I am a student studying for a masters degree in Animal Behaviour. I am also, as you may have guessed, a very avid crocheter! So here are my top tips for crocheting while being a student, as well as some random thoughts I have had on the topic!
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- crochet hooks don’t have to be expensive – you can make a wonderful array of things with a cheap set of crochet hooks, or invest in some slightly nicer ones, but you still don’t need £50-a-hook hooks to make wonderful blankets or sweet amigurumi! In case you are wondering – this is the set I tend to use! ( a similar set can be found here)
- Yarn doesn’t have to be expensive – yes, I know, that wonderfully soft merino ball of squishy indie-dyed loveliness is wonderful, but at £40 you could buy 40 balls of bog-standard acrylic in all sorts of colours! which means you could spend 40 times the amount of time crocheting and enjoying your hobby!
- Make things to do with your course – It will inspire you to do better! obviously studying animal behaviour I have plenty of subjects to crochet! For example, if you study chemistry you could crochet some cute molecules! I started making a whole long list of things to crochet for other subjects, but I think that could make a whole new blog post! so look out for that next week!
- Crochet while you commute – I have an hour and a half train journey each way to uni, so I spend that time crocheting – the people on the train love to see what I am up to and I get to mentally prepare myself for the day ahead and unwind before I even get home in the evening 🙂
- think about your work while you crochet – our hobby is one of immense relaxation, but I tend to find I think my best thoughts about bumblebee behaviour and how to tweak my mathematical model for my research project while mindlessly single crocheting yet another round of a squirrel leg!
- DON’T LET CROCHET GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR WORK! (yes, I am writing this instead of an essay that is due in 2 days! I am a terrible procrastinator!) but seriously, although crochet is a wonderful hobby for relaxing and thinking, don’t let it take over 🙂
- Don’t freak yourself out over the fact that your crochet hobby isn’t earning you an income. This is one of the most tricky things I have found, while studying I don’t have *time* for a job, I have a few hours here and there of an evening but I wouldn’t be able to keep up to a schedule. So I sell my crochet critters and also my patterns, but as I don’t have the time to spend on marketing and all that jazz, neither make much progress! The only thing I can suggest is network! but again, you are a student first, a crochet critter designer second!
- And my final tip – a craft like crochet can mean cheap gifts for everyone you love! I made this beautiful blanket for my lovely friends who got married and all for the cost of yarn and a bit of fleece… I mean, it took a stupidly long time! and every stitch had a bit of my love for them in it 🙂
I hope my tips and random thoughts have inspired and or helped you in any way 🙂
Feel free to let me know about any of your hints and tips for students who crochet!