Melissa Burke, Apiary KnitsI have two thoughts when it comes to my designs. I don’t want to design things that are out of reach (skill-wise) for some knitters, especially those newer to knitting. Secondly, I want to design things that I like – designs that fit my personality and my lifestyle.

I have help in this adventure. My lovely daughter, Anna, an artist in her own right, is my faithful, hard-working model. Her modeling has found her braving summer’s heat as well as sub-zero temperatures standing calf deep in snow to model a spring shawl – the only telltale sign of the chill being the pink in her cheeks. Besides my undying gratitude, she frequently finds herself the recipient of my prototypes.

I have also had the pleasure of receiving yarn support from Cascade Yarns, Dream In Color, Malabrigo and Knit Picks and can’t thank them enough for both their support and their lovely yarns. Please take a look at their offerings – it is like “Yarnvana”.

I hope that you will enjoy knitting my designs as much as I enjoyed designing them. Nearly all of my patterns include full written line by line instructions as well as charts. If they are not fully written, the pattern page will indicate as much. Patterns are also tech edited and test knit to reduce the likelihood of errata. Please contact me, however, if you believe that you have found an error so that I can verify your discovery, make any corrections needed and issue an update for you and your fellow knitters.

I also welcome questions about any of my patterns. Please don’t fuss with something too long if you are unsure of an instruction. My response time is short – usually in under 24 hours and never more than 48. I desire that your knitting experience be an enjoyable one and not one of frustration – I am here to help! You can most easily reach me via the Contact Form on this website, message me on Ravelry (my username is ApiaryKnits), leave a post in my Apiary Knits Group on Ravelry, or convo me on Etsy (my shop name is ApiaryKnits) or even Instagram (@apiaryknits).

Kind regards,

Melissa Burke
Apiary Knits