Introducing Sweet Bird Crochet & Services

As you know, I have decided to invite like-minded individuals that are in a business that aligns with my crochet business to introduce themselves to my readers.  This week I’d like to introduce a Crochet Tech Editor, my online friend, Cherie from Sweet Bird Crochet. Not only does Cherie crochet, but she is also a talented technical editor for pattern writers as well as an accomplished pattern writing instructor. And if all of that wasn’t enough for me to ask her to introduce herself, her first name is my middle name, so, I couldn’t NOT ask her! LOL!

So, without much-a-do, let me introduce Cherie Mellick.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Cherie Mellick. I’m the face behind the logo, the hands behind the hook, and the heart behind the purpose! I am a small business owner located in Metro Atlanta, Georgia! My husband and I are empty nesters who spoil our little dogger, Keiki (cakey), and our feathered toddler, Kalani! Kalani is an Indian Ringneck Parrot who is the center of my business brand. She is the ‘sweet bird’ behind Sweet Bird Crochet!

My husband and I have 6 adult children (4 are mine from a previous marriage and 2 are his from a previous marriage). We have a total of NINE grandbabies…and I’m not quite 50, YET! There is nothing more precious than hearing my grands yelling “NeeNee” as they run up to me for a big hug! We don’t get to see our grands very often since they are scattered all over the United States, but we do steal away as often as possible for visits. Of course, there are always the video chats I have with their little foreheads and noses or the fan because they don’t quite understand the concept of video chatting! 😊

When did you start to crochet and why?

My friend Tina tried hard to teach me to crochet. We sat at her dining table for several hours laughing hysterically at the fact that I could not get the concept of what she was showing me! A simple granny square and my brain just couldn’t comprehend what her hands were doing! I picked up yarn and hook about a year later, printed out a pattern, and BAM! I totally understood what the pattern was telling me to do and 15 years later, I’m still in love with the art!

I won’t say that crochet saved my life, but it certainly has helped me to cope with some hardships I had faced in my previous marriage. I am a survivor of domestic violence. Crochet gave me an outlet when I felt extremely powerless. It gave me confidence as I created. It gave me a healthy escape from some particularly difficult circumstances.

My husband has always been fascinated by my crochet creations. Every time I made an amigurumi, a blanket, or a bag, he would look it over with such amazement telling me I should start my own business. I told him that once we are debt-free, I’ll start my business.

At the end of 2020, we officially had paid off over $35,000 in debt! It took us 18 grueling months, but we did it! We were debt-free, and I quit my full-time job and started my business!

What do you sell/make?

At first, I started selling custom orders and Amigurumi Unicorns, but I found that I was not passionate about making the same things over and over! I have a little motto in my business, “If I don’t love it, I won’t do it!” I started this business to do what I love and if I didn’t love making unicorns over and over, then my business just became a job! I took several months off to give myself a break and to think about the direction I wanted to go in my business.

The birth of the Arizona Zipper Pouch

After a trip to Arizona to visit our babies, I designed my Arizona Zipper Pouch, and I knew what I wanted to do! I love using my creativity to design patterns! I had finally found my “niche”, that word that creates such anxiety and pressure! Since I’ve had an affinity for crochet blankets since the beginning of my crochet journey, it made sense to focus on designing patterns for blankets. However, I also love bags! I love bags, purses, clutches, and zipper pouches! Those two items are my focus when it comes to designing crochet patterns.

Sweet Bird Crochet Arizona Zipper Bag
Sweet Bird Crochet Arizona Zipper Pouch

I knew that designing patterns would not bring in the money each month for my business to survive. So, I added several services to hopefully generate a sustainable income. I am a certified crochet instructor with the Craft Yarn Council and have taught online and in-person crochet classes. I do plan on having a Virtual Tapestry Crochet Workshop in the Fall of this year! (Did I tell you that I love tapestry crochet?) I also am a Tech Editor. I edit patterns for designers so they can publish patterns that are high quality and almost perfect patterns! I also am a virtual assistant. I help crochet, knit, and yarn businesses manage their businesses. As a VA, I help build websites, manage emails, take phone calls, manage newsletters, and so much more! Last, but not least, I help designers write their patterns. Whether it’s a new designer or a veteran, I can take pattern notes, diagrams, or charts and write a well-crafted pattern!

Where can we buy your creations?

You can find all my crochet patterns, the services I offer, and my blog at

Finally, what’s your top tip when it comes to crocheting?

If you don’t love it, don’t do it! If what you crochet doesn’t bring you joy, then don’t make it. Once your joy begins to diminish, what you’re doing becomes a job. None of us started our craft business to “work”. We all started it to add joy to our lives! Don’t lose sight of that! Oh, another great tip: Gauge swatch, gauge swatch, gauge swatch! And weave in your ends as you go! 😊

Cherie, I ‘d like to thank you for speaking with me today. We are looking forward to seeing more of your creations as your current works are just so beautiful!

Until next time!

Love Nana Dawn

Meet An Amazing Mosaic Crochet Creator

Recently I thought that it might be a great idea to invite fellow crocheters to introduce themselves to my readers. This week I’d like to introduce a Mosaic Crochet Expert, my online friend, Lynette from Lavender Cup Cottage Mosaic Crochet. Lynette has been a staunch supporter of Nana’s Attic Crochet and she runs a Facebook group for those that want to learn MOSAIC crochet.

Name:  Lynette Kosar

Business:  Lavender Cup Cottage Mosaic Crochet

Facebook link:

FB Business page:

Tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Lynette Kosar and I am the designer and owner of Lavender Cup Cottage Mosaic Crochet.  I am from a rural area of north western Pennsylvania where I grew up on a farm.  I have 2 grown sons, who I am super proud of!  Now that the boys have grown, it’s just me and my loveable dog, Lucy.

I listed my first set of patterns on Etsy in March 2021, then Ravelry in June 2021 while working a full-time job.  It started as a side project, but I love designing so much that in September 2021 I took the big plunge and quit my job to design full time!  It was a BIG SCARY move but has turned out to be the best thing I could have done for myself.  I gave up the stability of a regular income, paid vacation time, and benefits, but I gained improved mental health and less stress being able to work as a designer doing something I love.  Since opening, I have built a library of high-quality and unique patterns. 

When did you start to crochet and why?

As a child, my great-grandma would often watch my sister and I while my parents were at work – especially in the summer when school was out.  When I was about 7 or 8 years old my great grandma taught me how to crochet.  First, of course, was mastering the chain! 

It was always my goal to sit and make that chain as long as I could.  I would see if I could make it go down her hallway and back or go around the living room.  Every time I came back to visit, I always had a yarn to play with.  She also taught me single and double crochet, how to do spirals and how to increase and decrease.  I didn’t know how to read patterns back then, but the first thing I made was a little bear that I freestyled out of my head.  I was so proud of it and gave to my best friend. 

What do you sell/make?

I design mosaic crochet patterns and currently have over 40 available.  Our best seller and the most popular pattern at this time is the “Penny’s Sunflower Farm”.  This pattern makes a large blanket with a farm scene ~ working from the bottom of the pattern, you’ll see flowers and butterflies in front of a wooden fence with sunflowers growing just behind the fence, followed by a grassy pasture area and cows, a barn and farmhouse.  Behind the farmhouse and barn are corn fields that extend to the horizon of sunrise.

This is an image of the Penny's Sunflower Far" Afghan
Penny’s Sunflower Farm Mosaic Crochet Pattern

All our mosaic crochet patterns include the charts and the written pattern.  They have been tested by people with various levels of mosaic crochet experience.  90% of our patterns are great for a first-time beginner and the remaining 10% are for anyone who has done at least one project or if you are brand new and up for a challenge!  The only thing that makes some of our patterns more challenging is more counting and fewer repeats…. that’s it!

Instructions for basic mosaic crochet are included with every pattern and we have step-by-step video tutorials in our Facebook Group.  (

Where can we find your creations?

We have customers all over the world!  Our patterns are sold on Ravelry, on Etsy, and a website is in the works! 



For pattern support and a fun and interactive community join us in our Facebook Group:

We are also on Instagram and my nephew’s girlfriend is helping me get all my pics loaded.  I appreciate your patience:

Finally, what’s your top tip when it comes to crocheting?

The best tip I can give your readers is to dream big and follow their heart!  Don’t be afraid to try new things and keep growing in your crochet journey…. Learn new stitches or a new technique, a tiny step out of your comfort zone can have huge rewards!

If I can help you take that tiny step in your crochet journey, I’m here for you.

Have a happy crocheting day!


Lynette, I ‘d like to thank you for speaking with me today. We are looking forward to seeing more of your creations as your current works are just so beautiful!

Who Invented Crochet?

Have you ever wondered who invented crochet or how crochet came to be?

I have

To be honest it has perplexed me for a rather long time.  So, I did some research on the subject and came up with almost an answer!  What do I mean by that?  Well, it seems that there is no one place that can pinpoint the actual date, time, and place that crochet was ‘invented’!

 “no convincing evidence as to how old the art of crochet might be or where it came from. It was impossible to find evidence of crochet in Europe before 1800. A great many sources state that crochet has been known as far back as the 1500s in Italy under the name of ‘nun’s work’ or ‘nun’s lace,’ where it was worked by nuns for church textiles,”  (Marks, 1997)

Irish Crochet became popular and might probably be one of the only things that saved the Irish during the great potato famine between 1845 and 1850. The Irish went so far as to turn schools into crochet mills, for lack of prettier words. The schools taught men, women, and children of all ages how to crochet.  Their items then were sold all over Europe and abroad with the new owners unaware of the humble beginnings of their beloved crochet collars and cuffs.

Many Irish saved their meager earnings to make better lives for themselves by leaving Ireland for a new land, America. Here, their delicate crochet influenced the knitting and sewing arena. They couldn’t help but appreciate the intricacies and hard work put into the craft.

The funny thing about crochet is, that you can use almost any type of material!  The Sweet Grass of the Carolina Lowcountry, hair, animal fur, flax, wool, and the list goes on and on.  One thing that is for sure is that, when a crochet project is in need, one need not go far to find the materials to complete it.  Today, we just run to a craft store and buy whatever we need. Obviously, Wal-Mart and Michael’s weren’t around in the 1800s or 1900s.

Now, what about this thing we call a CROCHET HOOK?  Well, fingers were the first crochet hooks, then whatever tool one could get their hands on, such as hooks made of bone, metal, wood, and even spoons. Today we can buy a hook in any one of 25 different sizes from the smallest metal hook to the largest wood or plastic hook.

So, you’re probably wondering what kinds of things were on the list of necessities that crochet produced. Fishing nets are the first thing to come to mind. Then bags or satchels, belts, and snares to catch rabbit and fish. Later you could see crochet lace in funeral ceremonies or religious rights and marriage ceremonies.  In the 1600s Europe, Royalty and the wealthy adorned themselves in lace gowns, headpieces, and other apparel while the poorer impoverished could only dream about such adornments. It is possible that the impoverished used crochet to adorn themselves in imitation of the wealthier status’ garments.

Crochet techniques have come a long way since their initiation into the mainstream.  We have books upon books to read, YouTube channels that give explicit instruction, and grandmother’s that still teach their grandchildren to crochet.  There are so many people crocheting today, that it is hard to go to a craft fair and not see 2-3 tables selling all sorts of different crochet items, from amigurumi (stuffed animals) to fashion items and accessories.

That my friends are little bits in the History of Crochet. If you would like to learn more about the history of crochet, you can find more information at the Crochet Guild website:

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