Exciting news

Exciting news… and a couple of questions for you at the end 

So, I’ve a confession, I don’t like marketing my crochet biz, I feel squirmy with sales and self promo. I avoid it so I don’t annoy people! But I realise it has to be done or nobody sees anything! So I’m facing this demon and upping my efforts.

There’s going to be more posts on here and social media and I’m going to need your help!

Facebook reach has been dismal for a couple of years now, so I had stepped back and haven’t been posting much at all. But that’s meant I’ve disconnected there and that’s not good. My blog reach here was also dismal, until last month when I made a big effort to get some traffic, thanks largely to Pinterest and my recent free patterns, traffic has improved greatly!

BUT, there’s soooo much involved in making a crochet business successful and I really need you guys and a professional strategy! So I’ve signed up to the awesome Pamela Grice – Crochetpreneur‘s Business Academy to get my business into gear and I want to get to know you all better. So you’ll soon be seeing posts here and on social media with questions and polls, please help me out by answering them .

I’ll start with 2 easy peasy ones today …

1. Do you Crochet? If not, would you like to learn?
2. What country do you live in? I’m in bonny Scotland.

Thank you so much 

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16 thoughts on “Exciting news”

    1. Jan from The Crafty Therapist – Inverness Scotland – I'm an Eco Crochet Designer and Natural Therapist striving to tread more gently on Mama Earth. I live in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, with my husband and three boys, along with our big fluffy cat. We strive to be as plastic free as possible and reuse whatever we can. I even reuse bread bags by turning them into Plarn (plastic yarn) to crochet bags with! I have a tutorial on my blog on how to make plarn and plan to publish my bag patterns. I mainly use natural products, recycled and eco friendly yarns that don't harm the earth, where-ever possible.Through sharing my experiences, on my blog and social media, of using greener yarns and products and designing crochet patterns using these yarns, I hope to encourage you to consider eco friendly choices too. Not just for crafts but for all our everyday buying decisions too. You can find my crochet patterns on my blog, Ravelry, LoveCrafts and published in Happily Hooked Magazine.

      Aww, it’s a lovely place and we’d love to have you

  1. I can totally relate to your dilemma Jan. I was never good at sales and self promotion. Great decision to enroll with a professional; taking that first step is always the hardest. Congratulations and best wishes for your future business success.
    I knit, crochet and sew, but prefer crochet, as it is easier on my neck and shoulders. I learned to knit as a child, and taught myself to crochet 48 years ago before the pending birth of my first baby. After a very long hiatus, I took up crochet and sewing again just before I retired 4 years ago. Now I sew and crochet for the children of my niece and nephew.
    I live in Qld, Australia.

  2. Michelle – Virginia – Hi there! I'm Michelle, a frugal homeschool mom who loves to read and make crafts! I also love making dollar store items look high end. I love to relax with a good book or a ball of yarn and a crochet hook. I'm also a blogger at Blessings by Me and owner of an online store where you'll find my handmade items. God bless!

    Yes I crochet and I’m from the US.

  3. IdleEmma – A girl who is interested in things, many types of things - like paper, snail mail, drawing, knitting and generally making things.

    I feel you – I always feel awkward promoting my own Etsy shop even though it needs to be done and it’s not like it’s off topic for my blog. I buy loads of other peoples hand dyed yarns and talk about that so why not talk about my own!
    To answer your questions – I’m a crochet addict (do a bit of knitting and weaving too) from Ireland!

    1. Jan from The Crafty Therapist – Inverness Scotland – I'm an Eco Crochet Designer and Natural Therapist striving to tread more gently on Mama Earth. I live in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, with my husband and three boys, along with our big fluffy cat. We strive to be as plastic free as possible and reuse whatever we can. I even reuse bread bags by turning them into Plarn (plastic yarn) to crochet bags with! I have a tutorial on my blog on how to make plarn and plan to publish my bag patterns. I mainly use natural products, recycled and eco friendly yarns that don't harm the earth, where-ever possible.Through sharing my experiences, on my blog and social media, of using greener yarns and products and designing crochet patterns using these yarns, I hope to encourage you to consider eco friendly choices too. Not just for crafts but for all our everyday buying decisions too. You can find my crochet patterns on my blog, Ravelry, LoveCrafts and published in Happily Hooked Magazine.

      Hi Emma, lovely to hear where you are from. It’s such a hard one for a lot of creative folk. I’m glad I’m not the only one that struggles with it though. It’s so much easier to shout out for others though isn’t it. That gives me an idea, I think I might do a shout out feature on here or social media, maybe both? What social media are you on. Drop a link here so I can find you x

      1. IdleEmma – A girl who is interested in things, many types of things - like paper, snail mail, drawing, knitting and generally making things.

        Ooh, that sounds like a good idea. Maybe I should do the same. I don’t have much of a following on my @IdleHourCrafts Instagram but maybe I should start doing a weekly shout out to highlight other creatives and their work.

    1. Jan from The Crafty Therapist – Inverness Scotland – I'm an Eco Crochet Designer and Natural Therapist striving to tread more gently on Mama Earth. I live in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, with my husband and three boys, along with our big fluffy cat. We strive to be as plastic free as possible and reuse whatever we can. I even reuse bread bags by turning them into Plarn (plastic yarn) to crochet bags with! I have a tutorial on my blog on how to make plarn and plan to publish my bag patterns. I mainly use natural products, recycled and eco friendly yarns that don't harm the earth, where-ever possible.Through sharing my experiences, on my blog and social media, of using greener yarns and products and designing crochet patterns using these yarns, I hope to encourage you to consider eco friendly choices too. Not just for crafts but for all our everyday buying decisions too. You can find my crochet patterns on my blog, Ravelry, LoveCrafts and published in Happily Hooked Magazine.

      Hi Cindy, thanks for replying, lovely to know where you are from. My friends have recently moved from Scotland to Texas!

  4. thej_ – screenwriter. poetry. music. introvert. dog lover. loves to read, write, and watch movies. enjoys the outdoors. adventurous. entrepreneur.

    I crochet. I started as kid and didn’t stop. I also sew, and have done it with machine or needle throughout the years as well

    1. thej_ – screenwriter. poetry. music. introvert. dog lover. loves to read, write, and watch movies. enjoys the outdoors. adventurous. entrepreneur.

      I’m from Alberta Canada

  5. Hello there I crochet and knit abit too both really to help me distress and cope when on my own i.e waiting for a bus or the like. I’m from Yorkshire England.

    1. Jan from The Crafty Therapist – Inverness Scotland – I'm an Eco Crochet Designer and Natural Therapist striving to tread more gently on Mama Earth. I live in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, with my husband and three boys, along with our big fluffy cat. We strive to be as plastic free as possible and reuse whatever we can. I even reuse bread bags by turning them into Plarn (plastic yarn) to crochet bags with! I have a tutorial on my blog on how to make plarn and plan to publish my bag patterns. I mainly use natural products, recycled and eco friendly yarns that don't harm the earth, where-ever possible.Through sharing my experiences, on my blog and social media, of using greener yarns and products and designing crochet patterns using these yarns, I hope to encourage you to consider eco friendly choices too. Not just for crafts but for all our everyday buying decisions too. You can find my crochet patterns on my blog, Ravelry, LoveCrafts and published in Happily Hooked Magazine.

      Hello Lynny, lovely to ‘meet’ you. I love how knitting and crochet is a therapy to so many of us, I honestly wouldn’t be ‘ok’ if it wasn’t for crochet!

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