6 Bits, Keeping In Touch, photos, Uncategorized


Aloha Friends!

{This post is going to be short in order to connect quickly with You! And if you make it to the end, there is a TREAT!}

YOU have been missed!

I recently un-plugged and got away for almost 2 weeks in order to organize things for the new adventure. I spent my time in a log cabin from the 1700s and a reconstructed boathouse from the 1800s. In posts ahead I will share more about those incredible places and the impact they had on my creativity.

Though I was Low-to-No-Tech during this time I thought of you Dear Reader. I was very aware of missing out on things that were happening in your world.  I looked forward to reconnecting, to hear and see all that you were creating and doing, where you were adventuring and relaxing!

Don’t ever forget that YOUR VOICE is important and valued! Your ideas and discoveries serve to encourage others. You bring a unique perspective. Your knitting projects, yarn and photos don’t have to be like everyone else’s. That would get boring fast now wouldn’t it?

While I was offline I realized that I wasn’t missing posting and telling others what I was doing. I missed finding out what others were discovering!

I look forward to connecting more! For now CATCH ME UP! How would you say Your summer has been? What are things You could share?

I hope the sun is shining on You wherever You are,


>>Ps. For those adventurous knitters that have the 6 Bits: Wander Collection Drumlin was added yesterday! And for the 48 hours if you gift the 6 Bits: Wander Collection to a friend on Ravelry, YOU get it free! (For those of you who missed the limited release of the collection and bought one of two patterns individually, this is a great cost saving way to ensure you get all the patterns, yarn articles and look book! The articles, look book and Overlook pattern are only available with the collection) You share and I share! After you gift the collection to a friend you receive and email from me within 24 hours with a unique Ravelry download code! This deal is available Wednesday July 29th- Friday July 31st midnight.


knitting, patterns, photos


I love how a hat not only changes a bad hair day in to a beautiful fashion statement…

Mel wearing Drizzle hat in SpaceCadet Lyra yarn Colourway: Drizzle

Mel wearing Drizzle hat in SpaceCadet Lyra yarn Colourway: Drizzle

Not only do they put a smile on your face…


Sometimes they are so much fun to knit that you find a pattern you just do over and over and over again!

Such became Drizzle for me! I knit it up in SpaceCadet Lyra yarn as I created it the first time, and then I knit it a dozen more times!

As I knit and re-knit it I started to make a few revisions

It occurred to me, I can never really be finished with a pattern!


And so I have been working on updating Drizzle for us!

The revised pattern will provide instructions to knit the beanie version, as shown above in what I have affectionately been calling Pin Up Girl Pink (Space Cadet Lyra in Tickled). This beanie is fitted more closely and also carries the netting all the way up through the hat, not just an inset panel.

Other pattern updates:

  • Super slouchy fully netted version
  • New photos
  • New layout

But the trusty old bits will still be included!

And you need not do anything! When the update happens this Thursday it will automatically work its magic in your Ravelry account!

Did you knit Drizzle already? Post a picture on Instagram and tag me in it! I want to see YOU in your Drizzle! #DrizzleFoShizzle is the hashtag I have seen attached to Drizzle! I think the awesome SillyFru came up with that! Can anyone confirm or deny that 😉

My best Aloha to you!


photos, words

A Little Love Goes A Long Way


How incredible are YOU? 

I bet you don’t know the answer to that.

Luckily I DO!

Remember that little post asking for a washcloth made by you to stand in for an old rag…


You all knitted, crocheted and even weaved (wove?) over 800 washcloths in under ONE MONTH!! And there were dozens upon dozens of store bought ones added to that number!

You shared more than 350 toothbrushes and toothpastes, hundreds of toiletry items as well as cash donations used to purchase band-aids and soaps.

There were individual knitters and groups! Friends who dug deep in to stash and crocheted! Letters of joy and excitement for being able to give to others. All shapes, sizes, patterns and techniques! Those pressed for time bought lovely washcloths and those were equally appreciated!

This past Sunday scads of volunteers gathered and packed 1700 hygiene kits. We did it in about 1 hour! Behold the power of the assembly line:

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I have been trying to record all the donors addresses to send thank you notes. It has been overwhelming! YOU are cherished! I am currently putting the final touches on a Mahalo Nui Loa pattern for you all as a small token of my gratitude. Once the medical team distributes the kits we will get an update and hopefully photos. They are eager to distribute your gifts. We had HUNDREDS more kits this year thanks to your kindness and efforts. (I believe last year they took about 500 total kits, so your help added to the tripling of that!)

How amazing you all are with your love! Kindness seems to burst out of you! I am so proud of all your hard work! Can you believe it?

 A little love does go a long way!

On that note, I would like to share a quick easy “love” thing that you can do that doesn’t cost you any thing but a moment of time! I created a new pattern as many of you have read about in a recent post. Oftentimes creating something means you put a bit of yourself out there for the world to see. Having others affirm your work really ignites the excitement to create more! Even the most confident among us need an “Atta Girl!” from time to time. So if I could ask you to show it some love by heading over to Ravely and clicking in the upper right corner where you see a little heart. That little gesture goes a long way in helping my patterns get noticed. It may seem like just a click or two to you, but to me it shows You like what I have made.

So Click HERE and share a bit of love with Ikaika! Then head back over here and let me know! Also, feel free to chime in the comments about your donations! There were groups and individuals from so many places, it would be lovely if you all met here in the comments!


MAHALO NUI LOA TO ALL OF YOU! The washcloths impressed and inspired people in ways you can not imagine. They are on their way to people you may never meet to continue sharing Your generosity!

Proudly share this post on social media and inspire others to give of themselves in small ways today! Simple acts have unimaginable impact in the world around us!

Biggest of hugs for YOU,


patterns, photos

little things


they seem small


and sometimes are overlooked

menehune shawl pattern

if you miss this little pattern you may miss a lot

a fun knit

a stylish addition to your wardrobe

an inexpensive gift

either to knit as a gift or to share the pattern with another!


a menehune price

big kahuna in every other way!

menehune breeze


Hapa Teaser