For the first time in BHooked Podcast history, I’m hitting the pause button and planning for growth. But this is not goodbye! The BHooked Podcast will return with episode 145 in 2020. I explain all of this in the details in episode, including why I’m hitting the pause button and what you can expect in the coming months from B.Hooked as well as what to expect from the show when it returns. If you want to get your crochet podcast fix in the meantime, browse through the archives of this podcast including more than 143 hours of podcast inspiration, motivation and tips. See you soon, friend.
Nov 28, 2019
There are a lot of things to consider when starting a blog and it can be really overwhelming when you think of all the things that must go into it. Powering through the overwhelm and finding answers to the most important questions is the first test for blogging success. In this episode of The BHooked Podcast you'll hear from, Brittany Lynch, who shares her best strategies for starting a crafting blog in 2019, growing an audience and maintaining a balance to keep you on the right track with your goals.
Nov 21, 2019
1 hr 4 min
If you're about to give up on your dream, don't. More often than not, the difference between success and failure is refusing to give up. And if you're scared? Kick fear in the face because fear is usually your best sign that you're doing the right thing and that you really care about the outcome. In this episode of The BHooked Podcast you'll hear Jessica Carey's inspiring story of how she kicked fear in the face and went after her biggest dream. Through the ups and downs she had to keep the excitement and fear to herself but when you're hearing this, it's no longer a secret. When we recorded this episode, however, it was well before the cat was out of the bag. I had no idea what the secret was or what we were going to talk about.
Nov 14, 2019
This challenge has concluded but you'll still learn some interesting stuff about Warm Up America in this episode. Sarah, from Warm Up America talks about Made With Love campaign they hold annually and it's mash up with the Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America. Items made and sent in for the challenge were hung in low-income areas, primarily in the Dallas TX area, so anyone walking by who needed them, could keep them for warmth. The 2019 challenge kicked off in November 2019 and has since concluded. But tune in, learn about how amazing The Warm Up America Foundation is (and why they're the official charity for B.Hooked) and look forward to our next Annual Crochet Challenge for Warm Up America.
Nov 7, 2019
Do you live where craft stores and yarn shops are few and far between? Does this limit your creativity and motivation to start new crochet or knitting projects? You're certainly not alone. In this episode of The BHooked Podcast you'll hear from Caitie Moore, talented designer and crochet addict located in Cape Town, South Africa where yarn resources are a bit limited. In order to grow in her craft and pursue her passion as a designer, Caitie had to be resourceful to create patterns and projects she loves. She shares tips for finding and substituting yarn in patterns, ordering online as well as some clever projects for those one or two special hanks in your stash that weren't easy to get.
Oct 31, 2019
1 hr 5 min
Are you looking for a way to take your projects to the next level? Try dying your own yarn! In this episode you'll hear from Ashley, talented dyer and maker behind Montana Crochet. Her passion for dying yarn really shines as she shares some tips for getting started and for achieving some really great looking coloration. Ashley is also very passionate about her maker business and the community as a whole. We wrap up this episode chatting a bit about where you can find inspiration for yarn dying experiments and tips for standing out.
Oct 24, 2019
1 hr 3 min
Being a maker means lots of decisions and lots of "stuff". Sometimes that can feel a little overwhelming; yarn that seems it'll never get used; pattern decisions; project decisions. Should I use this color or that color? Wait maybe that stitch instead of this one? If you create with yarn, chances are you're no stranger to questions like these. A refreshing change of pace came in my chat with T from Debrosse, a maker, business owner and minimalist. In this episode I explored all the areas of minimalism as it relates to makers, yarn business owners and yarn enthusiasts in general.
Oct 17, 2019
1 hr 4 min
What does knitting and crochet do for you? This year has taken me on a journey of discovering my place in the community and figuring out how my strengths and values can enrich someone's life. Although knitting and crochet affects many areas of my life, at it's core, the process is what fuels me the most. Yarn does more for me than just make a pretty thing. That has become a mantra for me and you'll hear me say it more and more as B.Hooked grows and develops over the next year. Until recently, I haven't been able to put my finger on how I came to this realization. That is until I started reading Vickie Howell's new book, The Knit Vibe. She's on the show today to talk about that, what's in the book and so much more.
Oct 10, 2019
Have you been thinking about trying to earn additional income from your hobby? Whether you're ready to take the plunge and turn your hobby into a full time job or you just want to earn a little extra money each month, you're faced with a big decision. Do you make this change or not? Will it be worth it? Will it even work? When faced with the same decision, Brianna, from Life and Yarn asked herself "what do you care about more than failing?" This helped her realize the decision that needed to be made. She's here to talk about that journey today; how she said goodbye to a career path of more than 10 years and hello to a crafting business she loves.
Oct 3, 2019
A (flexible) routine keeps me focused, productive and happy. Honestly, I don't know what I would do without my daily and weekly routines. You can say I'm a creature of habit - for good reason. Habits just work for me. I'm often asked how I juggle a full time podcast and YouTube channel and still manage to create so many designs. There's no way I could get it all done without a solid plan. In this episode, I'll share my updated routine, schedule and habits with you. I hope sharing what works for me will give you some ideas to explore that will catapult you to where you want to go in life - whether crochet is your hobby, your business or your life.
Sep 26, 2019