Meet The Maker: Melinda Alaniz from All In The Stitches

Meet The Maker: Melinda from All In The Stitches

This Meet The Maker is all about my aunt and partner in crafty crime Melinda, she’s the creative force behind All In The Stitches. 

If you follow me on Social Media you’ve probably heard about some of our adventures and you’ve seen us cross promoting our events. If you happen to catch me in person at a craft show (check out my events page to see where I’ll be) then you have seen some of her work, I often have her items mixed in with mine on display. 

Just like my previous Meet The Maker (here if you  missed it) you’ll see the interview questions in one font style and the responses in another just to keep things easier to see.

So without further ado, let’s Meet The Maker!

Thanks for agreeing to answer some questions today!

So tell me, how long have you been crocheting? 

I have been crocheting for about 7 years now.

Who taught you?

My grandma tried to teach me when I was around 7 – 8. She taught me how to make granny squares. However at the time it didn’t stick, so I put it away. Then about 7 years ago I tried my hand at knitting, that wasn’t great either. Then one day I decided to give crocheting a chance again. Got a hook, some yarn, and watched a YouTube video a crazy mount of times, till I had the light bulb moment and haven’t put my hook down since.

Melinda’s grandmother who taught her to crochet

What inspires you to create?

A lot of things inspire me to create . Sometimes it is a great pattern, sometimes its a cool yarn that I want to work with. I have customers that have a request and that sparks inspiration, and sometimes from those requests other projects are sparked.

How do you decide what to make next?

Sometimes it’s a customer order. Lately I have found a few patterns that I love to make and have been binge making them.

Ok, let’s talk about projects. Everyone has that one project they are the most proud of, what’s yours?

One of the projects I am most proud of was the nd of 2016, I made and delivered 48 preemie to newborn size crochet hats to the maternity ward at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. It was part of a give back project through Yarnspirations. I chose that hospital because that was where my youngest son was born. I loved how he got a homemade by a “grandma” hat  when he was born and I wanted to give that to someone else.

Crochet Baby Hats For Charity

What was your favorite project to work on?

One of my favorite projects to work on was the candy corn dress, hat, and slipper set I was  commissioned to make for a friend.

What kinds of things do you make the most?

Lately I have been making lots of beanies, but I tend to make more amigurumi or cuddlers.

Crochet cuddlers by All In The Stitches

What is on your current “To Make” list?

I am currently working on a poncho for a customer. Next on my list is the Mer-anda Tank by @crazy4crochetmomma . I bought some beautiful colored yarn for it on our recent yarn tour.

Alright now let’s talk about yarn…

What kind of yarn do you use the most?

Red Heart is my usual go to yarn.

What is your favorite kind of yarn? What have you made with it?

Red Heart is also my favorite. I have made so many things from hats, to cuddlers, to Afghans of all kinds.

What is the most expensive yarn you’ve ever bought? What did you make with it?

The most expensive yarn is all the yarn I bought on the yarn tour, it was all yarns that I don’t typically buy. Three of the hanks of yarn will be used for the Mer-anda Tank. The other hanks have no project lined up for them yet.

Most expensive and most random yarns ever bought by Melinda

What is the most random yarn you’ve ever bought? What did you use it for?

My most random yarn I’ve bought has got to be the llama and alpaca yarn I brought on the yarn tour. I bought them simply because I love llamas, and as of right now it has no project.

I want to know a little more about you,

What do you like to do when you are not crocheting?

When I am not crocheting I like to read mysteries and romance novels. I also enjoy watching Hallmark movies and spending time with my family.

What are some other hobbies or crafts to you do?

I do embroidery and quilting but sometimes ingetba creative bug to do simple DIY projects .

What new ones do you want to learn?

I would love to learn Tunisian crochet.

Tell me about your logo, is there a story behind it?

My logo is a llama wearing a scarf with a sunflower. I have always had a love for llamas and sunflowers, so I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate them into my logo. My oldest sons girlfriend took a graphic art class and said she needed to design a logo and offered to make mine. I gave her my ideas and from there she created my logo.

All In The Stitches logo

Tell me three random facts about yourself.

I have a sunflower tattoo.

I eat peanut M&M’s while I crochet.

I own a Nintendo NES and I can still rock Mario.

I know many crocheters watch TV while they work, do you? If so, what do you like to watch?

I watch Hallmark movies a lot of the time when I am crocheting, but I also love to watch Disney movies.

What else should people know about you?

I live a busy life a busy life with my husband (married 19 years), my three kids (ages 18, 13, and 9), and three dogs. I also work full time, but with all that chaos, crochet keeps me grounded and sane. I love to create pieces that bring joy to others .

Thank you so much for sharing your story Melinda!

All In The Stitches social media and contact information

If you’d like to see more of Melinda’s work, check out her Etsy Shop AllInTheStitchesShop , her website, or follow her on Instagram @allinthestitches , or on Facebook.

Have someone in mind that should be featured in my next Meet The Maker? Send me an email or comment below!

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