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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Hello Friends,

First, an announcement: all of my yarn that can be seen on South Seas Knitting can now be bought from Wildfiber, my former store, which almost closed but was rescued at the last minute by two lovely ladies, Teri and Claudia. They don’t yet have e-commerce up and running but I’ll bet if you called or email them they would send you whatever you want.

I have been a recalcitrant blogger, I know. It’s because of life’s changes that we must all go through and there’ve been many in the past year. When I popped in to say hello last October, I was in New Zealand for the funeral of my only sibling, my sister, Robyn, who had been unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer a few months before, and whom I thankfully came to New Zealand to see a month before she passed away. Writing this, I still can hardly believe she’s gone. Thankfully, I am still connected to her through my nephew and niece, both of whom I adore, and who have two gorgeous children apiece.

Here are my nephew Joe’s two kids wearing their hats I knitted for them. Ruben’s hat is the one from my last post, that I had to make all over again due to the twisted stitches. Lucia’s is the Blue Sky Alpacas Kitty Hat, a genius design by Lisa Whiting. I love this hat so much I’ve made another one for my niece’s little girl.

 

 

At the end of last year I embarked on a major knitting project. After spending three years writing my two latest books, I fancied following someone else’s pattern for a change, so I went searching for something to use up my enormous stash of Koigu. I decided on Hue Shift Afghan by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence.

It uses 10 shades, with 100 permutations. I love the way Kerin combined the colors and it’s the best use of mitered squares I’ve even seen. It’s made of four sections. The only sewing is the connection of these 4 squares. I knit the whole blanket on 2 size US 5 double pointed needles [I have a habit of using the shortest needles I can whenever I can and often use a couple of dpns]

Here’s my blanket when I was about to begin the 4th and final square. I could barely believe I’d gotten this far.

and here it is, finished with the 10 rows of garter stitch edging. I made it for my son, Pete.

 

Before I parted ways with my glorious and beloved stash of yarn sold to Wildfiber, they invited me to participate in a pop up store. so. much. fun.

Over three days I saw many of my friends and former customers. It was like having a knitting shop all over again. And part of having that all-over-again-feeling, was the exhaustion at the end of each day!

There was Mary, wearing her Everyday Cardigan from Knitting Everyday Finery

 

and Karen wearing Wandering Cable Scarf. (I recently added this pattern to Ravelry). How pretty is this pink and yellow colour combination?

Now I’ll leave you with a peek in a corner of our garden at our tiny house in Santa Monica. We are now living in it. It is very very small, but I’ve been reminded that I’m a spoiled Kiwi-Californian who is used to space. We’ve made a gorgeous little garden, full of the drought tolerant plants I love so much, and 5 New Zealand pohutukawa trees in pots.

 

stella

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

At last I’ve published the pattern for Stella, the womens’ and girls’ version of the baby bonnet on the cover of my book, minus the chin strap.

 

It’s available on Ravelry here 

and is named after my friend Anna’s daughter. Isn’t she lovely?        

  

This is a quick post, as I’m off to New Zealand tomorrow.

I’ll be in touch from there. In the meantime, I wanted to share this photo with you. It’s my friend Gilda’s grandson in a sailor suit she knitted for him. It begs for one of those “if only my grandmother would stop knitting” captions, doesn’t it…..?


With my thoughts now turning to  New Zealand, I’m looking forward to some familiar sights, like these villas in my old stomping ground.

Look for my post nest week when I’ll be writing about an exciting new book I’ve been knitting from.

There will be a giveaway, too.

xoMel

new book!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Advance copies of my new book arrived from the printer last week. How excited was I to go to the Fex Ex office to pick them up? Very!

Here it is

It turned out to be a timely arrival. The LA Yarn Crawl was happening and I was able to  show it to knitters at my event at Compatto where the projects were on display. It’s always fun to see people react to your work. I watched a man (there were a few men, all knitters) thumb through it, his facial expressions changing with each page. He loved it, and ordered a signed copy.

The Leia Bonnet on the cover is one of my favorite projects, so I decided to make a pattern for a larger version to fit girls and bigger girls. I’ll be publishing it as a PDF in a couple of weeks.

The new hat on my lovely friend Anna

and her daughter Stella, after whom the hat will be named

I’ll be publishing Stella the PDF on Ravelry soon.

You can order Knitting Gifts For Baby here.

Best wishes,

Mel