almost there

Look what I got my hands on the other day! They’re advance copies of my new book, Knitting Everyday Finery and there are three because that’s how many editions there are! There’s a version for the UK, the USA, and NZ. It’s the same 26 patterns and photographs, but with metric and imperial measurements and a little bit of language changed to suit each country.

The actual release date is April for New Zealand and May for the UK and USA. You can pre-order online at Amazon USA, Amazon UK, and Fishpond NZ plus a number of other places. I thought it might help to know about the various editions just in case you see them and wonder why?

To me, everything crafted by hand  is “finery” in the truest sense. We knitters are fortunate because we know that hand made items are a way of accessing true luxury. I learned that as a child because I always felt well-dressed whenever I wore something my Mum had made for me, even if it was made within our strict household budget.

Everyday Finery contains mostly accessories (with a couple of practical garments) for all of us and our families, with a little bit of whimsey thrown in. There are projects for women, men, and kids. Some are quick knits, and others are more complex, like Fair Isle hats, and chunky lace.

This morning my friend Ellen who lives in upstate New York and blogs here, emailed me a link to this clip from a BBC breakfast show. Aneeta Patel, a London knitting teacher  of Knitting S.O.S  and author of Knitty Gritty is wearing Rowena from my first book, Knit 2 Together. She says it’s one of her favourite patterns.

14 Responses to “almost there”

  1. Marian Says:

    It must feel good to finally have your hands on a copy. Books looks and sounds lovely. Well done you. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  2. Kirsten Says:

    Yay! Exciting, congratulations Mel!

  3. Rachel Says:

    Congratulation on your new book. How exciting! I can’t wait to see it!

  4. Gina diroma-Edwards Says:

    I am so excited to get your new book and congratulations! I know it will inspire me to pick up those knitting needles again. Haven’t had the will since our fun Knotty knitting days! Best wishes for a successful book and thank you for bringing us more fabulous knitting inspiration. gina

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    That’s lovely! I’m so happy to hear you have a new book coming out. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see it.

  6. Emma Says:

    Mel – that is AMAZING! Well done!!!!! You are a talent. A treasure. And a clever lady. You must invite me to your NZ book launch! We should do it at The Little Grocer! It shows you what a digital world we live in as when I saw your blog post I wanted to click LIKE and SHARE – but I forgot I was not on Facebook. I will post your blog link on my Facebook page!! Excited. But you can probably tell this from my post. Emma (sometime knitting student and bigtime Mel Clark fan)

  7. Karen Says:

    Looking forward to the new book. Always love knitting my Mel Clark patterns – and they always look fantastic!

  8. Marla Says:

    Mel,
    How exciting. I am looking forward to the release of your newest book. Could this possibly mean another visit to Santa Monica?

  9. Sarah R Says:

    Congratulations!! It sounds like a lovely collection, I look forward to getting my hands on it!

  10. Teri Says:

    Congratulations Mel! We will most definitely have your new book in stock at Wildfiber. Would love to arrange a book signing with you too.
    Blessings..

  11. Lisa Says:

    Mel that is just wonderful news! Clever you :)

  12. Karen at Struan Farm Says:

    Can’t wait to get my copy of Everday Finery, thanks for mentioning fishpond, and love Rowena too!

  13. Sandy G. Says:

    Mel, I’m so happy for you – a new book completed is like a new baby. Well, minus the stretch marks…. I have a question: I want a US version of Knitting Everyday Finery, but would love to have you sign it if you would. Do you plan a trip to California, would it include a signing and should I wait for that? If not, I’ll pre-order the book now from Amazon. Or, if you have the US version available in your shop I’d order from you. What do you think?
    Best wishes,
    Sandy

  14. Mel Says:

    Thank you everyone for your messages!

    Sandy,
    It’s best to buy the book from Amazon or at a knitting store. I am planning to come to the USA in June/July. I’ll post news about book signings.

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