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That One Time When I Lost my Crojo (and how I found it again)

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That One Time When I Lost my Crojo (and how I found it again)

I lost my crojo a few weeks back. I spent most of last year crocheting items to stock my store and build my brand, and once launched, I received several orders, one of which was very large and took over 6 weeks to fulfill. I was absolutely thrilled to be so busy so soon after announcing that I would be selling my creations, but toward the end of the big order, I lost my drive. Honestly, it worried me. I forced myself through finishing my orders, but I was afraid that I had ruined my favorite hobby by trying to...

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Happy New Year!

Amigurumi Crochet

Happy New Year!

Wow, I can't believe it is 2019! Last year really flew by, didn't it? I guess when you're busy playing with yarn, time really does escape you. I've really been thinking about the direction I want this little business of mine to go. I had been wanting to start a blog since 2012, but my ideas of what to blog about kept changing so much. First, I wanted to write about grocery shopping. As a wife and mom, I am a champion grocery shopper, but then I thought perhaps other wives and moms are also champion grocery shoppers in their...

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The First Big Order

The First Big Order

StraightHooked.com was launched in Late October of this year, and I received orders quickly. One order in particular was for 12 items, and I am proud to announce that I have completed every item requested and now my fingers have some downtime! (Not really, I still have a couple of Christmas presents to finish for my family, but paid orders are fulfilled at this moment.) I was asked to make items in various colors for each recipient, but given complete creative control over designs. What a tremendously fun way to start my little business!  The last tag was sewn on...

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The Story of the Mystery Bear

Amigurumi

The Story of the Mystery Bear

Over the summer, I decided I wanted to use some super bulky yarn and crochet a bear. I spent days searching for a pattern that I liked, but none of the ones I found were quite right. I wanted something specific out of my bear, and each pattern that I looked at was missing that little something. I finally came across a pattern with rave reviews, but the pictures would not load. I was frustrated and tired of spending so much time on the internet with no yarn or hook in my hands, so I decided to take a chance on what I dubbed the "mystery pattern" and I followed it to a "T".

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Technnical Difficulties... And then some

Technnical Difficulties... And then some

Oh my goodness, it feels like its been forever since I posted to the blog! I have been experiencing a few "technical setbacks" with getting this new website up and running, (thank goodness for free trials) but now I am back and, in my opinion, the website looks much better than before!  I had originally started the site through a different host, and while the interface was easy to use and I had no issue creating pages and posting, my site just would not talk to Pinterest! I contacted customer service, I tried a litany of different settings, and it...

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