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I’m back? YouTube Plans!

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Hi Everyone!

This is a very exciting post because I’m sharing my YouTube plans after a several month break!  Granted, it’s an update video, not a tutorial – but one of those will be coming out on Friday! Woohoo!  YouTube’s attention span is getting shorter, so I thought I would talk about my YouTube absence a little more thoroughly in written form – but of course check out the video too!

Why the long break?

As I mentioned in the video, the first reason for the long break from YouTube was because my kids were home from school and I wanted to spend time with them. I miss them when they are at school all day and having lazy days at home with them was too divine to miss.  They are almost 10 and 7, so they are getting older and those days are precious to me.

After reason No.1, the 2nd reason is a little harder to express.  Honestly, I got a little burned out and discouraged.  I was dealing some additional things in my personal life that made keeping up with everything pretty difficult.  The only reason why I tell you that is so that you know I am a real person with real struggles. I think in this age of social media, curated content and everything is awesome sort of mentality it can get exhausting. Not only for the ones putting that content out, but the ones receiving it too. I had some things to think about and reconcile in my mind about all of that. I want to portray happiness and peace, joy and fun of course! But that’s not always real life, but there is a way to share authenticity without being a total bummer. No one wants that either! Does that make sense?

All of that really has nothing to do with my love of creativity, teaching or inspiring you with crafts. I share this in an effort to be more than a pumper outer of meaningless content.  There are tons and tons and TONS of free tutorials out there already. I want to get to the heart of why we make, who we make it for and the peace that it brings in addition to great, easy to follow content. What good can these projects do?  How can we make a difference?

I hope that makes sense. It’s ok if it doesn’t, it barely makes sense to me sometime – ha!

YouTube Plans

With all of that being said, I have missed YouTube so much and find it a very valuable place to share free content. That’s how I got my start and I will always remember that so it’s important for me to keep that as part of my business for a long as possible.

That means… new tutorials every week! The first one comes out on Friday and I have a stockpile of new projects that I will be rolling out over the fall. yay!

This will be crochet, sewing, quilting, embroidery and even macrame!  And holidays! Oh man, so many things and I’m excited, I hope you are too!

What I need from YOU!

Ok. In order to be able to bring you free content on YouTube, I need your help!  I need your feedback and that can be given to me in the form of a thumbs up, comment and share on the YouTube videos or supporting social media content. I want to make sure I’m on the right track and bringing you what you want to see.  That interaction helps so much – you have no idea!  Thank you in advance for your feedback and suggestions – we will make this content the BEST it can be together!  What do you think of these YouTube plans? Sound good?

Geri

Monday 10th of September 2018

Hello, I came across your videos on YouTube. New subbie here! Can you also show how to sew satin liners in the crochet hats. I'm watching a lot of your videos today and they excellent. You have a very nice voice and make everything so easy to learn. I'm enjoy watching your tutorials and can't wait to see what else you have in store. Thanking you for taking them to do such great tutorials, keep up the great work.

Jill Wilson

Friday 7th of September 2018

You are so inspirational! I am so glad you had the chance (and took it) to spend special time with your two babies! Time flies by. You as well as all of us need a "mental health break"! So glad you are back...I don't know what I would do without your crochet tutorials...❤️ them!!!

Kristy M.

Monday 17th of September 2018

Hi melanie, love your tutorials!!! I am working on one of the afgan you did. Can you tell me if my skip 2 stitches are tight enough???

Kristy

Friday 31st of August 2018

I can’t tell you how happy I was to see you pop up in my newsfeed tonight!!!! I’m looking forward to trying this new blanket out and can’t wait for your weekly videos. 💜💜💜

Betsy Post

Friday 31st of August 2018

Hi - I have a comment/question about the granny cluster hat that is on your site. It appears that comments are turned off on that page. Thank you for the free pattern by the way. Looking at the side view of the rainbow version - it appears that you tapered the hat but your instructions don't say that. Did you crochet all 12 rounds with the same number of clusters? My circumference is 21.5" and I have 26 clusters. Do I continue with 26 all the way up the hat then close it with the single crochet row? Or do I reduce the number of clusters as I continue? It just seems enormous with that many clusters. I appreciate your help; this is an adorable pattern and I love the rainbow yarn.

Marie Cirillo

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

So very happy you are back. I love your tutorials and you are like a breadth of fresh air when I watch them. I recently made your coin purse, one for me and one for a friend, and I plan to make many more...adorable and useful! I’ve also told many of my creative friends about you. Thank you for doing what you do.

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