Readers write me a lot telling me that they are tired of crochet and just haven’t found any patterns to inspire them further. They used to love crochet and now if they see one more double crochet stitch, they are going to go ballistic on the first person who enters the room. That’s right… they’ve hit that wall in crochet where if they continue they will dread each stitch and get more frustrated.
You are allowed to take a break and put your crochet down for a few days, weeks or months. So give me your hook, back away slowly from your project, and no one is going to get hurt!
You need to know that when you hit your wall, it’s time to re-energize your creative self. You do this through changing your routine. As a crochet enthusiast, online teacher, and strong motivator of crochet, there are times where I resent everything about crochet. I find my brain hits a wall and I don’t feel like crocheting. It often happens around this time of year. I think it’s because the winter is finished and nicer weather is here.
Last year, I decided to learn how to crochet wire jewellery instead. 250 wire jewellery bracelets later and creating enough inventory to sell at markets, I got it out of my system and got back to my regular self.
This year, I have attempted quilting for the very first time to break up my routine. I just finished my quilt after midnight last night as it took me three days. I got so excited after I started that I went quilt manic and didn’t sit down until I knew it was done. I could have bought something much cheaper in retrospect, but why do that?
My point is that just because you have hit the wall doesn’t mean you should be alarmed with yourself. Crochet is considered seasonal to some degree and you need to take a break once in a while. Once you have stepped back from it for a little while, you can rethink your goals and figure out new projects that you may want to do. I find the breaks are the best thing I can treat myself to and they get my creativity juices running stronger.
While taking a break from crochet, I found that FaveQuilts.com was an excellent resource for learning some basic instructions to help me get started. For my crochet jewelry that I did last year, I used AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com as my resource for teaching me the basics about materials, wire, and more. Finally, when I am ready to return to crochet, I visit AllFreeCrochet.com daily, if not many times a day, for hot on the hook inspiration and more.
See you next week. And if you have any questions for me, leave them here as a comment for me and I will see what I can answer. Have a great Knotty Crochet Wednesday!