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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour
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Crochetville is very proud to have designer Melinda Miller with us today, March 20, as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Melinda Miller is a native Texan, USA. She is a self-taught crocheter who was inspired to learn from her great-grandmother, who crocheted intricate doilies. Melinda is a creative soul, and has combined her love of writing and crochet to design her art. She is a doting grandma and is very family oriented. Many of her crochet pieces are inspired by family members.
1. Tell us about your favorite travel destination:
In 2006, my husband Craig and I traveled to France. We were with a tour group and stayed in Paris and Lyon. We visited such places as Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Picasso Museum, Victor Hugo’s home, and several castles and wineries. I achieved all my goals of acquiring genuine French perfume at the House of Guerlain, chocolates at La Maison du Chocolat, eating French pastries (lemon tarts – mmmm), drinking French wine and eating French cheese. Best. Trip. Ever.
2. Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day:
As a romantic teenager, I wanted to visit Venice and ride a gondola. As an adult, I think I would like to visit Germany and seek out my ancestors and learn more of my family tree. My ancestry has thus far been traced to Prussia.
3. Tell us about any crochet projects you take with you when traveling: How many projects do you take? How do you decide which ones to take?
I don’t really crochet much when traveling. I use travel as an opportunity to discover new things that inspire me. So my best friend is my cell phone camera. I take many inspirational photos that could possibly lead to a crochet design.
Visit Melinda’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
You’ll have to come visit my blog to see what special thing I’m doing for National Crochet Month!
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Mrs. Ghan Afghan, $7.00
This afghan was designed with my grandmother in mind. The flower hexagons remind me of my childhood, walking through rows and rows of her beautiful flower garden. Every time my family would visit her, she had to show off her lovely garden. Two classic crochet stitches are incorporated- the granny stitch and the ripple. Such timeless stitches are combined to create a vintage flair. The design is worked in sections with each added component shaping the overall piece. You will be pleasantly surprised and pleased with how the afghan takes shape.
2. Andante Scarf, $5.00
A beautiful, lacy scarf with delicate trim on the ends. Use any type of fingering weight yarn for your own unique look. Special stitches used are the popcorn stitch, and reverse popcorn stitch.
3. The Royal Family E-book, $7.50
This E-book contains 6 patterns for 12″ afghan squares. The inspiration came while watching the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 04/29/2011. I am such a romantic and am very intrigued by royalty. Patterns included are Baroness, Countess, Duchess, Empress, Princess, and Queen Mother.
Find Melinda Online:
Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/melinda-miller-designs
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