It’s that time of the month again. No, I’m not talking about THAT time of the month…ew! It’s not that kind of a blog 😖 It’s time for me to share 15 of my favorite tools for you, the incredible crochet blogger, to take advantage of. Like Mr. Beetle is always telling me: work smarter, not harder! And these 15 tools will definitely get you there. Disclaimer: these are affiliate links, and if you purchase through my blog, I will get a small portion of your money. You get awesome tools, and the honor of supporting me as I work to supplement Mr. Beetle’s income 😍
A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter Just getting started, or been crocheting for many many years, this book is like the crocheters bible and offers lots of good basics to keep in mind, and great advice for getting better.
Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos Sometimes you just want to use a fancy stitch, or can’t remember a beloved stitch, or maybe you just want to learn new stitches, or create your own for a sepcefic style you have in mind.
Ergonomic Crochet Hooks with case It’s a given that a crochet artist will need hooks, but if you are blogging about your crochet, you’ll be doing a lot of it. I strongly recommend that you Protect your wrists and hands as much as you can. These hooks are a great place to start!
Yarn storage bag with multiple pockets Multiple projects going on at the same time? Or a large project that involves lots of color changes? This bag will be a life-saver!
Stitch markers that double as stitch holders Stitch markers are life-savers on every front, but these that double as stitch-holders may save you hours of having to repeat work. Especially if you have kids, pets, or a husband who likes to move your work. Or even one of those vacuuming robots (I discovered this one the frustrating way the other day when my roomba ate half a skein of yarn)
60-Inch Tape Measure While not a necessity, it’s definitely helpful to have a tape measurer on hand. Make sure your hat is the right size, and your clothing is going to fit, and be able to tell customers finished dimensions. Definitely handy.
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns Wanna teach your blog readers some new stitches? Or expand your own knowledge and ability, or create videos of how to do stitches? It’s like a crochet-stitch dictionary!
Book Light – Rechargeable Reading Lamp I just recently started using a book light and have increased my productivity by at least twice. There are tons of applications here. Add light to your photographs to lessen the shadows. Help you see and read patterns easier. If you Crochet while watching tv (or while your husband plays video games), and everyone else wants the lights dim or off, clip the book light to your shirt and keep working!
How to Read a Crochet Pattern I have met so many people who have been crocheting for years and yet they claim they’ve never learned to read a pattern. I think that this is vital for the crochet blogger. If you can’t read a pattern, you can’t write a pattern, you can’t review patterns, I can’t see how you will have a productive blog. All you can do is share your latest creation, and I think you’ll not gain many followers.
Blogging For Dummies The ins and outs of blogging. I mean, it can’t hurt.
Camera Camcorders Good pictures are so so important for selling your products, and will definitely help out the blog as well. This camera doubles as a camcorder for taking videos, which is a perfect addition to any blog.
Champagne Sequin Backdrop If you are going to be doing videos, a professional backdrop is also recommended. Maybe you make your own yarn-based backdrop…just make sure that it isn’t too busy to distract your viewers from your message.
Light box Again, quite a useful contraption for making professional-quality images for your blog and products.
The Beginner’s Photography Guide I know some people who will argue with me, but I really think that the pictures you use on your blog can make or break you! Know what you are doing, and do it right…the internet world will silently thank you.
1200 Blog Post Ideas (What Should I Blog About?) Because we all suffer from writers block from time-to-time.