“Crochet Doctor” Cures Cute OverloadBy Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments
Here it is: One huge THANK YOU to everyone who read and commented on my last post. It’s so much fun connecting with you all this way! Let’s get right to it, shall we? It’s time for more unsolicited crochet advice.
Crochet Problem: You Want to Crochet a Million Things. We are so fortunate to be around during this fabulous time for crochet. Never before have there been so many diverse and inspiring patterns all so accessible to us at a moment’s notice. How many times have you gotten lost in Pinterest for hours just taking in all of the beautiful options for crochet projects?
And what about Ravelry? Do you have over 200 projects in your queue? And you already have a billion favorites, right? Don’t get me started on Rachel’s patterns. With so many awesome patterns right here on the blog and also in the Crochet Spot store, we could be busy for years just crocheting through this blog alone!
We all should be very proud to be a part of the crochet community at this very special time in crochet history. It is perfectly natural that we’d want to enjoy every pattern and yarn there is to offer. Yet with this wonderful abundance comes a tough truth: You can’t crochet it all. I know. It’s a bummer. The upswing? You can crochet a lot and you can crochet each day! How do we select our projects?
Solution: The solution is actually a lot of fun and consists of these three steps: Scan, Limit, Plan.
Scan: Set aside a nice chunk of time when you can really focus. Grab a cup of tea, put on a comfy outfit, and gather your crochet books and magazines, and also your computer. You may need a notebook and pen as well, or whatever you use to organize your ideas. Now, just take that moment to look at all the crochet patterns you’d like and allow yourself to dream.
Limit: As you are going through the scanning process, you will notice that you are naturally drawn to some projects over others. Maybe it’s a type of garment you’d like to add to your wardrobe, or maybe it’s a certain type of home accessory. Choose whichever category stokes your inspiration and decide to focus on that category this time. (Don’t worry! You can repeat this process as often as you like!)
Plan: Once you have your category, focus in on patterns of that look feasible in the short term. Your goal is to take stock of the practical aspects of each pattern. As yourself: Which yarn would I use for this? Is this going to be financially comfortable for me? Do I want to expand my skills or stick with something simple and comfortable? Do I have (or can I easily get) all of the required materials for this pattern?
After you go through this process, you will be able to choose a pattern that you absolutely love and can start right away! Cute Overload is a serious problem and it can be cured by working on a carefully chosen and adorable project!
Have you ever experienced Cute Overload? What do you think of this process? How do you decide to limit your crocheting endeavors? Which topics would you like advice on in a future Crochet Spot post? Please leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!