Crochet Chat Podcast: Online Resources for Crocheters

Thank you so much for stopping by! This podcast episode was originally published March 28, 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

Welcome to the debut episode of the Crochet Chat Podcast!

In this episode, I’ll introduce myself (Hi! I’m Stacey!), talk about the Berroco Lustra (a wool/tencel blend that’s on my hook) and investigate some of the online resources that are available to crocheters and how to use them.

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!

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

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Starting a podcast! (00:00), About Stacey (01:33), About the podcast (5:31), Stacey’s propensity for starting businesses (9:58), Advice and plans about segments (16:36)


On my hook (20:30), Berroco Lustra (22:00), About single-ply yarns (22:35), Choosing a hook for splitty yarns (26:03), What is Tencel? (28:10), Crochet gauge on the ball band (32:12), Pineapple crochet obsession (34:45)


Please leave comments!

I want the Crochet Chat Podcast to focus on issues and items that you’re interested in… so talk to me about it! Please leave any suggestions, comments or ideas in the comments section of this blog post. I read them all!

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May 15, 2014 | Posted by in Blog, Crochet Chat Podcast | 37 comments

Comments (37 Responses)

  1. Amie says:

    You speak slowly enough to understand but not too slowly that we’re on edge waiting for your next word. That’s good. :-)

    You have an easy to listen to voice and you roll from one thought to the next seamlessly.

    You also seem organized in your topics and I like that you’re posting an outline of the topics you’re talking about. That’s nice as well as helpful.

    You also seem very relatable to those of us who enjoy playing with yarn and hook and who are generally creative and constantly thinking of ways to be creative (sea glass art, i.e.).

    I enjoy that you’re willing to tell stories about your life and that makes it interesting to listen to. Everyone (EVERYONE) enjoys a good story.

    Segment Ideas:
    Unraveling on Ravelry: Talk about interesting conversation you’ve come across in someone’s Ravelry group.

    The Best of Pinterest This Week: Even if it’s not crochet-related, what’s the coolest thing you’ve come across on Pinterest.

    Crochet in the News: Every once in awhile, I find a good article on something yarn/crochet related like someone doing a gallery exhibition using the medium.

    Overall, really nice job!

    • Stacey says:

      Hi Amie! Thank you so much for such in-depth and thoughtful feedback! I listened to myself, and I think I say ‘um’ a bit too often, but that’ll probably slow down as I become more comfortable/natural with a microphone.

      thank you for the segment ideas!

  2. Amy says:

    Stacey, loved the podcast! What a great beginning. You are just a fireball of energy. Everything you said was interesting.

    Interesting comment about pointy hooks and splitty yarn. I’ve heard other people say the same thing that they get less splitting with a less pointy hook. I find the opposite. I always thought I was a Boye girl until I had one yarn that was splitting miserably for me. I switched to a Bates hook which was pointier and no splitting! Go figure.

    I just started following you on Twitter. I’m catbird77 there and GreenWoman on Ravelry. On Hookey I’m FeliciteaStitches. (Yeah, I have multiple personality syndrome. Must just pick one and go with it!) So I’m sure I’ll be “seeing” you around the interwebs. Keep up the great podcasts!

  3. Amie says:

    I noticed the “um” thing too, but I wouldn’t have mentioned it until a few episodes in. I think it’s a lot to be let alone in a room with a mic and be expected to speak with confidence. I know because I did my video tutorials like that and I was thankful that I could hit the “STOP” button. SERIOUSLY. And I teach for a living, too, so I know what it’s like to actually have a live audience I’m expected to engage with. You’d think it would help. Nope.

  4. Doug says:

    First off, what @Amie said!

    Also, I found the “no new companies” bit funny, but also sad. So many people don’t have the resources and ability/desire to start companies, that I think it is sad when those who do have those resources don’t take advantage of them. On the other hand, I know all too well the temptations of a temporary boon of free time and how easy it can be to think “I now have time for ” but if is an ongoing commitment, it’ll be a burden when the temporary time boon is over. (sorry to be so wordy here).

    Crochet hook reviews? Yes please! In addition to pointy-ness (which I find helps for amigurumi to get in ‘twixt tight stitches (or maybe I crochet too tightly? (and use too many nested parenthesis)) there is how well the hook holds on to the yarn as you pull it back through the loops, as well as how well the “barb?” manages to not snag as you pull it back through…

    I think you’re off to a great start, it was very fun to listen to and I’m looking forward to more! I had some problems with my browser (not related to your site) so I’m looking forward to finding it in iTunes.


    • Stacey says:

      Hi Doug!
      Thanks for your comments!
      Don’t feel too sad about the ‘no new companies’ thing… I’m free to start as many companies as I’d like- but on a daily basis, I’m a very happy crocheter with a completely full plate! So, it’s just a reminder not to mistake a few extra hours one week as enough free time to begin a hefty commitment.
      Another vote for a hook review… I think it’s coming soon!

  5. Excellent pod cast. I found the info very helpful about fiber. There are so many choices out there so its good to have more info about them.

    Essential books for your library if you crochet might be a nice segment. I know I have a few that I just love and I’m sure you do too.

  6. Doug says:

    Yes, books. Why you have what you have is probably even more interesting than what you have. :-)

    Also, iOS apps! There are bunch. Why should I keep my stash/hooks/books in an iOS app versus using Ravelry? Well, I have my iPhone with me when I’m in a LYS. Ravelry is a much less useful haven for data if I can’t easily get to it “on the spot” as it were. Are there apps that synch with an on-line database (Ravelry or otherwise)? I’ve tried a few iPhone apps and none seem to be slam-dunk winners, and mostly don’t bother tracking anything at all. How/if you track stuff would also be interesting.

  7. Doug says:

    Typo correction: “and mostly don’t bother tracking anything at all” should be “and so I mostly don’t bother tracking anything at all”, didn’t mean to imply the apps don’t work. :-)

  8. Stacey H says:

    Loved the Podcast! Thank you so much for starting it! LOVED listening to you!! I’m in your Craftsy Classes, and you’re already my Crochet star! ;-) Plus, we have the same name! And yes, please don’t let your Husband convince you that it’s a new business that you shouldn’t continue! All the tips were fantastic! Really looking forward to the next one!

    • Stacey says:

      @Stacey Thank you! And fear not… I’ll continue the podcast!
      I hope I didn’t give the impression that my hubby is some kind of tyrant… he’s actually incredibly supportive of my endeavors- he just worries that I sign myself up for too much sometimes :)

  9. Ellen says:

    Just finished listening – great job! I’m now curious about your favourite pineapple patterns, since I’ve done a half dozen or so pineapple doilies and love them. Loved the recommendations for sites, too – Things Crafty looks interesting – I can’t wait to explore it some more.

  10. Tami says:

    Awesome first podcast, Stacey! The show flowed very nicely. I’d also love a book review, just like the yarn reviews you are planning to do. I enjoyed every segment!

  11. Nancy says:

    I downloaded the mp3 and listened on my subway ride this morning. Great job, Stacey! Very professionally done, but with plenty of personality and humor too. I appreciate that you organized your thoughts and knew exactly what you wanted to talk about. You spoke very clearly, and all the P’s and B’s sounded fine.:-) Really, it was all very easy on the ears, which is not true of all podcasts! I’m already looking forward to next Wednesday’s show and planning to be a regular listener.

  12. Shannon says:

    Wonderful job on your first podcast. Will definately be tuning in regularly.
    You don’t have to worry about it being boring… you are very entertaining. The personal stories are great too. Makes it very personable.
    The information is also great. I especially like that you have listed what the different topics you are going to cover along with links. The podcast could also be a way to point people towards some of the other blog topics that you have covered previously (such as your segments on crochet hooks – which I found very informative).
    On this podcast I also found the information on the differences or areas of emphasis of many of the most popular crochet sites helpful. Since there are quite a few sites out there, it makes it easier to figure out what ones would work best for what someone might be looking for.

    • Stacey says:

      Thank you guys! Your comments are so inspiring… I can’t wait for the next episode! (which I’ve already decided… is going to be about selling & pricing your hand-crocheted items)

  13. anne says:

    Congrats on your first episode! You are definitely filling a void.Thanks for mentioning how to figure hook size when the ballband doesn’t include it. I’ve never known that. Have shopped twice lately at your LYS hoping to meet you. Maybe next time. Recently bought your Russ pattern-can’t wait to make him. Good luck with future episodes.

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  15. Ann says:

    Love Crochet Chat. Your first podcast was really fun. I wanted to give you another crochet social forum. It’s 99.9% crochet. There are lots of talented folks there and they love crochet.

  16. Linda says:

    Loved your first podcast. I wasn’t quite sure at first when you were going through the whole “introduction” thing at first but then when you were talking about what was on the hook I found the whole discussion about different yarns very interesting.

    I also liked the fact the name of the file starts with “Episode 1”. I just downloaded the “Yarn Thing” podcast as well it was so hard to determine what order they were in since the beginning of the file had the topic name and not the date or episode number.

  17. Patty says:

    Stacey your podcast is as delightful and charming as you are. Looking forward to many more!

  18. DeeAnna says:


    You are totally a crochet star! I love your podcast. Don’t worry about your pronunciation or enunciation, you did a fabulous job and didn’t say “umm” very much at all. I felt like we were having a conversation and not so much that I was listening to a podcast. I thoroughly enjoyed all your stories and getting to know you better…you have a fabulous sense of humor and your ideas (future companies) are so not weird. ;-D

    Your crochet friend,

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  21. Jackie says:

    Just listed to your first podcast. I enjoyed it! I look forward to catching up on the other episodes and then following along as new ones become available.

  22. Detroitdiva47 says:

    Just listened to your first podcast – wonderful! Please stick with it.

  23. mrsalphageek says:

    Hi Stacey,
    I just found your podcast and I love it! I have listened to the first three episodes and I can’t wait to listen to others. I really like the way you explain items (like yarn ingredients) and issues (like splitty yarn) to your audience. I have been crocheting for over 30 years, but I have learned something new from each of your podcasts so far. PLEASE keep up the GREAT work! One segment idea I would like to hear is all about finishing a piece… i.e. what goes in to blocking, and the tools needed to do this.

  24. I’ve only recently discovered your podcasts and love them. This isn’t the first one I’ve listened to! I’m loving working on this BIG plarn project while I go through, pick out and listen to your informative and interesting podcasts! The funny thing is that I can relate to so much of it, starting out as a designer. I was listening to Sister Diana talk about cutting up plastic with a rotary cutter while I was crocheting up a huge plarn bean bag wondering how we could cut up the thousands of bags quicker! Thanks for sharing all of this with us Stacey!
    All the way from Saudi Arabia

  25. Monika says:

    Hello Stacey, I love your podcast, I hope that You’ll find some time in the future to record it again! But I’m by the first episode now, so I have some material to catch up!

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