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CraftSanity Episode 104: A Conversation with Knitter Sally Melville

Sally Melville has been on the knitting scene for years, demystify the craft for all the rookies and self-taught knitters she cheerfully coaxes along at her workshops.

Tune in to this episode of CraftSanity to find out how Sally became a knitwear designer and author years after she discovered the wonderful world of knitting as a 7-year-old Brownie.

“It just felt like what my hands were meant to do,” she said about her first foray into knitting. “I was really good at it right from the first day.

“But you don’t have to find it young,” she reminds people. “My daughter didn’t start knitting until she was 24. It doesn’t matter when you find it. It’ll find you.”

Sally recently co-wrote a knitting book with her daughter Caddy Melville Ledbetter, called “Mother-Daughter Knits: 30 Designs to Flatter & Fit,” which I highly recommend.

Melville, 59, of Ottawa, Ontario, has published five books since 1998 and will be in West Michigan Sept 14 and 15 to teach workshops hosted by the Threadbender Yarn shop. (You can read the column I wrote based on this podcast interview on my newspaper blog.

Whether you knit or not, there’s something for everyone on this episode that touches on the creative process and knitting through grief.

So grab your latest project and settle in to enjoy Sally’s story.

Special thanks to episode 104 sponsors MaryAnne LoVerme, Allison Rosen and Liz Scott

For decoupage penny earrings and more, visit the Wabisabi Brooklyn Etsy shop. MaryAnne LoVerme of Wabisabi Brooklyn turns humble elements into elegant jewelry. The current collection combines vintage jewelry, recycled paper, coins and other ephemera in unexpected ways to create true statement pieces.

Whimsically hand-drawn patterns and vibrant colors define Liz Scott’s playful collection of original fabrics offered at her online Etsy shop WonderFluff. Get to know Liz and see more of her fabric designs at LizScott.com.

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Comment from D R E W
Time: September 9, 2009, 11:43 pm

hello! just wanted to drop by to say i love the podcast and listen to it all the time! i will be downloading a bunch of past episodes to listen to as i drive to chicago to sell at the renegade craft fair this weekend.

show suggestion: have you thought about interviewing the people at the martha stewart living crafts department? i’ve always wondered what exactly they do, how they got their jobs, etc. just a thought.

Comment from Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Time: September 10, 2009, 5:09 am

Thanks for stopping by D R E W. Check out my interview with Jessica Vitkus on CraftSanity episode 48 for info about what it’s like to craft for Martha. Enjoy! http://www.craftsanity.com/podcast/files/pod48.html

Comment from Turtle
Time: September 10, 2009, 2:49 pm

loved the podcast! will have to check this book out.

i would also be interested in hearing from the gals who wrote Purls & pints!

Comment from Tami Knox
Time: September 11, 2009, 12:56 pm

Great show, Jennifer. I love the aftershow. I am so happy the looms are doing well. I’ll bet the girls are happy to have you home; the most difficult job you’ll ever love.

Comment from Brye Lynn
Time: September 11, 2009, 7:41 pm

Jennifer – yours is my favorite crafting podcast. You are the BEST interviewer.

Idea – Why don’t you write up the pattern for your looms and sell it to those who want to try to make their own. This way they are not stealing you idea with sneaky pictures and you are getting a little profit.

Plus if you have the pattern written, doesn’t that provide you with some copyright protection is someone else trys to sell a knock off of yours?

Comment from Kim
Time: September 25, 2009, 10:31 am

I loved this interview. I taught myself to crochet after I lost my baby after 4.5 months of pregnancy. Prior to that, my brain could not wrap itself around crochet techniques. But when I was at my lowest, it was all my brain could handle. I crocheted two afgans and many hats withing a short amount of time. My crafting helped me tremendously to make it throuh this incredibly tough time. I really appreciate Sally Melville being so open with her life.

Comment from Kim
Time: September 25, 2009, 11:07 am

Thankyou also for sharing about your life as well. I had not heard the part when you spoke about your loss when I posted my last comment. I am grateful for you and this blog.

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