Monday's Feature: Mel Watkins

Meet Mel Watkins of SweetShop Creations.

AE:  Who are you?   
MW:  My name is Mel Watkins.
AE:  What is it that you do/make? 
MW:  I'm a crocheter, mostly. 
AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
MW:  Ah, this is the good question.  Let's January 2010, I was staying in a crowded back bedroom belonging to friends. I couldn’t find a job and that bothered me not only because I was finding it hard to get by, but because I strongly believe that one of the best things about making money is giving it to people who need it more than I do.  So, in order to pay my bills and hopefully someone else’s too, I founded SweetShop Creations  with seventeen skeins of borrowed yarn, and a few big ideas. I’m personally (ir)responsible for designing and hand-making every item myself after learning crochet about three years ago from a pattern book.  I decided to combine my desire to have an extra source of income with my desire to further social justice in the world. To that end, SweetShop was created and is still going over a year later. 

I’ve actually done far more with it that I thought I would–from doing product swaps to craft shows.  Basically though, I stick to my original idea..making affordable, fun handmade clothing and accessories without resorting to unethical means of procurement…unless you consider me staying up until midnight maniacally counting stitches unethical. A sizable portion of all profits are donated to educational and sustainable economic development programs, such as Helping Hands International Ministries, which educates, empowers, and encourages people in Uganda. To find out more about them, please click here. I'm also exploring links with Friends of Kanzi-Kibera, an organization which funds schools for street children in Kenya. 

AE:  Where can we find your work? 
MW:  You can visit my etsy shop (of course) or visit the SweetShop Creations blog (which has some cool free patterns created by yours truly available for download). You can also find my occasional writings on the world at the blog Nothing But Water.  

Thanks, Mel for such a great interview.  It's wonderful to meet people who use their talents to help others.

Please give Mel your support by visiting any of the following of her websites:

Peace & Love,


  1. Wow! Thanks very much for the blog feature Elizabeth--I appreciate it lots!


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