Hi, I’m Elveera from Mumbai, and I am a crocheter! I completed my post-graduation (MCA) and worked as a Lecturer in one of the best colleges for a few years. I then shifted careers and became an entrepreneur who makes crochet items for kids, adults as well as for home décor.
My maternal grandmother taught me to crochet at the age of 7. I loved the idea of creating something unique with my own hands, and so I continued making different items and learning new stitches over the years.
After working for many years, I got back into my hobbies once I had my baby. Later, when my daughter was a year old, my husband got a transfer to Mauritius. That’s where I started crochet work again and gave them away as gifts to my family and friends. My friends in Mauritius liked the handmade toys and other items too. They motivated me to focus on my skill of crochet and helped me start a home business. My husband has been a constant support and has helped me in all my decisions. Creativity and talent are, of course, due to the genes my parents passed down to me, and that’s how SweetSomethings was born.
In this period of uncertainty, I found my passion for knitting very relaxing and crocheting can be a mental health vitamin that provides the feel-good factor and I love my work.Elveera
I created a Facebook page – www.facebook.com/sweetsomethings5 to showcase all my crocheted items. It helped me to spread the word out, and I started getting orders. I initially made simple items in crochet like hairbands, booties, etc. But I kept learning and checking out various videos and patterns online. It helped me to decode the free patterns that were available and learn from them. Customer support and their belief in me also helped me a lot, as I got orders for things that I had not tried out before. I never said no to any order, and this increased my confidence. Now I can make most of the items by just looking at a picture! So, my portfolio consists of varied patterns in crochet:
- Kids: booties, caps, hairbands, sweaters, dresses, jumpers, toys, etc.
- Adults: shrugs, tops, shawls, earrings, necklaces, barefoot-sandals, belts, etc.
- Home decor: doilies, toran, Christmas decorations, etc.
Now my latest creative work includes patterns that I sell on Etsy. My Etsy page is www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SweetSomethingsByElv.
Being a creative mother is not that easy. The tough thing about it is to divide time between work and home. Even though it is a home-based business, it takes a lot of time and effort. So I need to prioritize my time to give quality time to my family as well. At the same time, it’s all about your love for work that keeps you going and helps to explore and keep you motivated.
A message I would like to convey to all Indian mothers who are talented and creative but never ventured into the online world is – educate yourself and learn the basics of the Internet as it’s a blessing for people who are creative and talented. Use it to your advantage. In easy and simple steps, you can show the world your creative space and earn some money that will support your family. So, take up that first step, and the rest will follow. You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.