Yesterday I took the day off and drove north, hugging the Hudson River. I spent a sunny 66-degree afternoon sitting, walking, and talking with Melanie Falick.
To speak of Melanie is to gush about the many books she has written, edited, inspired and championed, about knitting and other fiber arts. Thankfully, although Melanie left Abrams Books earlier this year, she continues to edit extraordinary books. She is expanding and exploring, and definitely keeping her hand in the world of making beautiful things. Her most recent editing project, Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style, came out yesterday.
(My takeaway: caftans. Would I look good in a caftan? Would I be mistaken for Endora? Can I walk that line?)
Melanie has a way of getting you interested in something you are not interested in. For example, yesterday morning I was not interested in designing my own custom print fabric using Spoonflower. I remember when Spoonflower started. I love Spoonflower. I have no interest in doing Spoonflower. But now that I’ve paged through The Spoonflower Handbook, there is a funny dog-shaped pillow that is calling to me. Dammit.
Melanie’s blog is where I go when I need to get centered, to recall to myself the reasons for making things with my hands. To quiet down and be in the moment. Kind of like driving up the Hudson Valley on a late autumn day.
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