Saturday, April 14, 2012

M is for Mermaid: Shawls, Scarves, Inns, Tales

I never really meant for Mermaids to become such a theme in my books. It sort of happened by accident. I gave The Old Mermaid's Tale that title because the tavern on State street in Erie, PA that inspired the book was called The Mermaid Tavern. Somehow the title caught people's imaginations and then it seemed mermaids were a theme throughout my writing.  My first knitting books is The Mermaid Shawl and other Beauties for the simple reason that, when I knit the original shawl, the soft, dreamy aqua color made me think of mermaids. The knitting pattern I'm working on now is going to be The Mermaid Garden Shawl. This is also coincidental because the color of the yarn I used -- KnitPick's Gloss -- is called "Mermaid."

Because of all this when it came time to make a logo for Parlez-Moi Press, my own publishing business, I selected the little mermaid in the logo above. She was part of a huge design in an old book of printer's ornaments and I loved her. She has her hand cupped around her ear and I thought that was perfect because, of course, "parlez-moi" means "tell me" (a story) or "speak to me" (of love) so a mermaid prepared to listen seemed the ideal symbol of that. 

Later, when I decided to set up a separate imprint for my knitting patterns, I decided to call it Knit Your Tail Off because of the cute little mermaid logo I had created of a mermaid winding yarn from her upturned tail. So mermaids have, quite accidentally, become a theme for my books. I never meant for them to be so bossy but I think that's how mermaids are -- they decide what they want and you just have to fit it into your plans. 

This blog post is part of the April 2012 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Mermaids entrance me, always have, they are related to the seelkies.

  2. I love your logos; they're quite perfect.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  3. I don't know much about mermaids save from a couple of stories I read. Interesting, mythical creatures, however. Where did you pick up this fancy of yours if I may inquire?

  4. I love mermaids. It's fun to think of knitting and mermaids together. My daughter got into knitting just before she moved to Hawaii. Do you know how hard it is to find knitting supplies in the tropics? =D

  5. Jeremy, as I said, it was pretty much of an accident. Then once I had a "brand" going it seemed like a good idea to keep it.

    Thanks, everyone for your comments!


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