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My First Blog Post

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Welcome to Leah Crochets! I’m really happy you’re here, even if you stumbled here by accident. 

Get to Know Me!

My friend/co-worker, Delaney, introduced me to crocheting. She was always working on something on our lunch breaks, whether it be crochet or knitting, and she was always telling me to try it. 

Now really, knitting should be in my blood. My grandmother was a knitter, many of my aunts and cousins knit. So I tell Delaney “I should be knitting, I was born for this!” She tells me relax and to try crochet first. She told me what yarn and hooks to pick up to get me started. So, off to Michaels I went. 

I picked up some Bernat Super Value, 5mm and 5.5mm hooks, a beginner crochet book and got to work. 

Did I do well at first? Absolutely not. I was ready to throw it out the window a few times. I was certain I wouldn’t get it. But I’m also stubborn so I kept at it. And what happened? I fell in love with it. I fell in love with walking through the yarn aisle and feeling the different textures. I fell in love with buying yarn and hooks (even when my bank account didn’t). I worked through my little book of beginner projects and then to Instagram I went!  I eventually made my own crochet Instagram since I figured people following on my regular profile wouldn’t care too much about it, and I really cannot believe the community I’ve found. The inspiration and the support amazes me everyday. 

So fast forward to today, I’m slowly building my business up. I’m a recreation aide for seniors by day and a crocheter by night. Crocheting with my beautiful cat is probably my favourite activity. My Etsy shop is a little sad right now but I’m hoping to keep designing and bringing more patterns to life. If you have read this far, thank you! It really does mean a lot to me. Until next time, happy hooking!

Leah

Pattern Testing

Pattern testing is a great way to test your skills and get your name out there. I actually really enjoy it because it gives me a chance to try something new or practice what I already know.

It’s always a good feeling to be apart of the testing process because you get to help that designer work out the kinks of their pattern before it is available to the public. I’m so grateful to the designers I have already tested for because they took a chance on me being a beginner and they were wonderful to work with.

My first ever pattern test was for Jennifer from Crochet Coterie on Instagram for her Mosey Cozy! A quick and easy stash buster project. I am grateful for Jennifer for letting me do my first pattern test with her 🙂

I also find pattern tests are a great way to use up yarns or colours that you don’t necessarily have a plan for. The In Circles Hat pattern test (pictured above) was for a Mary Renji on Ravelry. I had this yellow yarn that I bought for another project that I really didn’t know what else I would use it for. So it turned into a nice bright beanie!

Pattern tests can also be an excuse to buy more yarn!! Pictured above is the Sands of Change Beanie for Sherri from Kjrb Stitching Corner. I loved this test cause I got a really great bulky striped yarn and I just love the way the stripes turned out!

Like I said before, pattern tests are a great way to try out new skills. This was my first tapestry crochet pattern test AND my first tapestry crochet project in general! This pattern is the Modern Woodland Pillows by Cozy Nook Designs. I’m pretty proud of myself for how it turned out on my first shot. I would definitely like to do more tapestry work because I think it’s so cool the designs you can make come to life!

Keep an eye out for pattern testing on designers pages, pattern testing groups, etc. There’s so many available so put yourself out there! While you’re at it, check out the links below to the amazing designers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Until next time, happy hooking!

Leah

Crochet Coterie: https://www.etsy.com/shop/crochetcoterieshop
Mary Renji: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/mary-renji-designs
KJRB Stitching Corner: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kjrbstitchingcorner
Cozy Nook Designs: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CozyNooksDesigns

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Daisy Dish Cloth Pattern

Hello whoever is out there! I have officially released my 4th pattern and it feels so good!

It may only be a dish cloth, but I am slowly building up the confidence to design bigger items.

As always, my lovely crocheting friend, Delaney, named this the Daisy Dish Cloth. It’s a good thing I have her or honestly how would I ever name my designs????

I picked a stitch pattern that I really love. It creates such a nice texture for a dish cloth and makes it look more complicated than it actually is. I also just love the colourway of this Bernat Handicrafter yarn. I’m sure a matching dish towel will be coming out of this soon!

As always you can pick up my patterns in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. If you actually buy it and make it, tag me so I can see! It would really make my day/week/year.

Leah xo

http://www.etsy.com/shop/leahcrochetsCA
http://www.ravelry.com/people/leahcrochets92

Cats and Crochet

Do you have any animal that likes to bug you while you crochet/knit/do anything? My lovely baby does. Meet Bass.

I adopted her last year and she is 2 years old. She is my perfect baby. However, when yarn is involved she gets a little crazy.

But really, who doesn’t love to have any animal cuddle up to you? The only problem is she usually likes to sleep on my patterns.

There’s a pattern under there.
There’s another pattern under there.

She’s usually in charge of quality control and makes sure it’s comfy enough to lay on.

Making sure the picture is right for Instagram
My C2C blanket I made

But really, when you’re crocheting for long periods of time, it’s nice to have some company. And there really is nothing like the bond with your animal. I’m sure anyone who has one can agree. She’s gotten me through some pretty tough times. So although she usually messes up my patterns and attacks my yarn, I wouldn’t have her any other way.

Tell me about your animals. Send me pictures!

First Milestones

Honestly, there is nothing better than having that first sale. And I got that today.

I got the email while I was at work and when it showed up on my watch (I have a smart watch), I just stood there in shock. I probably looked really weird as I sat there frantically tapping on my watch to open my email to read it.

I sold my first pattern! I only have 3 so far, so it really meant a lot to me to have this sale. Building my Etsy, my website, my business.. everything has been a slow process. How can it not be? These things take time. But when you get that first sale, everything seems worth it. Someone actually wanted MY pattern.

I’m going through a rough patch in my life right now and having that little joy today really made my day AND week. Thank you to my first buyer, you really are a dream come true.

Until next time, happy hooking!

Leah

https://www.etsy.com/shop/leahcrochetsCA

My Favourite Things to Crochet

Do you have something you always go back to? For me, it’s baskets and bags.

Bernat Bulky Crochet Basket

I first started with baskets. My purple basket was one of my first projects ever. Working in the rounds especially with colour changing yarn, it really just makes your project unique (and it’s my favourite colour so I may be a bit biased).

Nesting Baskets
Easy Peasy Desk Set

The only problem with making so many baskets, is finding somewhere to put them and figuring out what to put in them! For me, they usually end up in my bathroom. Holding brushes, q-tips, hair ties etc. All the essentials.

Market Tote Bag

Then came the obsession with bags. I don’t know what it is! Even before I could start making things, I always had a stash of bags in my house. I love collecting tote bags (It may be a bad habit). Now that I can actually make my own bags, they usually become my WIP bags. It kind of keeps the mess a little more organized haha.

Bubble Basket
Cabled Tote
Easy Market Tote

My rainbow bag below is probably my absolute favourite bag I’ve made so far. I usually bring it as my work bag with another bag inside of it to line it so I don’t ruin it. I just love showing off the pretty colours!!

I added in the links below if you want to check out the patterns I’ve used. What is your go to project? Let me know! Or if you know of another bag pattern I need to try, let me know that too!

Speedy V-Stitch Market Bag

Links to the patterns I’ve used:

Bernat Bulky Crochet Basket by Yarnspirations https://www.yarnspirations.com/ca-en/bernat-bulky-crochet-basket/BRC0504-010145M.html

Crochet Nesting Baskets by Yarnspirations https://www.yarnspirations.com/ca-en/lily-sugarn-cream-crochet-nesting-baskets/SCC0504-001845M.html

The Market Tote Bag by Yarn & Chai Design https://yarnandchai.com/market-tote-bag-redone/

The Bubble Basket by Crochet by Ellen https://crochetbyellen.com/2018/04/13/the-bubble-basket-pattern/

The Cabled Tote Pattern by Emily Martin https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cabled-tote-2

Easy Peasy Desk Set by Sincerely Pam https://www.sincerelypam.com/easy-peasy-desk-set/

Easy Market Tote by Loops and Love Crochet https://loopsandlovecrochet.com/2019/07/18/easy-market-tote-free-crochet-pattern/

Speedy V-Stitch Market Bag by Loops and Love Crochet https://loopsandlovecrochet.com/2019/08/19/speedy-vstitch-market-bag/

Until next time, happy hooking!

Leah