Sunday, March 22, 2009

Three generations of Melvilles.

Wow, what an amazing week this has been. First, a whirlwind trip to Santa Fe (more on that, next post). Then, back to Tulsa for a bunch of media events surrounding the visit of Sally Melville, her daughter Caddy, and a future Melville traveling with Caddy (she is expecting!). Both KTUL and KOTV covered the event - here's a link to the Channel 6 story that aired following Thursday March Madness. We had the line for the book signing:
Sally and Caddy did a fabulous job of signing each book very personally. Both women are just fantastic - friendly, intellectually curious, incredibly gracious and spectacularly creative:

The workshop on Friday was a packed house. We all enjoyed a light Polo Grill lunch and then got down to the business of knitting to flatter and fit. We broke out measuring tapes, played "paper dolls" and learned tricks for knitting to our body types. Ellen, ever the shy one, hopped onto a chair to model and learn to flatter that bootie:

There are three designs from the book that I want to make right now. I've already got the yarn for the "Minidress," which is really a short tunic. It only takes 5 skeins of 2nd Time Cotton (3 skeins of the main color and 1 each of two other colors - that's a retail price of around $35!). Blue Sky Cotton would also work great. Caddy wore this at the event and looking sooo darling. The "belt" of color above the waist and slimming side panels were so flattering. I didn't even notice her baby bump until she turned sideways!

Next, the Camelot Coat stole the show. This is the "next generation" Einstein Coat. Sally said had this idea for something Jackie Kennedy would have worn. Sally scoured the store and declared that Lorna's Laces Green Line Worsted (8 skeins for size medium) or GGH Bel Air (11 skeins for medium) would be excellent yarn choices for this coat.

And finally, I hope none of my female family is reading this, because everyone is getting Tabbed Cuffs for Christmas '09. This is an Easy Easy Easy project - as easy as your very first beginner scarf!
My favorite was this version in Koigu Kersti that Sally wore throughout the trip:

If you had to miss the event, we have a limited number of signed copies of the book available - order here and request a signed copy.

And, if you'd like to purchase yarn for one of these projects, or you've been lusting for new yarn, a new Amy Butler bag, or just a night on the town, email me or call 742-YARN to sign up for the Hot Loops party. It's coming up this Saturday, March 28th, at 7pm. Cost is just $25, and for this you get a 20% discount storewide for the night, 25% of Hot Loops wall items, food, drinks, fun and a fabulous party favor.

See you Saturday!

- Shelley

P.S. Did you know Sally has a great blog? Check it out!

P.P.S. Congrats to Dana for her comment on the last post. Sally chose your comment as the winner - you receive a signed book and $25 Loops gift card! Sally said, "Shelley, I loved Dana's post--about the whole family of women knitting and sharing. It's so much of what knitting is about for me and now my girl too!"


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