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Hi and welcome!

I’m Mellie, Midwestern mama to two beautiful little boys.

I taught myself how to crochet as a teenager when I was following around the Grateful Dead.  I had always loved art and crafting, and I sold all sorts of handmade jewelry and crafts at shows.  After that ended, I attended and graduated from art school with a degree in interior design.  It was there that I learned and fell in love with the fundamentals of color and design.

It was a few years later when I was pregnant with my first that I actually began to crochet in earnest.  My great-grandmothers had crocheted beautiful afghans that became family heirlooms and once I made my first, I was “hooked”!  Soon after, my second little boy was born, and I spent another nine long months creating and crocheting anything soft and warm to cuddle him up in.  Afghans remain my favorite project to crochet to this day.  I *love* Ravelry, and I credit my joining there with refining my crochet skills.  There are so many wonderful patterns and creative people there, I find myself inspired each time I visit.

I’ve lately started knitting and spinning my own yarn as well, though I’m nowhere near as proficient as I am with crochet.  I also dabble in cross-stitch and occasionally try my hand at the many crafty ideas over on my Pinterest boards.  I’m a huge sucker for all the seasons and holidays.  I’m the mom on the block whose place is totally decked out for every occasion!

I also spend an incredible amount of time cooking and baking.  I’ve been vegetarian for over 20 years, and I’ve grown to love experimenting with different recipes and combining different flavors.  I’ve never met a vegetable that I didn’t like!  However, I still love – and try to re-create – my grandmother’s traditional American cooking that I grew up on, tweaking them to be meatless yet still full of flavor.

Besides cooking and crochet, I spend most of my time playing with and homeschooling my two little boys and going out into nature as much as possible … and any extra time is spent cleaning up the mess that my children and crafting leave behind!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I sell products made from your patterns?

Yes!  Feel free to use my patterns to sell online or in the real world.  My one request is to add a link back to the free pattern with credit for the design if you’re selling online.  If you’re selling at a craft show or in a shop, include the link on the tag.

Can I use your photos on my website?

You may use my photos on your personal blog or website (non-commercial).  Please include a link back to mellieblossom.com either in the photo description or linked from the photo itself.  Make certain that the mellieblossom.com watermark is clearly visible, and do not alter the photo in any way.  Please do not claim my photos as your own.

Will you send me a copy of a crochet pattern?

Due to copyright laws, I cannot send you a copy of someone else’s pattern.  Whenever possible, I post links to the pattern so that you can obtain it for yourself.  

Do you have any more free yarn to donate to my charity/church/other group?

I hosted a yarn giveaway for several weeks toward the end of 2013 to thin out my yarn hoard.  As of right now, all of my extra yarn has been given away or otherwise donated to charitable groups.  If my yarn stash gets out of hand again, I’ll definitely let you know and start another set of giveaways.

 

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One of my favorite photos: my littlest – at only 19 days old – and me.

39 Comments

  1. Diane Weeks

    Did you crochet the Ornaments on your blog ? They are beautiful !

    • thank you! yes, I did. :) I’ll put up a link in the gallery. They were a fun project for Valentine’s Day; now they’re hanging in my front hallway.

  2. Betsy

    You are so talented and I am in awe of your creativity! Once I have my own children I want to order all the cute crocheted hats and mobiles from you. Keep sharing. Your posts make me happy :)

  3. mary goldwater

    Hi..I have noticed some chartreus yarn on your lovely website, can you tell me if you sell it? Thank you, Mary Goldwater

    • Hi Mary! The line is Caron Simply Soft, and it’s the new neon colors. I found it at a Michael’s Craft store. I don’t sell them, but if there’s a Michael’s near you, try calling them!

  4. Jean

    My apologizes in advance if my question is not suitable for this site. I am looking for FREE yarn for a young girl that lives in our community with autism. Colour type of yarn does not matter she finds great joy with making floor art work with it.

    Any that anyone has to spare would really be appreciated.

    Again my warmest apologizes if this was not allowed.

    Stay well..

  5. maggie hellman

    I saw the Daniel Tiger hat and mittens you made- they are ADORABLE! My 2 year old son is obsessed with Daniel too! Do you take orders?

    • Hi Maggie!

      I can’t take orders on patterns that aren’t mine because of copyright infringement, sorry! I’m glad you liked it, though! :)

  6. Hi
    I am making a craft directory, here is my link http://dcrafterscorner.blogspot.com/. I am asking the permission to post links to your free projects or patterns. I will add a description and a photo.

    Thanks in advance.

  7. Thank you very much for the permission.

    Diane B

  8. Linda Kyne

    Hi Mellie,
    I’ve looked at ur site, and am very impressed w/ur work. I want to crochet ur very simple and favorite dishcloth but CANNOT find the worsted cotton thread needed to make it. Can u help me?

    Thanks in advance for ur cooperation in this matter,

    Linda Kyne

  9. Linda Kyne

    Thanks for the reply. I did find it at Jo-Ann Fabrics and have already made the dishcloth. I lucked out and got to the store on the last day of their sale also!!! :)
    Much appreciated,
    Linda K
    Massachusetts

    • So glad you found it! Sorry for the very late response! :)

  10. Adriana Olds

    My son is begging me to make him a rayman, but I cannot locate a free pattern. Could you help me find yours please? I just made him a rabbid and he’s begging for the rayman. Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Adriana,
      I don’t have a free pattern. The only pattern that I found was the one that I linked through my blog post. You can find it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rayman. I know it’s a little pricy, but because of copyright laws, I cannot legally share someone else’s pattern without their okay. For what it’s worth, my boys were so happy with their Rayman that it was worth the cost for me. Best of luck!

  11. Linda Kyne

    Why is Adriana looking for the pattern if you have it???

    • Hi Linda! I made the pattern and linked to it, but it’s not originally mine. I posted the link for her though. Thanks for the comment!

  12. simona

    Hi! just to know if you sell some of the crochet vintage blanket afghan…..I need it one. But I’m in Italy…..
    thanks
    Simona

    • Thanks Simona! I usually crochet for personal use, or for gifts for friends and family, but I’ve been debating whether or not to start up an Etsy store. I’ll keep you updated!

  13. Marcie steinberg

    Nellie, this is Marcie here’s the question …… How much will you charge me to make one 12 month and one the next larger size of thecdaniel tiger hat. I love my crochet but I am not enjoying this project simply because it is just not like yours… Thanks Marcie, your new friend in Florida lol

    • Hi Marcie, sorry I haven’t gotten back to you sooner. Did you find the link to the pattern? If you’re still interested in having me do the hat for you, I’d be happy to. My standard fee for hats is $30 and shipping. Let me know if you’ve had success with it yourself or if I can help out!

  14. Marcie steinberg

    I just noticed that for some reason my iPad won’t do your name. Of course I know it’s Mellie.. Hope you get this

  15. Wanda Weberg

    I am having difficulty understanding the crochet pattern for the easy afghan, and would be grateful for clarification. Do I continue doing Rows 1 and 2 throughout the pattern? Thank you!

    • Hi Wanda, yes, you continue the pattern back and forth the for the entire length of the afghan, as long as you want it to be.

  16. Maria

    Hi there..I like your crochet work..it’s very pretty. I am crocheting your light green apple applique for some kitchen curtains. I’ve been learning to crochet from youtube for 3 years now but still green when it comes to patterns. What does the bracket at the end of a round mean on your pattern.? Crocheted the 4th row up to the brackets but don’t know what to do with the stitches in the brackets. hdc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, 2hdc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc, 2 hdc, dc, 2 dc, [dc, hdc].

    Thank you

    • Hi Maria!

      The brackets are just there to signify that both of the stitches – the dc and the hdc – occur in the next single stitch, and not in the next two stitches. So the dc and hdc occur in one stitch after the 2 dc. Hope this helps!

  17. Meri Ford

    I have gotten my squares for Tropical Delight done and went to follow the instructions on the pattern for joining the squares and just plain can’t figure them out. Can you help me. I just didn’t figure out how and where the popcorn stitches fit in with the fpsc and the sl stitches of the sl st round. Do I do the slip stitches to the corner joins or what?

    • I haven’t gotten to the border yet, but I’m just about to. I’ll post a tutorial as soon as I can!

  18. Barbie

    hey there – just saw a few of your squares from a CAL – but when I linked to your site I don’t see the patterns there. Am I missing something on your site? (these are the squares in shades of pink/peach and green.

    • I have the final few of those squares going up today and tomorrow! I’ve been way behind lately. :)

  19. Meri Ford

    I completed the Topical Delight and figured out the border. It turned out AWESOME. Couldn’t figure how to insert a picture of it here. Did it in fall colors! The border took a long time since it was 3-4 inches but added something absolutely dramatic to the afghan!!

  20. Carol D

    When I clicked on link (to your website), this is what I got:

    Page Not Found
    Well this does not look good.
    It appears this page is missing or was removed.

    If what you were looking for is not found, you may want to try searching with keywords relevant to what you were looking for.
    Search for:

    I got here by putting your name (mellie blossom) in search field -not sure what happened to that link….
    just thought you’d want to know.

    • Thank you so much! I’ve had some problems with my server host the past couple of weeks, and I think everything is back to normal, but if you notice this again, would you please shoot me another message? I appreciate it! <3

  21. Laura Jueschke

    Hi Mellie, I was wondering what the multiples are for your favorite dishcloth pattern? In case i want to make smaller dishcloths! Thank you so much!
    Laura

  22. Rochelle Cullers

    I just found your web site and your talent is amazing. I saw the picture and you are a beautiful new mom with a perfect and awesome new son. I like the name Miles ( great jazz artist). I was wondering how can I get a copy of the Thanksgiving blanket. It very beautiful and the only one I’ ve seen that I like. Let me know if there is a small charge for the pattern. Good health and happiness to you and your family. Thank you in advance.

  23. Heather Hume

    My daughter would literally go CRAZY for your rainbow afghan….

    How much would you charge for one EXACTLY like what I saw online?

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