Sunday, March 18, 2007

Episode Whatever

I have no idea what episode number this is since I've recorded and accidentally deleted so many of them but here it is.

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  • Fiber Trends Crochet Felted Slippers
    First pair

    Second Pair

    Third and fourth pair

  • Cheryl's blog (with pics of her stitch markers and bunny!)

Friday, March 16, 2007

New Episode Coming Soon!

Recording has been delayed because Cheryl's mom was hospitalized for a few days. She's out now and doing fine (thank goodness), and recording will resume soon. Your patience is greatly appreciated!

Jeanie & Cheryl

Sunday, February 18, 2007

New And Improved!

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A new show with an all new format and a new co-host! Inspired by many of the podcasting "duo's" such as Lime & Violet and Stash and Burn, I've asked my friend, neighbor, and fellow fiber-enthusiast (Cheryl) to co-host the show with me. I still do most of the talking in this episode (Cheryl's dealing with a little mic-fright) but the next show will be MUCH more Cheryl and MUCH less me (I promise)!

In this show, we introduce you to my new co-host Cheryl (and all her "critters"), talk about the new upcoming format of the show, and talk about what's on our "hooks" and "needles".
Edited to Add: Seeing as it appears to have done more harm than good amongst the fiber community, the editorial portion of this episode has been removed.

Show notes:
Cheryl's Lion Head Bunny (Mushie)


Cheryl's Tea Leaf LusterSheen Shrug (Leaflet #3922)

Brooks Farm Duet Hat and Scarf
New Crochet Book, Crochet On The Edge (on sale at Amazon)

Grumperina's post about Addi Turbo's needles

Below is a copy of the email I sent to the owners of KnitPicks (roughly adapted from Grumperina's letter to Skacel). Feel free to copy and paste (modifying as necessary) this text into your own email to the KnitPicks folks!

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Petkun -- My name is XXXXX XXXXXXX and I'm writing to let you know that I adore your KnitPicks Options needles. In fact, I adore them so much that I'd like to formally beseech you and your research crew to design a crochet hook set that is as impressive as your Options knitting needles.

As I'm sure you know, crochet is extremely popular and there is a niche in the market for a high quality, smooth, and fast crochet hook set (such as your Options needles). I understand that the focus of your company is on knitting, (the name "KnitPicks" somewhat gives it away), however many crocheters patronize your site as well and crochet with many of your fabulous yarns, and would be eternally grateful if you could design and produce crochet hooks as nice as your Options knitting needles. Specifically, a crochet hook set (sizes B - L or there-abouts) that is as smooth and slick as your knitting needles would make crocheting much faster and enjoyable, and you would have many delighted customers.

I know that you and your staff need to have a sense of the market before launching a whole new crochet hook line. Not to worry - I will urge all my crocheting friends who've dreamed of crochet hooks as smooth as your Options needles to write to you. I hope you will see that the demand is high, and invest time into researching this option further.

Thank you again for manufacturing superior products, for listening to the needs and desires of knitters and crocheters, and for your willingness to evolve as the fiber-arts change. I appreciate your consideration. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions, or to request any additional information.



P.S. Being able to purchase additional hooks individually would be an awesome feature as well!

Want us to review a particular yarn? Just have the manufacturer contact us and we'll take care of the rest.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Still Alive!

Hey Everybody!!! Yes, the show and I are still alive, although we have been somewhat illusive lately. I'd like to thank EVERYBODY who has left comments and sent me emails asking about the show and want to let you all know that I hope to have a new episode recorded soon. Believe it or not, I'd recorded an episode just before the holidays but somehow (during editing) deleted a large portion of the middle of the show. Don't ask. Needless to say, with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I never had a chance to re-record the show but hope to record an entirely new episode very soon.

In the meantime, I thought I'd link to a couple of entries from my personal blog since they're crochet-related, so that you can see what I've been up to. Enjoy!

No Time To Write
Practically Speaking

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Crochet Felting

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Oh my gosh! A new episode!!! Thanks to all of you who emailed me asking for more episodes and for all the support and encouraging words. Let me know how you feel about unedited episodes for future reference (but be gentle if you hate the idea). Interested in submitting episode content or doing a guest episode? Email me!

Oh and I think I was WRONG about the shrinkage -- after looking at my before and after pics, it appears that you get more shrinkage in width than in height. Once again though, if you get different results, please post that in a comment!

Here's just one example of a needle felting artist's work.

Here is a link to several different felting patterns and books.

And another.


You can see some of my crocheted felted bags in my introduction episode show notes.
Here are a few more...


My crocheted slipper (no pattern) before felting

And after felting.

(yeah, I suggest following a pattern!)

A bag before felting

And after.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Episode 5

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Thank you for your patience between episodes -- I promise to do better, really!

Rowans Carnival Shawl from Classic Holiday Book 3

My unfinished Carnival Throw

Sample Motifs from various yarns

The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden

My first Sweet Pea Shawl from The Happy Hooker

Edited to Add: My second Sweet Pea Shawl (modeled by my oldest son's girlfriend)
Made from just over 3 skeins of Cotton Tots Wonder White

Friday, June 02, 2006

Better Late Than Never

Easter Episode (click here to listen)

Well, I was not able to get a brand new episode out to you last weekend as hoped, however I have finally published the Easter episode which (despite being very late) still has some good info for you. Enjoy!

Rick Rack Purse Pattern by Susan Lawrence
Felted Rose Bag by Nicky Epstein
One Scrappy Chick blog - Peeps
Berroco Crocheted Peeps
Knit Peeps
Easter Crochet Pattern Central
Hill Country Yarns
Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina
Sock Seaming Tutorial
Pointy Sticks Podcast
Clear Clogs
My email address

MusicInside Joke by Little Thom
Life With You by Bill deRome
Travel Ditty Guitar by Acoustic Rosh
Last Goodbye by Brian Sharpe

My felted bag, which is proportioned somewhat differently than the KnitPicks pattern.

My Jaywalker Socks in Hill Country Yarns Sweet Feet Sock Yarn in the Happy colorway. I'd love to see pics if anybody's crocheted socks in the yarn!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Just a note to let y'all know that the episode that was supposed to be recorded this weekend is going to be postponed somewhat. Two of my three kids decided to stay with mom on their dad's weekend, and one seems to be coming down with Strep.... soooooo..... not exactly an "alone weekend" as I was expecting to be able to record a podcast.

In lieu of this episode of CrochetCast however, you can check out the progress on my Interweave Crochet Lace Dress and a Sweet Pea Shawl I crocheted for my mom on my blog!

See you in a week or two!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

How To Review A Pattern

Episode 4 (click here to listen)

Finally! A new episode of CrochetCast!!! Thank you all so much for your patience -- this episode was long overdue.

In this episode I introduce you to Hill Country Yarns, explain my pattern review process, gush over Emy's Crochet Lace Dress, and share with you what's on my hooks and needles.

No music this episode due to my lengthy crochet ramblings...

Hill Country Yarns
Lolly's Project Spectrum
Interweave Crochet Lace Dress pattern (pdf)
Emy's Vintage Fusion Knit & Crochet blog
Wendy's Knit and Tonic blog
The New Crochet
April's Knit 2 B Tied podcast
Zarah's Project Spectrum Yarn Swap
Send "Project Gone Wrong" MP3 submissions to

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Due to the unexpected death of a very dear friend, episode 3 of CrochetCast will be postponed until next weekend.



Saturday, March 11, 2006

Vintage Crochet

Episode 2 (click here to listen)

Well I just couldn't wait the full two weeks between episode one and episode two... there was just too much to share with you!

In this episode, I reveal my vintage crochet and knitting magazine and pattern collection, I review Interweave Knits Fall '05 issue of their Crochet Magazine, I show off my eBay win, I share with you a new yarn with a cause, and I give a little podcast info to those who are new to podcasts. -
Stargazer's Crochet & Craft Links website -
Adrina Thorpe --
Johnathon Coulton -
Interweave Knits Fall '05 Crochet Magazine -
Andrwe Kesler - ?
Hill Country Yarns --
Cast On podcast -
The Mosh Knit -
Chub Creek -

My vintage crochet and knitting magazines and patterns (it's hard to tell from the pic, but this stack is layer upon layer of magazines and stands about 6" high)

Interweave Knits Fall '05 Crochet Magazine Review

Fingerless Glovettes (Sandi Wiseheart)

Fever Tank (Jennifer Alppleby)

Felted Folk Rug & Chair Pad (Tiffany Reynolds)

Zig Zag Skirt (Mari Lynn Patrick)

Textured Tweed Clutch (Mari Lynn Patrick)

My eBay win

Hill Country Yarns Breast Cancer Awareness colorway

Hill Country Yarns Self-striping sock yarn

Rib Tickler

Gypsy Crochet Swing Top

Gypsy Crochet Vest (way simple!)

Gypsy Crochet Vest