popping in

Hello Friends,

First, an announcement: all of my yarn that can be seen on South Seas Knitting┬ácan now be bought from Wildfiber, my former store, which almost closed but was rescued at the last minute by two lovely ladies, Teri and Claudia. They don’t yet have e-commerce up and running but I’ll bet if you called or email them they would send you whatever you want.

I have been a recalcitrant blogger, I know. It’s because of life’s changes that we must all go through and there’ve been many in the past year. When I popped in to say hello last October, I was in New Zealand for the funeral of my only sibling, my sister, Robyn, who had been unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer a few months before, and whom I thankfully came to New Zealand to see a month before she passed away. Writing this, I still can hardly believe she’s gone. Thankfully, I am still connected to her through my nephew and niece, both of whom I adore, and who have two gorgeous children apiece.

Here are my nephew Joe’s two kids wearing their hats I knitted for them. Ruben’s hat is the one from my last post, that I had to make all over again due to the twisted stitches. Lucia’s is the Blue Sky Alpacas Kitty Hat, a genius design by Lisa Whiting. I love this hat so much I’ve made another one for my niece’s little girl.



At the end of last year I embarked on a major knitting project. After spending three years writing my two latest books, I fancied following someone else’s pattern for a change, so I went searching for something to use up my enormous stash of Koigu. I decided on Hue Shift Afghan by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence.

It uses 10 shades, with 100 permutations. I love the way Kerin combined the colors and it’s the best use of mitered squares I’ve even seen. It’s made of four sections. The only sewing is the connection of these 4 squares. I knit the whole blanket on 2 size US 5 double pointed needles [I have a habit of using the shortest needles I can whenever I can and often use a couple of dpns]

Here’s my blanket when I was about to begin the 4th and final square. I could barely believe I’d gotten this far.

and here it is, finished with the 10 rows of garter stitch edging. I made it for my son, Pete.


Before I parted ways with my glorious and beloved stash of yarn sold to Wildfiber, they invited me to participate in a pop up store. so. much. fun.

Over three days I saw many of my friends and former customers. It was like having a knitting shop all over again. And part of having that all-over-again-feeling, was the exhaustion at the end of each day!

There was Mary, wearing her Everyday Cardigan from Knitting Everyday Finery


and Karen wearing Wandering Cable Scarf. (I recently added this pattern to Ravelry). How pretty is this pink and yellow colour combination?

Now I’ll leave you with a peek in a corner of our garden at our tiny house in Santa Monica. We are now living in it. It is very very small, but I’ve been reminded that I’m a spoiled Kiwi-Californian who is used to space. We’ve made a gorgeous little garden, full of the drought tolerant plants I love so much, and 5 New Zealand pohutukawa trees in pots.


6 Responses to “popping in”

  1. Anne Marie Says:

    My sister made the Everyday Cardigan. Such a pretty pattern.

  2. Susan Says:

    I have been looking for you all over and literally caught my breath to see your post! I’m sorry to hear the sad news about your sister. I learned to knit at Wildfiber while you were there; so excited that it will continue to be my favorite LYS. Gorgeous gorgeous afghan!

  3. Vicki Says:

    great to see you blogging again!

  4. Laura Says:

    Hi Mel, so happy to hear from you again. Very sorry for the loss of your sister. My Dad dies unexpectedly a few months back and it is still hard to believe. Such a feeling of loneliness left in his wake. Thank goodness for knitting to keep hands and mi DS occupied. Your blanket is gorgeous! Hope you keep checking in. Have a nice summer.

  5. Stella Moss-Mason Says:

    Congratulations on your Hue Shift Afghan, your use of colour is just magical. This is a pattern I have always loved, thank goodness one’s knitting life is long, more time to delight in the projects that are possible. Although he may not know it, your son is one lucky recepient of that afghan.

    I am sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. I will be thinking of you through this difficult time.

    Auckland’s knitting shop scene has changed a lot since you were here with South Seas Knitting and interesting to see that your wares are now available at a bricks and mortar shop again.

    It is lovely to see your newly planted garden, I hope it brings you much joy. I have inherited a drought resistant garden, but it is taking me a long time to enjoy it.

  6. Gina di Roma Says:

    Dear Mel,
    I miss your posts on Facebook and missed the post on your email address as I was out of town. It was there for a sec and when I checked in again.. poof, it was gone. I would love to converse esp. about relocation. When you have a chance please drop me a line with your email.

    I hope you and David are well!



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