It’s 2019, what’s stitchin’?

In the final months of 2018 I experienced some sort of crafting crisis brought on by the fact that I challenged myself to -moving forward- make money from my creations. This challenge was so out there for me, so audacious that I got really excited about it – which all good goals should do, right? And considering that I’m basically a foreigner here who doesn’t even know the language well enough to do anything much outside the house, you could say that this bite is quite actually too big for me to chew.

But whatever. I needed a challenge and it was no longer enough for me to just learn new things. I needed to level up.

Agonizing

Making the mental shift from pure hobby & entertainment to something entrepreneurial however, was (and is still) proving to be really difficult. For starters, all my research suggests that I should decide on one, just one, item to make/sell. I can branch out later, but I need to pick one item that would be my flag-bearer, so to speak. And oh my goodness, this was so, SO dang hard! As a matter of fact I’m still not sure I’m decided!

Lessons

While agonizing over this I made several items as prototypes, most of them were dead-ends, but I did learn some very important lessons in the process. For one, I didn’t want to bother with sizing, so wearables were out. I also learned that you save yourself a lot of stress by choosing items that are easy to photograph. I’m still doing a lot of think work around this and there are times when I just want to give-up because it’s taken the spontaneity out of something that brings me joy.

Advantages

However, choosing what to make and focusing on it is actually also smart. I don’t waste money buying different types of materials and I can buy what I need in bulk. Focus also facilitates mastery, something that’s always a good thing in my book.

A long journey

My research also tells me it will still be quite some time before things really take off, so I’m not under any false expectations that good stuff will happen within the year. What matters to me is that I have a focus and I start the learning process now.

Something New

That said I also realized it would be a big advantage to learn how to sew. Fabric is cheap here in Indonesia and I’ve seen a lot that are so beautiful. Oh the things I can make once I know how to sew! πŸ˜€

So that’s where I’m at, craft-wise. I’m deliberately taking it slow on the crocheting and knitting this month so I can figure out how and when to learn how to use my mini sewing machine (not so easy when you’re taking care of a curious tiny human). I’ll be posting pictures of my progress on Instagram as I go along.

Happy New Year and, stitch awesome! πŸ’–

Trying to Get Attention

A beach cover-up was not originally in my projects bucket list but I needed something to get their attention – “they” being the crafty inhabitants of Batam Island.

Being an expat SAHM with a 1 year old (in a place where English is not spoken) doesn’t give me a lot of options to socialize, so I opened an Instagram account instead, hoping to find fellow crafters.

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After putting up a few posts and diligently searching for crochet/knitting/handmade hashtags, I still have to find anything noteworthy. So I created new hashtags and included a few of the more popular community ones like #enjoyBatam and #travelBatam instead in a bid to cast a wider net. Hopefully this strategy will work eventually, but right now what I’m seeing is that I’m the only one so far who’s been posting crochet on there and I’m really sticking out like the proverbial sore thumb!

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Initially I felt excited at possibly being one of the first to part the crafty sea, but lately I’ve been feeling more awkward than anything.Β  Should I give up and try another medium?

Finally I noticed that travel and beach #s are popular so I decided to crochet something that was at least relevant so that I would not come across as too far out.Β  That’s where this beach cover-up comes in.Β  And as you can see I’ve made it in a bright, attention grabbing color too just for added shock value 🀭

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I think I’m going to give Insta a year. Maybe. Right now I’m the oddball but, hopefully I’ll gain some traction soon enough.

Meanwhile, if you want to crochet your own beach cover-ups (or sassy shawls), here’s a link with graphs to some really pretty ones.

 

P.S. Sorry for the prominent appearance of my blocking board in these photos. It’s been cloudy and rainy these past few days and I just had to make do so I could finally post this πŸ™‚