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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 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 Kennedyโ€”style Camelot coat,
  • a reversible tank top with a scoop neck,
  • a Jane Austenโ€”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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. A book giveaway? You are so generous!

    Karen in Toledos last blog post..This Too Shall Pass

  2. Count me in for the give-away. Looks like a wonderful book!

  3. I would love to have the book!

    And that sock is GORGEOUS! ๐Ÿ™‚

    cyds last blog post..More Bahama Blues, but a hint of next month, plus a visit for fiber!

  4. I would love to win the copy!! also, I really like the new look ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. That book sounds great! (fingers crossed)

  6. Oooh love those earrings. I would love a copy of that book, it sounds wonderful.


    Cats last blog post..Sock Knitting Continues

  7. Please include me in your book giveaway drawing.

    I really enjoy reading your blog.

  8. Oh Great and Powerful Random Number Generator! I love Sally Melville’s books. Toss my name into the hat! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sunflower Sock looks beautiful!

    juless last blog post..No jokes about my name

  9. I would love a copy of the book! Thanks for a great blog!

    Nathalies last blog post..A Cool Tool

  10. Pretty earrings and stunning sock, what a delightful design that looks like it will accommodate even more “shapely” legs. The shopping bag in Sally Melville’s book is one of the nicest patterns I have seen.

    Roseanns last blog post..Felici Socks Completed

  11. That book looks great, I like the coat. I might have to check that out. I always like the patterns from Sally Melville.
    Love the earrings too. So simple, yet elegant!

  12. Sounds like a wonderful book and one I would love to have.

  13. I would love a copy of this glorious book! I have been waiting to look through one, so I appreciate you sharing a few photos. It looks fabulous!

  14. Knit4Keeps says:

    I would love a copy of this book! What a nice thing to do ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Ooooh, love the sock! And those earrings are very nice. We love to see those “Wendy-in-action” shots!

    Angela Places last blog post..Jamaica trip

  16. You always have the best books to give away. It sounds liek a winner, hope Random generator guy likes my number this time.

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Tuesday- Wake up to The Bump?

  17. nice earrings! and yes, of course i want the book,lol.

  18. I so need that book. I would love to learn what style of sweater would flatter me.

  19. I really want that book but not as much as I want yours! Sched. delivery is 4/16. xoxo

    Stacys last blog post..Mailing, bags, and apologies

  20. I would like to have the book and I like the earring and the sunflower sock.

  21. Hiya, I would love to be counted in for the book drawing! Thanks bunches for doing an upside down nanners chart!

  22. The book looks wonderful,and so does the sock!

  23. I would love to receive this book. I love the idea of learning more about fitting and how to make more flattering sweaters.

  24. noallatin says:

    It sounds like an interesting book. I would love to get it.

  25. This book sounds like a winner, especially coming from Sally Melville. Also looking forward to your book too!

  26. I’d only recently heard about this book, but I’m very excited about it, and I would love to have a copy!

    Kristins last blog post..The Monday List

  27. Barbara S says:

    Love Sally’s books. Am hoping to add this to my library, one way or another.

  28. I’d like a copy of the marvelous book. Nice earrings too.

  29. If I don’t win that book (please put me in the drawing!), I’ll definitely be getting it anyway. Lovely! Your generosity is SO BIG! Your sock turned out great! That yarn choice was MUCH better than the first try. So pretty!

    AmyRs last blog post..Fearless Knitting and Crocheting

  30. Mother/Daughter Knits sounds fabulous. Please enter me in the drawing!

    The sock is fab!

  31. I too am a Sally Melville fan and have looking forward to the publication of this book. I hope I win it!

  32. That book looks lovely – I’d love a copy! (Especially for that bag pattern!)

  33. I would love to have a copy of the book (I’m a big fan of your blog!)!

    Kates last blog post..Walking

  34. I got my preordered copy in the mail yesterday! Gota love Amazon! I love the cabled “plain old gray sweater” in merino on page 106! Sally’s books are always full of learning and creative ideas! I can honestly say though I would never ever knit a box pleat skirt….really! Dorinda

  35. OOH!

    The book sounds great!

    Emilys last blog post..Movinโ€™ On to Spring

  36. That books likes wonderful. I always hesitate with gorgeous sweaters because I am afraid they won’t flatter or I won’t wear them.

    LittleWits last blog post..Sticks N Stitches 2008-09 Wrap Up

  37. Kirsty Brown says:

    The book looks wonderful. So does the blog–love the colors.

  38. I would love the book! Nice concept…. both my mother and my daughters knit…

    Lucys last blog post..My fiber-y stash and Ravelry

  39. Patricia says:

    Thanks for the info on silvermason. Great Stuff. Sure would like that book.

  40. emmy jay says:

    Yes, I would like to win that book — very much…

  41. Oh, that looks like a great book… of course, my daughter is still 5 weeks from her earthly debut… good to be prepared!
    I really like the new blog look, very sophisticated.


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  42. Oh great and powerful random number generator, please listen to my plea and pick me for the great book!

    Karens last blog post..A man and his tractor

  43. Great earrings! Love the sock, too. A new Sally Melville book? I’m in.

    Sallies last blog post..Oscar

  44. Your sock looks great. And so do your earrings. My 17 year old daughter LOVES hoop earrings. I booked marked the Etsy shop. I’ll be back there Christmas shopping next November.
    I like Sally Melville too.

  45. Ah, if only I had a lovely book like this, then maybe I too could knit sweaters that people would actually enjoy wearing! (she said, struggling mightily to keep a straight face while knitting yet another… scarf…)

  46. I love the sock, and I can’t wait to purchase the pattern!

    Please enter me into the drawing for the book, please.

  47. Who wouldn’t want such a great book? Alas, the RNG does not love me…yet!

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  48. I would love a copy of the book! A jane austen inspired sweater so lovely!

  49. Would love to win a copy of the book. Am going to try to make it to Charlotte, NC for your lecture and classes.

    Love the Lucy updates. Unfortunately, Artie (Artemis) hides whenever I bring out the camera.

  50. Love your new earrings! I’d love that copy of the book, too, if I should be so lucky.

  51. Love the Sunflower ~ beautiful work Wendy! Pretty earrings, I’ll have to have a look/see at Allan’s store. Sally’s book …. this I gotta see!!

  52. I like your new blog look and would love to have the book also. Thanks for the chance to win, Wendy. I also pre-ordered your new book, just yesterday.I’ve been a fan of yours for a long, long time.

  53. I love the sunflower socks, so pretty. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  54. Your new earrings are beautiful. And I would love this book – my sweaters don’t always fit the way I picture them before knitting.

  55. Alison E. says:

    The book looks amazing! I also love your new earrings! I bet Lucy is jealous…

  56. That looks like a lovely book! The sunflower socks are great. I’m glad to hear that Miss Lucy is back in her normal humor. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cindy (blackmoondog)s last blog post..Oh Hai

  57. Another beautiful sock-it never ends! I would love a copy of the book looks great!

  58. Oooh, I’d love to be entered in the draw, please! Love that coat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And love, love, love the Sunflower sock!

    Lucy is always beautiful, but I must say I prefer her non-scary self. ๐Ÿ™‚

    yarnpiggys last blog post..Knitting & Crocheting in the News: Charity (and a CONTEST!)

  59. Glorious socks!!! Love the earrings ! And yes, please toss my name into the hat for the book.

  60. I’d love that book!

  61. Jo Ellyn Wheeler says:

    Please include me in the drawing for the Mother-Daughter Knits – you are so generous!

  62. I wouldu love to have a copy of this book. Love the earrings on you!

  63. Oh, spiffy new look to the blog! (And the book looks cool too. *grin*)

    Reesas last blog post..Neon Dream – Handpainted superwash merino sock yarn

  64. I would love a chance at this book. The earrings are beautiful as is the finished Sunflower sock.

    Hollys last blog post..KickTrak Giveaway

  65. Would love the book to have a copy of the book!
    Thanks for sharing

  66. Sherilan says:

    Wendy…how did you know I needed some new earrings? Thanks

  67. Who wouldn’t love to have a copy?? I sure would love to! Thanks!

  68. Need some yarn that sunflower color, but I’ll settle for a shot at the book. Can never have too many knitting books.

    Making great progress on my faroese shawl: row 107 almost complete!

    Finishing up the leg of a toe up sock, the second of a pair; baby blanket on hold.

    Just finished a friend’s mohair/silk lace scarf w/ sequins & beads. Luscious!

  69. Wow, it’s only been an hour since you posted and so many comments. I want that book too. =]

  70. Oh Great and Powerful Random Number Generator, pick me!

    Natalies last blog post..Moo

  71. Hi Wendy,
    I would love a copy of the book! Very nice earings!

  72. I am glad Lucy is no longer scary green. We wouldn’t want to give my favorite color a bad name now would we? I also like Sally Melville. I bought her books Knit and Purl when I first returned to knitting to help myself. Her attention to detail is what I really like.

  73. Oh, I wouldn’t mind taking that book off your hands =D. And those earrings are absolutely gorgeous! I love the details!

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  74. I would like the book!

  75. I would love to have a chance to win the book!

  76. I’d love to have a copy of the book.

  77. Karen in Baltimore says:

    I’d love to be considered for the book. Thank you. I’m still very impressed with your Sunflower sock. It’s gorgeous!

  78. Enter me in the drawing!!

    I got a preview of the book while having lunch with Sally one day at Madrona last month. I also got to take her class that focused on the fit to flatter material in the book. She had on the coat you showed the picture of – I told her I think it will be more popular than the Einstein coat – it’s definitely a classic ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love all the quirky little avatars your new blog generates for us!

  79. Sally’s books got me knitting. I love to read your blog. You have got me knitting lace and lots of socks!

  80. I love the earrings…I’m following the link to the etsy shop as I type!

    And I’d love a chance to win the book!

  81. Yes, yes! Would love to win the copy of the book!

  82. Issy Thomas says:

    Sounds like my kind of book! Plus I LOVE the earrings!

  83. Thanks for the chance to win! ๐Ÿ˜€

    The only issue is..teaching my mom HOW to knit. I’m self-taught. Although, that could be a whole other fun experience. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  84. Would love to have the book! Your new layout is very chic. The earrings are beautiful. Love love love the sunflower sock! Sunflowers are my very favorite!

  85. The book looks wonderful! I’d love to win a copy (and if I don’t, it’s going on the library list).

    Annikas last blog post..Distractions

  86. Looks like a nice book, I’d love to win it.

  87. I have several books by Sally Melville and don’t think she can write a bad book. I’d love to have a copy of this one.

  88. Linda from Kansas says:

    Yes, put me down to win the book. It does sound like a winner.

  89. This Mom and knitting daughter would love a copy of this book!

  90. Oh and would I! They are both great knitters and excellent speakers to boot!

  91. Heather H. says:

    I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of that book. ๐Ÿ™‚ Those earrings rock!

  92. I love that coat pattern too!

  93. Mother of 4 boys here. Hmmmm….maybe someone should do a Mother & Son knitting book. Even if I don’t have any daughters, two lovely DILs and two beautiful granddaughters should put me in the running for this great book!

    Love those sunflower socks, Wendy.

  94. Would love to have a copy of the Sally Melville book. Thanks for the contest.

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  95. I would like a copy of the Sally Melville (and daughter) book.

    Lovely earrings.

  96. What beautiful earrings!!

    Definitely put me in the drawing for the book. I have two daughters and would love it!

  97. What do I love more? The sock? The earrings? The Etsy shop? the Book?

    That all depends…

  98. I’ve heard good things about the book, but I haven’t seen it yet.

    I went such a long time without buying any new jewelry, and then last year I discovered Etsy – since then I have become a jewelry-buying fiend!

  99. Just recently started reading your blog and I’m loving all the socks! I am also a big cat lover and like to see Lucy at the end of each post. I know a couple of rag doll kitties- what a gorgeous breed!

    Would love a chance to win the book.

  100. Please include me in the Sally/Caddy book drawing as I have all of Sally’s books and need this one too. Of course, I also have just about everything you have written, so, I am a needy person!