it’s out!

Hi Guys,

Thank you for all the wonderful, detailed comments posted last week. They’re little gems of stories in themselves. I loved reading all of them. There is so much to say about all of our knitting histories. I could read these stories all day. The difference in attitudes between countries, the family histories, all of it makes me wonder if anyone is doing serious study, perhaps a PHD thesis on the sociology of knitting?

Exciting news this week: my book has been released two months early in the USA.


It’s now available on USA Amazon here.

About the three different versions (USA, UK, and NZ): they are all basically the same. The only differences are spellings and the placement of metric vs imperial measurements.

In the next few weeks I’ll be adding pics of the projects, some directly from the book, and others I’ve been having fun with.

Here’s a little preview:

The idea of the book is that hand knits, even simple projects, make everyone feel special and are a knitter’s easy route to real luxury. There are 26 projects, all practical accessories and garments that you can wear any time.

Here’s one of my favourite projects, Shiraz Slippers


They’re made from one hank of Cascade 220 , and they’re an easy knit (in the round). If I’m dawdling it takes me an evening to complete one slipper. I’ve worn them ad infinitum around my house. When they get a bit grungy I wash them, even with the suede soles, for which I’ve included a template in the book. I really recommend the soles. They add a nonslip factor and make the slippers look professional. A friend asked me where I bought mine!


To a pair I made for India I added quilted insoles, made with liberty lawn, quilted on my machine and sewed to the insides. They add a little je-ne-sais-quoi………



I plan to make these for all the girls in my life.

Here’s a couple more images from the book:

July Gloves

Everyday Cardigan



13 Responses to “it’s out!”

  1. heather Says:

    Love love love those slippers! They’re so chic! The cardigan and gloves too. Congratulations on what looks like a beautiful book.

  2. Rachel Dodd Says:

    The book looks beautiful. i can’t wait to get it!

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    gorgeous! i’m buying my copy today!

  4. penny Says:

    The styling in all of these photos is simply divine! I’ve ordered my copy already, can’t wait to get stuck in a make some knitted treats!!!

  5. michelle Says:

    Yes I agree!! The details really make the difference, the ribbon/innersole, gorgeous!! Lovely to see some of those beautiful yarns in true form!

  6. Sandy G. Says:

    It’s not only out, it’s at my house! Amazon was lightning fast, your book arrived today. It will definitely be my nightstand reading for a few weeks …… at first cursory glance, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. :)

  7. Mel Says:

    Hi Sandie, I look forward to signing your copy when I come over!

  8. lisa Says:

    great news Mel!! so happy it is out….. love the little slippers so much- not being a knitter… I will have to have a go….hopefully see you soon in santa monica. miss you lots xoxox

  9. Marla Says:

    Exciting news indeed! Looking forward to your book tour.

  10. Annie Says:

    Congratulations! You must be so proud of yourself.

  11. Nicky Says:

    Its at my house too !!
    Love it. !!
    Thank you for the recognition Mel.

  12. Lisa Says:

    Dearest Mel;
    Congratulations! I was just checking Amazon to see whether it was out. Yippee! Love those slippers.

  13. Linda Wilson Says:

    Dear Mel,

    Love the book. I also sent you an e-mail at your Contact Me website that I hope you receive, but in case you don’t here is my dilema: I am currently trying to knit the Strawberry Beret. Everything is fine until I get to the 4 pattern rows. I begin row 1 with 112 stitches and end with 56 stitches when I have completed it. Am I doing something wrong here? Row 2 instructs me to knit those stitches so I still have 56 stitches. Row 3 has me knitting and purling 3 stitches, knitting those again and purling those again, which further reduces the number of stitches. Then I look to the instructions for the decreasing rows and find that I should have 84 stitches after the first decrease row. Help! What am I doing incorrectly?

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