Crocheting While Otaku: Keepin’ It Casual

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s been awhile since I last wrote about crocheting, and I’m going to be honest with you guys, I didn’t have anything to share because I just wasn’t in the mood to make anything new. I had to fulfill a custom order a few weeks ago, but aside from that I haven’t picked up a skein of yarn or my crochet hook since. I love crocheting and I find that it’s one of my more therapeutic hobbies, but sometimes I just don’t feel like creating anything. Which can seem strange in a world where just about everyone is trying to find ways to market their hobbies to the masses, I mean, Blerdy Otome is  kind of built on that same concept—I started this site as a place where I could talk about otome games and it’s kind of snowballed from there…

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I know… including a link to my Etsy store in a post about keeping hobbies just hobbies… cliche af

Granted, I do sell my crochet creations over on Etsy, but I’ve always maintained the notion that crocheting would always be a casual hobby. I mean, if I make a few bucks every now and again cool, but I’m not trying to build a crochet empire over here. Because even though there is clearly a market for crochet items, the act of crocheting has always been a personal thing for me.

I mentioned this before, but I learned how to crochet from my mom and growing up I really only crocheted when I needed something to help clear my head a bit, since you can’t really think about anything too complex when you’re busy counting stitches (and anyone that says they can do both is either lying or inhuman). Even now as I’m standing right on the edge of thirty, I still go into crocheting with the same mindset: I do it when I feel like it.

There are times when I’ll get hit with an awesome idea that I just have to try and for about a week or so I will forsake everything else and throw myself into that project. But, once it’s done and the spark of inspiration has left me that’s kind of it. I don’t entertain fanciful daydreams of one day selling my wares in a retail setting, because let’s face it I’ve never been ambitious enough for stuff like that. Rather, the fact that people like what I make and appreciate the work I put into my craft is all the satisfaction I need when it comes to crochet. It’s okay to keep your hobbies just hobbies!

crochet Dolls

Just this morning I went through my bin of crochet dolls and it brought back so many memories! I remember exactly what mindset I was in when I made each one and while some of the earlier dolls are a bit… cringe-y, I still appreciate just how far I’ve come as a crocheter over the years.

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11 thoughts on “Crocheting While Otaku: Keepin’ It Casual

  1. I love these so much!

    I wanna learn how to do arigarumi properly… I want to make Jack Frost and the Protective Rexy from the Persona games. 🙂

    1. Awww shucks, thank you for the kind words about my dolls!! Those sound like awesome project ideas! There are a ton of tutorials on YT (I can’t read patterns to save my life) so I definitely recommend checking them out!

  2. The hair on your dolls is so good! I love how many people crochet these days and make geeky fun things ^_^ I agree with you on crochet being therapeutic at times. It is nice to create and feel productive while being unable to think of anything else complex.

  3. Cute!!! It’s too bad my mom never crocheted, because I’ve wanted to learn, but have always failed miserably on my own. Do you know of any YouTube channels or helpful resources to get started?

    1. It just takes a bit of practice. I don’t know any channels off the top of my head, I tend to google specific patterns and shop around until I find a video that I like.

  4. Late reply since I missed this post but those pokemon dolls look pretty amazing! The others as well , though faceless Sailor Moon is kinda creepy in that power pose like that :O!

    1. Awww thank you Pinkie!! Yeah, I tend to make pokemon plushies when the spirit moves me.

      I get that a lot, but giving them faces kinda creeps me out too LOL

  5. I love your dolls (I think it’s special even though it’s faceless(?)) and I think it’s good to do it whenever you want to! Sometimes it can be tiring doing hobbies when we are tired haha >_<

    1. Aww thank you Engel!! A lot of people are weirded out by the fact that they’re faceless.

      Yeah, I pretty much crochet when I feel the urge or get a really good idea for a doll.

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