Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Exploring Local Creativity at the Texas State Fair

As a crocheter who's always been drawn to yarn creativity and colorful crochet endeavors of all kinds, I've often found inspiration in the simple act of creating something with my own hands. So, when I visit the craft area at the Texas State Fair, I am excited! (Albeit nervous...Big Tex is scary)
But, little did I know that it would turn out to be one of the most fulfilling and memorable experiences of my year. Simply magical!
Stepping into the craft area felt like entering a wonderland of creativity. The air was filled with the sounds of laughter and the hum of activity as people of all ages hurried through the projects that were beautifully displayed. Colorful yarns and fabrics. Beads, blankets, and shawls, each inviting visitors to unleash their imagination and add to their own to-craft list. One of the first things that struck me was the sense of community in the craft area. Despite the diverse backgrounds and skill levels of the participants, there was a palpable spirit of camaraderie as people shared project and what they do with different materials. I find it so encouraging, and I marveled at each creation.
As I wandered around, I couldn't help but be inspired by the sheer variety of crafts on display. There were intricate quilts showcasing meticulous stitching, whimsical sculptures crafted from recycled materials (and butter!), and beautifully painted ceramics that looked like they belonged in an art gallery. The crochet was amazing! Everywhere I looked, there was evidence of the boundless creativity that flourished within and all over the walls.
I had the opportunity to watch one of the hands-on workshops offered in the craft area. Guided by a skilled instructor, each participant was immersed in the meditative rhythm of the hook and yarn. It was a humbling experience that reminded me of the endless possibilities that come with stepping outside of my own comfort zone.
But perhaps the most rewarding part of my time in the craft area was the sense of accomplishment on the face of those creating something with my own hands. Whether it was a simple bookmark or a beautiful sweater, each finished project is filled with a sense of pride and satisfaction that I couldn't help but carry with me long after leaving the fairgrounds.
As I reflect on my experience at the craft area of the Texas State Fair, I'm reminded of the power of creativity to bring people together, inspire personal growth, and foster a sense of joy and fulfillment. It's a reminder that no matter our background or skill level, there's always something beautiful waiting to be created if we're willing to take that first step and let our imagination soar. And for that, I'll always be grateful to the fairgrounds for including this competition and for opening my eyes to the limitless possibilities of the creative spirit.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Melody Crochet Podcast 56 - Socks and Sweaters for February

Hi! This is my crochet podcast where I discuss my knitting and crochet projects. This week I am talking about everything I have been up to since Christmas Crochet. I am working on a robe, a sweater, some sock and I collected some fun yarny notions! 

A little about me? My favorite things to make are hats, shawls, socks and slippers. I love yarn, tea, coffee and making. I hope to share that love with you. 

Find my blog here! Blog: www.MelodyCrochet.com

Lets Connect! I would love to see everything that you make!!!

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My Designs on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/melody-adams

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MelodyCrochet (message me if you would like me to make you something...always happy to make custom items or patterns!)

Instagram: MelodyCrochet

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelodyLovesYarn

MelodyCrochet Podcast Group on Ravelry: 


  1. Klaziena by Kristin Bishop is a free pattern on ravelry and I used Yarn Bee Rainbow Rhapsody in Peacock!

  2. Beret is my own pattern (leave a comment for a tutorial!) that I made with a J hook and Lion Brand Homespun in a lovely periwinkle shade called “Purple Aster” You can find that here https://amzn.to/3Hr4ERl


  1. Birthmonth socks in Opals Sock Yarn. Description was Herbstmelodie “Autumn Melody” superwash 4-ply 100g/465yd #11122

  2. Simply Soft in Lavender Blue will be something fun https://amzn.to/3L4CVbn

  3. Efficiency Pullover by The Grateful Tangle. Large size. Ogo Yarn in Concord Crush https://amzn.to/3scsfyM

What Have I Done

Prym Hook set https://amzn.to/331pO9G

My Favorite Yarny Things (often mentioned in my videos):

My favorite Crochet Hooks:  https://amzn.to/2G69DLe

My favorite Knitting Needles:  https://amzn.to/2TnWNL8

My favorite Yarn Needles:  https://amzn.to/2WC4Sy0
My favorite Scissors: https://amzn.to/2WCynj9

My favorite Stitch Markers: https://amzn.to/2G722vD

My favorite Pattern Holder:  https://amzn.to/2MKmDq3

Pattern Tape:  https://amzn.to/2MLPSJp

My favorite Project Bag:  https://amzn.to/2t0NR2D

My favorite Crochet Light:  https://amzn.to/2WzFUPz

My favorite portable Neck Light: https://amzn.to/2G55hnB

Pom Pom Maker:  https://amzn.to/2t057W1

This week

I get to work on baby gifts and Summer Decor Crochet along planning! 

This post and all of my posts contain some affiliate links and if you choose to click them I may be financially compensated (at NO cost to you). Thank you very much for your support!

Friday, September 10, 2021

Crochet a Checkered Purse with Me - Follow along Check Bag Tutorial

Crochet a Checkered Bag With Me!! 

Just click above to learn my tips and hints for colorwork.


Size 4, Medium Weight, Worsted Weight Yarn.  https://amzn.to/33M1Yw2

Clover Soft Touch Hooks (size H/6mm): https://amzn.to/3z3SsAK

Scissors: https://amzn.to/2PfPeqf

Yarn Needle: https://amzn.to/35gjx5T

Tape Measurer: https://amzn.to/2PgYB9l

Basics for if you need any Stitch Explained:

Slip Knot - https://youtu.be/oPSHpSbghO0

Slip Stitch - https://youtu.be/jF4zW08hZNE

Magic Circle - https://youtu.be/QekRAkkKzb4

Chaining - https://youtu.be/3yQKKFHPZqE

Single Crochet - https://youtu.be/TPhqXsk-NGE

Half Double Crochet - https://youtu.be/5kA7eOotWc4

Double Crochet - https://youtu.be/nKnAjKEM4fI

Back Loop Single Crochet - https://youtu.be/CGoTo0cQW98

Single Crochet Back Loop Only - https://youtu.be/CGoTo0cQW98

Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only - https://youtu.be/cHVulawvRpU

Double Crochet Back Loop Only - https://youtu.be/Xtu1ccHLr18

Triple Crochet - https://youtu.be/n5w1bZkcAPs

Front Post and Back Post Double Crochet - https://youtu.be/VJapKzbu4hg

Front Post and Back Post Triple Crochet https://youtu.be/wxWT8ehushA

Decrease Double Crochet - https://youtu.be/CHG5Z6SImyg

Double Crochet 2 Together - https://youtu.be/CHG5Z6SImyg

Decrease Half Double Crochet - https://youtu.be/enonjJpHC_A

Half Double Crochet 2 Together - https://youtu.be/enonjJpHC_A

Decrease Single Crochet - https://youtu.be/kBjDcP3Ovek

Single Crochet 2 Together - https://youtu.be/kBjDcP3Ovek

Friday, March 19, 2021

Crochet A Bucket Sailor Hat with Me - Fast and Easy Hat

Come make a Bucket Hat with me!

Learn to Crochet with me today. This is a handmade bucket hat that is trending all over the place! Its a great hat for summer and spring. Use monochrome or rainbow. The crochet beanie uses basic crochet stitches. You will get to practice crocheting and make a great present at the same time. They are great for using or gifting. Let's get started!

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Baby Ballet Booties Newborn Tutorial - Yarny Ballerina Slippers

Learn to Crochet with me today. This is a newborn and 3-6 month baby booties! They are in the shape of tiny little ballet slippers for your infant ballerina. I added on a tutorial at the end for a rosette or four-leaf clover to add to the front of your baby shoe, if you would like. They are great for using or gifting. Let's get started! #stpatricksday #crochetbabybooties



 Size 4, Medium Weight, Worsted Weight Yarn.  https://amzn.to/33M1Yw2

Clover Soft Touch Hooks (size I/5.5mm): https://amzn.to/30IKLBI

Scissors: https://amzn.to/2PfPeqf

Yarn Needle: https://amzn.to/35gjx5T

Tape Measurer: https://amzn.to/2PgYB9l

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Buy pdf on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/melody-adams-designs/683963

Buy pdf on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/965674620/baby-ballet-slipper-crochet-booties?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Crochet Baby Mittens

Hi, Friend! 

Today I am posting the "recipe" for my newborn to infant baby mittens. They are so cute and precious. 

These are lovely gifts for a baby shower. You can also make a half dozen or so to match each of your baby outfits when you are pregnant. I purposely make these in worsted weight yarn because then when you make most other baby patterns you can crochet a pair of these out of the scraps of your yarn. 

If you have any questions please let me know!


Size 4, Worsted Weight Yarn.  

I used Caron Simply Soft https://amzn.to/3nXbyE1

Clover Soft Touch Hooks (size G/4.0 mm): https://amzn.to/3hwe7dL

Scissors: https://amzn.to/2PfPeqf

Yarn Needle: https://amzn.to/35gjx5T

Tape Measurer: https://amzn.to/2PgYB9l


Work in a Spiral.

do not slip stitch, turn or chain to begin a new row unless directed to.

Chain 2s do not count as stitches in this pattern.


Start with a Magic Circle

Row 1: Chain 2 and DC 10 times into the Circles and Cinch it up. (10)


Row 2: SC and HDC in the first stitch, 2 HDC in the remaining stitches (20)

Row 3: *HDC in first stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch* repeat * to * around. (30)

Row 4-10: HDC in each stitch around

Row 11: *HDC in first stitch, DecHDC over next two stitches* repeat * to * around. (20)

Slip Stitch into the first HDC of the row, chain 2

Row 12: DC around, Slip Stitch into the first DC of the row, chain 2 (20)

Row 13: *Front Post Double Crochet in the first stitch, Back Post Double Crochet in next stitch* repeat * to * around. (20)

Slip Stitch into the first stitch of the row and Fasten off. 

Friday, December 4, 2020

Fingerless Gloves - Free Pattern and Fun and Easy Crochet Tutorial

J/6.00  mm Crochet Hook
3.5oz of Bulky Yarn
Yarn Needle

Gauge: 4" x 4" Square is 12 stitches wide and 7 1/2 rows tall.

Glove Uncuffed is 10" long and 4" wide

Note:At the end of each row "chain one loosely and turn" is implied unless told otherwise.

This is for a medium set of gloves. If you want larger then add an additional 2 rows of HDC. I had enough yarn leftover from the 3.5 oz to do this so you should not need to buy more.

Create the Body of your Gloves

Chain 27,
Row 1 HDC in third chain from the hook. HDC in each stitch across (25)
Row 2-15 HDC in each stitch across (25)
Turn your work and single crochet one time into the side of each row (15-19), 

Sew up the sides of your gloves

Fold your work in half, right sides together. 
"Sew" them together with a single crochet in the first 5 stitches. 

(what we do next with form the thumb hole)
Single Crochet in the next five stitches on only one side of the glove (not sewing the two layers together. 
Then proceed to sew the glove together with single crochet stitches in the last 15 stitches
Fasten off. 
Turn the glove right side out. Make a two inch cuff on the bottom of the glove and enjoy!

Repeat the pattern for a second glove.

Let me know if you have any questions?

These are very versatile. They can be adorned with bows, buttons, ribbons...the possibilities are endless. Tag me on social media so that I can see them if you make them.

Thank you for joining me and I hope that you stay warm and joyful. 


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake in a Bowl

I love making these for myself post-workout! 


1 Can of Pumpkin

2 eggs

Put the Eggs and Pumpkin in a saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly until it is warmed up and steaming. Be careful. It can sputter a bit as it warms. 

Lower heat to low and add...

2 Tablespoons of Swerve Granulated Sweetener

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1-2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir well and if you want it super decadent then add:

1 Tablespoon of Heavy Whipping Cream 

Keep stirring until the entire mixture is heated up and let it sit while you stir for 3-5 minutes so that the egg is thoroughly cooked through. Set aside to cool slightly as you are stirring take a moment to mix:

1 cup of Greek yogurt 

1 Tablespoon of Swerve (I sometimes replace this with a squirt of liquid stevia)

Give this a quick stir and divide it evenly into two bowls. 

Top each bowl with half of the cooled pumpkin mixture and stir until you get a pretty pumpkin cheesecake swirl. Enjoy!

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