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BHP047: Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America 2018

The Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America Kicks off Friday, January 27, 2018 (at midnight EST) and ends February 24, 2018. I’ve teamed up with my friends at Yarnspirations to bring you our third Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America! Are you ready to make a real impact on someone’s life? You’ve seen me tease this big event on my social pages for a couple weeks now and I know you’re bursting at the seams to get started. Well friends, it’s almost time to begin and this page will give you ALL...

Duration: 00:45:55

BHP046: Warm Up America – How to get Involved

Why Warm Up America Foundation? The Warm Up America Foundation, founded by one giving woman in 1991, is one incredible organization to consider when looking for a charity to donate your crochet and knit gifts to. I have worked with their team for three years now and in this time have come to see just how caring and passionate they are about helping others. If you’re looking for the perfect home for your gift, I encourage you to listen to this week’s episode to learn why Warm Up America!...

Duration: 00:51:24

BHP045: Crochet for Charity – How You Can Get Involved

Crochet for Charity If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the fiber arts community it’s that it is filled with some of the kindest people in the world. We are always eager and anxious to use our crochet and knit skills to brighten someone’s day. I’m so inspired by the hope and joy we share together. In today’s episode, I’ll talk briefly about how you can find your motivation for crocheting for charity, and I’ll give you some tips on how you can get involved locally and highlight four...

Duration: 00:30:17

BHP044: How Much Yarn Did I Use? How to Calculate Yarn in a Project

Another great request came in the other day that inspired this podcast episode. She wrote: “Brittany, how do you calculate the amount of yarn that is in your project? I would love to know how much yarn I used so I can use this info later.” This is such a great question that is especially useful for us designers but can also be helpful for hobby crocheters who return to a project after a long hiatus. I’ve been using a self developed system for a few years and now, tested and true, I feel...

Duration: 00:38:43

BHP043: Developing Personal Crochet Style

Why is it important to stay true to your own personal style? We all know the (sometimes huge) time investment that goes into a crochet or knit project. Time is a precious resource that we all crave more of, so why would we want to waste it making something that you wouldn’t use in your own home, wear or gift to the perfect person? I’ll be the first to admit that “knowing” my own personal style feels like a struggle and I know I’m not alone. That’s why today’s episode is so great. Today’s...

Duration: 00:57:53

BHP042: Aspiring to Become a Crochet Designer

If you want to become a crochet designer, here’s what you need to know. Time, patience and persistence are three of the most important ingredients to becoming a crochet designer. Once you have decided on this as a goal, the next step is to design your first project. It doesn’t need to be complicated or intricate – it only requires that you create something without the direction from others! Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Lorene, from Cre8tion Crochet, and she is here to share her personal...

Duration: 01:12:45

BHP041: Tips for Having a Successful Market

Having a successful market takes preparation. I strongly believe that behind any great success is a properly executed plan. Whether you sell your goods to pay for your supplies or to earn an additional income, markets are a great resource to tap into – but it takes preparation to have a successful market. You could learn the hard way, or you can soak up all the knowledge in this session! Today’s Guest I’m joined by, Lori, of Lunar Knits by Lori – a woman who is crushing it in the world of...

Duration: 01:00:12

BHP040: What You Need to Know About a Crochet Along

Are you looking for a way to get involved in the crochet community? If so, you should definitely consider joining a crochet along! A “CAL” is an organized event that breaks a project down into bite-sided chunks, provides accountability so you are sure to finish and it gives you the opportunity to connect with other crochet lovers. If you’re a designer – well, a crochet along is the perfect way to get people excited about your project! Today’s Guest Today I’ll be joined by Csilla, Love...

Duration: 01:04:53

BHP039: The Furls Crochet Story

Have you heard the Furls Crochet story? I recently heard the Furls Crochet start up story on The Knit Show with, Vickie Howell, the lace episode. I was so intrigued by what I saw that I had to have Harrison Richards on the show to tell me more! Harrison’s priority as the founder of Furls Crochet is to provide the absolute perfect hook for you. He has spared no expense to achieve that goal and the journey from when he started in his parent’s garage to now is an inspirational one. Today’s...

Duration: 01:05:14

BHP038: Tips for Producing Crochet Tutorials

Are you a video creator? Creating crochet tutorials is my passion. It’s the “one thing” that spawned the growth of my brand and business. It allows me to incorporate all the things I love – teaching, editing, photography, planning – into my work day. Video is the way of the future as predicted by every important resource on the internet and to stand out in a crowded online world, you need to produce the best. Today’s Guest I’m joined today by Karen, producer for Craftsy. We had the...

Duration: 01:04:02

BHP037: The Business of Being a Maker

Is your crochet business more than a business? When every aspect of your crochet business brings you happiness, that’s how you know your business is more than just a business. For me, I love photography, graphic design, videography, project planning – the list goes on and on. My business incorporates all these things into a business I’m humbled to call my own. Today’s Guest I’m joined today by one of the sweetest and down to earth people I know, Kelly, from Knit Brooks and OML Dream Team...

Duration: 00:57:30

BHP036: Avoid Burnout and Maintain Joy in Your Craft

Find Your Path and Enjoy Your Craft Whether you’re a shop owner, sell your crochet at craft fairs, a designer, blogger or just someone who enjoys to crochet, we’re all vulnerable to to burn out. I’m here to tell you that 1) it’s okay to feel burnout and 2) you can come out of it. Why is it so important to avoid burnout and find sincere happiness in what you do? Because we all find crochet therapeutic in one way or another. Today’s Guest Today I’m joined by, ChiWei, the amazing woman behind...

Duration: 00:59:28

BHP035: How to Make a Baby Hat Fit You

I received a request recently about how to modify one of my knit baby patterns to fit an adult and as I was typing out the steps in the email, realized that it was a perfect topic for the podcast. Any hat pattern can be modified to fit whatever size you need, you just need to understand how that pattern comes together to make the necessary adjustments. It’s a simple process when we break it down into easy steps and that’s what I’m going to do for you today – we’ll look at six steps to...

Duration: 00:35:49

BHP034: Pattern Standards – Tips for Designers

Consistent pattern standards set us all up for success. No matter if you’re a crochet designer or someone who creates from a pattern, consistency in pattern standards will impact us all. For designers, we need to be aware of how a pattern should be written and makers need to be aware of what variances they will see from a pattern that wasn’t published professionally. Today’s Guest I brought on, Julie, from Accrochet to talk about the importance of consistency in pattern writing. She walks...

Duration: 00:51:42

BHP033: How to Batch Crochet for Your Shop

If it scares you a little, you know you’re doing the right thing. We all have goals for our crochet businesses and to live to its potential, we must take the necessary actions to expand to reach those goals. Today, we’re going to talk specifically to those who are making their crochet items to sell and the tried and true methods of batch crochet. However, there are several nuggets of information and inspiration that are relatable to any crochet business owner. Today’s Guest I’m joined...

Duration: 00:55:38

BHP032: Five Types of Crochet to Try

Types of Crochet: There’s Always More to Learn One of my favorite things about crochet is that there is always something new to learn. With so many types of crochet, the “learner” in me is always satisfied. When I first got into crochet, I had no idea just how big this craft is. As my passion for crochet grew and I researched and searched for patterns, I began to realize just how many types of crochet there are. I have made it a personal goal to try each form at least once and of course...

Duration: 00:49:58

BHP031: Tips for Sizing and Designing Garments

Having accurate measurements of yourself is the first step to garment making. Whether you prefer working from a pattern or love to create designs of your own, every piece of clothing needs to start with measurements. I know it’s tempting to skip this step (I’ve been guilty of it once or twice) but it really is the secret to success. When you’re about to spend more than ten hours crocheting a sweater, it’s a relatively small investment. Today’s Guest I had the pleasure of connecting with...

Duration: 01:02:19

BHP030: Building Your Crochet Brand through Social Media

Social media is the best way for your audience or customer to find you. Social media accounts for nearly 75% of the traffic to my website. This is nothing to cough at! We live in the day and age where we are connected to people around the world through these networks and they are a powerful tool for businesses – a game changer for most. Not only is social media channels a great way for your potential audience or customer to find you, it is a perfect place to connect with them on a more...

Duration: 01:00:21

BHP029: Dealing with Crochet Maker Stress

When was the last time you felt like your best wasn’t good enough? You see so many crochet makers crushing it with their shops or their blog and that leaves you feeling a little inadequate. You’re not alone! Everyone feels the stress of being a maker or a blogger. We all feel like everyone else is winning and we don’t always feel like we’re on top of our game. Today’s Guest Here to assure you that you aren’t alone in this struggle is, Jewell, the amazing woman behind the Our Maker Life...

Duration: 01:06:32

BHP028: How to Modify a Pattern for Yarn or Size

I’m sure you have come across a pattern that you loved but needed it in a different size or maybe you wanted to use the yarn you have instead of buying more. Being able to modify a pattern to meet your needs is not only a valuable skill, but a practical one! I’m joined by, Nicole, professional designer from Yarnspirations and together we will scratch the surface of pattern modification. Nicole has written more than 3,000 patterns in her 10 year design career, so who better than to teach...

Duration: 01:04:27

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