Last year sometime, I decided to actually start keeping track of my crochet and craft projects. I did this by joining Instagram. At first it was just to display items that I have made. Honestly, I don’t know why I started it because I have never really been a big social media person. But, I enjoyed posting my finished objects online. And, I began to meet other people that loved crochet as much as I do.
Crochet is one of those things that most people have tried but really never got into. Or they want to learn but don’t have time. Or, their grandma knows how but they never got into it… You know… Anyways, I have found over the last year that as I post my projects, it has motivated me to actually finish more. It is like a little reward to post it. This made me start to wonder, what other ways, can I trick my brain into finishing what I start. These tips can work for a lot of areas. But today I want to focus on, Ways to Actually Finish a Crochet Project.
Here is my list:
#1 Post Your Finished Projects on Social Media
If you are not into social media person, I get it. I was there too. But it can be incredibly motivating to see your projects all online together. There are ways to post online without giving up your privacy. You don’t have to post your real name, and you can just do pictures of your work. I enjoy going back through my feed and seeing what I have made. It also allows me to have a little portfolio for others to see my work. If you don’t like Instagram, maybe try Facebook. There are lots of Crochet Groups that are private that allow you to share your projects on. It is fun to post your latest “work in progress” or something “hot off the hooks.” If you are already on Facebook, you can go to your groups area and type in crochet. Then, you can pick a couple groups to join and see how you like them!
If you would like to see my Instagram Feed and my last projects you can go here. Maybe it will spark some interest!
If social media is not your thing, here are some more ideas!
#2 Bring Your Projects EVERYWHERE
I am that lady with a crochet bag. I don’t care. I am never bored and I always have a project on hand. I bring it in the car, in the Dr.’s office, to kids appointments, to lessons. I try to have an emergency project in the car (haha, but true). And try to keep hooks in the car as well. I always have something with me to work on. I think this has helped me get more crochet done! Sometimes just putting a few more rows on a project will give you more motivation to finish it up. And you never know when you will get stuck somewhere… so always have your bag!
So, if you like to crochet for whatever reason…maybe for fun, maybe for stress relief, maybe to make money… you need to make time for it. We all have the same amount of hours in the day. One way for me to actually work on my crochet, especially when I really want to finish a project, is to schedule it. I like to use a Happy Planner. Their daily fill paper is great to plan a day. And you can check off tasks on it as well. I like to use these to schedule my day.
#3 Make Crochet or Crafts a Priority
Whatever scheduling method you like to use, try to put in some crochet and see if you get more projects done!
#4 Plan Your Crochet Time Appropriately
When I go on vacation, I love to take a couple of projects with me. But, there is nothing more frustrating then being in the woods of Colorado enjoying nature and realizing I forgot my hooks, or a certain color yarn, or my pattern. Often when we take Colorado mountain vacations, the wi-fi is very weak. So, I cannot rely on that for my patterns. I like to make a binder before I go. I put in a little pencil pouch with hooks, a yarn needle, scissors, and any other trinkets I need. Then, I print off my patterns. I put them in the binder so they are ready to go. I pack my yarn carefully thinking about what I may want to use. I have to remember there will not be a Hobby Lobby or Walmart in the mountains, so I need to have everything with me.
#5 Find a Friend or Group that you can Enjoy Crocheting With
Maybe this is why social media is attractive to a lot of us, we don’t have a real life group. I have a craft group at church. It is so much fun to get together and make things together. Sometimes, I do the craft they had planned and sometimes I bring my crochet. It is fun to sit and talk and enjoy a hobby together. So, maybe you can find a crocheting friend or two and start your own little group? You never know what might happen! Some places to look for a group might be at the library, senior center, hobby store, or church. Maybe they know of a group that is already meeting.
That is it for my tips, but I would love to hear from you! What tips or strategies do you use to finish more crochet projects? Do any of the above work for you? I would love to hear!
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