Welcome to the Get Hooked with Ashley Podcast Episode 1, my crochet story.
This episode is an introduction about me, Ashley Leither the gal behind Ashley Leither Designs.
So, what is the get hooked with Ashley podcast? My goal is to bring you a new video just like this one every
week about 5-15 minutes long and each week will be on a different topic, I have so much planned to share
with you guys and I am excited to begin 2018 and I am looking forward to sharing what I have been working
on this past year. I have been working a variety of things during this past year and it has been so hard
keeping it all a secret, so stay tuned because I will be revealing all these projects very very soon. So, if there
is a topic you would like me to add to the schedule, let me know below in the comments, I would love to hear
So, who am I?
My name is Ashley, I live in San Antonio, Texas but I am originally from northern Virginia, where I lived until
I was 18 and I have been here in San Antonio for the past 13 years. This year in May my husband and I will
past 13 years. This year in May my husband and I will be married for 11 years! (Holy cow) I am a mom of 3
girls who you will hear me talk about often, Ava, Holley and Elizabeth! Ava is 9, Holley is 7 and Elizabeth is 17
months, the 3 of them and our crazy schedule keep me so busy!
I am also a yarn lover and crochet addict and crochet every time I get a moment.
I dabbled in knitting in high school and loved the idea of making something out of beautiful yarn, but I felt like
I was never accomplishing anything when knitting. But I now know that knitting is something that takes longer
and in my opinion, you need more patience and focus to have a finished piece.
But when my daughter Holley received this hat from a Facebook giveaway I fell in love with crochet. This
beautiful hat, made of yarn was just amazing! That I had to learn how to make one too! So, the end of
2011 is when I got hooked on crochet and I have not stopped since. Let me know below in the comments
when you became hooked on crochet and what is was that inspired you to learn. For me it was this hat!
Fast forward now beginning of 2018, i have been crocheting for 6+ years, I have crocheted just about
everything, from hats, newborn props, blankets, everything, from hats, newborn props, blankets,
sweaters, cardigans, socks, baby pants, home décor and I am sure I am forgetting a bunch!
(Visit my Ravelry Store to see all my designs)
Crochet is my passion and I can sit and crochet all day when time allows. So, when I learned to crochet,
what I loved about it was being able to make a large variety of different projects and that is what sparked
my interest in designing. For me, I like a new crochet challenge all the time and I get bored easily making
the same thing over and over again. For a small time in my crochet career I made handmade pieces to sell
but making a turkey hat a million times and a cow hat a million times caused me to get bored with crochet.
So that is when I stopped doing handmade orders and just focused on new designs. Every design was
exciting and something new. Everyone enjoys crochet in a different way but for me, it is designing, not just
crocheting the designs but writing the patterns, the math, the photography which I have been blessed with
a magnificent photographer, Vanessa from Novel Etchings Photography who has photographed probably
95% of my 230+ designs. But sometimes I do my own photography and I love seeing the design come to life.
If you are already crocheting, keep crocheting you know what I am talking about when I say crochet
brings joy! If you are a beginner or thinking about learning to crochet. Take the leap and learn, everyone
should have a crafty outlet and as a person who has loved crochet since the beginning, I want you to love it
Okay guys, we have reached end of episode 1 and it has been a blast sharing my story with you and I hope
you will share yours too.
So, until next time, grab your yarn and hooks and get hooked!