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WeCrochet Podcast Episode 38 – Love Yourself and Your Size with TheCajunCrafter

Summer is here and the WeCrochet team is making plans on how best to spend this crafting season, from reminiscing about past haircuts to dyeing yarns with the kids. This week on the WeCrochet Podcast we’re continue our deep dive into crochet testing by talking to Denise Clark aka @TheCajunCrafter about size inclusivity for testers.

First up Heather, Katelyn and Regan talk all about bad haircuts and hair dyeing. Heather shares about her high school hair dyeing fiasco while Katelyn confesses about the most recent bad haircut she’s given to someone else. 

Next Heather talks to Denise, @TheCajunCrafter, about her work as a crochet tester and her passion to make sure that size inclusive testers are not only included in crochet testing but also are part of the pattern’s release in a thoughtful way. Denise is known for her Instagram photos where she models her tested designs with grace, confidence and sass. 

Lastly Sara, Heather and Katelyn listen to a listener’s voicemail and Sara shares some new and exciting plans for has for the summer. 

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Mentioned in This Episode:
Bare Mini Skeins 
Bare Yarns 
Size Inclusive Stitches 
The Skeiniac 
TheCajunCrafter Instagram 
TheCajunCrafter Youtube 
The Craft Yarn Council 
sizeinclusivestitchalongs on Instagram 

0:00 Introduction
0:31 What was the worst hair cut you ever had?
3:39 Have you ever dyed your hair a really fun color? 
6:02 Dying Yarn
7:31 Denise Clark Interview
8:49 “What are you most known for in the crochet community?”
16:23 Size inclusive crochet testing
23:28 Why do you think designers should include plus size testers
26:28 Plus size crochet testers mentoring program
31:48 A listener sent us a voicemail!
31:59. Angel’s voicemail
33:46 Sara’s news
35:53 Credits

Examples of TheCajunCrafters Photos:

ID: Three soap srubbies in pink, orange and muli-color are laid in a fan shape on white tiles

WeCrochet Podcast Episode 37 – KnotBadBritt’s Guide to Crochet Testing – Part 2 of Crochet Jobs

This episode of the WeCrochet Podcast is all about crochet testing. When designers write a pattern, crochet testers are the first to try their patterns and help shape the final product through their experience making the item, and providing feedback to the designer. This is part 2 of our Crochet Jobs series, though the WeCrochet Podcast team concludes that crochet testing might be more of a hobby than a job.

First, Heather and Katelyn talk about what it means to be a test crocheter/sample maker for WeCrochet compared to being a tester for indie designer. Being a tester for indie crochet patterns is more like a serious hobby than a job, but it can definitely open up connections in the community and advance your crochet skills. Katelyn also shares that she use to test for crochet designers.

Next, Heather sits down with Brittany Garber of KnotBadBritt and the Makers of Color Collective to get a comprehensive insider view on being a crochet tester. Brittany shares all about what crochet testing is and isn’t, what a good tester does, what a bad testing experience might be like, and what kinds of skills you should have to get involved in crochet testing.

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Mentioned in This Episode:
Information for Designers to Work with Us 
KnotBadBritt’s Instagram
MelanatedHands hashtag on Instagram
The Makers of Color Collective
KnotBadBritt’s website
The Skeiniac
Yarn yardage calculator
The Testing Pool Ravelry Group
Free Pattern Testers Ravelry Group
Crochet Design by KnotBadBritt – Cara Earwarmer

0:00 The introduction with Heather and Katelyn
3:52 Heather interviews Brittney Garber aka KnotBadBritt
6:51 #MelanatedHands
8:27 The Makers of Color Collective
10:25 What is crochet testing?
13:20 An overview of the crochet testing cycle
16:23 Why would someone want to be a crochet tester?
21:13 What is expected of a crochet tester?
26:10 What does a good crochet designer do (for the tester)?
32:47 Can beginners be crochet testers?
35:16 What baseline skills should a crochet tester have?
37:41 What would a bad experience look like for a crochet tester?
40:13 How would someone find crochet testing opportunities?
43:57 Britt’s top tips for a new test crocheter
47:59 Credits