Wondering something here.

Canada
September 3, 2011 8:07pm CST
I was thinking about getting back into crochet and wondered if there was a market for it still. While I used to do this years ago, and I think I still have some photos in my profile, I haven't done this in ages. I sold a few items that I had made in the past, but have blankets that I made and I wouldn't sell those at all. Hypothetical question: If I were to make items, would you buy them? Only asking to see if it would be worth taking this up again. Most likely, I would only sell locally, but would sell worldwide if there was a market for it. The only problem is skill, I lack enough skill to expand on what I know. At the moment I only know how to make blankets and scarves. I've made a few bags before, and tried making a hat once. But that's the extent of my knowledge. I can't follow patterns worth a hill of beans, and since I'm left handed, it's hard to find patterns I could follow in that sense. So going back to my hypothetical question, would you buy hand made creations if you had the chance?
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• United States
4 Sep 11
I don't like those kinds of hats or blankets. a scarf without holes maybe.
• Canada
4 Sep 11
I've never made granny square scarves, I can't even imagine what they would look like. I made a hat in what was called a popcorn pattern. Challenging to say the least, and it didn't look very good, but then again, it was my first one. I've made solid blankets, they take forever to do though, and it's hard to get it consistent.
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• United States
4 Sep 11
I see some hats made where they skip a few spaces and then continue. I have no idea how they could think that would be warm. I would never buy one of those. I like thick warm hats..
• United States
4 Sep 11
I know what you mean, as once a long time ago did crochet. I am not into a great many of the things I did once in the past but you never know, you might be very creative and crochet some lovely things. I would not mind the blankets that is usually heavy and warm.
• Canada
4 Sep 11
I would like to be creative and figure out more to do. I think that cotton would make for a cooler blanket, so would be useful in the summer, but not the acrylic yarn as it can be heavy. Cotton works much better for bags as it doesn't stretch or shrink either, so would keep it's shape once done. I've always loved the large blanket I made many years ago, it took me 2 years to complete it, and I went through 3 huge balls of yarn to complete it. I can't use it here though, it would be destroyed by the cats, and it already has damage to it. So it sits in a chest where it's safe.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
5 Oct 11
I really do like hand-made things. I think that I probably would buy a blanket, especially if I liked the colors and/or pattern. I have made a number of blankets myself in the past and I usually kept it simple only because I had trouble with anything that was complicated at all. I know the first time I finished a blanket, I showed it to a friend and he said he wanted it and asked how much I wanted for it. I figured if I got $20 I would break even and that is all I asked for it but he turned around and gave me at least $30 (or was it $40?). I wasn't successful with selling any of the others but on one of the blankets I had made, someone offered me $100 for it but never followed through on that. If you find the right person you can do well with that.
@ljames85 (294)
• Canada
4 Sep 11
I personally would buy something hand made over something store bought. Since the quality is usually a lot better because it is not mass produced. I make hat, scarf, and mitt sets for everyone for christmas.
@nezavisima (7417)
• Bulgaria
4 Sep 11
handmade item is very nice. you learned to knit and you can sell them. these things are very much appreciated by us. ssa, and I can certainly tell you that I'd bought her at any cost. nice day! success than me!
@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
4 Sep 11
I crochet, so I would not. There are online craft stores that sell crocheted items. I bought a book called Crochet in Plain English this year and the author walks you through things like being left handed and creating texture and following patterns. I had checked it out of the Library and was so impressed I bought a copy. I can make a few items, I even cut old plastic bags into strips and crochet bags and rugs. Look around and see what is in demand that you can do.