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Gimme 20! And I’ll make you a superhero!

Quick?! What is better than a fast, cheerful knit?

A fast cheerful free knitting pattern?

C l o s e !

A fast, cheerful, free knitting pattern you can use to teach someone how to knit!

Seriously, BE A HERO!

Even better:

Be that hero in 5 easy steps!  

  1. Save the PDF below to your handy electronic device or go WAAAAY old school and print it! (Whaaaat? Like paper?!)
  2. Gather hero gear in a little bag: a few pieces of chocolate, knitting needles and 3 balls of spare bulky yarn…or get yourself some Elara! I knit this in 3 balls of Elara and LOOOVE it!
  3. Repeat step 2 once more because we have to be a hero TO someone to really be a hero, you dig?
  4. Head to the nearest place where there are people…coffee house, library, bookstore, work and look for someone who needs you {Interrupting Mel interrupts herself here to say: YOU are a Knitting Superhero and could really make someone into a Superhero too. Don’t be stingy! Share your awesome self! Look around for that face that you connect with because you know that they need some knitting creativity introduced to them}
  5. Walk up to that {perhaps complete} stranger and say “I have a gift for you! Want to be the next Knitting Ninja?” Then slowly show them the ropes and get them started on this scarf.

Then you have to tell your new protégé “Now we must multiply our crew!” and both of you start over from step #1 above. Give your newbie knitter a wee bit of time to eat their chocolate before this part though, k?

Bear in mind you can print the pattern below, gather the materials and make a sweet little Learn To Knit gift to give this holiday! I would urge you to enclose a thoughtful note telling the recipient you will share how to use these things over a cup of tea at their earliest convenience. You know you have enough stash to teach 87% of your city’s general population how to knit, so liberate yourself from the clutches of unused stash and school up some folks to knit in the new year!

Here are the specs:

Finished Measurements

60” [152.5 cm] by 6” [15.24 cm]

Materials

Yarn Elara by SpaceCadet (100% Superwash Merino 3-ply; approx 120 yds/100g)

•2 skeins in Dark Skies for MC

•1 skein in Lemon for CC

Needles  •One 40” circular needle in size US 11 [8mm] or size to obtain gauge

Notions •Tapestry needle or crochet hook to secure loose ends when finished

Gauge 11 sts x 26 rows for 4 inch in garter stitch after blocking

Stitches Used ==>>ONLY Garter stitch<<== (my Kryptonite!)

Here is the PDF: Gimme 20! Scarf

Download it and either be a superhero today to one person, or share this post every where you can and be that hero to many! I make it easy with share buttons below! Go on! Take a leap and let your hand knit cape fly in the breeze as you share the knitting love!

Happy Knitting!

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Share. Yarn. Love.

Aloha Friends! If you have a little less than 20 minutes free lets sit together and talk about sweet creations from yarn! I have 2 free things to share in this episode…the start of sharing yarn love this Season!

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Gift Ideas for Knitters

{Errr…rather “Gift Ideas that You, Dear Knitter, can pass on to a loved one to help them shop!” but that blog title wouldn’t fit so well in the title line!}
I am not knitting many gifts for people, I never do. I AM planning on giving knitting and yarn treats to others though, to be an ambassador of yarn and fiber arts! Join me this weekend for the start of what I hope to be easy ideas to share the love of Yarn Life this season 😉 And when I say “join me” I mean sit down and watch me do a few things…that’s right! The podcasts airs again this weekend! Is anyone excited? These will be simple fun ideas for us to showcase the joy and beauty of our passion, or as others may be inclined to mis-label it: “our hobby”
Apart from this fun there are also a few ideas that qualify as those gifts this time of year “that keep on giving”. There are some awesome treats perfect for knitters (though these may actually be perfect for YOU my knitting companion, so forward this post to your significant other…there is a handy share button at the bottom of the page!)
Here are 3 treats that are so rad they would make any knitter burst into squeals of joy:


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Now if you are looking for a few ideas to keep knitters (or yourself!) happily knitting after the holiday has passed allow me to share 3 simple solutions that may be what you are looking for:
Hold on to your kilt: A kit that arrives all at once with supplies for 3 perfect accessories to knit your way out of Outlander doldrums! So many Outlander fans are waiting for April 4th to arrive—knit your days away with a collection of exclusive materials and treats inspired by the hugely popular Outlander series, one goody ais a project bag a la JAMMF!  Details Here! 


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An equally awesome club for those of you hooked on socks or are just incredibly awesome and unique: Critter Sock Club Membership! This winter, Infinite Twist is offering a three-month club of thick and wooly sock kits with stranded sock patterns inspired by cozy Japanese house socks. Designed for maximum cuteness and wearability, each sock pattern features an animal face on the toe, and a wearable motif on the leg. And it is packed with goodies to boot! Use the “WithMel” code when you order and see what awesome extras come to you! And all for under $100! Pop over Here to become a member! I did and can not wait to get my first parcel!


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And one of my favourite treats that keeps on giving…one I signed my daughter up for 2 years ago is the Space Monster Club (Talya and I take turns with the OUT OF THIS WORLD goodies!). To hear me chat more about it be sure to listen to the podcast that aired Dec 3rd. Sign-ups for this club start Friday Dec 5th.
Okay My Friends! I did my part to help your loved ones with last minute gift ideas! =) Be sure to let me know what you get!
And remember, look for some fun new adventures starting with this weekend’s podcast!
My best aloha to you!
Mel
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Beautiful People: Words With Amy

Have you ever known somebody that was such a gift you wanted others to know them too? Today I share Amy for that reason! And in the spirit of sharing, she shares a treat with You, so read on my friend!

Amy is known as  KnittingAmyK on Ravelry. She assumes many roles: mom, wife and friend by day… designer, tech editor, knitting teacher, spinner and knitter by night. Whew! I caught up with her to as a few questions:
Whats makes you happy in knitting?
I love color. I love watching the colors emerge and play off of each other with harmony, even in the midst of contrast. And I love pairing them with a coordinating neutral (or not so neutral). Colors sing to me. And I love the melodies they make when paired with the perfect pattern.

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What makes you happy apart from knitting?
My people. Not just my family (though they are sweet and funny and great)  but my extended “family”. The wonderful people who are a part of my weekly Saturday Knit Night – those women are amazing. Different walks, different stories, different journeys and ages and educations and lives. But they aren’t afraid to tell it like it is and genuinely care for each other. I know, OUTSIDE of knitting, the question asked. . .but this group is so much more than knitting. It’s my weekly outing where I get to sit with real people I love, working with my hands, chatting about life and enjoying time where I can just be me. It doesn’t get much better than that.
What is something you have done for others in the past year that gives a sense of satisfaction? 
 I was a teacher before quitting to stay home with my kids, but I have the chance to be a part of the classroom  by volunteering all day every Thursday at school with my son. It has been so fun to work with him and his classmates, getting to be a part of their education. But I also just adore getting to work with his teachers. I have done this since last year and know what a huge job it is to teach kids and keep them safe and meet them where they are at (so many different places). I love being able to do the simple yet time-consuming things so they can spend their time doing the important stuff. They think that I am helping them, but really, they are grounding me and giving me a chance to work with amazing and funny and special little people every week.
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What are things you are excited about?
I am excited about my newest patterns, including my Broken Up Boot Cuffs, which you can find here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/broken-up-boot-cuffs . I love color. . .but I also love patterns that have fun textures that also work well with variegated yarns. These fun cuffs were born out of necessity, I had three pairs of boots with no color!!! And in order to give you all a chance to try a pattern, I will offer readers of Mel’s blog the chance to try one 25% off with the coupon code: MELROCKS good from now through December 10th (Pacific Time).
I’m excited just to be a part of a great group of Independent Designers that are participating in the Indie Gift-Along 2014. If you choose any paid pattern from a participating designer and complete it (as a gift or for  yourself) by December 31st, 2014 you can post and enter to win one of thousands of prizes. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/indie-design-gift-a-long It’s pretty fantastic to see what other people create. I love the creativity in this group – both the designers but also the knitters/crocheters. It’s fantastic to be a part of it all!
I am so thankful that Amy took time to share herself with us and how thoughtful of her to offer a discount on her lovely boot toppers! I think they might make a certain teenager under my roof quite happy Christmas morning! Be sure to share a mahalo with Amy in the comments below–and pass this post on to others! They receive a discount coupon and an introduction by way of the blog and You get entered in the monthly giveaway for a free pattern.  >>>November’s winner was Teresa K!<<<
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Here comes Holiday Happiknits!

I have been knitting a ton lately

Well at least pounds if you put it on the scale…so not really tons in weight!

Mauna Kea has been zipping along, practically knitting herself up! I have to confess, sometimes I receive yarn from dyers that I look at and wonder “HOW am I going to knit with this non-grey yarn?” It isn’t too bad if it is a natural colour, but bright and vivid shades aren’t my thing.

Or at least they weren’t… Then SpaceCadet Fervent Gradient Kit happened and the rainbow floodgates were thrown wiiiiiiide open! Pop over here for a look: http://spacecadetcreations.com )

 I knit in colour and I liked it!

Now I can not help myself! At all!

Colour is popping up everywhere!

And I must say…

I knit in colour and I liked it!

What about you? What are some ways you’ve stretched yourself lately? With hues or  tones? Blends or weights? New styles or techniques? It is fun to break out in a new direction!

Which is exactly what I am doing over here! And getting more and more excited as the days pass with what lies ahead! Oh! The things I have to share!

Holiday Happiknits is in the air! Share what you are knitting—snap pics and share with the #HolidayHappiknits hashtag =) What makes You a Jolly Knitter this time of year?

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