Review of 2019

2019 is almost over! This year has seen some of the biggest changes of my life, so crochet went on the back burner a little bit, but that’s not to say I didn’t crochet enough to make a finale post! So here it is, my crochet wrap-up of 2019:

I’m going to start off here as I did in my 2018 post, with my favorite creations of the year!

-Favorites of 2019-

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My Eeveeloutions (particularly the technique I used to fluff their neck scruff.)

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Ballerina Doll (which is my first time trying the long-arm style)

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Emma’s Book (a first birthday present for my niece.)

 

– New Achievements –

 

I crocheted my largest order yet!

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This guy is a five-foot alligator, which is almost as tall as me. It’s an original pattern that I made (but did not write down,) and he’s my biggest order yet! He took me a couple of months to make, but it was definitely worth the end result.

I made my smallest order yet!

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Both my largest and smallest orders were done this year! This little mouse was particularly tricky because it was made with very thin yarn and a small hook.

I sent my first order to the UK!

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This guy is from Final Fantasy, and is my first order to the UK. The fuzziness of his body was done by brushing out regular yarn a lot. I also expanded my number of orders to Spain and Canada!

I have now shipped to 16 different states.

Tiamat

Eventually I’m going to get a nice map and put a pin in every state I’ve shipped to. Obviously, the goal here is to ship to every state in America. I’ve pictured Tiamat here because it’s still one of my most-ordered items.

I made my first NICU donations!

I donated some jellyfish to the NICU that saved my niece’s life, and then posted a giveaway online for anyone who might need a jellyfish. I heard from another NICU nurse that said her NICU had been jellyfish-free for some time, and they were in need. I was happy to oblige! Altogether, I’ve donated eighteen jellyfish.

I made more replicas!

Not sure if this counts as an achievement really, but they’re fun to compare side-by-side.

 

-Did I accomplish my 2019 goals? – 

Well, I did start working two jobs this year (at one point, I was working them both full-time!) so I have really slowed my crochet train down, but I had some good momentum at the beginning of the year, so let’s see!

  • I want to write at least ten patterns to add to my shop.

Big flop! I only wrote five patterns for my shop this year, half of my goal. But, of those patterns I made 40 sales, so I’m actually pretty pleased by that. My highest-selling pattern is my Spyro Pattern.

  • Make more items that haven’t already been ordered so that I can list them in my shop and display my craft online.

This I did do! In fact, crocheting things to list online was one of my highest source of orders, since I’d often pick things that were popular at the time. It was a hit and miss, though, so I still have a couple of things hanging around, waiting to be sold.

  • I want to begin making at least one new thing every week.

Hahaha….haha.. ha.

  • I want to form a solid customer base. To put that into more meaningful words, I want to make more customers that come back for at least two more orders after their first.

I have had a couple of repeat customers this year, so that’s nice! I wouldn’t call it a solid customer base, but it’s a start.

Overall, not as bad as I thought it would be! Although most of my goals were accomplished at the beginning of the year, back when I had free time.

 

– Goals of 2020 –

The business of my life temps me to go easy on myself with my crochet goals this year, but the nature of a new decade makes me want to really go big! So I’m going to go in-between with my goals:

  • Finish my pattern goal from 2019.
  • Ship to five more new states and one more new country.
  • Make my patterns fancier. (More pictures, with a new format.)
  • Make three original designs. (Most of what I do is replica and fan work; so I’d like to make three original concepts, preferably with patterns. They will most likely be holiday-themed.)

– In Conclusion – 

 

Overall it’s been a pretty great year! Although there wasn’t as much crochet as I would have liked, the amount of crochet considering my circumstances only gives me hope for a more crochet-filled future. I would like very much to be less busy this coming year so I can focus a lot more on my business. But only time will tell. I hope everyone had a great year!

Happy 2020, Everyone!

 

Last Post of 2018!

It’s been a long and crazy year. The coming of a new year reminds us to reflect on the past – the good and the bad. And that’s what I’ll be doing today! Although I didn’t crochet this year as much as I’d planned to, I made some things I’m pretty proud of and had a few new accomplishments. Reflection time!

(Also, if you want to check out last year’s end-of-year post, you can see it HERE.)

– Favorites of 2018 – 

Hilda and Sailor Moon

My amigurumi game got strong at the end of the year as I worked out an algorithm that really works for me. These are my favorite things to make right now!

Bowser

This Bowser may be one of the best looking things I’ve made. I’m disappointed I didn’t get better pictures for it, but I was really eager to get it to the person that ordered it! Maybe I’ll make another someday, and get some better pictures.

–  New Achievements –

I wrote my first pattern! 

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I’m pretty happy with this one because I’ve always made my own patterns, but never actually written them down so other people can replicate my work. Now I’ve started selling my own! You can check them out in my Etsy Shop.

I joined Reddit!

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This one may seem like a small achievement, but I’ve done really well on Reddit! At least, a lot better than I was expecting. I’m up to 8k karma, and I’ve made a few orders off of posting my stuff there! It feels really nice to have my things so easily shareable and get opinions so quickly. (And from people who don’t love me so aren’t obligated to be nice.)

I made my first blankets!

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Sort of! Technically, a blanket was the very first thing I ever crocheted. But this year I made my first serious blankets, as well as a queen size! Which is pictured above.

I was on the news!

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I don’t have a picture for this one, so I figured I’d just find one that displayed how I felt. It was intimidating! But I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to advertise my local crochet classes.

I started teaching classes!

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I’m now officially a crochet teacher! It is very rewarding to see others grow in their knowledge and love of the craft. I’m proud to say that my students are doing quite well!

I learned to crochet left-handed!

I had some students come in to learn that were left-handed. I was taught right-handed, but I’m naturally left-handed, so it was pretty easy for me to make the switch to teach! After a little while, I realized I felt just as comfortable with my left hand as my right, so I decided to make the blanket above, which is a combination of both! Instead of turning my work, I just switch my hands and went the other way. Pretty proud of that!

Did I accomplish my 2017 goals?

  • Begin crafting and selling more work as a shop vendor.

Yes! If we’re counting the digital shop. I put my first items on Etsy, and they’re selling much faster than I’d expected as a noobie with zero reviews to start.

  • Reach out to my community pages, and become more known in crafting circles.

I have reached out in my local community, even being on the local news! Strangers are now starting to come to me with “I hear you crochet..” orders. It’s great!

  • Make a major charity project, such as prosthetics for mastectomy patients or octopi for premature babies.

This one I didn’t get around to, sadly. I reached out to a local cancer support group offering the prosthetics, but I had no takers. (Even though I offered them for free.) Oh well, maybe next year!

  • (And the biggest challenge) Participate in Fanaticon, an annual convention held locally. I’ll probably make Pokemon paraphernalia.

I actually started this one! And now I’m surrounded by pokemon paraphernalia, haha. I have enough to annoy me but too little to sell. Fanaticon didn’t actually happen this year, though! Maybe next year? But this has been a longstanding goal of mine, so I’m not sure I can just keep putting it off “till next year” until I’m very serious about it.

So, what’s next? 

I have a pretty hefty list of goals for 2019! This year is going to be all about business, since my goal now is to start making a more serious living off of my crochet.

  • I want to write at least ten patterns to add to my shop.
  • Make more items that haven’t already been ordered so that I can list them in my shop and display my craft online.
  • I want to begin making at least one new thing every week.
  • I want to form a solid customer base. To put that into more meaningful words, I want to make more customers that come back for at least two more orders after their first.

 

It’s been a great year, everybody! I want to say thank you to everyone who has ordered from me, supports the business, or just regularly checks the blog. You guys are great!

Happy New Year, Everyone!