Topsy-Turvy winner

Hello Everyone,

Thank you all, for entering this competition. You appreciate Susan’s work, and for good reason. What an important member of the knitting community she is, so full of enthusiasm and ideas.

Congratulations to Patricia McAdams who is the winner of a copy of this wonderful book. Patrica is keen to make the topsy turvy doll which is the other project I also want to make but didn’t include in my blog post. You can see it in Susan’s Ravelry projects here.

I really recommend buying the book if you didn’t win it. The fun you’ll have making these charming toys, and the smiles you’ll see when you show them off, make the purchase worthwhile. There’s a Kindle version as well as hard cover: Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys.

Happy toy knitting!

I am in New Zealand at the moment, for sad reasons, but I’m enjoying seeing my extended family and my wonderful friends who are letting me stay at their homes. At the weekend I took the train out west to see Ingrid and Graeme. They’re long time friends whom I’ve know since the early 80s when we all lived in London. They returned to Auckland and over the years, had a lovely daughter, Una, and built a house on the land where Ingrid grew up in a house her parents built in the 50s. It’s been a labor of love. Ingrid and Graeme are practitioners of the “do-it-yourself” kiwi philosophy. They were recycling furniture and making things by hand (a whole house!) long before it became popular to do so (note that I’m resisting using the word trendy because I think it’s over-used and also, dismissive of a very worthy way of life ). I love their house. Its many wood surfaces, hand printed textiles, paintings and furniture remind me of the famous Eames house in Los Angeles. It’s an inspiration.

Here’s a taste of my weekend:


Sunday afternoon we went for a hike along a spectacular section of the Ed Hillary trail between Muriwai and Te Henga, picnicking on the cliff top..

Next week I return to Santa Monica where I’m teaching a workshop at Wildfiber: the cover bonnet from Knitting Gifts For Baby, September 21 & 28, 2 to 5 pm.

Also on Saturday September 28 I’m going to be part of this fun event at the New Zealand Consulate. I’ll be selling and signing books, and displaying my work. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and you’re interested in attending, please email me at

xo Mel

One Response to “Topsy-Turvy winner”

  1. meppybn Says:

    Knitting Gifts for Baby arrived in my mailbox the other day – very cute patterns and have a few new arrivals to our family this year, so perfectly timed!!

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