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Mastering Instagram for Makers | BHooked Podcast Episode 129

Do you want to increase your engagement on Instagram? Although it’s the place many of us hang out for fun and for the community, if you’re using it for your maker business you need to master the basics to get the most out of it. In this episode, you’ll hear from April from OTH Crochet Nook as she shares her best tips for increasing engagement on Instagram so you can up your maker business game! Click Play to Listen! This episode is brought to you by my online Blueprint class, “Tunisian...


Basic Crochet Garment Design & Tips | BHooked Podcast Episode 128

Ready to create your first basic crochet garment? It’s probably not as difficult as you might think but it’s good to have a feel for basic crochet garment design before diving in. You don’t know what you don’t know, right? Here to help you understand the basics and get a little extra confidence boost is, Emily, designer behind Hooked Hazel. She brings many talents to the crochet industry but she really has a nack for designing and making garments. She’ll share her knowledge and experience...


Crafting Made Simple with Stitch & Story | BHooked Podcast Episode 127

What does “Crafting Made Simple” mean to you? This episode is about exploring what it means for yarn to do more for us than just make pretty things. Specifically how simplicity and stories can help us identify what type of crafter we are, why we do what we do and how to inspire the next generation so they can enjoy these things too. To help me with this is Jen from Stitch and Story, a resource that’s dedicated to simplifying the often complex processes in our craft. Jen and I had a...


The Benefits of Wooden Crochet Hooks | BHooked Podcast Episode 126

Curious about why so many crocheters love working with wooden crochet hooks? This episode will help you see the benefits of working with wooden crochet hooks so you can decide if they are right for you. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect wooden crochet hook for me and after my chat with today’s guests, I’m anxious to give them a try. You’ll hear from Rick and Danny, the father-son team behind the family business, Laurel Hill. They share how their hooks are made and why they are the...


Best Practices for Yarn Substitution | BHooked Podcast Episode 125

Have you ever made a pattern yarn substitution and it didn’t turn out quite right? Either the size was off or the finished project didn’t look the same. Can I get a yes?! I had to learn the hard way that you can’t use whatever yarn you want with the same hook or needle size and have it turn out the same. That’s not to say yarn substitution isn’t possible, however! You can avoid the frustration that comes from finishing a project you’re not happy with if you do a little prep work first....


What You Wanted to Know About Fiber | Episode 124

Confused about what fiber to use for your project? You could learn the hard way or you can listen to this episode of the yarn mini-series for a place to start! Truth is, selecting the “right” fiber for your project involves a little knowledge and personal preference. I reached out to my Instagram community to learn exactly what you want to know about choosing fiber for your projects. So you guided the conversation! In this out-of-the-norm episode, I answered as many of your questions about...


Five Tips for Ordering Yarn Online | BHooked Podcast Episode 123

Are you afraid of ordering yarn online because you need to see and feel it first? Maybe you’ve tried before and it wasn’t the right color or even worse, the textured wasn’t what you expected. This has happened to me too! There are so many variables potentially working against us. Is our screen to bright? Too dim? Am I familiar with this yarn already or is it brand new? I’ll be honest, I love the “thrill of the hunt” – going to a store like Joann’s or Michael’s not knowing what I’m going to...


Six Steps to an Organized Yarn Stash | BHooked Podcast Episode 122

Is your yarn stash out of control? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! I usually need to sort through and organize my yarn stash at least once a year. Admittedly, this isn’t something I love scheduling time for but it does save me time in the long run! Here’s the deal – organizing your yarn stash can do four things for you. First, it will save you money because you won’t be buying yarn you already have (that you forgot about). Second, it will save you time when looking for the right...


Granny Square Inspiration | BHooked Podcast Episode 121

Are you looking for a quick and portable project? The granny square is perfect! You can turn them into just about anything – blankets, purses, coasters, totes…and they work up with scraps and a few spare minutes. In this episode you’ll hear from Kate from Jellybean Junction and get an earful of granny square inspiration. You’ll hear of different ways to use granny squares, how to incorporate color and texture to change things up and ultimately why the granny square is the perfect little...


Tips for Making YouTube Tutorials | BHooked Podcast Episode 120

Do you want to share what you know about crochet and knitting through tutorials on YouTube? Making the decision to put my first tutorial up on YouTube was quite literally life changing, I just didn’t know it at the time. If this is something you’re interested in exploring yourself, this episode will be very helpful for you! You’ll hear from Sarah-Jayne, the creative yarn entrepreneur behind Bella Coco Crochet. She peels back the layers and shares everything you need to know before you...


Destress with Crochet & Spread Your Message | BHooked Podcast Episode 119

What does crochet mean to you? For so many of us crochet is more than just a hobby. I know for me it’s a creative outlet, a way to express myself and most importantly, a way of life. So what does crochet mean to you? Here to share an inspiring story of what crochet means to her is Elise from Le Petit Saint Crochet. Through one of the most difficult times in her life she found crochet. She calls it her saving grace. Click Play to Listen! This episode is brought to you by The Handmade...


Writing Simple Crochet Patterns | BHooked Podcast Episode 118

Are you ready to write your first crochet pattern? Well don’t worry, it’s much easier to write your first crochet pattern if you keep it nice and simple to start out! Basic shapes and stitches are the perfect starting point and if you would like to add some interest, throw in some stripes! Here to explain just how easy the process of writing crochet patterns can be is Krista from the blog, Rescued Paw Designs. This is pretty much her specialty and she shares all her tips in this episode!...


Three Big Struggles for Makers & Overcoming Them | BHooked Podcast Episode 117

Are you struggling to stay on top of your maker business? You’re so not alone, friend! We may not see it from the outside looking in, however, many makers are struggling with the same problems. Personal limitations, customer limitations, being original – all areas I’m sure you’re familiar with. How you handle this stress will make or break your maker business. Here to talk about that in more detail (since I am not a seller of goods myself) is Cristin, from the shop, Kozy Komforts. She has...


Finding Your Place in the Crochet Community & World of Publishing | BHooked Podcast Episode 116

Are you ready to start publishing your designs? Listen to this first! Making the decision to start publishing your crochet and knit patterns may be the best thing you ever did but it’s not always easy. The first step is to find your place within the crochet community – in other words, what uniqueness do you have to share? In this episode I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Rohn Strong, full time blogger, designer and instructor. He has been published in magazines and made an...


Getting Started with Tapestry Crochet | BHooked Podcast Episode 115

Take your crochet up a notch with tapestry crochet Have you ever seen a project where words were magically incorporated into the stitches? Or maybe what looked like a photograph from a distance but was in fact a crochet afghan? If so, you have seen the beauty of tapestry crochet. In this episode I’m joined by Amber, from the blog Divine Debris, an up and coming tapestry crochet designer and all round tapestry crochet fanatic. You will learn the fundamentals and how you might be able to...


The Story of a Crochet Business Owner | BHooked Podcast Episode 114

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to earn a living with crochet? It seems crazy, I know, but you can make a living with crochet. There are hundreds (dare I say thousands?) of people out there who are making a full or part time income with their crochet skills. You’ll get to hear from one of those people in this episode! Today I’m joined by Meghan from the blog, Meghan Makes Do, to share her story and we chat all things crochet businesses. Click Play to Listen! This episode is...


Color Theory and Crochet | BHooked Podcast Episode 113

Need help choosing Colors for your next project? In this episode of the BHooked Podcast I’ll walk you through the basics of color theory and how you can relate it to your next project. I recently wrote a guest blog post for Love Crochet that shared how I use color theory when planning a color palette for my crochet and knitting projects. Now I’m turning that blog post into a podcast episode! Click Play to Listen! This episode is brought to you by my online Blueprint class, “Tunisian Crochet...


Side Hustle Yarn Business Meets Full Time Job | BHooked Podcast Episode 112

Are you trying to balance your full time job and your side hustle yarn business? This is no easy task. Finding a balance usually involves is a ton of trial and error, lots of help from your friends and family and a little inspiration from others trying to balance it all too. Today I’m joined by, Melissa, side hustle maker behind the website Woods and Wool. Melissa has a full time job that she loves and chooses to balance that with her passion project and side hustle. In this episode, you’ll...


Tech Editing & Gauge – What You Need To Know | BHooked Podcast Episode 111

Are you hung up on tech editing and gauge? Whether you aspire to be a professional tech editor, need to learn how to tech edit your own patterns or simply have no clue what gauge is there is something valuable for you in this episode! I’m joined by professional tech editor, Emily of Fiat Fiber Arts and it’s our mission to help you understand what it means to tech edit a pattern (for those of you who design patterns) and understand what gauge is (for those of you who follow patterns for fun)....


Crochet Blogging – A Real Life Story | BHooked Podcast Episode 110

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a crochet blogger? Maybe it’s your goal to start a crochet blog but you’re just not sure if it’s right for you. Starting a crochet blog is the best thing I have ever did. It gives me purpose, keeps me on my toes and provides a creative outlet for my endless ideas. That’s a common theme with this week’s guest, Meg, from Megmade With Love. Meg started a crochet blog not long ago and she shares her story today on the show. The successes, the...