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How to Half Double Crochet for the Absolute Beginner

Hi All! Welcome back.  It is time to learn another crochet stitch.  This is lesson number 3 in the series.  I will be showing you how to do the Half Double Crochet stitch (hdc).  So, grab your hook and yarn and let’s get started. Chain (ch) 16 + 2 Step 1)  Yarn over (yo) and insert the hook in the third chain from the hook. Step 2) Draw yarn through that chain.  You now have 3 loops on your hook. Step 3)  Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. Step 4)  Repeat steps 1 through 3 until you get to the end of the chain.  When your done you will have a something that looks like this. Now chain 2 and turn your work. Step 5)  Insert you hook in the second chain from the hook and repeat steps 1 through 3 until you get to the end of the row. That’s it.  You now know how to make a Half Double crochet (hdc).  If you want to continue on to make a sample swatch, remember to chain 2 at the end of each row and start the next row in the third chain from the hook.  Here’s what several rows look like. That’s the Half double crochet. Let me know if I can answer any questions or can help I any way.  In my next post I will show you how to do the Double Crochet (dc).   […]

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Crocheting for the Absolute Beginner

Hi All and Happy New Year, There is nothing like learning something new.  If you have always wanted to learn how to crochet, I’m here to help.  I have been crocheting for years, but I am no expert.  I love learning new stitches and techniques for crocheting.  What I learn I will share with you.  I will also share when […]

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Finding My Niche

Hi Everyone,   In trying to understand blogging and where I fit in, I am torn between writing about how to start and run a successful Etsy shop, crocheting or both.  They are really two completely different things.   For me, well they are one and the same because my shop sells crocheted hats and scarves.   But how many other people will be interested in such a specialised blog?  I find myself reading blogs about both topics. Does that make me unique or are there others out there just like me?  Would they like hearing from someone who can relate to both areas of interest? As I write this, I am thinking about how would this work? Having a blog about my journey to having a successful Etsy shop that sells crocheted items; what does that content look like? For example, in a previous post, I talked about the marketing book I was reading. Which I finished yet by the way, but I feel like a review of this book by someone who is selling on-line instead of brick and mortar may be helpful to others.  I will say this of the book so far,  It is informative.  I work as a retail manager and see how what I have read will work with the customer in front of you.  The hard part of selling on-line is getting the same connection in a written description that will cause the […]

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3 Things I Learned About Blogging

Today I had the opportunity to take part in an on-line blogging seminar.  This is rare for me.  Since I work, I usually don’t get a chance to.  This seminar was about monetizing your blog.  The seminar was hosted by Helen of Helen In Between and here is what I learned    Take Action!  It takes money to make money.  Of course, this is a phase that we have all heard over and over.  It is true, but you don’t have to break the bank to do it.  So today I took my blog being free to the preminum package.  This will allow me to monetize the blog.  I was under the impression that I needed a lot of views before I did so, but base on what I learned today I decided to go for it.  It’s an investment.       2.  Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail  This is another truth.  In my full-time job, planning is key  to our success.  I didn’t really understand how this related to blogging.  This is       something that I need to learn and implement into my blogging .   Honestly, most of the time I don’t know what I’m going to write about.  So, it will be key that I come up with a plan that works for me. 3.  Never Stop Learning   I am a firm believer in this.  As I wrote in my last post, I have a lot […]

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Learning More to Earn More

Hi All, Knowledge is power, they say.  Whoever they are.  But they are right.  The more you know the more you can grow.  Personally and in business.  So in my effort to grow my business, I have downloaded several books from Kindle.  I’m doing all this now because my selling season won’t start until Fall.  I need to get everything on lock down now so everything will be running like clockwork and all I have to do is fill orders.   I am currently reading The 1-Page Marketing Plan, by Allan Dib.  This book has some exercises to go through and put into practice.  I have just come to that part of the book so I will let you know what I think.  I will also let you know if I feel the plan was useful for my on- line business.   I also have books on social media marketing and  SEO (search engine optimization).  These are very important for me to read as soon as possible.  Mainly because I am HORRIBLE at social media.  Even in my personal life I rarely post anything.  So posting for my business is really difficult for me.  I just never know what to post.  How often do I post?  Plus I work a full-time job, so I just seem not to have the time.  I do know about using timed post, but I haven’t really figured out how to use them to my advantage. […]

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It’s CROCHET!

I was working on one of my scarves when my husband asked me what I was knitting?  Knitting.  KNITTING!  Really.   This is actually how I felt when he asked that question.   Now in his defense, I do knit, but I haven’t knitted anything in over a year.  It isn’t just him.  I find that when people see something […]

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Change is Good

Yes,  it’s has been a over a year since I last wrote anything.  Many things have happen over that year. The biggest was my decision to no longer make bath and body products to sell.  I still make them,  but now it’s for my personal use and for friends and family as I did before. The other major thing that happened was I dislocated my ankle and broke the fibula the first week of December by slipping on ice.  After surgery I was on medical leave from work for three months.  So,  what do you do for three month when you are stuck on the couch besides watch Netflix? For me it was crocheting.  I learned to crochet when I was about nine years old and I picked it up again a few years back to make Christmas gifts.  The timing of this accident allowed me to work on a baby blanket for my cousin and a lot of hats and scarves.  To the point that when I finished one my husband would say “Oh, another one”.  Since I couldn’t walk with out the use of crutches or my knee walker (which was AWESOME by the way) I would order from Craftsy.com for more yarn.  I have a very understanding husband. I  rediscovered how much I love to crochet.  It is to the point now if I’m not working on something while watching TV,  I feel like something is missing.  So, with that […]

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Why I Write List

I must say that I have never really been a list maker.  Of course I will use a list for grocery shopping  or for Christmas.  But other than that, it just wasn’t something I did.  I have a pretty good memory, so I would have the list in my mind  of what I needed to do and I would generally get everything done .  But when it comes to starting a business, that’s a whole different game.  So I started writing things down. This may sound obvious,but for me it is a big deal.  My list are a little random.  Okay, really random.    But, hey it works for me and it my work for you if you generally  don’t use a list. I have a small notebook that I use for my list.  While drinking my coffee in the morning I will write down what I want to accomplish for the day.  I will also write down anything else I need to take care of, even if I know it may not happen that day.  So you may ask, why write it down if you know it may not get done?  When I write those things down, they usually are not time sensitive.  Also if I don’t write down I may/ will forget. Here is what’s great about making list.  Crossing things off.  There is a sense of accomplishment when you make a line through an item.  The items that don’t get crossed off  […]

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