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!!!

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2001845913411129/?source_id=131690970219909

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

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