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Company Name: 3 Boys & A Ball of Yarn
Designer Name: Melanie Padron
Home State: Texas
Design Specialty: Boys
1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?
My great-grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 11 years old. I'll never forget making that first patch-work scarf - it was quite...um...."special," but I couldn't wait to give it to my grandpa! He proudly wore it to feed the cows and do the chores around the farm -- bless his heart. Today I crochet & write patterns to stay sane. As a busy mom of 3 boys, it is the one thing in life that is all mine. It gives me permission to sit down and still feel productive. It distracts me when my rowdy boys make my house seem like a circus. It's my creative outlet when I'm not working my full-time job. It.Is.My.Sanity.
2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?
Although I started by designing hats and photo-prop sets, I have recently branched out in to boys clothing and I am really enjoying it!
3 What are you most known for?
I am most known for my three boys and crochet patterns that suit them. Not everything I make is just for boys though. In fact, one thing I encourage my testers to do is use girlie yarn colors or put a girlish spin on my designs. I love seeing how they make my patterns more versatile and suitable for both boys and girls
4 How do you jump-start your creativity?
I jump start my creativity by looking at current fashion. What are my boys asking to wear? What is cool & trendy enough for them? What are the new "in" colors for the season? It doesn't take long before the ideas start bouncing around in my brain to the point I have to get them out by sketching on paper.
5 What season inspires you the most?
Winter! I love winter! However, I am obsessed with cotton yarn right now and a new summer line of boys clothing.
6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?
How many patterns I design is such an issue for me. I have a full time job and 3 boys, so although I have many designs in my head, they don't always come to fruition. I much prefer to focus on the quality of a few patterns than the quantity of them. I have a trusted group of testers who re-make every single pattern I write. I also have proof readers and editors who help ensure 3B&BY patterns are as accurate and easy to make as possible.
7 Is there another craft you'd like to try your hand at?
Knitting and sewing...in my dreams.
8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Most of my Sunday afternoons are spent at the grocery store -- especially during spring and fall baseball season. All of my boys play baseball and my husband is their coach. This means our Saturdays are spent at the baseball field...A.K.A our home away from home. Couple this with working full time Monday through Friday in the insurance industry, and you can see that Sunday after church is my only time to stock up on groceries.
9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?
Yarn, hook, scissors.