Crochetville – Amy Shelton
Thursday’s podcast guest was Amy Shelton, from Crochetville!
Amy was one of our most enthusiastic guests ever, and Marly was SO excited to have her on the show!
Amy Shelton comes from a family of crocheters. Although she learned the basics of crochet from her third-grade teacher, Amy’s mother and grandmother, longtime crocheters themselves, helped Amy expand her skills. She has been happily crocheting, left-handed, for over 30 years. Her right-handed daughter also crochets. She taught herself how to knit.
In 2006, when Donna Hulka and Amy Shelton took over running Crochetville as a two-woman team, plans and goals for the future of the community started to come together. Although Crochetville has always taken countless hours to maintain, they began working at it from a new perspective: as a serious business rather than a hobby.
Visitors can simply browse or search to access the wealth of information on Crochetville. Additionally, those who become members by registering (which is free) can post messages, share photos, and participate in activities such as crochet-alongs, swaps, secret pals, and charity crochet. For a modest per-class fee, registered members can also take advantage of online crochet classes in Crochetville’s unique and interactive forum-based class format.
Donna and Amy say, “We hope you enjoy your time at Crochetville, and that you will find it to be well-moderated and family-friendly. We are committed to maintaining a site that is clean and easy-to-use with an atmosphere that is welcoming and encouraging to crocheters of all levels.” The only information needed to sign up is your email and your date of birth, (so that Crochetville can comply with internet child safety laws), your information is kept private, and is never shared with other people/companies.
You can sign up to take classes on Crochetville, get help with a tricky technique, ask questions, find crochet events, as well as share and purchase patters, and have that great sense of community of crocheters!! (How cool is that?? It’s a plethora of resources!)
Crochetville has partnered with Red Heart Yarn, and travels to the different shows around the country. In their booth, they are constantly introducing Red Heart’s new yarns, have lots of great patterns and books, hooks and all kinds of other fun hooking things! Make sure you look for them at upcoming trade shows in your area!
You can find Crochetville on Facebook, Twitter, their website, and their Ravelry group.
*Giveaway!!* Use Amy’s keyword in your comments below to be entered to win a copy of Amy’s shawl pattern and 2 skeins of yarn to make it!
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Just happened upon your podcast by listening to the one about Yarnbox first. I don’t know how to crochet but since I taught myself how to knit I am going to try to do the same with crochet! Amy sure had alot of sparkle in her voice and was great to listen to. Can’t wait to hear Clara Parkes on Thurs. I love her book, Knitter’s Book of Socks.
Cheryl clemons says:
I love when I give a gift either knit or crochet and the receivers eyes sparkle when they first see it
Amy aka GreenWoman says:
What a pleasure to hear your interview with Amy Sparkle Shelton! She’s a real ambassador for the art of crochet.
Kate M says:
Thanks for another great episode. I love a little sparkle in the things that I make. It should be subtle enough that you can wear things any time, day or night, but should also be noticeable. Can’t wait for the next show!
Marly picks guests who sparkle as much as she does. That’s why I’m a regular listener.
Catherine Trouth says:
There is always a little sparkle in my eye when crochet is talked about–I have been crocheting for 42 years!
Crocheting puts a sparkle in my eyes. I love Amy’s excitement about her craft.
Love crochetville, great to hear more about it, crocheting always makes me sparkle!
Tracy Henwood says:
Loved the interview. Listening to it put a little sprinkle of sparkle on my day
I am going to be honest and have never heard of. Crochetville but will check it out. I live crochet and knitting and love finding things to make to make me sparkle and show others of my crafty skills
Kim Dawson says:
I. Live red heart yarns and live to sparkle in my crochet
Thanks for another great interview, & thanks for the focus on crochet, my favorite craft! Amy & the story of Crochetville brought some sparkle to my day!
Mary Cast says:
I enjoyed seeing Amy at Chain Link wearing a crown full of sparkle. I have taken classes at Crochetville and enjoy them. Although I did take knitting for crocheters, I still am mainly a crocheter because my knitting is so slow
It takes someone with a lot of sparkle to wear a tiara at a Knit and Crochet Conference!! Amy is awesome!!
Crochet was my first fibery love and will always put a sparkle in my eyes! Great interview!
Marleys voice always sparkles with enthusiasm when she interviews her guest but today she sparkled like a diamond. What a great interview!