All Crocheted Out!

By Rachel Choi – 58 Comments

Have you ever had one of those times where you crochet, crochet and crochet then you’re so tired of crocheting you just want to stop but for some reason you just keep doing it. Okay, I don’t know if that really makes sense, but that’s the feeling I got this weekend. Maybe I’m just addicted to crocheting, lol.

Anyway, I decided to make a new category here on Crochet Spot called “Rachel’s Ramblings” and as you can see this is my first post in it. I think that being able to write about crochet or other random stuff would be a fun thing to do besides being a pattern making robot, not that making patterns isn’t fun. This will definitely help me from getting all crocheted out! So I hope you all will enjoy reading some rambling as much as I will enjoy writing some!

This is my solution to solving my “All Crocheted Out” syndrome. What do you do when you are all crocheted out?

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58 Comments

  1. Harold says:

    Rachel,

    You are not alone when you get “all crocheted out”. I have felt like that many times. Sometimes I say to myself,”Good lord, take a break”, or “I am so tired of crocheting. I have to quit”. But 10 times out of 10, I go back to it again the very next day. Even though I don’t want too. I just love to crochet and look forward to starting something whenever I am done with something else.

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks for sharing Harold! It feels good to know that I’m not alone :)

      • Jan says:

        when I am all crocheted out, I pick up a pair of knitting needles and quickly knit a dishcloth or something small. Unfortunately, I knit a lot slower than I crochet, so after I finish knitting, I am back ready to crochet again.

  2. sarah says:

    here here to feeling all crocheted out (I have just this second put down a hooded scarf I’m making as I have a pain between my shoulder blades) Maybe a timer should be used?!
    glad I am not alone. Its a healthy obsession though eh… and the lady in the wool shop loves me heh, I find it hard to finish one project before starting another.
    anyways hello heh.

    Oh and as a PS a pattern for a wrap over crochet hook holder would be ace bananas heh :D

  3. sarah says:

    oh and to actually answer your question.. when I am all crocheted out I tend to flitter between facebook and looking up random crochet patterns heh

  4. Michelle says:

    I have felt that way sometimes too. I usually will take a break, browse the internet for some crochet inspiration and just pick back up crocheting when I feel like it again (which usually is rather quickly).

    Ramble away! I look forward to your new category as well. :)

    Michelle

  5. Rachel says:

    Hi Michelle and Sarah!

    I think I will be making that crochet hook holder pattern, I need one! I still leave my hooks in the packaging they come in lol. I like going on facebook and browsing in the internet for crochet inspiration too. Etsy is a fun place to see all the creative stuff that people are sell. That really gets me motivated :)

    Thanks for sharing Sarah and Michelle!

  6. Debbi says:

    I feel that same way. Usually I do scrap yarn squares or make something quick. Or start a WIP (or two) which usually becomes a UFO :( . I just started a scarp yarn afghan, all double crochet, just ending where I end because I was kind of crocheted out and had all this yarn… after using about 10 colors I felt better (although I have tons more colors).

    • Rachel says:

      Ya, it feels good to actually make something small and get the satisfaction of completing it, and of course use all that miscellaneous scarp yarn! I try not to make too many UFOs although I do have a lot, lol.

  7. em says:

    Yeah, I’m always getting crocheted out. But then, I’m 14, so I probably have a shorter attention span than most. And sometimes I’m the exact opposite- I can’t stop. It’s like a good book, I have to keep going until it’s done! ( that’s called CCS- compulsive crocheting syndrome) But when I am crocheted out, I usually either go do something else, like watch a movie, or run, or get caught up on home and housework, or go to sleep if it’s 1 in the morning. Then I start up again! I’m looking forward to reading you ramblings! :)

  8. Rachel says:

    Well then Em, I think I have the attention spam of a 14 year old even though I’m 20, lol. Deep down I’m probably a kid that never grew up. I must admit I have CCS too! Gee, we’re so full of all these syndromes, we minus well call it flat out crochet syndrome. See what happens to us when we crochet? LOL :)

  9. Linda says:

    Being all crocheted out must happen to all of us every now and then. Its nice to know your not alone.

  10. jet says:

    Hello dear Rachel
    I know what you mean, i’m addicted too everything what has a link whit fabric. Some times i think i want to stop and everytime a can’t, but I loved it when things are finished.
    And so I go on. I admirre your site . And love your ideas.
    greentings
    jet

  11. Amy says:

    I would love to be all crocheted out – I’m still struggling trying to learn!

  12. Heather says:

    Great ideas have already come from this “rambling” post idea. I’ll be looking out for the crochet holder as I too need one! I’m new to crocheting (Amy, don’t give up, it’s worth it!) but I can definitely understand the addiction. I have put off going to the bathroom quite a few times because I just want to finish a few more stitches, then the row, then after I chain 3 & turn I have to keep going then, starting a new row after all. If it’s time for a yarn or color change I’m REALLY in trouble. Time to start swimming! I drive myself nuts with that part of it sometimes! Thanks for the opportunity to share & ramble!

  13. Dottie says:

    Rachel,
    I Know The Feeling All To Well, As I’m Sure Alot Of Us Do. I’ve Been Crocheting A Afghan for My Son & Daughter In Law.It’s Big Enough For A Queen Sixed Bed. It’s 1/4 Of The Way Done & It Already Hangs Over The Side Of A Single Wide Bed, Almost To The Floor.I Get Burned Out Working On It, But I Wanna Get It Finished.So Yes, I Can Definately Relate To Being Crocheted Out.
    Dottie In Va

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Dottie! I have never made an afghan that large before! Good luck with it, I bet it will turn out amazing!

      LOL Heather, that is too funny! I better get started on that crochet hook case :)

  14. sarah says:

    the worst thing is if you have a stumbleupon toolbar and click on crochet/knitting. A whole internets worth of crochetting goodness right at your finger tips. Although it does make me sad when you see somehing amazing that comes with no pattern, like the moomin I saw. Also has anyone seen that huuuuuuuuuuuge buddha someone has done? The pattern is in Japanese how upsetting! RAmble ramble mutter mutter heh.
    Yay for the crochet hook case as mine is still in its original plasticy bag, its seen better days! Im looking forward to that one. Love your blogs Rachel. nice and relaxed :D

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Sarah!
      I have the stumbleupon toolbar too! But I haven’t used it that much yet. I haven’t seen the giant budda either, but now that just makes me want me make one, lol. Aw man I have so many things to make, I need more yarn :)

  15. sarah says:

    Its the best invention known to mankind (second only to the hook of course :D) well if you use stumble on the crochet network you will see the buddha good few times. Its got to be about 60cm tall if not bigger! I set you the challenge of a buddha that would be an awesome thing indeed! but mayhaps very difficult…… my better half has just gone to town to buy me some more yarn. so many things indeed. I’m making a hooded scarf at the moment and hoping that the bad weather will stay around long enough for me to wear it heh

    • Rachel says:

      I just googled it and found the buddha no problem. It looks sooooo awesome. It will definitely be a huge challenge and will probably take a long time. I was thinking the same thing about the weather. It needs to stay cold so that I can wear warm crocheted things lol.

  16. sarah says:

    heh maybe we should all move to alaska. could live in it all year round! Yes Buddha would definately give that crocheted out feeling many times before completion. But it would make an awesome centrepiece for a meditation room or similar eh. I NEED it lol

  17. sarah says:

    Or find someone that can read japanese to translate the pattern :D

    • Rachel says:

      Is that really a pattern on the page? It looks kind of short. I will try and ask one of my friends and see!

      • Rachel says:

        I almost forgot that the internet has everything! I used an online translator thingy and it doesn’t seem to be a pattern, unless I’m translating the wrong page lol. If you get a chance, can you email me the link Sarah?

  18. Jessica-Jean says:

    When I get all crocheted out, I pick up one of my (too many!) knit projects, and vice versa. If I really can’t sit still working on knitting or crocheting, I go play in my wool room (the largest room in the house) and plan yet another project as I sort through boxes and bins of yarn and shelves full of patterns.
    Life is too short to bother with housework when the yarn is calling!

  19. Amy says:

    Well, right now, I’m having to work on my tension – I’m stitching too tight…..I have a simple scarf pattern that I’ll probably begin with and I’m still learning the actual stitches.

    • Rachel says:

      cool! If you stitch too tight then that means you’ll probably be great at crocheting cute amigurumi or dolls :) You need tight stitches for those!

  20. Heather says:

    Amy,
    I found an instructional DVD to be very helpful. It was almost as good as having someone here to show me. I use it for reference as I too am a beginner. If your stitches are too tight try a bigger size hook. That helped me. Also, it seems like it would make my stitches tighter but wrapping the yarn around my pinky finger helps me ease up on the tension. Personal preferences on how to hold the yarn vary. Time & practice does help a lot too.

  21. Heather says:

    Does anyone else use recycled 2 liter soda bottles as a yarn container? I wasn’t sure how it would do but it unravels the yarn as you’re crocheting perfectly. I found the idea via a Google search.

  22. sarah says:

    I’ll look for it now Rachel, it may not be a pattern but I seem to recall someone saying it was….. who can say heh

  23. sarah says:

    oh darn it, no its definately not long enough to be a pattern :(
    also found this on the same blog (also without pattern)
    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/05/crochet_dragon.html
    sad now lol

  24. Rachel says:

    that’s a cool dragon too!

  25. Jane Blogs says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Although I usually make myself a knee rug each winter, I’m pretty new to crochet patterns. ;)
    So getting crocheted out hasn’t happened to me (yet).
    But I do get blogged out, and I think your new category is a great idea to keep things moving

  26. Dominique says:

    Since I’m a “Gamer” as well as a “Crocheter” (is that a word?), I tend to play my online games for a few hours then go back to my crocheting.

    • Rachel says:

      I think “crocheter” is a word made up by people who crochet….so in my dictionary crocheter is a word :) That’s awesome that you’re a gamer! I used to do a lot of software stuff and people used to think that I was weird because I wasn’t a gamer lol!

  27. Dominique says:

    And people find me weird that I can’t understand software stuff! It hurts my head thinking of it, especially when it’s ‘game related’.

  28. Heather says:

    Rachel,

    Would there be a way that those of us who would like to & could help could send some yarn, supplies to you? Would you want to create a wishlist so we would know what to get for you? You have saved me money by creating these beautiful patterns & on top of that using your own yarn. I’m thankful for this site & for your efforts. I’m on a limited income but I’d be happy to do what I can to give back. Every little bit would help, I would think?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Heather!
      I didn’t even think about that! You’re right that every little bit counts. I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for the suggestion!

  29. Rebecca says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I just stumbled upon your site today, and I can’t remember how!?! It’s wonderful! All of the free patterns are just terrific too.

    I agree with Heather that there should be a way to donate (via PayPal?) to your site or buy items for you from a wish list. You deserve it for all of your hard work.

    When I am completely all crocheted out, I watch TV and occasionally look around at my unfinished projects, helplessly, but then I’m back at it the very next day. It usually only lasts one day!

    Not to dwell on your age (20 is young to me) but I can’t believe you’ve designed all of these patterns in so short a time! How old were you when you started to crochet? How did you learn? Got any interesting stories about your first attempts?

    Currently I am simply ADDICTED to crochet. I crochet on my lunch break. I crochet when I’m waiting in the car for my husband. And, occasionally, I get to crochet in the evening, after my kid is in bed, if most of the MUST DO housework is done. I must admit though, that laundry that has not been folded on the weekend is not viewed as a MUST DO housework item. It’s in the bedroom and I relax in the livingroom. Out of sight, out of mind. Hehe.

    LOL! Keep up the great work. I’ll check back often although I’ve signed up for your e-mails.

    Take care,
    Rebecca in Toronto, Ontario

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Rebecca! I’m glad you found my site!
      Don’t worry I think 20 is young too :) I don’t really remember exactly when I started crocheting. All I remember was seeing my friend crocheting in school and thinking that it was so cool I had to ask my mom how to do it, lol. Ever since, I’ve always played around with crocheting here and there. I remember the first blanket I ever tried to make, it was for my little cousin and I even read my first pattern to make it. Well, I actually didn’t finish it :( but I did learn that patience wasn’t one of my talents. That was one of the first and last patterns that I ever used. Then on, I found it so much more exciting to just make things up. Only recently have I taken up writing pattern to share with everyone! I’m still learning and I love sharing and learning with others :)

  30. Rebecca says:

    PS. As I read comments, there are entire lines of text missing. Is tech support able to help fix this problem?

    Rebecca in Toronto, Ontario

  31. Elaine says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I just discovered your site and truly enjoy it. With ease, I have already been able to make two of your projects. Your patterns are so easy for me to follow..I thank you for that. Now, I can actually complete a project that I can be proud of. :-)

    It would be fantastic to see a place here where those of us who appreciate what you do can show some love through purchasing directly from your store or just making a donation.

    I’m a fan! :-)

    Elaine

  32. Ivory says:

    I’m crocheted out RIGHT NOW. I have no idea what to do about it!

  33. Samantha says:

    When I get crocheted out I end up online looking for new patterns, then I have to go back to work and finish the project I’m on so I can start all the news ones I found.

  34. Anna says:

    Rachel, just found your site this evening doing everything that all of you are talking about; crocheted out even though I’m a beginner and cruising the net for tutorials,advice and easy patterns! I finished a hat for my niece that resembles a giant doily of some sort ….don’t know what went wrong. I have mastered several dish clothes however and am very proud of them. I have an afhgan 1/4 of the way done and realized that I was using a smaller needle than the pattern asked for but will continue with the same needle. I hope to use your site often it seems to have alot of explanations that I need as a beginner. Thank you so much, You are a great teacher!!!!!!

  35. Stacy says:

    I knit, craft, paint or sew.

  36. Susan says:

    I followed a link from The Stockinette Cafe’s FB site to your blog, and I am so glad I did.

    I live in NJ and work in NYC, so I crochet on the bus. I have a large vinyl bag with a zipper top, and carry my hooks, needle, scissors in a ziptop bag. My current project is in a large freezer bag that also holds my yarn and hook. I set the whole thing on my lap and just pull out my hook and the portion of the project I’m working on. Keeps everything neat and clean.

    I don’t get crocheted out because crocheting is much better than looking at the same scenery over and over and over…

  37. Mary Ramirez says:

    I recently picked up crochetting and knitting again. Have done it on and off all my life. I don’t tackle large projects now, just things like caps, scarfs, etc. Was looking for a neck warmer pattern and found this site. Like it very much. This hobby is perfect for cold and rainy winter days. I live in South Texas but this winter has been the coldest and wetest in our history, so this helps keep me busy.

  38. Barbara says:

    LOL!! I just change colors!!!

  39. Susanb says:

    I give it a break and then start a new project. LOL

  40. Pauline says:

    Usually when I’m on a big project, sometimes, I get “crocheted out”. So, I get involved in a smaller project and when its finished I’m ready to get back to my unfinished project.

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