Welcome to our blog tour! Here at Crochetville, we celebrate National Crochet Month with our NatCroMo Blog Tour. This year, we’re interviewing crochet designers, teachers, and hobbyists throughout March and our theme is crochet memories. You can browse all of this year’s blog tour content on our page NatCroMo Blog Tour 2020.
About Melinda Miller
Please allow me to introduce our featured designer of the day, Melinda Miller of MoCrochet. Melinda enjoys designing afghans, afghan blocks, shawls, scarves, and kitchen items. You can find her patterns in her Ravelry designer portfolio. Today Melinda will share some of her crochet memories with us and we’ll showcase three of her crochet designs.
Melinda’s Special for Our Readers
As a special treat for the NatCroMo Blog Tour, enjoy 30% off all Melinda’s self-published patterns – from now through April 30, 2020. No quantity limits, may use more than once. Use coupon code: NATCROMO2020 in Melinda’s Ravelry store: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/melinda-miller-designs
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Melinda’s Crochet Memories
Would you share with us an early memory of crochet?
“My earliest memory of crochet is seeing my great-grandmother crochet doilies. I was just a young girl and found it fascinating. I loved visiting her house and watching her with hook and thread while snacking on my great-aunt Viola’s egg salad sandwiches.”
Would you share with us a memory of becoming a crochet designer?
“The first time I wrote a pattern was after I was diagnosed with Lupus and several other autoimmune conditions. I was basically bedridden for several months and was starting to feel healthier. My cousin was expecting, so I decided to crochet a baby blanket for a gift. I created a very simple blanket with self-striping yarn, and eventually decided to write the pattern and share with others. This was my very first self-published pattern. Crocheting the Happy Stripes Baby Blanket definitely helped with my recovery as well as gave me a new direction in life.”
Would you share with us one of your most memorable moments as a crochet designer?
“For me, crochet is such a personal thing. All of the people I meet through the craft, as well as the creative outlet I experience, have a deep impact on me. It’s all about relationships. I design heavily based on relationships. I share my designs in order to relate to others. So – my most memorable experience to date is a design in memory of my sister. This experience changed me and made me even more aware of how relationships are integrated into every stitch of my designs.”
Showcase: Crochet Designs by Melinda Miller
That One Sister Afghan Square
Get the pattern: That One Sister Afghan Square (on Ravelry)
About the pattern: “A free pattern designed in loving memory of my sister, Karen.”
Dearest Donna Prayer Shawl
Get the pattern: Dearest Donna Prayer Shawl (on Ravelry)
About the pattern: “A free pattern – easy and repetitive to encourage meditation and prayer.”
My Favorite Things Afghan
Get the pattern: My Favorite Things Afghan (on Ravelry)
About the pattern: “This design incorporates several different techniques such as tapestry crochet, surface crochet, carrying colors, embroidery and applique. It will most definitely keep your interest, and you will be most proud of your completed project.”
Follow Melinda Online
Here’s where you can connect with Melinda online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!
Thank you for joining us on the Crochet Memories NatCroMo Blog Tour! Today is the last day of the 2020 tour, so we hope you’ll follow along with us again next year!