year I spent a lot of time crocheting, which led to a lot of crochet designing, which has led to 2015 being the year I’m officially self-employed as a crocheter.
There have been a lot of ad-like posts on the blog lately, and I appologize for that. I had misunderstood the listing requirements on one of the sites I use to sell my patterns – these posts will be cleaned out soon, as advertising was never what this blog was supposed to be about.
I have been quite focused on the sales side of things, though, so I thought I’d write up a post about what life is like as a crochet pattern designer.
In short: I feel like I’m in a time machine.
I’ve got 7 patterns finished and out for testing, with 7 different due dates, and 7 planned release dates that I need to keep track of.
Speaking of Etsy, that’s a new source for me, as of February 13th. I started selling my patterns there so that I’d have somewhere that would handle all of this VAT nonsense for me and my EU customers (though, Ravelry will start handling it for us in April – yay!). Since Etsy is a venue that allows more than just patterns, I’ve decided to start selling actual finished items there. Currently the non-pattern listings are mostly pattern samples, with a few winter-wear items thrown in for kicks.
And finally, I’m working on a special ad campaign for May.
Basically, the work I’m doing today covers four months of activity. It’s a bit of an odd place to find myself in!
Of course, there’s also to blog! I have been working on a few new tutorials to post, as well as some other fun things that I don’t want to reveal quite yet. In the meantime, do you have any questions about crochet designing? Or do you have a suggestion for what kinds of tutorials you’d like to see? Leave me a comment below!