The sip stitch podcast

Sip Stitch Podcast

What can happen when two people share an interest and meet on Instagram? Well a lot!

We met in 2017 through our mutual love of crochet and creating; from then we have built a creative company together. Here in our podcast we talk about crocheting and life; about being creative mothers with small kids while also being girl bosses. We go deep into current subjects in the creative community and our lives, addressing highs and lows, all while having a really great time.

 

The Sip Stitch Podcast was launched in June of 2018 to compliment the Sip Stitch Live hosted on Instagram. Today it has grown and become more independent 

Kay and Tess talk about feelings and thoughts post CAL. The Butterfly Effect is completed and with that comes loads of things to talk about. There might just also be a mention about the fact that Peanut is out and where does the water go after a C-section?

Well we actually don’t know, sometimes we just ask the questions!

Tune in to find out more…  




It’s Valentines Day so Tess and Kay are celebrating Galentines Day!!

We are spending this day talking about where we are in The Butterfly Effect CAL 2019 – talk about troubles and how we are handling everything. Rolling with the punches and business talk.

This is an episode that gives you an insight in the work behind this massive project we’ve set in motion. Come join us!

Mars Music – www.marsmusic.se

Jen Tyler – https://hooksntales.blogspot.com




Tess and Kay go in deep talking about competition between women and about having to take a backseat when being in business with each other.

How has Tess dealt with her inner diva being off stage and what has been Kays thoughts about the difference in account sizes? Tune in to find out in this episode you don’t want to miss!

 

In this really fun episode we get to hear a discussion recorded long before the CAL even started. We get to hear thoughts and plans that Tess and Kay had about the CAL at this time. Did any of it happen? Or did they have to compromise on like everything? If you have joined the CAL you will probably know those answers so don’t miss this great episode, recorded for the future, in the past and being listened to in the present!




In this really emotional episode Kay and Tess talk about being pregnant, what it means to them and their thoughts and feelings. Talking a bit about the meaning of crocheting and why it became such an important part of Tess’s life. Why did it? 

Tune in to find out more in this episode that might just make you reach for your tissues.

Episode 16. The "Inbetweenie" - The CAL has started!!

This is a small “inbetweenie” as Tess would call it. Announcing that FINALLY our first ever CAL has begun! The Butterfly Effect CAL 2019 in collaboration with Yarn and Colors. So we just want to say yay! 

…And welcome! 

…And yay again!!! 😀

Links ‘n’ things:

www.SistersInStitch.com/cal

www.SistersInStitch.com/cal/part-1

Episode 15. Two Peas in a pod

They are back!!!! After radio silence in December it is finally time for the first episode of 2019. What happened in December, why were they gone?? How are they now, and how do they feel about each other after almost two years of friendship? This episode is all about friendship, family and supporting each other. Don’t miss this return of SistersInStitch!

 

Episode 14. Feeling colourful

With our amazing CAL coming up in January; The Butterfly Effect CAL 2019, we thought it was time to talk about colours.  So it’s all about colour picking, but in true “Tess and Kay”-spirit we are ending up talking all about so many other things.. ..like yarn and crochet books. Cause they too bring colors to ones life, hihi. 

Mentions in the podcast:

Mandy O’Sullivan from @CrochetbyRedAGape and her book 12 Months of Crochet with RedAGape 

Johanna Lindahl from @Mijocrochet and her Lost in time shawl 

Ana Moraissoares from @ana.moraissoares

My Jogeland from @Mydiy: https://www.instagram.com/mydiy.se/ 

Kristina from @mirmarwoods

Celine from @crafty_cc

Brittany from @bhooked

Links ‘n’ things:

Inside Crochet Magazine

Falkgarn and the Blueberry Swirl Scarf pattern

Yarn and colors and The Butterfly Effect CAL 2019

Sandnes garn

Scheepjes

Hjertegarn 

Furls crochet hooks

Lettoworkshop wooden crochet hooks

Brian and Makenzie from @bqueencollection wooden crochet hooks 

Clover crochet hooks

Pony plastic crochet hooks

GT30: http://gt30.se/in-english/ – Creative office space that you can “rent” day by day

Stefan Ahnhem: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Ahnhem

Episode 13. Let's talk creativity - Part 2

Kay is reporting companies and Tess is eating cotton flowers? Say what? Well, when you tune in you will find out all about that and so much more in this episode where we again talk about creativity. There are so many more things to talk about, will we get through more than one topic in this episode? Let’s see shall we?

Links ‘n’ things:

GT30: http://gt30.se/in-english/ (creative office space day by day)

My Jogeland: https://www.instagram.com/mydiy.se/

Stefan Ahnhem: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Ahnhem

Episode 12. The Butterfly Effect

In this, to us, very special episode we are so happy to reveal the BIG SECRET that we have been working on since April! The reason for all the absent Instagram days and what the SistersInStitch are up to behind the scenes. To be one of the first ones in on all the secrets and hearing Tess slip up not once but twice tune in! It’s a fun one!

Shownotes:

Yarn and Colors www.yarnandcolors.com

Joy from crochetroad: https://www.instagram.com/crochetroad/

Erika from fingerscroched: https://www.instagram.com/fingerscroched/




 

Episode 11. #Humansthatyarn

In this extra episode we are really happy to be joined by our first ever guest! Dionne Pinder from The Craft Yarn Council got up early to chat to us and we had such a blast! We talk about what the council does, about their current campaign #humansthatyarn and about valuing your work as a crafter. Of course we touch upon topics like copyright, creativity and social media – what would one of our podcasts sound like without them?? Tune in to hear this special, live episode brought to you from both Stockholm and Dallas this cold autumn day.

Links and all that jazz:

The Craft Yarn Council: https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/

Humans That Yarn: https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/lp/humans-that-yarn/

Makerstrong from CYC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G8yyrHuQOQ&list=PL0JuDjOUpmsZKDuV0RqTrvTSirOnXAjB6&index=14&t=0s

Makerstrong on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makerstrong/

The three yarnists behind the Makerstrong Instagram profile

TL Yarns Crafts: https://tlyarncrafts.com/

Kitatude: http://www.knitatude.ca/

Woodsandwool: https://www.woodsandwool.com/

And a little extra for those of you who found the shownotes 😉

Survey results from Craft Yarn Council mentioned in the podcast!

Research regarding newcomers and people who don’t craft with yarn:

  • We surveyed 3,588 active knitters and crocheters in fall 2017
  • For newcomers to the craft (i.e., those who learned in the past 12 months), 16% were between ages 18-34. Across the board, 41% of newcomers were inspired to learn by a family member or friend.
  • Internet inspiration plays a big role too. 98% of our respondents said they find project ideas on the Internet, with social networking sites claiming the largest chunk at 89%.
  • We also surveyed an online panel of 401 women ages 18-54 who do not know how to knit or crochet but use yarn in other ways. 48% use yarn for general crafting, with the 18-24 year olds representing the largest age group at 61%. Overall, the top three yarn projects for yarn crafts were: holiday (72%), kids-related items (56%) and wall hangings (42%). Most importantly, 66% of non-knitters are interested in learning to knit and 65 percent of non-crocheters are interested in learning to crochet’

Episode 10. Instagram...friend or foe

Let’s talk Instagram. How much does this stuff affect us, really? Do we brush it off like it’s nothing or does it resonate with us throughout our day? Why do we love Instagram and are there parts we’re not so happy about? And what is our thoughts and opinions about the ever-changing algorithms? 

Tune in to find out!

Instagram accounts mentioned in this episode:

Barack Obama: https://www.instagram.com/barackobama/?hl=sv

Michelle Obama: https://www.instagram.com/michelleobama/

Reese Witherspoon: https://www.instagram.com/reesewitherspoon/?hl=sv

Reese Witherspoons new book: https://www.amazon.com/Whiskey-Teacup-Reese-Witherspoon/dp/1471166228

Later: https://www.instagram.com/latermedia/?hl=sv

Later website: https://later.com/

Episode 9. Let's talk creativity - Part 1

Sometimes you need to just go with the flow, we had big plans on what to talk about when it came to creativity and we didn’t touch upon any of those topics. 

Instead we ended up talking about creativity in a completely different way and that is why this is part 1, because we have so much more to talk about when it comes to creativity. Creativity can be messy and so can we, tune in to find out just how messy!

Podcast mentioned in this episode:

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard –

https://itunes.apple.com/se/podcast/armchair-expert-with-dax-shepard/id1345682353?mt=2

Episode 8. Testing Testing

In this episode we talk all about patterns testing. We go through everything from why you should pattern test to how you find good pattern testers. We share our different experiences we’ve had since we started crocheting and let you in on some mistakes we did with the hopes you might not have to do the same. Also we’ve recently pattern tested a big project together, tune in to find out which one!

Links to some of the great people and yarns we discussed:

Fab5Flower & L.A. Sunflower: http://www.sistersinstitch.com/patterns

Margie: https://www.instagram.com/margieelisabethsmith/

Joy from crochetroad: https://www.instagram.com/crochetroad/

Mandy from crochetbyredagape: https://www.instagram.com/crochetbyredagape/

Dedri from barbertondaisy: https://www.instagram.com/barbertondaisy/

Scheepjes: https://www.instagram.com/scheepjes/

Subscribe to our blog so that you don’t miss all the information we will post about testing and help on how to find good testers, we will post it very soon!

Episode 7. You can never plan for life

For the second time in our friendship someone is pregnant. What effect does this have on our newly started business and how are we dealing with that?

Pregnancy, creativity and running a business as a mother – what are the expectations and what do we think about it? Tune in to find out!

Links:

The Magic Lessons podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert

https://itunes.apple.com/se/podcast/magic-lessons-with-elizabeth-gilbert/id1138081319?mt=2

Episode 6. Don't be such a square

The official Granny Square Day 2018 was on the 15th of August so let’s talk about Grannies, originality and the Granny Square Competition held earlier this year. Oh and also who does Tess really have to thank for getting into designing squares?

Tune in to find out!

Links:

Crochet patterns discussed in this episode.

 The In bloom CAL (Johanna Lindhal) –https://mijocrochet.se/2017/01/16/in-bloom-cal-monster-pattern/

My Spicy Ripple CAL (My Jogeland) https://www.facebook.com/groups/cal.favoritgarner/files/

Tropical Delight (Susan A. Stevens) – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tropical-delight 

Elements CAL (Sandra Kuijer) – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elements-cal 

Persian Tiles – Eastern Jewels (Jane Crowfoot) – https://janiecrow.co.uk/presta/patterns/201-persian-tile-kit-.html 

 

Saffy the Snail and Bobby the baby Dragon (Alison North) – https://www.instagram.com/kornflake_stew

 

Episode 5. He said, she said

Social media and the repercussions of comments, hateful words and not gatekeeping your Instagram account. We talk about a situation on an Instagram account that really made Kay sad and what could’ve been done to prevent or at least save the situation. Tune in to find out more!

Links: 

Hajp Studios – http://www.hajp.se/

Goaldigger Podcast Episode 161 – This One is Dedicated to the Haters – Handling Criticism 101

https://itunes.apple.com/se/podcast/161-this-one-is-dedicated-to-haters-handling-criticism/id1178704872?i=1000413634327&mt=2

Episode 4. Hobby to lobby

In this episode we go through a selection of questions that we have received about starting a business and turning our hobby in to work. Below find the questions and also any links to the things we talked about, please do note that some of the links are for Swedish Government pages due to the simple fact that we live in Sweden. 

Let’s start these shownotes off with the definition of a hobby, the way that the Swedish Government defines it, even though we talk about this in Q1 it might be good to have it in mind when we get started!

 The definition of a hobby is that it is:

  • Done in your free time.
  • Not your main source of income.
  • Not working on commissions and taking orders.

https://www.skatteverket.se/privat/skatter/arbeteochinkomst/inkomster/delningsekonomi/hobby.4.58d555751259e4d661680003940.html?q=hobby 

The questions:

  1. What made you take the steps to turn your crochet into a business
  1. What kind of company do you have, and why? 
  1. Business plan – do you need one?
  1. How do you start a business? What forms do you need to fill out?
  1. Homepage, yay or nay?

5.b. How did you make your homepage?

  1. What are you thoughts on marketing?
  1. And finally a random but oh so important question that you’ll have to listen in to find out!

Links and all that jazz:

Business related

Different types of companie forms (Swedish): https://www.verksamt.se/starta/valj-foretagsform

Business plan:

We haven’t used this but in case you need to start somewhere and feel really lost this is a good place to do so: https://www.dummies.com/business/start-a-business/business-plans/business-plans-for-dummies-cheat-sheet/

Here you begin filling out forms to start your company (Sweden):

http://bolagsverket.se/

https://www.verksamt.se/home

Homepage related

Places to get a domain and hotel:

https://www.one.com/sv/ (this is the one we use)

https://www.loopia.se/

https://www.hostgator.com/domains

WordPress:

https://sv.wordpress.com/

Guide by Tyler Moore:

“How to make a wordpress website – 2018 – In 24 Easy Steps”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cbvZf1jIJM

Templates by Tyler Moore: http://www.tyler.com/templates/ 

Plugin:

Elementor – WordPress page builder https://elementor.com/

Episode 3. Pandora's box

Again we talk about copyright infringement and the consequences. We answer a few questions that we have been sent and try to figure out why some people don’t want to pay for patterns.

A uselful thing we mention is:

Duck Duck Go!

https://duckduckgo.com/ 

 

 

Episode 2. Hook around the clock

Mombosses.. How do they do it all?!

 

Well we might not have all the answers but we will let you know how we manage our time as creative mothers with small children starting up a business. We let you in on everything from the apps we use to how we try to balance our family while working so much.

 

Apps and other useful things we mention:

 

Slack:

https://slack.com/

Gmail:

www.gmail.com

Google Drive:

https://www.google.se/drive/about.html

Bullet Journal:

http://bulletjournal.com/

Konmari Method:

https://konmari.com/

Jenna Kutcher:

http://jennakutcher.com/

Episode 1. To take or not to take

We talk about copyright infringement and the moral as well as etichal sides of pattern stealing. We are really grateful that one of our viewers from the Sip Stitch Live brought our attention to a free summary to help crocheters with copyright from Interweave.

You’ll find the free guide by clicking here

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