Thursday, September 5, 2019

Melody Crochet Episode 45 - A Crocheter Goes to Arizona!



Hello! I have posted a new episode of the Melody Crochet Podcast and yay!! What a wonderful week.
The links are all down before if you had questions about the video. But, first...pictures and the story.

Oh! heres the video:


So, I started the week in Joanns when the Mother In Law texted me that she needs a blanket for Wynter.
Usually, she is a fabulous speller...turns out Wynter is our 2-year-old niece.

Wynter

I know...how could you not know that, Melody...well the husband has a really big family. 

So, I got to work! Pictures? I don't have any. If you want to see the blanket you will have to watch the podcast this week. I am not a teaser...I threw it in the mail right after I filmed the podcast and took zero pictures. I hope they send some of her with the blanket. *fingers crossed* It was made of Caron Simply Soft. Two skeins of white and one skein of lavender. I used a J hook and there will be a tutorial. It is almost complete...except for the pictures. I laugh so I don't cry. 



So, I left to visit this mother in law this week in Arizona! We took a middle of the night flight out of Dallas. It was Izzy's first flight! (hence, the pictures). It was a bit bumpy and very late. But, he was so very excited. And he had a fabulous time. The ear-popping he could have done without. But, we chewed gum. I am very excited to continue wandering now. I have been very settled in and against travel since we moved to Texas. I was just tired of packing and all the unknowns that go along with moving around. So, I really just nested. But, traveling is definitely closer to my nature. And I am excited!


We arrived two hours later to some seriously hot weather. Texas is not hot compared to Arizona. And there were cacti everywhere!!


It was amazing!! They had them in front of houses, stores and churches. Everywhere! 























The next day I snuck off to visit some local yarn stores. I made it two Tempe Yarn & Fiber. The store and products were stunning but nothing I couldn't find at home. So, I left to go to the next store...but it was closed! No store. So sad!! I did get a video of wandering around Tempe Yarn, though! Its at the end of the podcast.

That night we went to our first baseball game in forever! Super exciting. My lovely sister in law sprung for a suite. A catered suite! The Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers at the very end. It was a really exciting game (for baseball) and the BBQ was fabulous!!


Crochet and Baseball! Loving my Sockyarn Hat in Hedgehog Fibers in Pinky Swear.


The next morning we made our way out for a hike with Izzy and his cousin! We needed to be out there early because it hits triple digits at around 10:00 am. 

Hi!!



Hydration!

This is how I hike.












It was a fabulous hike at Lost Dutchman Park! Then when the heat started climbing we made our way out of the park to find some breakfast. That is when we found the Goldfield Ghost Town. The boys had amazing cinnamon rolls and we had breakfast burritos and coffee! Yay!!





It was fabulous. After breakfast we got everyone we ever met a souvenier and headed back to the house to spend time with the family and cool off.

I made a dishcloth that afternoon! I left them on the counter when we left for mom to find. :)
Sugar 'n Cream in Sunrise Ombre

Dishcloths in Sunrise Ombre

On our way around town we tried Culver's for the first time. My son had butter fried pretzels in cheese sauce. He loves the lax rules of vacationing. LOL They were really yum. Never again.


Finally, we were off to the airport in the middle of the night (our flight was somehow connected with a plain that was affected by Hurricane Dorian preparation...so, it was pushed back to 2:00 am). We were an airplane full of messy and exhausted people. But, we arrived home to hugs and that day I found my roses blooming and the sunset was incredible. So nice to be home!







Show Notes!



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







FOs





Crochet Filet Baby Name Blanket. Pattern by me. In progress for the blog. I shipped it away without taking pictures so I will be making another this week. LOL




Works In Progress

Sock Head Hat - Malabrigo Sock Yarn - Indonesia Colorway https://amzn.to/2TsiZ7R Size 3 Knitters Pride Zings. https://amzn.to/2KMSd5V

Polle Vie Wrap 
I Love This Yarn Hobby Lobby in Abergine, Ocean, Antique Teal and Blush Sparkle
Size N Boye Crochet Hook - https://amzn.to/31CtFDy
Pattern is in Simply Crochet #84  https://amzn.to/2YMhs2q




What Have I Done




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 will be working on my two shawls, logging my stash and making plans to annihilate it with my crochet hook! *game face*

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Podcast 44! A Mother In Law Makes a Hat



Hello and thank you for stopping by!

I just posted a new podcast on youtube! Here are the show notes just in case you would like a closer look at something I mention. 



Tea:

Finished Object:


Works In Progress:


Tank Top - Link to Video I am using - Sinfonia Yarn in Turquesa and an F Hook

Sock Head Hat -

Crocheted Hat - Pattern in Progress (we will see how it turns out together)



She is missed. But, her memory makes us smile.
Sock Saver - My Sudsy Buddy pattern -
Sugar N Cream Cotton Yarn - Worsted Weight -



Polle Vie Wrap -
I Love This Yarn - 
Pattern is in Simply Crochet #84 (its on my e-reader)

Polle Vie Wrap...soon, I hope!

I hope you have a wonderful week! I will be back with a review and then a new podcast next week! (((hugs))) and thank you for spending your time with me. Love Melody

Ohhhh and a few more wedding pictures...

How are handsome are my sons?


The "grooms cake" was pancakes. And that fondant was so hard to cut. But success!

Yay! All married. And ready to party. 




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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sudsy Buddy Soap Saver Pattern



Hello friend!

Well. I tried Wordpress and it proved to be too daunting for me to be consistent. So, I am back home on Blogger. It does feel like home. You didn't miss anything blogged...I posted here if I posted there just in case. But, life happened! I will catch you up next post with pictures.

But, now that things are mellow...back to the hook! Today, I am posting a video. It's down below if you want to skip ahead to it.

I take you step-by-step through my super easy, incredibly fast, beginner pattern for a soap saver pattern. I call them “Sudsy Buddy”! I know. My puns are a little painful for some. But, I mean well. This pattern is fast, easy and takes hardly any yarn. Literally, I can get two of these and two small matching cloths out of one ball of Sugar and Cream cotton. Yes, cotton! Fabulous for summertime when you do not want to be under a bunch of acrylic crocheted fabric.

Soap savers are a classic for gifting or keeping for yourself! If you want to be prepared for that surprise gifter that shows up out of nowhere with a gift in hand, just pop a bar of pleasant-smelling soap into a soap saver and tuck it into a dollar store coffee mug. Keep that with a blank gift card in your car during the holiday season. Just in case.

I make these in bulk this time of year. (It's August...I'm in Texas).

Pleeeease, leave a comment and let me know how this pattern/tute turns out for you. And use @melodycrochet and/or #sudsybuddysoapsaver so that I can see what you make from the pattern!! As always, I truly hope that I can help inspire you. If you have a friend that wants to learn to crochet...send them to this pattern.

Materials


1 Ball of worsted weight/size 4 yarn cotton yarn. (1 ball of Lily Sugar and Cream, Peaches and Cream or any
other “dishcloth cotton”. It will only take about 50 yards so this is a great scrap project.) 




Sudsy Buddy (Soap Saver)

By MelodyCrochet copywritten 2019 - Enjoy! (and by enjoy I mean share on social media
and tag me because I love to see what you guys make!!)

It’s too hot to be underneath anything other than cotton here in Texas! So join me in preparation
of the end of the year holiday hustle. These make great hostess gifts, last-minute gifts, coworker
gifts...keep one in the car during the holiday season. You just never know when a gift-giving
opportunity is going to pop out of the bushes at you mid-December. So awkward to be
empty-handed. Check out the video for presentation ideas!


Finished Size:  2 ½ inches wide by 4 ½ inches tall (6 x 11 cm)

Stitch Legend
Ch - Chain
SS- Slip Stitch
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
FO - Fasten Off
YO - Yarn Over

Video!





Pattern

Chain 11                    
1) SC in the 2nd Ch from your hook and in the next 8 stitches. In the last stitch of the
row sc 3 times, turn work to continue down the other side of the chain.  Sc in the next
8 stitches. Sc 2 times in the same stitch as the first SC of the row. SS into the first SC
of the row and CH 1 (22)
2) Sc around, SS into the first SC of the row and CH 1  (22) 
3) Repeat Row 2 (22) 
4) Sc around, SS into the first SC of the row and CH 2  (22)
5) Skip one stitch, SC in the next stitch. Ch 1, skip a stitch, SC across.  The last SC will
be in the same stitch as your C1 at the beginning of the row. (11 SC + 11 Ch Spaces )

No SS, ch1 until row 16!

6-15)  Ch1, SC into the next Ch Space. Repeat across. (11 SC + 11 Ch Spaces )

At the end of row 15 SS into the top of the first SC of the row, CH 1
16) SC into the same stitch that you just SS into. SC into the next CH space. SC into
each SC and CH space across. SS into the first SC of the row, Ch 1 (22)
17) SC into each stitch across. SS into the first SC of the row, CH 1. (22)
18) SC into the next 5 stitches, SC+Ch3+SC into the 6th stitch (or wherever your front
center stitch is) SC into the next 10 stitches, SS into the next stitch (the back center
stitch), chain 30, SS into the same stitch, SC into the last 5 stitches. SS into the first SC
of the row, CH 1
19) SC into the first 5 stitches of the row, SC 3 times into the CH space, SC into the
next 10 stitches, skip the slip stitches, and SC into the last 5 stitches of the row. SS
into the first SC of the row. FO. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Newborn HDC Hat - Free, Easy Crochet Pattern for Beginners!



How to Make the Half Double Crochet Beanie!

Baby hats are the cutest thing in the world. Opinionated? Yes. But, they are soft, warm little things and they take barely any time or yarn. If you or someone you know are expecting you just have to make one. It was my first project ever for my "little bean" (he is 9 now and has an impressive collection of hats).

A picture? Ok...if you insist!




Ok. I am back on focus! The hat!! This hat is a fast and easy pattern that you can literally dress up in any way! You can make this into a character, add a button or bow. Make it a little longer and flip the brim. (Yes, the brimmed beanie pattern is on the way. Lots of request after the one I shared. Just waiting for the sunshine).

The pattern is newborn to 3 months size. Go up to a hook size if you want it to fit 3-6 months!

I used Lion Brand Vannas Choice. But, any Size 4 Medium Weight Worsted Yarn is fine. I talk about yarn choices and how they effect the hat in the video. Also, I discuss how to measure before you add length to be sure that you will end up with the right size! Come visit me on youtube!




Now what you will need:


Materials:
1 Skein Size 4 Worsted or Aran Weight Yarn (Red Heart Super Saver or Vanna's Choice work well!)
1 Size I/9 5.5mm Crochet Hook
1 Yarn Needle
1 Scissors

The Free Printable PDF Pattern can be found by clicking here!

If you do not want to download anything then just keep scrolling down for the pattern. I understand that!

Pattern


Row 1) 9HDC in a magic circle (9), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 2) IncHDC into each stitch across (18), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 3) HDC, IncHDC across (27), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 4) HDC, HDC, IncHDC (36), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 5) HDC around (36), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 6) HDC, HDC, HDC, IncHDC (45), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 7) HDC, HDC, HDC, IncHDC (54), SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2
Row 8) HDC Around (54)
Row 9-14) HDC Around, SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 2 (54)
Row 15) HDC Around, SS into the first HDC of the row and ch 1 (54)
Row 16) BLSC around, ss into the first BLSC of the row and ch 1 (54)
Row 17) BLSC around, ss into the first BLSC of the row and FO. Weave in your ends. 

As always...please let me know if you have any questions. Comments on the video get answered first because the questions go right to my phone. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy the little one!! (Post pics and tag me, please!) 

Melody



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