Twinkie Chan's 5 crochet tips and tricks

Twinkie Chan

Twinkie Chan shares 5 crochet tips and tricks for Crochet Week

Twinkie Chan lives “between a lake, the ocean, and a bunch of fog” and believes “we’re never too old to celebrate all the cute and colour in the world”, but what are her crochet tips and tricks? We find out…

Twinkie Chan

How do you tackle a new project or design?
I start by doodling sketches in my notebook. If lots of colours are involved, I’ll then draw out a design in Photoshop so I can lay it all out and make sure it looks good. Doing this helps me break designs down into simple shapes that I can then translate into crochet.

Tell us about your workspace – where do you do most of your crafting?
I finally have my own craft room! Yay! It has yolky, sunshine-y yellow walls and a rainbow array of yarn. It’s one of the rooms in the house that gets the most light and it’s just a warm and happy place. I’ll pack all my orders in there, lay out all my projects involving glue or beading and do design and Photoshop work there.

But I do most of my crocheting in my living room, so I can snuggle up in front of the heater with my puppies and the television! My coffee table is always a mess of yarn balls and crochet scraps. It’s kind of hard for me to keep a tidy house!

Find Twinkie Chan’s crochet toast tutorial in Mollie Makes issue 18

What’s it like to work for yourself?
I love setting my own hours, but I also basically work all day every day. I get antsy if I’m not working. I’m extremely self-motivated, so I thrive on making my own schedule and my own deadlines. I also like being able to hang out with my doggies all day and I wouldn’t have gotten them if I still worked in an office.

There some cons, though. It feels like too much responsibility sometimes – the income is not regular and, at times, I feel overwhelmed by having to do absolutely everything by myself. I’ll have days when I feel confused and really wish I had a mentor, but then I’ll reach out to a fellow crafter/small business owner and feel a bit better.

It’s good to remember there is a community out there. We need to come together more!

Twinkie’s food for thought.

Could you offer any words of advice for fellow crafters eager to set up their own business?
I crafted for a long time before feeling I had something to offer to sell. I think it’s important to brand yourself in the beginning. You should also create items with your own unique twist, so that when someone sees one of your items, they know it’s yours and the only place they can get that awesome, must-have item is from you.

Tell us the best-kept crochet secret
My first reaction was to say that if I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret any more! The only thing I can think of is that there are no secrets and there aren’t any rules. If your project turns out the way you wanted it to, I wouldn’t worry too much about how you got there, just have fun with it!

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For more of Twinkie’s crocheting antics, visit her website. If you’d like to make a toast and jam scarf, check out issue 18 of Mollie Makes.

 

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    Hello,

    Great tips! I make lots of amigurumi, and work from a sketch book. I draw an animal or individual and then break that creature down into base shapes (cones, ovals, tubes, spheres, etc), then I can start to make my creation a reality.

    I think most of a creatures personality or loveableness (I am inventing words today) comes from their face, so my biggest tip would be to take time to get the features placement right.

    And with all projects, don’t forget yarn is very forgiving! You can easily pull your piece apart and start over if it isn’t going so well!

    Tasha