Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
I would like to start this morning off with a huge thank you for all of the prayers and the well wishes. My family and I are feeling much better. With that, comes tons of awesome work. I have a ton of projects that were started before I got sick and I have been just itching to get back at it.
One of those projects has been my coaster project. Not only will I be giving several sets of coasters as part of gift baskets for Christmas, I plan to sell some as well. It is a rare thing for me to sell my crafts, but my mom suggested that I give it a try and see how it goes. I figured coasters, would be a small thing that if I made a bunch and for whatever reasons they don’t sell, I could give them to others. So, the topic for today, making multiples.
I wanted to give this topic a post, because when some people start making up several of the same thing, they tend to get overwhelmed and I would like to give a bit of advice. It can be very overwhelming to get together a lot of one item, especially if you have never done it before. Here are the tips I can give you on accomplishing that without all the stress and anxiety.
First, understand that making thirty of the same card is a lot different than making thirty crocheted coasters. You are not going to have the ability to work on more than one coaster at a time. However, some of the tips that I have for that can be applied here as well. I know, I just said an oxymoron, but stick with me, all will become clear.
When I started making my coasters, I started off by looking at patterns. I knew that I was going to be making a lot, so the pattern had to be easy and short. I did not want to have a complicated and difficult pattern that would slow my roll down. At the moment of looking at patterns, I was merely making about twelve coasters. It did not occur to me to make more, until my mom brought it up later. While searching through patterns, I picked a couple I liked and I made them. One for each pattern. Two reasons for this;
One, I was able to see, touch, and feel the completed pattern in my hands. This helped me decide which pattern I liked the best. Even though the pattern was written quite different from what I am use to seeing, the Surface Crochet Makes a Difference pattern had a bit more pop than the other pattern. I also like the ring providing a bit of a declared spot for the cup to sit.
Two, I am able to look at the finished project whenever I need a reference. I love being able to remind myself of exactly how I did something, by looking right at it. Like with the petals on this particular coaster, I forgot exactly where my slip stitch went on one, I was able to look at the completed coaster and spot that stitch.
Now, I am doing mine a bit different than most people, I am well aware of that. I am quite a methodical person. I have to feel a sense of completion with just about everything that I do. Which is why I love crafting so much. The way I have been working these coasters up gives me that sense of completion, without even actually finishing a coaster.
First, I crochet the entire base. In this case I work rounds one through five in white, and I finished off. I even made a point to weave in my ends. Why? Because I can’t stand leaving my ends hanging, it is a pet peeve of mine. From there, I started working on the next base.
The second step in my process, working round six. I made a point to work that round on all bases. This allowed me two things. One, I could feel accomplished with having to put them down to get a bit of a break. Two, if I had something come up and these coasters wound up needing to be given in a hurry, I would still be happy with the coasters. I would hope that would not happen, but you never know when something surprising happens in ones life. I love giving gifts often and I am pleased at how quickly these work up.
The third step is that last step, surface crocheting that ring. That decorative ring certainly gives a pop of color that I adore! By the end of this step you are nearly done. Since you have been weaving your ends in as you went, you only have two more ends to weave on the very last coaster. That being said we are ready for the next step.
This last step is a fun one, I promise. I will be layering my coasters and tying ribbon around them. I will also be adding a little tag to them. Adding tags to your heartmade crafts is one of the most important things you can do. The tags I will be putting on the coasters as gifts will simply read, “From my Heart to Your Home.” The ones for sale will read a bit different.
“Heartmade by: KraftaholicMommy from KraftaholicMommy.com”
Will be a statement about the pattern used and hoping they enjoy it.
Whenever I make something and give it to someone, I always try to remember to tell them how I came into the pattern. Who created the pattern and the name of the pattern. I do not want credit for creating the project from scratch. I want to give credit where credit is due.
When all is said and done, the coasters will be ready to go to their new home. That is when the fun for me begins. I am notorious for having the worst anxiety while waiting to give someone their gift. I am at a battle with myself. I go from, thinking they’ll love it, to thinking that they’ll hate it. I will be like this about it until I give that person the coasters. Once that happens, usually, they love their gift.
Remember, when you are working on sets of things, there are a couple of things to remember. This is especially important when crocheting. You are not always guaranteed to have two coasters come out exactly the same. Why? You are not a machine, you are human. Your tension is not a perfect constant and you are not always going to hold the hook and yarn exactly the same way, every time you pick them up. Do not keep reminding yourself how many more sets you have to make; that is only going to overwhelm you. I like to keep a piece of paper with me and I keep track of how many individual coasters I have made in a particular color. That’s about it. Once I get to my desired number, I stop. I also feel like things go a lot smoother if I am not focused on numbers needed and more focused on how many I have already made.
This is still fun! So have fun with it. While you are in a crochet session listen to your favorite tunes, binge watch all your favorite shows on Netflix, or listen to those podcasts you love. Have fun with the colors and enjoy doing what you love! People can sense when things are done in a hurry, under stress, or just plain bored. People can also sense when things are done with love. I chose to do things from love and I could not imagine crocheting and being anything other than happy.
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