Candace Melville Ledbetter was the guest today on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. If that names sounds to formal, you may recognize that she is Caddy Melville. (Pronounce that like the Cadillac “Caddy”.)
Caddy and her mom, Sally Melville, have told the story many times, that Sally tried to teach Caddy to knit MANY times. It wasn’t until Sally was teaching Caddy’s boyfriend that Caddy realized she could do this, too, as an adult. (He’s still around, Caddy says she taught him again when she was prepping for her new Craftsy Class.) She says because of their history, Sally didn’t POUNCE on teaching Caddy this time, but they took it slow and without expectations.
Caddy says that once she got into knitting she immediately began trying things her own way, making hats and scarves, getting help from mom for execution tips. Especially when it came to the book that they did together. Random House approached Sally who somewhere mentioned Caddy was knitting now, which got really exciting for them because the Publisher had wanted to do a Mother/Daughter book but could not find a team. That became Mother-Daughter Knits: 30 Designs to Flatter & Fit, Caddy also contributed to Warm Knits, Cool Gifts.
Caddy had been doing some designing before that, and before she had her first daughter had been teaching around Ottawa, which slowed down and then REALLY slowed down with the birth of her second daughter. Filming the Craftsy Class is really her focus until her daughters are in school full-time. Perhaps because learning to knit was such a challenge for her, she has been VERY thoughtful about to help a student feel progress and not feel overwhelmed.
Watching Caddy, we are looking forward to her teaching more and the patterns she will create. She wants to make things no one has made before, not complicated.
Which is what we all want.
If you missed getting to hear this live you can listen where it aired originally as an archived episode: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/10/22/candace-melville-ledbetter or in iTunes.