Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Episode 12 of MelodyCrochet podcast has been published. And I am going to be doing Vlogoween! Can't wait to get to see you every day this month! Happy October, friends! Please send me suggestions about things to make and places to go and what to share. 

Podcast Show Notes and Tags

Yarn and Gifts

Patterns (on Ravelry)




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Reflections Baby Blanket - A Free Pattern

Hello Friends!

Link to Pattern on Ravelry

I hope that this post finds you well and stashing. It's the closing of a beautiful summer full of surprises and crazy weather. I am here to post a little pattern for a baby blanket that I created for a friend that is expecting a baby any day now.

It is called the Reflections baby blanket. It is simple and catchy. You will have one done before you even realize you started it. I think we have all noticed the new fun yarn cakes that are popping up everywhere.

There are the Caron Cakes:

There are the Premier Sweet Rolls:

There are the Bernat Pops:

There are the Lion Brand Mandala:

And my most recent experiment ...the Yarn Bee Sugar Wheel. I was gifted with one cake and lucky enough to find another to match it.

Grab two that match and make one of these blankets. Even if yodon'tdont match just leave out the center contrast color and let the colors land where they will. It is still going to be gorgeous. Mine was made for a baby...but at 36" by 26" I think it would make a great lapghan for anyone.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Episode 7 of the MelodyCrochet Craftcast!

Hi! I hope that you will spend a little time with me today talking about my recent projects and celebrations! What did you do recently for Independence Day, Canada Day or whatever you celebrate locally?


Baby Blanket

Piano Baby Cocoon


Beach Bag by Zeens and Roger

Blurre Shawl by AddyDae Designs

Easter Socks


Red Heart Super Saver Stripes - Flemenco Stripes

Caron Simply Soft - White, Lavender and Grape

Lion Brand Mandala - Wood Nymph

Malabrigo Sock - Solis

Muffins - Recipe

Have a nice week!!
I would love to see you in the MelodyCrochet Ravelry group! and please add me on Instagram for yarny news and family fun. And food.

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins (Gluten Free)

  • My husband is gluten free so we always try to go gluten free when we make treats so that we don't leave him out of the fun. He isn't allergic to gluten. He is following a low inflammation diet because last year he was suffering some sciatica pain and found that taking out gluten made him feel a lot better REALLY fast. So he is very dedicated to this way of eating. This is not a diagnosis. Just passing on his experience and why I usually choose to make things gluten free. We really don't miss it. We do eat a lot more corn tortillas and oatmeal now, though. 

  • I am gearing up for the July Forth celebration so these went into some cute stars and stripes cupcake cups and onto my holiday themed doily. As one does. ;)

    These turned out really good! And so fast and easy. I would just love to share my version of the recipe with you!

  • Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 2 cups good quality gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend has xanthan or guar)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup  brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus a few extra for the topping of Hershey's Special Dark Mildly Sweet Dark Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.

Mix the flour, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Salt and Baking Soda in a medium bowl. Whisk until incorporated.

In a medium bowl mix the pumpkin, brown sugar, coconut oil, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients all at once and stir just until mixed. 

Fill each cup 2/3 full and top with a pinch of brown sugar and a few more chocolate chips just to spoil them. 

Bake 15-18 minutes or until they spring back after you touch the top. 

Enjoy and please tag me on instagram if you make them! @melodycrochet

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Piano Cocoon and Hat

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds each of you well.

It was an amazing June but we are so excited to celebrate the 4th of July! Lots of decorating and plans for the day have taken place. But, I wanted to make a little something to commemorate the holiday. So I wrote up a pattern that several people have asked forever since I shared my first one.

It's my Piano themed Baby Cocoon and hat!

I have made lots of these and the pattern evolved over the years.

It is available on Ravelry and on Etsy.

And since it's the holiday this will be free on Ravelry until July 5th with the coupon code "Freedom". I hope that you enjoy it and that you will please tag me with any pictures that you take of it on the little ones. I just love seeing them!

Take good care!! Melody

Friday, June 16, 2017

MelodyCrochet Podcast Episode 5 - Crochet, Knitting, and that evil machine

Episode 5 of the MelodyCrochet podcast was just published!

I want to thank everyone that has subscribed with a giveaway! Head over to the MelodyCrochet Podcast group to enter the giveaway for a copy of the Sunday Shawl Pattern from Alia at The Little Bee!

This week we talk about a new place I visited, I share an amazing swap package that I received, I go on and on about sewing on that evil machine and discuss my sons birthday last week!

Tea: Chai from Trader Joes (Nom!)

Here is some information on the projects that I discussed this week!

Willowfall Cowl by Remade By Hand

Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love on Size 5 Needles.

Sunday Shawl by The Little Bee 

I Love this Cotton on a Clover J Hook

Mystery Machine Sock

Regia 6-Fadig (means 6 Ply...aka Sport) on Size 1 Chiaogoo Twist interchangeables on the mini wire.

Unicorn Yarnachino Yarn

My Creative Garage

Beach Bag - Free pattern!

Zeens and Roger on the Hobbycraft website (link on Ravelry)

Caron Cake in Fairy Cake on a G hook

My shorts pattern was NewLook A6271 ...I omited the waist band and just cut the waist two inches higher than suggested and did a fold over elastic tunnel.

My skirt pattern was just traced from a skirt that fit me in a way that I like.

Pineapple Tank

Red Heart Baby Sheen on an F Hook

Speckled Space Socks

MelodyCrochet Sparkle yarn and size 0 Addi Turbo Sock Rockets

Bendy Arrow Shawl

Malabrigo Sock in Dewberry (Purple) and Indicieta (Green)


Brontealong with LoveSockWool

Summer Romance Along with Crochet Luna and Crochet Cakes

Let me know what you think and what you are working one! Take good care and see you next week. (((hugs)))

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

MelodyCrochet Podcast Episode 4!

Did I mention that I started a podcast? No?! I'm sorry! I didn't mean to leave you out. But, the idea of starting was a little overwhelming. Very little organizing or admin was done because I didn't want to make it any more work than it was for fear that I just wouldn't do it. But I did it! And I'm really glad that I have. I also started a little ravelry group for the podcast, please come join us! It's my next bit of admin to attack. I would love to hear from you for support as I learn. 

I will be posting show notes there and here. I will just link to hear from the group. I tried to just do the notes on there but I am so much more used to formatting on this platform. I will also be posting more here about my projects. I have been making quite a bit. I just have not been writing much about my endeavors. What have you been working on? I'd love to hear! But here is the show notes for episode 4!

Finished Objects

Ripples of Happiness by Sucrette (she has the most amazing makes me want to crochet everything in my home!


She has the most colorful instagram feed! She will make you want to crochet every pattern in every colorway that you see! So pretty. 

Bendy Arrow by Charlotte Bory of the Charlotte and Gus podcast!

housed in a bag that was gifted to me and made from this pattern:

New Stuff!

In this episode I talk about these new-to-me items!

Chiaogoo Twist Interchangeable Knitting Needles in Mini needles and cable
Regia 6-Fedig Sport weight sock yarn 
Daiso Crochet Hooks 
Project bay from the Target Dollar Hot Spot. 

Dream Knitting:

Campfire Cardigan Jess Coppom

#Brontealong with LoveSockWool podcast

Summer of Romance Crochet and Knit along with Crochet Cakes Podcast and Crochet Luna Podcast (#SRCAL)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I crocheted a blanket!

Hi guys! Hope you are all doing well. 

Things are good here. I do love when summer comes. But the oncoming heat is no excuse not to gift a little girl with a blanket. Hopefully,  she will be able to enjoy this blanket for years to come. 

And here it is! I hope that Waverly loves it. :) 

And the supplies!

I was able to use a hefty mix of worsted weight acrylic from my stash for this: 

Hobby Lobbys Crafters Secret - A35 - Purple, A Grape Fit 
Hobby Lobby - I Love This Yarn - Lavender, Teal, Pink and Tropical Pink Red Heart Super Saver Solids - Lavender Big Twist - Value - Light Teal 

and I used my trusty size J clover hook!

The pattern that I used was the Ripple of Happiness pattern by Le Monde Du Sucrette. This beautiful, free and SUPER wiggly ripple pattern went so fast!

Please note that I do use affiliate links. The Amazon links give me a little money if you purchase anything. Which is awesome and GREATLY appreciated. The other links are all just for your information purposes. Sadly, the ones to the stores directly do expire...if that happens I will try to take care of the link as soon as I know about it. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Little Goth Doll

I made a doll for our dear friend Kate. She wanted a voodoo doll and I wanted to make a cute one. Here is the compromise. I found a pattern and just mimicked it. I would have followed it but it was a little pricey and did not look like anything that I couldn't duplicate.

While I was working I wrote up the pattern. It will work for this and any type of doll that you might want to make. Just change up the colors. I will be making many more. It was so much fun and worked up so quickly!

I used less than one ball of each color in I love the Cotton from Hobby Lobby. I think that cotton is the best yarn to use for amigurumi. It keeps its shape and cleans up well. It feels really nice when you are making it and photographs beautifully. It takes color best when you are adding detail shading. Use a brush, not your fingers. It's hard to tell in the above picture...but her skin is shimmery ivory. I tried to capture that but it really messed with the color. So here is a close-up that captures it a bit.

In other news we are so pleased to see signs of spring. I have already bought roses and berries to plant. The weather still has a chill but the sun is out and the birds are singing. In the morning it is hard to get out of the big warm bed but when I do the drives to school at sunrise are right out of a picture. I just want to photograph and share each one!

I am on the hunt for a good couple of purple yarns to make my next shawl out of. I want a variety. I am dreaming up a fade shawl. But I might make Arabella next instead.