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Day in the Life of a Crochet Designer

Dedri Learn how a successful designer structures her week to maximize productivity. Website Instagram @barbertondaisy How Dedri got into the world of designing What went into the creation of Sophie’s Universe Tips to structure your day and week to maximize productivity. Calendar tips and resources Essentialism by Greg McKeown CoSchedule – Content Calendar Management Sophie’s Universe Ubuntu CAL The links above are affiliate links through Amazon and if you purchase...


Planning and Goal Setting as a New Full Time Designer

jANINE Learn how to plan and set realistic goals as a new full time designer and entrepreneur. Website Instagram @knitsnknotswpg The story of how Janine became a full time entrepreneur. How to plan for an upcoming market. How to plan stock for an online shop. Productivity tips for stocking your shop. What type of goals you should set for yourself when starting out. CoSchedule Quickbooks Self Employed My Keynote on Goal Setting Janine from Knits’n Knots is on the show today...


How I Plan the Upcoming Year

What do you do to plan for the upcoming year? Do you sit down and set goals for yourself or do you just wing it? I take planning very seriously and I’m sure this is the reason I am where I am today – not because I’m lucky, because I sat down one day and decided what I wanted to accomplish. I could read Jim Rohn quotes all day (and you’ll even hear one in the episode today) but this one really struck a chord with me today. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” That is...


How to Connect with Other Designers and Bloggers Part Two

Build a community. Build Success. If I had known this right from the start, I probably could have saved myself a lot of time and headache! Truth is, I waited far too long to start reaching out to people who were also crocheters, knitters, designers, bloggers… Here’s one reality. Every success I have achieved has been the result of a relationship. That is why I’m sharing this mini-series with you. Because I know that when you start expanding your network, you too will find success. Last...


How to Connect with Designers and Bloggers Part One

Build a community. Build Success. If I had known this right from the start, I probably could have saved myself a lot of time and headache! Truth is, I waited far too long to start reaching out to people who were also crocheters, knitters, designers, bloggers… Here’s one reality. Every success I have achieved has been the result of a relationship. That is why I’m sharing this mini-series with you this week and next week. Because I know that when you start expanding your network, you too...


Our Maker Life Event 2018 (and my first keynote!)

We’re Shaking Things Up Today. Rather than myself interviewing a guest today I recruited Jewell from Our Maker Life to interview me! We’re both so excited for the Our Maker Life Event 2018 happening this weekend and we chat all about it. If you’re attending the event this year, leave a comment below to introduce yourself! You’ll Learn About the Our Maker Life Event and why it’s great for makers What to expect when attending the event and who you will get to meet My keynote and how that...


Creating a Design Collection and Other Design Tips from Lena Skvagerson

Create a design collection to take it to the next level! Creating a design collection is one way you can strive for bigger and better things both for your business and customers! There aren’t a lot of designers out there doing it so this is one way you can be different! With a little time investment and planning, a design collection could be just the thing for your business this year. Today’s Guest Here to share her wisdom once again is Lena Skvagerson, creative genius behind many of the...


Extreme Amigurumi with Storyland Amis

Extreme Amigurumi? Yes, it is a thing! My friend, Stephanie, from All About Ami opened my eyes to this new world on last week’s episode and I just had to explore it a little more. Why didn’t I think of this? Who doesn’t want a giant, cuddly ami? Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Holly, creative lady behind Storyland Amis. Ironically enough, she got her start making tiny amigurumi but today she takes it to the next level and creates amis that are almost as big as she is! You’ll Learn About Holly...


Your Amigurumi Questions Answered with All About Ami

We’re answering as many of your amigurumi questions as possible in one episode! Stephanie from All About Ami and I reached out to you on Facebook and Instagram to find out what you’re number one question is related to amigurumi. Then we compiled a list and answered as many as possible! Today’s Guest Stephanie is the kind and talented lady behind the beautiful All About Ami creations. Fun fact – her husband works with her to bring these cuties to life! In the planning phases of “amigurumi...


Exploring Amigurumi with a Menagerie of Stitches

We’re Exploring Amigurumi today with Author, Lauren Espy! Whether you’re an amigurumi pro or have no idea what the word means, you’re in for a real treat today. You may know Lauren from her viral crochet chemistry set and she’s on the show to share some of her infinite amigurumi wisdom. In this “brainstorming session” of all things amigurumi we explore some of the most frequently asked questions and we share our experiences with one another and with YOU! Today’s Guest Lauren was made known...


Amigurumi: Pattern Writing Tips from Coco Lee Crochet

Amigurumi Patterns – is writing them the same as other patterns? This is a question I’m sure you asked as soon as you had a vision for a darling crochet creature and wanted to share it with the world. Writing patterns is an art in itself and amigurumi patterns are no exception. In fact, you should take a slightly different approach to recording a pattern for your amigurumi creature so recreating it is a joyous process for someone. Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Lee, tech editor, amigurumi...


Making Blankets – Challenges & Inspiration with La Reserve Design

Crochet and Knit Blankets. A Love/Hate Relationship? When was the last time you finished a knit or crochet afghan? How did you feel? Relieved? Or maybe you thought to yourself, “I’ll never do something like that again!” It’s no doubt the time and yarn commitment required for an afghan isn’t for everyone. I tend to be a one or maybe two afghans a year kinda gal. My motivation usually evaporates after that. You can imagine my excitement to find someone whose passion is fueled by making...


Yarn Bombing with London Kaye

What is yarn bombing? Have you ever heard of the term yarn bombing before? If you haven’t, I have a feeling we’re going to open up a whole new world to you, my guest and I. Yarn bombing is the act of wrapping an object in yarn to give it a new life or color. You’ll most often find yarn bombing in public places, where it can be admired. Now you may wonder, is yarn bombing illegal? Or is yarn bombing harmful? These questions and more are answered right here on this episode. Today’s Guest I’m...


Yarn as a Medium for Art and the Message You’re Trying to Convey

Have you ever considered yarn as an artistic medium? For many of us the yarn will guide the project, meaning only after we see and feel the yarn do we know what to make with it. For some though, the entire concept revolves around a yarn base (a blend of fibers) that inspires color, texture and eventually a project. This is the approach taken by the team at KnitCrate when then plan for their monthly subscription crate. Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Rob and Hannah, from KnitCrate and let me...


Building a Digital Yarn Business

Do you have a yarn business or want to have a yarn business? If so, you’ll want to listen to today’s episode! Starting a yarn business is the best decision I’ve ever made although definitely not the easiest. I want nothing more than to share my experience and the experience of my guest with you so that you too can build the business you’ve always wanted. Today’s Guest I’m joined by,Kate, from Love Crafts, one of the largest digital yarn businesses there is! She graciously shares her...


How Wool Is Processed to Make Yarn

Have you ever wondered how wool is processed to make yarn? You’re not alone! The process of turning wool into yarn is pretty incredible and it’s even something you can do yourself! This month marks the beginning of yarn appreciation and what better way to appreciate yarn than to follow the process of cleaning, spinning and dying? I have just the perfect person to share this journey with you. Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Bren, creative entrepreneur behind, Snerb Yarn. If you have seen her...


BHP061: Dealing with Stress and Juggling Deadlines

Do you overbook yourself with deadlines? You’re not alone! As makers we need to find the balance between what we think we can handle and what we actually can handle. It’s best to take an educated approach to figure this out. That’s what this episode is all about! Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Tara, from the Explore Your Enthusiasm Podcast and we chat all about the different stresses we face as hobbyists, entrepreneurs and bloggers and the ways we deal with them to stay productive and happy....


BHP060: Find Your Why, Find Your Crochet Community and Find Joy

Crochet Community fosters the joy of making. When you have someone to share your passion with you’re able to externalize your emotions and a crochet community gives you this outlet. You don’t need a huge circle of friends to crochet with but even having one person to share in your joys of making will bring all these things together – connecting, creating and experience the joy of making. Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Melissa, creative and kind woman behind Woods and Wool. We explore the...


BHP059: Mindfulness and Mental Health Benefits of Crochet

Why do you crochet? Perhaps you use crochet as a creative outlet. Maybe you even use crochet as a way to unwind after a long hard day. What if I told you that you can use crochet to help you achieve even more? If you enjoy this craft, there’s no doubt you experience joy and accomplishment but this episode challenges us to dig deeper and explore the internal benefits of crochet. Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Sandra, also known as Mobius Girl and she’s here to share how we can use knit and...


BHP058: Stitch Away Stress

Do you Stitch Away Stress and Unwind with crochet and knitting? When was the last time you picked up your current project after a long hard day? I’m guessing the answer to this question was sometime this week. We all have so many stressors in life and getting through them means we need to have something we can go to that melts them all away. Sometimes we don’t even realizing we stitch away stress! For me, this is crochet and knitting – “stitch time” I call it and it is an absolute must....