What’s Next?By A Guest Writer – 6 Comments
A Guest Post by Dannee Wood.
Wow, you’ve just finished your latest or even your first crochet project and you’re anxious to start something else…but what? If you’re like most crafters you might have an ever-growing list of “to-do” projects or projects saved to your Ravelry account. Maybe you have a binder or two full of projects, organized by categories/colors/yarn weights, etc. Perhaps you have them downloaded to your computer or a thumb drive. Or maybe you only work on one project at a time not concerned about the next project…not! Sometimes, you may want a simple or small project after tackling a large or complex project. How do you go about choosing your next project? It may seem over-whelming to select a new project; there are a lot of good resources out there.
Crochet magazines are good source; they are always up-to-date, they offer fresh ideas, great patterns and usually have a how-to section in the back. While sometimes pricey, many libraries carry crochet and knitting magazines. Speaking of libraries, they are a great resource also. Sometimes, if you’re not sure you want to commit to a book, checking it out at the library is a good way to see if it’s worth the investment. The books available are abounding. Sometimes just browsing sparks an idea. Stitch guides are invaluable also. Trying a new stitch or several is a great way to practice and it’s practical for scarves or even a sampler afghan. That shrimp stitch or even the roll stitch is just waiting for you. Still need ideas…try technology?
Technology has given us the opportunity to connect to other crafters all around the world. The internet is full, and I do mean full, of wonderful ideas and suggestions. There are countless blogs, message boards, websites, rss (really simple syndication) feeds, video-sharing websites, social networking sites and phone applications that offer up oodles and oodles of tips, patterns, suggestions and finished objects. Still need inspiration…check out your yarn stash or go shopping.
Have you ever looked to your yarn stash for inspiration? Some people pick the yarn first and then decide what to make with the yarn. Isn’t that how most of us got our stash in the first place? Your local yarn shop is always a source of inspiration. That gorgeous fresh-out-the-box yarn sometime just calls to you, begging to be bought. Sometimes selecting the yarn for your next project is almost as exciting as choosing the project.
However you go about choosing your next project, remember, there’s always the next one and the next one and the next one.
Dannee lives in Baltimore, MD. By day she works for a great library system and by night she crochets and knits, mostly crochet. Dannee likes movies, crossword puzzles, steamed crabs and having fun.