My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. oh, I would so love a copy of the new book! Your new earrings are wonderful!!
    I’m liking those sunflower socks…

  2. I think I need to read that book. Fingers crossed for me then.
    Lucy looks far better in her original colours – how can you beat mother nature? Green is for the birds!
    I love the little avatars that come up with each post.

  3. patricia says:

    count me in for the book! Thank you for ‘raffling’ it!

    I can’t imagine Lucy being scary!

  4. I would love to get that book and then give it to my mum. She would love it…she is always telling people how much we both knit…together.

    cheers, Laura

    PS: Awesome pics of green Lucy….I want to try that with my cats.

  5. I love Sally Melville and would love to have her book. Her book on garter stitch made me realize how beautiful garter stitch garments can be!

    Great earrings!! I will visit Allan’s Etsy store.

  6. Sally Melvile is a long time favorite…would love to see her latest book. You are generous to offer it as a prize.
    This Kansas native highly approves of your Sunflower Sock….

  7. I am in the middle of trying to customize my first sweater for myself. I could use some tips.. and a new book! Count me in too!

  8. Cassandra says:

    Ooohh… I’d love that book – I’ve read other reviews that said it was great. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  9. Jenness Weldon says:

    I would so love a copy of this new Sally Melville book. Have had it on my wish list ever since I heard it was coming out!!!

  10. Knitcarol says:

    Please randomly generate my entry.

    If not, could you give us the publisher name and publication date?

    I ordered your toe up socks book today, and I am told it will be shipped 4/14.

    I am only disappointed to have to wait so long to hold it.

  11. yes, lovely nose shot. Teddy is glad he doesn’t get such pictures taken of him!!

    I actually looked at that book yesterday, but (be shocked–NOT) got the teddies and knits one with the camo hoodie on the front–obviously forgot title but very cute book and love it and have orders from most of my stuffed family already…..

  12. Madeline says:

    How very nice of you to raffle off the Melviile book!

  13. The new book looks great! And that photo does not look like you. Weird. Are you sure you didn’t use a stand in?? Now off to check out that jewelry site….

    Sheri at The Loopy Ewes last blog post..Perfect Combination

  14. That book looks awesome! Count me in!

  15. I would love a copy of the mother daughter book. Your earrings look great on you! (I cannot cofrotably wear hoops for some reason)

    Elis last blog post..I am nothing if not out of shape

  16. That book sounds great–count me in! 🙂

    Clumsy Knitters last blog post..Favorite Colors

  17. That looks like a great book. Looking forward to seeing you again at the Spring Fling!

    Lynns last blog post..Overloaded

  18. Bobbie Lynn says:

    I would love to win the book… but if not I shall have to go buy it.

  19. Donna in Ely says:

    Really liked the green Lucy and would love to have the book. Thanks for the give away.

  20. Ooh, now that looks like a book that I need. Yes, I’ve definitely had the unflattering experience….ove the earrings.

  21. Beth in Idaho says:

    Ooh. That book sounds perfect. I have been knitting shawls mostly lately because the sweaters I knit rarely fit right. It would be lovely to know ahead of time how to keep that from happening. I love Sally’s Knit and Purl books.

  22. SelkiSkin says:

    Please put my name in the random number generator hat for a copy of that book!

    Those sunflower socks look so lovely and summery. They make me want to go run through meadows. 🙂

  23. How generous of you to offer the book. I would love to be a recipient.

    Thank you for considering me.


  24. Love the new earrings! They have the best jewelry on Etsy. And thank you for the book give away!

  25. I would love a copy of mother daughter knits.

    BreannaSs last blog post..Hurry!

  26. Oh what a beautiful book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. Hi Wendy! I would love a copy of the book. Since Saturday is my big 50 birthday I need something to cheer me up! Debbie

  28. That looks like a great book! I would love to win it. And those are beautiful earrings!

  29. I’d love a copy of the book. It sounds fabulous. I am glad to see that Lucy recovered though, green really wasn’t her color.

    Taras last blog post..Sitting on Hold

  30. I’ve long been a Sally fan, too. I’d love a copy of the book. Your new earrings are beyoootiful! So is the sunflower sock. I’m going to be all over that pattern when The Loopy Ewe gets it.

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Green, Green

  31. I hope the random generator picks me because I love the looks of that jacket!

  32. I would really love a copy of that book. I love Knit and Purl!

  33. Minsiemom says:

    Your generosity at work again! I would love a copy of the book. Am glad Lucy is no longer green.

  34. Teresa K says:

    I would LOVE to have the book! By the way, I much prefer your sunflower sock in your butterscotch color than the pink. Just personal preference.

  35. Lee Cockrum says:

    You are always so generous! I like the idea of the info regarding what sorts of designs are flattering. I could use that help!

  36. I would love, love, love to win that book! I love Sally and I also have a daughter who is just starting to appreciate hand-knitted garments, so it would be perfect!

    Debs last blog post..I’d Rather Be Knitting, But…

  37. I would love to have Sally’s new book. (And I’m so glad Lucy is back to her normal colors!)

  38. Another generous act from Wendy. Love the earings, but the photo doesn’t look like you. Glad Lucy is back to normal. Yes I would like that book.

  39. Oh Great and Powerful Random Number Generator, I would like a copy of Mother-Daughter Knits. Please bless me with your choice and I will cherish the gift of wisdom you thus impart upon me.

    Cins last blog post..They are the outsiders

  40. As the maker of many “heartbreakingly unflattering” sweaters, I am in need of this book and would love to win it.

  41. linda-kay says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. Sally Melville is one of my favorites. She’s on my bookshelf right next to your book.

    Gizmo sends his love to Lucy!

  42. I would love to receive a copy of Mother-Daughter knits.

  43. I would love a copy of this book- my mom is one of the reason I knit! We could share it.


  44. I would love a copy of that book! And I LOVE the new look of your site, wow.


    Carries last blog post..Only sadness

  45. Gee, Wendy, I hate to say this but I could tell you needed to give some attention to your hands without having to enlarge the photo – they look almost as bad as mine! Come on there – take care of our Wendy would you please?? Imagine how you feel on Lucy’s coat – exfoliation special!

    Anyhow, now that the lecture is over, I am intrigued by this book review and would really love to be the lucky one chosen. I can only hope a grumpy old lady like myself has a chance.

    Earrings….. hmmmmmmmm one of my secret vices – i’m off to look 😛

  46. that looks like my kind of book, count me in for a chance to win

  47. Oh I would totally love that book. and usually when I don’t’ win, I then go buy….so you are good advertising for books and bad for my book shelf!

  48. Put me down for a chance on the book!

    The Sunflower Sock is really pretty, and I like the earrings too. I was looking at his site and saw the closure, and I’m having trouble envisioning how you put those things on! Why does the hook part point UP?

  49. vivien shelanski says:

    I would love the book. Wish I had a daughter with whom to share it!

  50. Yes, Wendy and Lucy, I would like a copy of this book. It looks great!

    Actually, I was quite amused to see a green Lucy.

  51. Yes, please, I too would love the book.

    Sunflower sock is lovely!

  52. Danby Ludgate says:

    I’d love to have a chance to win that book! I have her other ones, and can’t wait to see this one.

  53. I would love a copy of this book. That coat is fabulous!

    Eileens last blog post..

  54. Margie from Maryland says:

    ooh! ooh! pick meeeeeeee!

    I can hardly wait to see my avatar….
    Lucy sure looked scary last PM!

  55. I would love to win Mother-Daughter Knits! And I really think I need to knit toe-up socks so I can knit some of your designs!

  56. Beautiful sock…and I’d love a chance to win the book!

  57. Jennifer T says:

    I would love a copy of the book.

  58. Me! Me! I would love to read more about customizing patterns!

  59. I would love to win the book.

    I will have to check out the Etsy shop, those earrings are nice.

  60. PICAdrienne says:

    Oh, I would really like that book!

    Lucy is such a pretty kitty.

  61. Beautiful Lucy, gorgeous earrings, and lovely patterns in that book! Thank you for your generosity! 🙂

  62. I would love to have that book! I might be forced to BUY that book! (If I don’t win,that is.)

  63. Yes, I would love to own this book—it would be interesting to see if my slim daughter & I could wear a similar style. I’ve enjoyed all of Sally’s books. Thanks.

  64. Love the Sunflower sock! Oooohhh, Etsy is wonderful!

    I’d love to join in the contest for the book. Thank you, Wendy and Lucy.

  65. I would love to have the book! I love the sunflower socks, too.

    Beckis last blog post..Flowers aren’t the only colorful things in those fields.

  66. I would love to be the lucky person receiving a copy of this book.

  67. Lovely earrings. I would love to have the book, just for the part about shaping for different body shapes and the patterns too.

  68. I’m looking forward to purchasing your book. It would be fun to win this book too!

  69. Whoot! I love me some books. 🙂 The sock turned out super cute too!

    Danas last blog post..Slaughterhouse Five- Kurt Vonnegut

  70. Kathleen says:

    Who can’t use a new knitting book……..why me of course!! Love the look of the sunflower sock.

  71. Oh I love the sunflower socks and have the perfect yarn to make a pair. The book would be very welcome if your random number generator would pick me.

  72. Christina says:

    I like Sally Melville’s designs a lot and have enjoyed taking a couple of classes from her. Thanks for the chance to win her new book!

  73. I’ll try – flattering knitting is good!

    HBs last blog post..Well Oil Beef Hooked

  74. Lynn in VA says:

    Yes, please. The book looks wonderful!

  75. I’d love to get the book. I really like Sally Melville.

    Eileens last blog post..Some Success!

  76. OMG, that book looks awesome! I’d love a chance to win it.

    and, I can’t wait to see the pattern for the sunflower socks.

    another fan

  77. Thank god Lucy is no longer in the green -geez that was scary! Yes I would love a copy of that book!!!

  78. What did we all do before Etsy? I’ve found many artists with great creations there. Yes, I’d love to be entered into your random drawing for that awesome book!
    I’m relieved to see Lucy is back to her beautiful colors.

    JoAnns last blog post..Kick Start

  79. Lovely! I’ll probably buy one even if I win to give as a fabu gift at Knit in Public day!

  80. That book looks so cute! My mom and I have shared a few knitting tips back and forth. She taught me how to knit, straight up. I returned the favor years later by teaching her how to knit socks!

    Elinors last blog post..Pi Day!

  81. Add my name to the list of folks who would love that book. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  82. I LOVE Sally Melville’s work! And I”VE got a daughter! (tee hee)

    BalletMommys last blog post..Holiday Hubub

  83. Ooooh. I could use a book like that in my library.

    Glad Lucy is back to normal. “The green eyed monster” is so not her!

  84. Thanks for the chance, I’d love a copy of that book. Those socks are looking very cool.

  85. Oh, I’ll throw my ballot in the box. I’ve been a-waiting for this book!

    By the by, I started your Nanner socks yesterday and I’m loving them.

    Sarah Rs last blog post..Tuesday’s Are The Best!

  86. oooh oooh ooooh pick me pick me pick me oh random generator gods!!!!

    Sarah O Gs last blog post..TSG Big Swap Reveal

  87. I would LOVE the book, as I’m wanting to attempt my first sweater.

    I love your earrings. I will check out that etsy store!

    Rennas last blog post..Pepper Saga-Part Deux

  88. I’d love to win a copy of the book. Being curvy means if it fits in one place it’s too big in another so any customizing is great 🙂

  89. Looks like a great book -love your socks. Thanks for the contest

  90. I too am a serious fan of Sally Melville’s and will cross my fingers that the random number generator picks me this weekend. Your earrings are also excellent — they’ll add a special sparkle to everything. Good shopping.

  91. I’d like a chance on winning the book. I’m looking forward to taking a class with Sally Melville next month.

    Kristens last blog post..New stuff

  92. I love Sally Melville and would love the book. The earrings are great too!

  93. I would love to be entered in the draw for the book – it sounds like it would be extremely helpful and make sweaters less intimidating. Glad to see that Lucy is back to normal.

    CatiePs last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Bench

  94. Donna Cook says:

    I would love to win the book.

  95. Oh my goodness, I’d love a lovely book!

  96. I would love to win the book. It is absolutely beautiful.
    So glad Lucy isn’t scary and green anymore. 🙂

  97. Of course I would love to be in your drawing!

    Dorothys last blog post..Two Weeks??

  98. I would love that book! What fun would that shopping bag be tucked inside your purse…

  99. I would love a copy of this book! Tell Lucy that I saw a poor dog yesterday whose misguided owners had dyed his head green. You could tell by looking at him that the other dogs had been laughing at him.

  100. Yes, please, I’d love to have the book. (I’ll check back in as soon as I can, but I’ll be away from my computer next week. If I win, don’t despair –as Arnold is often quoted, “I’ll be back!”)

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Music in the air