The Glamorous Life of a Crochet Designer

Sometimes, after working on a new pattern/project for 2 days, you are left with a pile of unraveled yarn, and a CIRCLE.

Granted, I’ve had other things going on, too, like still trying to get the Yummy You store to work (my buddy Kei has some choice words regarding the Magento platform, but those are not G-rated), and working on getting Yummy You in other stores, but seriously, I did not expect to have a CIRCLE after all this work.

I don’t know how other crochet designers do it, but sometimes, I have to take something apart a million times. Some times I try something one day for a few hours, decide it’s not the best, unravel it, start over again. I think I have done that at least ten times with this project. The end result will seem very stream-lined and simple, but you’ll never know how many hours went into deciding on that one specific pattern. Like, I tried using front post stitches for some texture, and it was looking awesome, but later I decided they created too much bulk for this project, so I unraveled that and ixnayed the FPs.  My new website is www.UnRavelry.com, and all we do is post pictures of yarn piles and odd shapes with smiley faces on them!

Wish I could tell you more, but this project will be part of something launching in January! As long as I actually finish it in time for my deadline! HAH!

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15 Responses to The Glamorous Life of a Crochet Designer

  1. Collette says:

    Reading your blog inspired me to learn how to crochet. My nana taught me to knit when I was four/five, but I could never get the hang of crochet until a few months ago. I’m still playing it safe by making teeny tiny things, but I’ve started on my first blanket so me and my new baby can curl up in it and read stories.

    xo

    • TwinkieChan says:

      This was such a sweet comment!
      And also reminded me, I have a friend who just had a baby, and I was thinking I would make and send her a baby blanket as well!

  2. Julie H says:

    I once decided to make a bracelet/doll necklace in the style of an Egyptian collar for a friend. I redid it five times before it was okay. Not the first time for something like that either.

    I think it’s part and parcel for people who want to be good at something to have to stick to it even if it means taking more time than they want and having to redo something over and over. Being satisfied with the first attempt every time could mean not trying your hardest to be your best right?

    • TwinkieChan says:

      Being satisfied with a first attempt would mean that I was AWESOME!!!!! Heheh j/k. Yes, totally. It takes time to create something quality!

  3. AnneKo says:

    You’re not alone ! I have the same problem and it gets worse when I have to embroider a face… I just keep doing/undoing it till I get it right. ^^;

    Sending you good vibes to get through all the things you have to do ! ♥

  4. CC says:

    I hear that, I remember when I first learned how to knit I unraveled EVERYTHING I started at least three times. It’s a bitch but it makes everything look so much nicer.

  5. Michelle says:

    I do that all the time too! Sometimes I start a project that’s really awesome in my sketches but then after millions of attempt’s I just call it a day. I’m still working on a certain project that I came up with two or three years ago!

    • TwinkieChan says:

      Totally!! There really are just some things that may not come to fruition. I designed something once and posted a photo, and then someone ended up making a version of it and posting it to their Etsy shop…. : /. I never posted anything to Etsy because I didn’t think I could get it as cute as I wanted, so I wonder if they ever ended up selling their version, which I wasn’t sure was quite as cute as the drawing either :P

  6. I totally lold when i saw the picture! You are so great! At least you unravel – I cut toss and start over – and just buy new yarn if i run out – b/c im a total loser! :P I cant wait to see what this new hotness is! XO

  7. Lisa says:

    haha, it’s the same in every kind of design ;) I’m a graphicdesigner and I know that feel: you sit there, work hard for days, sometimes weeks and what comes out is so simple, it looks like you’ve made it within one hour.
    but it’s good to know that also an inspiring person like you has to work hard for her great ideas :)

  8. Apple Noggin says:

    I don’t get much chance anymore to keep updated with all my ol’ crafty homies, but the last few days I’ve been thinking of you a lot! I’ve been trying to learn crochet (moderately successfully) to be able to make doll hair for a Waldorf doll I’m making my kiddo for Christmas. I’ve tried crochet a couple times when I was a kid and always ran away terrified, which is what I wanted to do recently as well. It just gave me even more appreciation for the amazing art you create! I think I almost have my doll hair figured out (just need to go to the craft store tomorrow and buy a smaller hook) and after that I want to practice on some crappy little wash cloths and things and then…….dreaming of the Twinkie Chan pattern book!!!!! Everyone I know WILL have cute crochet gingerbread brooches someday!

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