There’s a line I often see used on social media, which kind of gets my goat.
As if using your skills to make something for yourself somehow makes you a bad person, or encourages the idea that you are not worth investing your time in.
Well I think it’s time to call BS on that notion and I want to tell you why.
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Care for yourself first
I see this kind of ‘denial of self care’ a lot, especially amongst women. There’s this idea that somehow they should be last in the queue. Honestly, it makes me really cross because it’s such an unhealthy message.
Think about those safety messages on planes;
“afix your own oxygen mask before helping others”
If you can’t breathe, you’re not going to be around long to help those you love. Looking out for your self is ESSENTIAL in achieving your goal to help others.
I see this tendency towards martyrdom in so many women. It seems like some soft of old fashioned, but enduring notion that the matriarchs should sacrifice their own needs.
Noble perhaps, but counterproductive.
Self care enables you to care for others.
I feel pretty strongly about this. I know that others may disagree with my views, and that’s okay. But I hope they will consider them for a moment nonetheless!
And if you’re not convinced by the importance of self care through crochet, next is a more rational and practical reason for crocheting for yourself.
Crocheting for those who appreciate it is not selfish!
Ever since I learned to crochet, I have loved making gifts for others. But as time went on, I realised that not everyone who receives such gifts really appreciates what goes into a handmade gift.
Who here has poured their time and love into a project, only to find that the blanket got used by the dog, or the scarf sits unworn in the back of a draw.
It is a tough one to take.
But I’ve learned, over the years, not to gift things to those who don’t appreciate it. And I don’t mean that as a judgement on those potential recipients. Crochet is not for everyone. And I’m okay with that!
Once I’d covered my appreciative friends and family with crochet goodness, I started crocheting for charity which is a truly rewarding way to invest crochet time.
I mean there are only so many hats one person can wear at once so I’m all for donating if you’re looking for a project to keep your hands busy. (Though I always ask what charities are looking for first.)
The other lesson I learned from these underwhelming gifting experiences was that I should be making stuff for me.
I love crocheting for myself and my home because I understand the love that goes into it. I know that I’m going to appreciate it. And if I don’t, well I can just frog it (guilt free) and use the yarn for something else.
So let’s take that idea of ‘selfish making’ and turn it into something to be celebrated.
I made this sweater for me because I know I am worth spending time and care on. So are you.
Plus, when someone says, “I love your sweater”, you get to say “Thanks, I made it myself!”
You can’t beat that feeling!
With those thoughts purged from my brain, I can now introduce you to the Crochet for Me Bundle.
I very rarely take part in these kinds of bundle offers. But when Marie Segares from Underground Crafter approached me with the theme of the ‘Crochet for Me’ bundle, it appealed to me for all the reasons I’ve talked about.
Now that all the Christmas making is done, it’s time to sit down, relax and invest some time and love in yourself.
I want you to enjoy creating projects for yourself. Projects you will love and value and wear with pride (knowing there is not a single selfish thing about it!).
Here’s the deal:
For 6 days only, from December 26th – 31st, you can get your hands on a bundle of 56 PDF crochet patterns.
That’s less than 50 cents a pattern if you’re in the US or about 35p each if you’re in the UK. If you were to buy all these patterns on their own, you’d be looking at well over $200 so you can see how incredible the savings are!
On top of the discounted patterns, you’ll get an additional document with a bunch of discount codes from other designers (myself included), so don’t forget to look out for those!
All of the patterns are aimed to be items you can make for yourself. So you too can learn to embrace selfish making.
My contribution, Comfort and Joy, is a super chunky cardi which works up pretty quick (so if you are strapped for time, this one is totally achievable!)
There’s a huge range of designs to suit all crochet levels and tastes. So there is something for all your moods.
I know 56 is a lot, and more than you’re likely to make, Normally, I’m not one for excess, but having this catalogue of patterns at your disposal means you’ll never have a reason not to make for yourself ever again!
That is something I can get behind!
Here are just a few of the other garment patterns included (you know garments are my thing – but there are plenty of other patterns too!)
There are some amazing designers in this bundle. Some of them you may already be familiar with, but I think bundles like this are an incredible way to discover, and support new-to-you designers.
A rising tide lifts all ships!
Knit for Me Bundle
If you’re a knitter, there is something for you too. You can get the Knit for Me bundle of 28 knitting patterns for just $17.
Check out some of these beautiful knitting patterns that are included
And if your an ambi-stitcher (is that a word?), then you can get the Crochet and Knit Bundles together for just $37.
That’s 84 patterns in total!
Once you click on the buy button, you’ll be asked to confirm which version of the bundle you want (the Single crochet or knit bundle or both together). Thank you will get taken to a check out.
After payment, you will receive confirmation via email which will include a link to the download page for you to access your patterns. If you aren’t downloading the patterns immediately, make sure you don’t loose this confirmation email!!
Extra Bonus for Dora Does readers
As if all that wasn’t enough, I want to give Dora Does readers an extra bonus. (especially if you’ve read this far!)
If you purchase the bundle using any of my links in this post, I will give you one additional PDF crochet pattern for free.
To claim your free pattern, simply forward on your email receipt from the bundle to email@example.com before January 1st and tell me which of my patterns you would like.
You can check out my whole range of crochet patterns here if you want to have a think about which one you’d like to choose.
No catch. Just a thank you for your support.
Crochet started as a hobby for me, and it’s most likely a hobby for you too. Just remember that there’s no rule that says you have to give away all the proceeds
So gather your yarn and hooks and get on that self care train!
Happy selfish hooking!