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6 Bits, patterns

First Monday Night of 2016

The year is 2016

Did I really just type the number 2016?!?

{the sound of a record being scratched should be cued right now! You know the sound I mean}

Holy cow! 2016? Is it me or did I just miss the last 300 and something days?

Well let’s catch up, shall we?

2015 was a great year, not an easy year at all, and it didn’t wrap up all nice and neat and tidy. But it had so many beautiful moments that I am putting it in with the past 40 years as ones I will look back over and think of pleasant moments with amazing people. And with much much knitting!

At a glance 2015 was packed with some knitting I absolutely loved!

 

And that’s just some of the year!

And now I can get excited about 2016 knits too! Here’s a small peek! If you want to see more the 6 Bits Storybooks website has LOTS of eye candy!

There are loads of things on my To-Knit List from some other amazing designers! I look forward to knitting those soon!

What are you excited about knitting? I can’t wait to hear! So tell me! Maybe we have the same idea– or maybe you will introduce me to my dream project!

~With love and aloha in 2016,

Mel

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Skyline
6 Bits, knitting, patterns

Skyline

This lovely little shrug mixes 2 different yarns up in one pattern because why choose between them?

Sparrow and Kestrel do work well together, but Sparrow keeps its personality distinct and pulls in just a bit to add a great effect to the sleeves of Skyline!

If you ordered the 6 Bits: Wander collection your copy of Skyline has already been sent your way! For everyone else, Skyline will release 20 July.

Be sure to see what folks are saying about the 6 Bits collection!

And if you want a part of it join in by heading here!

And see what others are knitting from this collection by using #6BitsWander or #6BitsWanderKAL on Instagram and twitter!

 

My best Aloha to you!

~Mel

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6 Bits, knitting, patterns

Monday Morning Pattern!

Talus has been released.

Lovely ribbed cuffs

Long expanses of shaped stockinette

Interesting back detail

Trail from across the pond

It should be a peaceful adventure for your summer knitting

Front of TrailTrail by TreeTrail CuffTalus cuff view

Finished Measurements S(M,L,XL)

Across Back: 18(19,20,21) inches

Bottom edge of cuff to first bind off: 9 inches

Cuff to cuff (no ease allowance): 42 (43,44,45) in.

Cuff circumference: 12.25(13.5,14.75,16) in.

Each shrug half: 21(21.5, 22, 22.5) in.

Center back neck to hem: 12.5(14,16,17) in.

Buy it now by heading here!Talus back

Talus

Hope you like it!

~Mel

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Wandering Wardrobe Project: Weekend Edition!

Sanctuary Shrug

Some eye candy today…

Inspiration for ways to wear a simple shrug.

Dress it up, or down.

Wear in urban or leafy jungles.

Wear it right side up, or up-side-down and even inside out.

If you look below K8 wears the Sanctuary shrug in•side•out as she likes the texture as well as the exposed seams for her outfit.

K8 wears Sanctuary Shrug in•side•out

K8 wears Sanctuary Shrug in•side•out

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Andrea prefers it right way around worn with a soft blouse and jeans.

Sanctuary Shrug

 

Knit it in 2 colours with contrasting cuffs or all as one solid colour.

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Shrugs are that little bit extra that YOU can wear

Teenager

College Student

Mom

A Fresh Vibe

Easy to wear, simple to knit, hard to look bad in it! You can even put it on UP SIDE DOWN and find a whole new vibe (this way provided by my eldest daughter has become my fave!)

So shrug off any misconception that you can’t rock the shrug! And if you are ready to start knitting a shrug now Sanctuary Shrug is available here! 

Ps. Want a glimpse of the newest shrug to come…

 

Talus cuff view

I would love You to weigh in on shrugs! Do you like lightweight and lace versions? Oversized and chunky ones? For your wardrobe are they summer essentials or winter chill busters? Share below! And then share with friends! I would be so thankful for your sharing this post wherever you find yourself on social media!

My best aloha to you!

~Mel

 

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trail all smiles
giveaways, patterns

Something to Smile About

This past Sunday I had the delightful opportunity to share my thoughts over on the Quince and Co. blog.

YOU ALL DID TOO!

There were so many awesome comments from you all!

One particular commentor has been chosen to receive a copy of 6 Bits: Wander and that person is….

Viola Zborowski

Congrats to you Viola!

If you already have the collection you may tell me a friend you would like it gifted to in your name!  Email me at connectingwithmel @ gmail dot com and let me know!

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And to everyone who shared a comment over there

M A H A L O

I am starting work on my Trail along with others in the #6BitsWanderKAL on Instagram

Join in any time this summer!

You can knit 1 or all of the pieces from the collection.

I look forward to sharing with you all my colour adjustment for Trail in days ahead. I am trying something a wee bit different and hope it works up like I am envisioning in my head!

Enjoy your knitting,

Love Mel

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Canyon on the Beach
collaborations, patterns

Me, just somewhere else

When the president of Quince and Co. emailed me with an invitation to share on their blog I was excited, and humbled, then super stoked and filled with all sorts of ideas!

I would be delighted to have you read what I thought was most important.

Once you give it a read, share your thoughts on the Quince and Co. blog! Your thoughts are valuable and make a difference to those who read them! (and if you share a comment before 10 pm EST on Wednesday 17 June you may want to check back here on Thursday the 18th…just saying’)

Much Aloha,

Mel

Now pop over to their blog via any of those highlighted links above!

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View from Kokee
audio, patterns

Hashtags & Warmer Weather Knitting

Aloha Friends!

∞ Today I share a few things to make summer knitting fun, and believe it or not, we start off today with hashtags! Seriously, I talk less than 5 minutes about these fun tools, so stick with it and maybe you will hear something new, or think of an awesome use YOU can share with US in the comments below!

Oahu close up

∞ Also mentioned is the Oahu Scarf, a free pattern with free tutorials, part of the Pattern With Class series. The second pattern is due out soon and builds off things learned from our first project. My hope is Oahu is a springboard for you to help someone start knitting! Remember, the world is made of 2 types of people: We who knit and those not yet knitting! It is up to us to help them along!

∞ Great mysteries to listen to whilst knitting this summer: 4:50 from Paddington and At Bertram’s Hotel. One I didn’t mention on the podcast but I am planning to listen to this weekend is A Caribbean Mystery. Miss Marple is such a savvy woman…equal parts industrious knitter and master sleuth!

side view Canyon

∞ I do share a bit about the 6 Bits: Wander collection. It released earlier this week and has had an unexpected reception. It humbles and excites me. So I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you. And by the way, the image at the top of the post is from Kokee. Kind amazing, right?

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∞ Lastly, the shawl booklet mentioned is HERE!

So now that you know what to expect in today’s episode, give a listen! I’d like to also encourage you, make sure you subscribe to the blog, because on Wednesday I am sharing a project to rev up your inner fashionista (-o?) and I don’t want you to miss! I can’t tell any more about it…but be sure you don’t miss it!

And now, here is the podcast!

http://www.buzzsprout.com/24412/276892-episode-13-hashtags-summer-knitting

As always, sharing Aloha starts with YOU! So use the handy buttons below and also share a comment with me!

May the sun shine out of you today!

Mel

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