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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Scribbled Notes

Hi there! How are you? What are you working on these days? Tell me about your crochet projects or some wellness accomplishments! I am being flooded with ideas lately. 

 How to choose? It's so hard to choose which creative idea to work on first. 
The priority, of course, is contracted work first and creative ideas work around. For me that means lots of ideas scribbled on scraps of paper and backs of bills. :) 
Then, I usually take a snapshot of my note because I know I'll lose the scrap of paper or I'll pay the bill. 
The insurance company would probably be quite confused to see this scribbled on the back of an invoice...


Monday, September 18, 2017

Promo! Knit and Crochet Now!

I got to film a couple of quick promos for Knit and Crochet Now! Here's one of them!

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Check out some of my solo projects here and here.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wellness Coaching for YOU!

Now that the Go Crochet Coaching is well established for people who aspire to be crochet designers, teachers and tech editors, I'm ready to open up Wellness Coaching for You!

Are you ready to make some wellness or career changes in your life but need some accountability and direction?

Message me at Ellen@GoCrochet.com to see how you can create change in your life! Place 'Go Crochet Coaching' in the subject line for aspiring crochet professionals, or 'Go Crochet Wellness' for wellness, fitness, motivation and career goals!




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Motivation!

I find it hard to get motivated when I don't love the project on my to-do list. Either it was assigned (and it wasn't my original idea) or the yarn isn't a great match for the project.

What's the cure?
I need to MAKE it my own. Get started and commit to making the best project possible.... so here I go! Off to make the best project I can with the specifications the buyer wants!

Theo stealing my glasses...

Monday, September 11, 2017

Season 8 is HERE! Knit and Crochet Now!

Knit and Crochet Now! is Here! It's airing now on some stations and other stations will be rolling it out in coming weeks. If you can't wait, you can get it ALL right now with a free trial of the all access membership. Check it out! 

A few things have changed this season, many things have stayed the same! Give it a try! 

Also, I swear, the group photo above was an impromptu thing. I thought my day was filming from the waist up or I never would have worn yoga pants, hahahaha!  Poor Kristin, middle back, had literally JUST ARRIVED in town when they threw her in front of the camera. She's a great sport and the camera loves her. 



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Restore!

I'm taking the day off... sorta. I'm trying to restore my yarn closet to THIS level of organization. I started last night and I think it's going to take a week. I have let my office and this closet descend into the chaos that I can't even show you, it's so shameful. My office is the "dump and run" spot for me. There are reasons that door stays CLOSED.  

Also, restoring my mind today! I found a ton of old project binders that I no longer need. I found my original manuscript for 3 books including one that I never published and proposals for 2-3 more. You know binders represent BIG projects for me. Now I have empty binders to start NEW big projects! I can't wait.  I'm going to visualize myself in 5 years finding these binders when they are full and projects are completed... what was in them? What projects did I accomplish that I was proud of?  

Who needs a bucket list when you can make a Binder List?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Extension!

I really despise asking for extensions. Sometimes life happens or projects take longer than expected. Extensions should be (and thankfully are) very rare for me.

I got two more days and it feels like a stay of execution. :)

Anyway, it will be worth it. It's a great project.

So, this is a short post so that I don't squander the gift of time I've been given. Back to work.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking back isn't always painful.

Today I worked on an interview piece that will be coming out in early October. (I'll link it when it's live!) The interviewer asked questions about projects that I'm proud of and it pushed me down the rabbit hole of my over 300 projects, the books, the classes, etc. I spent some time reading the reviews of my 6 (one more on the way!) Annie's Online Classes and it was like a balm to my soul. People took the time out of their day to say such nice things! You can read for yourself! So nice! Thank you!

Crochet is an amazing hobby (or career) because you can SEE the tangible result of your work. That doesn't happen for many professions. Our world is so virtual and vague that it's gratifying to work with something tangible and visual.

(Here's a look back at a favorite project sponsored by Red Heart, the Brocade Throw) A few people have even taken the challenge to create this monster and did great with it! One bite at a time, you can do it! 

For those of you who need more validation... here's a tip, see if it works for you.  For years I have kept an email folder and an actual paper folder that I call "The Smile File".  When someone sends me a compliment or a card or something meaningful, I keep it in the Smile File.  Then, on the bad days when it has become clear that a door has closed, or uncertainty hits, the Smile File is ready to reveal the truth of those moments. Kindness exists. Maybe start a smile file? Or send someone a note of kindess for them to tuck away in a smile file?

I won't spill about which projects and fibers I love the most, I should wait and let the interview reveal that. It's easy to look back so much that you run into a pole.  I can't wait to share with you the Looking Forward part.

I have some BEAUTIFUL (so pretty that I'm actually saying it out loud, not self-deprecating, not qualifying my work like I usually do, no 'if I had it to do over again...'. NO) I have some beautiful work that will be revealed in the coming months.  I'm seriously contemplating writing another book too. It's percolating.

In the meantime, I have another side project going on and I need to know what classes you would like to take and which teachers in the industry you would like to learn from IN PERSON... Comment here and let me know what is on your crochet bucket list.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Last bits from vacation

We got to see an alligator in the wild... that was something. (I was actually kind of thrilled because we were on a bridge above and I knew we were safe).

Then we left the beach and stopped by the lake to hang out with cousins for the weekend.




 



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Monday, August 14, 2017

When I disappear...

When I disappear it is usually because I have a tight deadline or family vacation. This time, it was both!



The project, in process goes into the front seat but the reinforcement yarn is accessible in the back. At every rest stop, I'd grab the next color that was needed.  


I don't mind being a passenger because then I get a great deal of stitching accomplished. 

We made it to the beach. It was so incredibly windy that I couldn't crochet on the beach. I didn't want blowing sand in my work.


But, I could crochet by the pool...

And I could crochet at the tavern...

And I could crochet in the hotel guest laundry... 


Cupcake break! 

Run break! 
The project made it through 6 states and shipped from Kentucky. Done and home! 




Thursday, July 27, 2017

Free Crochet Pattern: Tea Party Cardigan

Thank you to Red Heart yarn for sponsoring the Tea Party Cardigan! It's a free crochet pattern found HERE.

I'm so pleased with how well it fits the model! It's an easy pattern worked from the top down. 



It only needs 1-2 skeins of Red Heart With Love in Wintergreen and an H hook.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Consistent Effort

Not every week can have closure. Not every week brings a check. Not every week has a reveal. Some weeks are just consistent effort toward a bigger goal. So, not much progress to report but progress none-the-less.

Here's a random chicken photo of the four chickens we have left. A baby raccoon and her mother found their way into our coop and ate two chickens a few weeks ago. I walked into the coop to find the baby napping and the mother out. The remaining 4 chickens hanging out with the baby raccoon waiting for their turn for the masked bandits to get hungry again. I was able to get the 4 out of the carnage and into a safe spot until the Captain came home to evict the baby raccoon and reset the coop. :(  Interesting that the three oldest chickens, including the lame black one, survived and the younger ones were lost.

Maybe being an old bird has it's advantages.

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Mountain Man

He did it! The Captain made the summit of Mt. Rainier with his tour group and guides and made it safely down this weekend.


Nothing like summer on a mountain!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sneaky Peek

A crochet pattern sneak peek.
HAHAHA! The back... Forgive me while I have a little fun with you.. I'm a little delirious from working on deadlines this week.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Drawing Crochet Symbol Diagrams


Quick tip: When hand drawing crochet symbol diagrams, do not squish one stitch per square on graph paper. Instead, use the height as your guide. If you were drawing out all single crochet, which are short, you could just make them one block tall. For half double crochet, if you chain two then make your rows two blocks tall.  For double crochet, shown above, allow your stitches to be three blocks tall. It's more proportional to the actual project and it's easier to read. 



Friday, July 7, 2017

Winter in July. Crochet Felting

What's your favorite yarn for felting? I'm asking for a friend ;)

There's nothing like crocheting heavy winter projects in the middle of July!

Are you working on warm weather items or cold and what season is it where you live?


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Classy Pentagon Shawl: FREE Crochet Pattern

I'm so excited that Red Heart has revealed the FREE Classy Pentagon Shawl! Thanks to Red Heart for sponsoring this pattern. It's very easy and fun to make.





It uses 3 balls of Unforgettable in 3968 Regatta and an H/8 hook. It's an "Easy" rated pattern.

If you like it, go hit the love button on Ravelry!

 Two people have already made it! Check out their color choices for more inspiration.
Again, here is the link to the FREE Pattern.