Freebie Alert ~ Stuffed Sensation!

I have to admit…..I’ve recently strayed from my usual path of adorable knit and crochet hats…..My son recently put in a super special request and I’ve been having a blast working up something a little different.  If you knew me in person you would know that I am terrible at keeping secrets…..terrible may even be an

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Freebie Alert ~ A Sucker For A Sweater

There’s an odd discrepancy between what the Fall season looks like in my mind, and what it actually looks like around my house…. When people start talking about Fall, I picture over-sized sweaters made of super bulky yarn, burnt orange and brown wreaths hanging on the front door, and adorable baby pumpkins decorating empty surfaces. Somehow,

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This is Not Your Grandma’s Crochet….What!?

I’ve got a bit of a bone to pick today….why is it so popular to advertise that this is “Not Your Grandma’s Crochet” or “Not Your Grandma’s Knitting” lately!? Now I totally understand that yarn crafts tend to carry a stigma with them….It’s the kind of stigma that has all my acquaintances thinking I sit

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From Fur to Fiber

I am obsessed with baby alpaca yarn.  A friend recently told me that knitting with alpaca was like “knitting with clouds” and I agree 100%.  I’ve always been totally stumped, though, about how the wiry, strange looking alpaca fur could turn into the soft, wonderful yarn I’m knitting with. I was lucky enough to get

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Stand Out From The Crowd

One of the hardest parts about selling hand-made items, is standing out from the crowd.  Etsy, Ravelry (if you’re a pattern designer), Facebook, Twitter, etc. all offer amazing platforms to reach potential customers.  Thousands of other shops also have the same chance to reach these same customers, though, so finding a way to capture attention

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The Magic of Photos

When I first started my business, I knew nothing about product photography.  I had spent some time with a camera in the past, but had never done any research into taking great product photos.  I really had no idea that this one element could make the difference in my business. I started out using a

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Let’s Talk Business

Learn how to make money selling your knit and crochet items.   After spending two years building up my online shop, I’ve spent a lot of time talking business.  In fact, these days I’ll talk business to absolutely anyone who cares to listen!  Melody’s Makings is my passion, my pride, and the extra support that

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Mother’s Love Headband – Free Pattern

Average Head Circumference Newborn: 13-14″ 0-3 Months: 14-15” 3-6 Months: 14-17” 6-12 Months: 16-19” 1-3 Years: 18-20” 3-10 Years: 19-20.5” Pre-teen/Teen: 20.5-22” Adult Woman: 21.5 – 22.5” Adult Man: 23-24”     Crochet Version: Materials: Worsted (4) Weight Yarn and size 5.5mm (I/9) Crochet Hook Gauge: 7 sts and 8 rows = 2 inches (5

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