Crochet Chat Podcast: California Adventures and the Crocodile Stitch

Thank you so much for stopping by! This podcast episode was originally published April 18, 2012 and I have since stopped producing new episodes of the Crochet Chat Podcast. However, these episodes have fabulous content, so I’m gradually re-releasing them so that we can keep enjoying them!

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The Episode

Howdy, folks!

In this episode, I’m reporting back after my fabulous California adventure… I visited yarn stores around the Santa Cruz and San Francisco area and made some fabulous finds!

I’ll also talk about learning the Crocodile Stitch (it’s fabulous!) and a little lesson I learned about free vs. paid crochet patterns.

Here’s how it works: Click the ‘play’ button below to listen to the episode in your browser, or right click here and select ‘Save Link As’ to save to your computer to listen to later!

Below is an outline and list of links to products/websites/things I chat about during the episode.

Hi! (00:00), Outline for the episode (00:11), the Banana Slug (00:37), Flight Delays (02:12), Yarn Stores in California (04:55), Habu, Tosh and Koigu (07:55), A Verb for Keeping Warm (11:23), Malabrigo Superfine (16:43), Crochet-Friendliness (19:24)


Pineapple Doily Shawl (22:03), Graduation Owls (23:02)

Feature topic (24:52), The Crocodile Stitch (25:10), Paid vs. Free Patterns (25:50), My Project (32:04), Coming up (34:03)

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Jun 12, 2014 | Posted by in Crochet Chat Podcast | 10 comments

Comments (10 Responses)

  1. Victoria says:

    yet another awesome podcast!

    I love the Bonita patterns too – haven’t gotten around to trying any of them yet… The crocodile triangle shawl pattern that she has is absolutely beautiful :) I think that one is my favourite – especially with the colours too.

    oh and I totally think that tan can be beautiful. The mushroom wool that you got is really gorgeous!

  2. Melanie says:

    Another great podcast, thanks for posting these!

  3. DeeAnna says:

    LOL! I love your comments about the banana slugs in Santa Cruz. Your “friendship towards slugs” reminds me of the story “Gregor the Overlander”…Gregor had to overcome his loathing of cockroaches because of their heroic feats in the battle for the Underland.

  4. Yvonne says:

    Is this going to be in itunes soon? I would love to add it to my little iPod! I looked today and didn’t see it in itunes. Thanks!

    • Stacey says:

      Hi Yvonne-
      It’ll be there! The itunes feed is slower (it automatically searches to find my new posts, so I can’t do anything to speed it up), but it’ll get there :)

    • DeeAnna says:

      @Yvonne, it’s on iTunes. I have it on my iPod. Wonder why you don’t “see” it. Hmmmm

  5. Yvonne says:

    Thank you so much for your quick reply. And welcome to Northern California. We have some great weather this week!

  6. Nancy T says:

    Stacey, Great podcast this week! I would be very interested in hearing about hand dyed yarn and your experience at using Kool-Aid. Do you think it could be another Craftsy workshop? Just an idea. Looking forward to your next podcast.
    Thank you. :)

    • Stacey says:

      @Nancy- Hooray! Glad you’re interested!
      I’ll chat about it in the podcast, and I’m also planning to do ‘Kool Aid Dyeing Week’ on my blog the week of the 7th, where I’ll cover a different technique each day. You’ll want to follow along for that! :)

  7. Anne says:

    I just found your podcast. I listened to this episode and I am loving the podcast so far. I actually got into knitting because I listen to so many knitting podcasts, because there aren’t many crochet ones! I live in San Francisco, I haven’t been to Santa Cruz yarn shops but I wanted to say that maybe the yarn they carry has to do with the seasons and the the local culture (Santa Cruz is pretty hippie dippie). We do have some chilly winters (and Summers if you are in SF proper) so we do wear A LOT of sweaters, bulky ones too. Glad to hear you had fun on your trip.

The shop is on vacation for the summer! Come back in September for a full restock!