this and that

Hi Knitters,

This week, there was an interview with me posted here, on Robin Hunter’s blog.

Her interviews with designers are a great idea. I enjoyed reading them. She gives everyone the same set of questions.

The awesome Susan B Anderson is having a giveaway of my book on her blog here. [Note: The giveaway has closed and a winner has been chosen]

It’s been suggested that readers might like to see photos of the real Daisy Dachshund who was the inspiration for the little guy in my book. It was a case of love at first sight for my kids, who chose her because she was the smallest in a litter of miniatures, which means really, really small. For her first couple of years she was carried everywhere.


Tough to look out the car window the way most dogs do, when you’re so tiny. Arm rests come in handy.

This week I had a birthday, which led to looking at old photos, which led to me exclaim to my husband “I’m ___! (I leave it for you to fill in the number for yourselves)

to which he replied, dryly, as he is wont to do: “that was the best year for tail fins”

so it seems I am in good company, but am I this gal?

or this?

or this?

Methinks a little of all three, depending on the day. I really don’t mind being a classic car. With some TLC (and help from Dr Andrew Weil) I’ll retain my shine and style (even if I’m a  little heavy in the handling) for many years to come.

The old photos did prompt me to get a haircut. The braid in last week’s photo has now been chopped off and my hair is now more like this. Can’t say the same for the chassis.

That’s me wearing a horsey jacket I designed in the 90’s for a westernwear company, with my mannequin covered in items from my chinoiserie collection (also 90s). Is it time for picture sweaters and drop shoulders to make a comeback? I think so.

Next week I’m going to be taking photos for a new book (something entirely different this time), and at the end of it, I’m going to celebrate six months of knitting feverishly on book projects by making something for a friend of mine. I’ll be knitting a pair of Shiraz Slippers and posting a tutorial on how to make linings and soles.  We’re also having a knitalong for the slippers on my Ravelry group. Come on over and join us here!

Lastly, now that I am that certain age, am I too old to wear these?

14 Responses to “this and that”

  1. Karen T Says:

    Those shoes are part little girl, part granny. Which must mean anyone of any age can wear them, right?

  2. Jane Says:

    Definitely not too old to wear them!

    Happy birthday

  3. Mel Says:

    Jane and Karen: thanks for the encouragement!I’ve been eyeing them for ages.

  4. Rachel Says:

    What an adorable dachsie! I’d like to see more of the horsey sweater. I see horseshoes. Does it have a picture of a horse? I’ve been looking for a good horse image for a sweater.

  5. Karen Says:

    Happy belated birthday, Mel! Of course you always look lovely.


  6. Lisa Says:

    Happy Birthday for last week Mel :)
    I LOVE those shoes! You should absolutely wear them!

  7. Karen at Struan Farm Says:

    Belated Happy Birthday Mel! Never too old for any shoes you can still walk in….cheers, KB

  8. Bridget Says:

    Happy belated Birthday! Those shoes are awesome! Hope they are now on your feet.

  9. Pooch Says:

    Being “that certain age” means you have the freedom to be who you are, wear what you like. Enjoy your new shoes!


  10. Lily McCool Says:

    never too old

  11. Mel Says:

    Lily, Pooch, Bridget, Karen (s), Lisa, Jane: how encouraging you all are, or should I say enabling of my shoe habit;)

  12. mary Says:

    happy birthday, mel!!! you will never be too old to wear such fun shoes!!! love you new hair do!

  13. mary Says:

    oops! meant love YOUR new hair do!

    ps just saw the picture of you with your hair long and in a braid on robin’s blog. you and india look like sisters!!!

  14. Polly Says:

    Rachel you’d be envious to know that I have that exact dream hand knit equine cardigan at home and it has a whole new lease of life, because picture jumpers and drop shoulders ARE back in my book, I wear it with everything!!

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