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Mel North
Quantocks, Somerset, UK
Mother, dyer, crafter living in the English countryside
Interests: dyeing, spinning, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, reading, cooking, walking, drawing, sketching, homeschool
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Thank you! I was really surprised how much I love it short sleeved, maybe it's the weather this year or the feeling of singles yarn but I've worn it alot already :)
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2015 on How to Finish a Sweater in a Year at Mellifera Makes
I have a couple of friends who are monogamous knitters and only ever have one project at a time, they always seem to get so much done! I've tried to change but I am always tempted by pretty patterns ;)
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2015 on How to Finish a Sweater in a Year at Mellifera Makes
I'm definitely not the first person to do this, but sometimes after working a project I hit a bit of a roadblock. Maybe it's a technique that I'm just not fond of, I've made a mistake and don't want to put in the effort to frog and reknit, or (and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
The month of May has been full of making things, some I'm not quite ready to share with you yet (soon, kids, soon) but I couldn't wait to share one of my favourites. My first ever dress! Sewing is something that I have wanted to learn properly for years. I... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
The first flower is a magnolia (those blossoms were HUGE) and the other is a snakes head fritillary, when the flowers are buds they droop and look like a snake head. Incredible checkerboard colouring on them. I have read about the horrible drought in California, I cant imagine living somewhere so dry. You are doing right by trying to adapt to the conditions. I hope your garden does well (and sending a bit of English rain your way!)
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2015 on First Garden Visit of the Year at Mellifera Makes
Oh that sounds amazing, and MANGO trees? I am incredibly jealous!
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2015 on First Garden Visit of the Year at Mellifera Makes
Thank you so much for sharing this trip to Denmark, it looks absolutely amazing! I also love your watercolour sketch, one of my favourite ways to record a journey :)
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2015 on Denmark in Photos at Through the Loops!
Yesterday was a bit of a grey and blustery day compared to the glorious warmth and sunshine we'd been enjoying but it was still a good day for a visit to some local gardens. Such a lot of beauty even this early in the growing season is part of what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
Mel North is now following steph@woolythyme
Apr 12, 2015
Oh my goodness, I always wanted to try Donegal Yarn. Such a gorgeous colour and those yummy neps!
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2015 on Gift of knitting... at My Sister's Knitter
Mel North is now following Andi
Apr 12, 2015
Thank you Alina, I hope yours is lovely too :)
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Spring at Mellifera Makes
It is now well and truly spring here in the southwest, daffodils coming to their end, the woods are feeling greener with every passing day. I think spring is one of those seasons that gets better as you get older. Increasingly I appreciate the renewal of the plants, watching buds... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
Thank you! The colour is just starting too, I always get so excited when everything first comes up :) The purple flowers are crocuses, little bulbs that come in a lot of different colours, but I can't resist those purples.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2015 on Welcome March! at Mellifera Makes
Thank you Alina!
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2015 on Welcome March! at Mellifera Makes
I love living in a village with a shop where I can buy local eggs and milk and other bits. Usually I go with the children and am too preoccupied to take notice of the little things along the lane, but when the chance came to go by myself I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
Is it just me or has this year gone by in a whirlwind? I seem to have such a hard time adjusting this year, finding a rhythm and getting settled. Part of it may be changing interests for all of us. Seems like each of us has taken up new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
For me, part of the fun of starting a new year is planning what to make. I think it is partly because there seems to be so much time (a whole year!) to get things done so it's easy to get overambitious, and the planning is easier than the actual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
All feeling much better now, thankful for a healthier start to the New Year :)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on 2014: Knitting Year in Review at Mellifera Makes
I think those might secretly be my favourites too! Don't tell the others ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on 2014: Knitting Year in Review at Mellifera Makes
Traditionally we would spend Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) taking a brisk winter walk, but between poorly children and howling wind and hail it seems like we've been stuck in for ages. What a wonderful treat it was to take a walk on a beautiful, sunny, crisp day. What... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
I hope everyone has had a fabulous holiday these last couple of weeks. We had a quiet homely celebration sprinkled with some colds. With the New Year I always enjoy looking back at what I've made and assessing my favourite projects. I am amazed to have finished 25 projects last... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Mellifera Makes
After a rather damp and dreary start October has gifted us one last bit of summer warmth this week. It was so fun exploring and adventuring without our jackets and hats for what will probably be the last time this year. The colour is never as vivid as when we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Mellifera Makes
I am so excited to show off the release of Cloud Bay, a beautifully designed cardigan by Justyna Lorkowska using my Mellifera Cash DK. Justyna said she wanted to keep this design simple to show off the subtle colour of this soft yarn and came up with this classic open... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Mellifera Makes
Finding time to knit in the day in between homeschooling, dyeing, cooking, and (very rarely!) cleaning is always a struggle. That's why I find it so satisfying to make simple accessories and small projects to get a feeling of accomplishment. Puck is a perfect example of a super quick but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Mellifera Makes