My current work in progress:

Newlyn Jacket, by Jane Gottelier, knit from Rowan Original Denim, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Mother-Daughter Knits


I recently received a review copy of Mother-Daughter Knits, by Sally Melville and Caddy Melville Ledbetter, who are — you guessed it — mother and daughter.

I’ve long been a fan of Sally Melville so was happy to see this book.

The book has a wonderful detailed section on customizing knitting patterns to fit your particular body type. Anyone who has knit a beautiful sweater only to find it heartbreakingly unflattering will appreciate the wisdom shared here. The book is worth buying for this part alone.

But of course there are patterns too! Designs from both Sally and Caddy, described as:

30 customizable garments for women of all shapes, heights, and ages, including:

  • a slimming Jackie Kennedy—style Camelot coat,
  • a reversible tank top with a scoop neck,
  • a Jane Austen—inspired jacket with an empire waist,
  • a flirty top that enhances feminine curves.

A couple of my favorite includes include this shopping bag:


And this wonderful coat:


Would you like a copy of this marvelous book? Leave a comment to this blog post saying that would. On Sunday March 22 at noon, EDT, I will ask the Great and Powerful Random Number Generator to pick a recipient and send that individual a copy.

In other news, I have the first Sunflower sock completed!


And I got a fabulous new pair of earrings:


If you enlarge that photo you can see how badly I need to put lotion on my hands. 😉

The earrings are handmade, 22k gold over silver. I bought them from Allan Mason who has an etsy store here: Go have a look-see — he’s got some gorgeous pieces and his customer service is perfect!

Here’s a pic of the earring being worn. Note how the camera angle makes my face look huge! And it’s a nice up-the-nose shot too, eh?


And Lucy is no longer green and scary.



  1. I would welcome that book, and greatly appreciate the opportunity to win it.

  2. kelly-ann says:

    What an interesting book – I love that coat!

  3. I would love this book. Also enjoyed Lucy’s St Patrick’s Day photos. I didn’t have time to read the blog yesterday. You are too funny!

  4. YES!…….the book would be a lovely gift!!

  5. Charlotte says:

    I’m so glad to see that Sally has a new book out!! Her books are the best.

  6. I promise that if I win the book I’ll share it with my mother!

  7. Love the book!

    tabithas last blog post..I Stink At Prayer

  8. The book would be an excellent add to my knitting library, thank you for sharing with whoever wins! Love the new earrings; glad Lucy no longer is scary green!

  9. As usual, I’m late to the party!
    My little Chico is green with envy over Miss Lucy’s St. Paddy’s day pictures!
    (He’s fasting, and mad at his mommy because of his teeth cleaning/surgery tommorow) How the heck do they know?
    Those earring are the bomb! (fabulous)

  10. I would love, love, love the book!

    Suzannes last blog post..Torn Between Two Lovers

  11. I need a book like that! I guess I’ll be forced to buy it if I don’t win it….
    Thanks for the heads up about it!

  12. I learned to knit using The Knit Stitch and The Purl Stitch books. You are very generous to offer this new book. I would love to have it and hope the great and powerful random number generator picks me!


  13. I love Sally Melville’s books and this one looks absolutely great! Would love to win a copy!!

  14. Sarah W. says:

    O Random Number Generator, you know that I have a serious lack of knitting books. Please pick me!

  15. I had a chance to peek at Sally and her daughter’s new book at my lys. I love the patterns!

    Cynthias last blog post..The Franklin Park Conservatory

  16. Thanks for sharing the book. I’d love to have a chance to win.

    Sams last blog post..Shawl That Jazz

  17. Beautiful socks! I’d also like to mention I’d love a copy of that book.

    Shanas last blog post..Short Row Heels

  18. I would love a copy! I need to learn how to make better-fitting sweaters.


  19. The book looks great, I would love a copy. Thanks for sharing it!

  20. Judy Wilkinson says:

    I am also a huge fan of Sally Melville, and I would love to have a copy of the book.


  21. I’d love a chance at the book–thanks!!!

    caths last blog post..Fetching complete

  22. I’d love a copy of the book

  23. I’d love a copy

  24. Those patterns sound wonderful! Please stick my name in the Random Number Generator?

    Jennifer Atkinsons last blog post..Valentine Hearts

  25. I’d LOVE that book. I have 3 daughters and I’m always looking for patterns that look good on all of us.

    Oh, random number generator! Please favor me this time!!

  26. I’m a fan of Sally’s too and would love the book. Nice earrings too and I’m so glad Lucy isn’t green. I hope Teddy isn’t green either.

  27. Oooh, I love Sally Melville and I’d love to have the book!

    Lucky you that you can wear those pretty earrings. My pierced ears can’t tolerate any kind of metal, even “hypo-allergenic.” I have some that I wear for as long as my ears can stand it–maybe an hour or so.

    Lisas last blog post..Hey, It’s Only Been a Month!

  28. The Mother-Daughter Knits book looks great. I have a couple of Sally Melville’s books and she writes great instructions. I also love your new sock pattern. The sunflower stitch pattern turned out great.

  29. Please put my name into the pool for the Melville book. It sounds great.

  30. Me, too. It would be fun to see.

  31. Wow, would I ever. I own the three Sally Melville books (Knit Stitch, Purl, and Color). Her patterns are excellent. The books give great details on construction techniques. I highly recommend them to beginners. I’ve knit so many from them – can’t wait to see the new book. Thanks for the contest!

    Janes last blog post..St. Patrick’s Day Gold

  32. I would love to win a copy of the Melville’s new book!

  33. anne marie in philly says:

    YAYZ, lucy is her pretty self once again!

    the book sounds interesting…put my name in the hat please!

  34. Hello, I’d really like a copy of the book. Thx.

  35. Book? With Jane-Austen-style knits? AND a tailoring tutorial? Count me in!

  36. Yeah for Sally and her daughter. This a long awaited collaboration!

  37. Oh I’d love to win that book! I’ve been a fan of Sally Melville for a long time. What a fun book!

  38. Oh my goodness, I would be thrilled to have a copy of the book!!

    Thank you

  39. Love the earrings. I used to wear hoops, until my grandchildren came along. Kasi loved loved loved my earings. I don’t wear hoops anymore as I wanted to keep my ears and got out of the habit. She will be 18 tomorrow, doesn’t seem possible. I think I might like the mother/daughter book. My family has a 3 generation knitting thing going so it might come in handy more than once.

  40. Love the sunflower socks in progress! (I lived in KS from 8th grade thru college and I love sunflowers and Gerbera Daisies which is what Sharon’s pink sock reminds me of). I am also a sally Melville fan and would love to be entered into the book drawing.

  41. I love your website! Great inspiration! I would love to have the book too!

  42. I would love to have Sally’s book! Also really like your new earrings.

  43. I’ve been waiting for this book for months. I would love to win a copy.

  44. O.M.G. that coat is to die for. I have and love all of Sally Melville’s books. This one will be the icing on the cake. Hugs to Lucy.

    Andis last blog post..YPF or FO Friday…

  45. I love Sally Melville and have several of her books. Even if I don’t win I’m buying this one. It’s already on my wish list.

    Beverlys last blog post..Change of Heart

  46. Clementine22 says:

    Wow! I would like so much to be the lucky winner of this book!!! I am interrested especially in the instructions about costumizing the patterns according to one’s body type. Good luck to everyone. 🙂

  47. Shannon H. says:

    I would love a copy of that book!

  48. I’d love a copy of that book. I’m a bag fanatic!

    Staceys last blog post..Food Reviews

  49. Great earrings. I can’t wear hoops like that I am very finicky, because of the way they feel, I am a studs type just plain and simple but those are very cute. I would love to have that book, it would be great. The sock is looking great by the way.

    LeenieBeenies last blog post..Farewell

  50. I would love a copy of that book! 🙂

    And I love your sunflower sock! I hope the pattern will be available sometime…I’d love to make it!

    Lisas last blog post..Spinning, talking cats, and messages from booze

  51. Would love that book!

    Oooh and sparkly new toys for the ears! Nice. As always, luv the socks.

    turtles last blog o green!

  52. Darla Jones says:

    I would love to be the winner of this book. I need to learn how to make handknits fit the one they are made for.

  53. Sounds like a good book, I could definitely find it useful. Love the sunflower sock!

  54. I’m leaving a comment, although I have to ask, in a leery tone of voice, whether this means I’d have to knit a sweater for each of my daughters for every one I knit for me? That could get dangerous… 😉

    Jocelyns last blog post..WIPs

  55. Oh, that book looks lovely. I’d love to be entered, please!

    Also love the earrings, will have to wait to see that site though!!

    Anastasias last blog post..R1P3 – Not doing so great!

  56. Karen Scheer says:

    I also love Sally Melville’s books and would love winning this one. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  57. Sounds like a very interesting book which I would enjoy in more ways than one. I also like your lastest sunflower sock. Yellow seens to be the color this year. Jean

  58. Hi Wendy-
    Yes, I’d love this book, especially if plush sizes are included. Love the new blog layout/pics. I usually read your posts through Google Reader and don’t always get a chance to visit your site. cheers!

    lauragayles last blog post..LGG and Franklin

  59. Looks like a nice book. Wish me luck!

  60. Ooh- I’ve been eyeing that book!

    PS- LOVE that sock!

    Rebekahs last blog post..Updates!

  61. The new site design is gorgeous! I would love to have a chance to win the book. Thank you for all the beautiful socks, too. I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy of your new book.

    Lizs last blog post..What’s on the Needles?

  62. Put me on the list. Would love a copy of the new book. BTW, love your blog and info, as usual.

  63. Linda in NC says:

    Great book give-away! Thanks for giving us all a chance to own it.

    The Sunflower Sock is terrific!

  64. Wish I could wear those — they look just right on you.

  65. Love the socks, want the book :-p

    sherrys last blog post..Some knitting to show

  66. ikkinlala says:

    I’d love a chance to win that book.

    Your Sunflower Sock looks great!

  67. The knitting gene skipped over my grandmother and my mom. None of my aunts knit. I dunno about my cousins, but I am desperately trying to make up the generation gap!

  68. I loves Sally Melville.

  69. I must find pictures of those patterns you discribe. The kennedy coat and Austen jacket sound right up my alley. You think ravelry would have them?

  70. I’d love to be the recipient of that book.

  71. I love the revised look of your blog. It’s nice to see that Sally Melville has a new book out. I credit her books “The Knit Stitch” and “The Purl Stitch” with helping me learn to knit.

    Sherrys last blog post..365:74 Crocus in bloom

  72. Love the earrings!!!
    And please enter me into the drawing 🙂

    Jenns last blog post..This & that

  73. I would like the great Random Number Selector of Oz to pick me for the book

    Idas last blog post..My How I’ve Grown

  74. I would love to win this book. I love Sally Melville’s designs. Thanks for the contest.

    Beadknitters last blog post..Buttons, Wherefore Art Thou?

  75. I’d love a copy of the book.

    I love the earrings. Will head over to etsy now!

    Give Lucy some chin scritches!

    Amy D.s last blog post..I’m much too young

  76. I would love the book and your sock is gorgeous.

  77. Wendy, love the sunflower socks and am looking forward to your book too. I love toe up socks and try to convert all patterns in that direction.
    You are an inspiration.

  78. I would like a copy of that book. Looks great!

  79. I would love a copy of that marvelous book…… btw, love the sock! another beauty. Still impatiently waiting on your book 🙂

  80. Sure, count me in for the drawing… my queue isn’t *quite* long enough yet.

    Kates last blog post..Friends

  81. I too love Sally Melville’s work, and her sunny smile, and I always read your blog, Wendy!
    And I would love a copy of Sally’s new book.

    Thank you for the offer!


  82. Cris Nicklas says:

    Love Sally Melville and would love the book. You are an awesome designer. To many great patterns and not enough time…..

  83. My mother needs some knits from this daughter, and I would love to dive into that book. Mother’s day is looming after all. I have enjoyed many of Sally’s books. “The Knit Stitch” jump-started my return to knitting after a period of quiet needles.

    Thanks for all the knitterly fun and socks and contests and kitty photos and whatever comes next.

  84. Oh Great and Powerful Random Number Generator, this time I would love it if you picked me.

    I took Sally’s first class teaching the principles from that chapter, at Madrona. She had an advance copy of the book, and I am very excited about it coming out! Nice patterns too, from seeing it over someone’s shoulder and the samples she had on display.

    I’m glad Lucy has lost her laser eyes. Whoof!

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Emerging O’ The Green

  85. Book please! Book please!
    Cool earrings–I guess earrings are one of those things that are very hard to photograph on yourself (like socks) without it looking a little strange…
    I approve of the hoops!

  86. hmm, how about some lanolin-rich wool for hand softness?!

  87. What the heck, I’m in. I could always use another knitting book around here. 🙂
    Will Lucy wear bunny ears for Easter?

    Mels last blog post..Sometimes April Showers Bring…

  88. Ohhh… lovely book! And great looking sock! (And glad Lucy is back to her normal colour, as well!)

    bellas last blog post..pause

  89. Linda Broglan says:

    Please enter me in the Mother-Daughter Knits drawing! Love her books, easy enough for rookie to follow, and who doesn’t need some help with customizing a pattern. 🙂 Thanks!

  90. I love Sally Melville’s previous books–even though I found them well after I first learned how to knit, I found the instructions and information she provided very helpful–she is a great teacher and author, and I’d LOVE to check out this book!

    The SunFlower Sock is beautful, and will be a great way to welcome warm weather!

  91. I’ve only made 2 sweaters for myself and both were sadly unflattering! I need this book so I can learn to do better next time. 🙂 The good news is that socks are very flattering.

  92. That looks like a great book. I hope I win it, but if I don’t I’ll probably buy it!

  93. I’d love to win this book – I’m a mom & I have a daughter, and both of us love knitwear (although right now, I’m the only producer). Also, I envy your hands, at least they don’t have any cold-induced sores on them… mine are downright ugly – ugly that doesn’t need a close-up.

  94. Courtney says:

    The book looks lovely as does the sunflower sock!!

  95. I’d love a copy of that book.

  96. I love cats and knitting books! I also love to knit socks. Sounds like we have a lot in common! Your book is on order….I’m waiting patiently.

  97. I like to be the book and I also got a cat similiar to Lucy. He came to adopted us year ago and he loves my Mom and he got a very even and nice temper and all the cat love him too.

    Esthers last blog post..Happy and Healthy 2009……………………

  98. I’ve really enjoyed Sally Melville’s books and would love to add it to my collection. I love your sunflower socks!

  99. The Sally Melville books are wonderful and I would love to have this one too! The Sunflower Socks are gorgeous!

    Susans last blog the kids would say, "My bad"

  100. I love your socks and earings and I would love the Sally Melville and daughter book. Sally has a unique take on knitting patterns and design and i love it. cheers