Knitting Expert Sally Melville started knitting in Brownies and without any advanced help, started designing at 10 or 11 she guesses. She focused on Fashion Knitting and found her niche, as most knitting was for Art or Craft. She was teaching at a University, when her teen-age daughter asked her to make a sweater for her boyfriend. As a single mom, while she was working on that sweater, it came time to renew her contract with the university.
She realized that she needed to be home with her children. At the time she was entering the fiber field, it was generally thought interest was dying out. She wondered with Elaine Rowley at XRX how successful she would be when she started with a book
The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch, Inspiration and Instruction. (Amazon Link) http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Experience-Book-Inspiration-Instruction/dp/1893762130/ref=la_B001K7WH3K_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405621119&sr=1-3 This book led to the next and the next and the next….
Here the Amazon link to her latest book Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Patterns for Great Knitwear
She loves to do classes, like the Knit to Flatter and Fit, Essential Skills…. She’s cut back to 5 or 6 workshops a year, including a cruise or the bigger events to spend more time with her grandchildren. She has a Craftsy Class on Intarsia (Here is the Marly code, please use it so that Craftsy knows Marly sent you!) http://www.craftsy.com/ext/MarlyBird_496_CP There is another class filmed, we will keep you updated and share that with you when it comes out!
Don’t forget to stop by Sally’s website: http://www.sallymelvilleknits.com/ Also, if you’re on Ravelry, check out her list of designs and patterns available there. http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sally-melville
Here are the links, if you have not listened to the episode yet: First for Blogtalk radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2014/07/17/knitting-expert-sally-melville and the link in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/knitting-expert-sally-melville/id313541727?i=316373156&mt=2
PS. Here is the link in iTunes for Sally’s previous visit with Marly, in 2009, for your listening pleasure! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sally-melville/id313541727?i=168420477&mt=2