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New pattern: Moccs

Friday, October 10th, 2014


Here’s something I’ve been working on: Moccs.  The pattern is now available to buy on Ravelry here.

They come in 2 sizes, and they’re not felted, just knit, a quick one at that. Perfect for the upcoming holiday season; something to tuck in a bag for a weekend away, or to slip on your feet for an evening on the couch.

Here’s another pic. They’re made with the ultra-luscious Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, just one skein. You could probably make 3 pair from two skeins.

The idea came to me a year ago after I made these baby booties for my book Knitting Gifts For Baby

Memories of family road trips to New Mexico were the inspiration. Stopping at road side stand to buy a sweet little pair of hand made leather moccasins.

Why should babies have all the fun?

I’ve also just finished another project I love. This time not my pattern. It’s Running Stitch Skirt by Yumiko Sakurai of the blog harumidoridesigns

There’s a little of the Southwest/Sundance catalog about this design too, isn’t there?

photo courtesy of Interweave

I love love my skirt which I made in Rowan Purelife Revive (gorgeous recycled yarn, one third each silk, cotton and rayon), the slip stitch stripes in Habu Cotton Gima. It’s knit sideways in reverse stockinette. The only features I altered were the back seam and waistband. The pattern called for a drawstring but I prefer a hem with elastic inserted. And instead of sewing the back seam I finished it with a three-needle bind off, seam on the outside. Apologies for this strange angle, a skirt selfie is tough! you get the picture.

My friend Paula made one in Euroflax linen, and another in wool. A skirt is such a great project and they’re surprisingly flattering provided they have enough width to not be tight too across the rear. That’s the secret. This is a wonderful design.

Happy knitting!

xox Mel


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.


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,