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6 Bits, giveaways

Boo!

Did I scare you? 😉

I know it has been awhile! HOW ARE YOU?

Stop right now and fill me in!

Seriously. If you do you may be surprised to find a special treat headed your way!

>>Ok, if you did leave a comment catching me up on you, head back and “Reply” to your comment with your Ravelry name and I will happily gift you a pattern from my Ravelry store as a treat–not a trick! Give me the weekend to send you the pattern! Just be sure to comment before 1 November to receive the gift!<<

As for me, many of you know I have been quite busy! Knitting, knitting, and knitting, of course, but also with my new digital publication project: 6 Bits Storybooks.

I have the joy of working alongside the most creative of teams! Each member has a unique gift and a beautiful story to share. The team changes up a bit from issue to issue, which keeps us and readers on our toes!

There is also a fun podcast that focuses on deeper stories of knitters, dyers, friends… and each week the goal is to share a fun podcast AND quality content, something you can download to use! We have already shared some great teaching tools. Have any of you given a listen?

6 Bits

Golden Wood fro Issue 1: UNEARTH

Buckaloo View yarn with marigolds

 

Issue 1: UNEARTH really kept me busy these last weeks and months–and I am already in the winding down of things for our second issue! I am slowly filling adjusting to the new juggling routine.

What about you? What are things, major and minor, that have been part of your last few months that are teaching you new lessons? Do you find yourself enjoying moments of new discoveries? Are you unearthing activities you may have set aside for a season and now are moving forward with gusto? Or perhaps you are intentionally paring down things?

DO SHARE! Remember, the person popping on to the blog after you may just be needing to hear what YOU share!

Hoping this weekend is filled with pleasant surprises and wonderful treats!

My best Aloha is always for you,

M.

Reflections from Brenda

 

(the beautiful images you see in this post are just a few from the 6 Bits Storybooks website and Issue 1: UNEARTH)

 

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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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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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Wandering Wardrobe Project

Wandering Wardrobe Project: Hats

Hats make a bad hair day a style statement day!

Not only can you ward off the cold and rain with these accessories, they are FUN to knit!

And versatile! *In the knitting and the wearing!*

Be sure to notice the different styles from “My favourite grey T-shirt” to “A flirty little dress” and everything in between that you can rock a hat with…and it doesn’t need to be match-matchy!

Wiki Wiki

The Wiki-Wiki hat is fun to wear pulled low on the brow.

{That is actually how I wear all my hats from Wiki-Wiki to Drizzle to my favourite Yankees ball cap.}

You may like it back a bit further, which allows the world to see more of your beautiful face.

A thick brim on a hat gives you the ability to slide it back and scrunch the top a bit, or with Drizzle you can roll the brim a bit more.

Let your locks just hang out or you can tuck them underneath!

 

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Through The Stones Beret



Through The Stones

Through The Stones

Through The StonesTams and berets are also loads of fun to wear. Their construction allows them to set in a jaunty way that evokes a lively vibe. Oftentimes folks say they can’t wear this style of hat for one reason or another, but I think knitting one up as a treat for yourself might help startle process of changing you mind. Doing a simple style and adding a pop of contrast is a great place to begin. Set it off side, or allow the extra pinch of fabric to fall back. Not ready to go the way of the beret? Maybe start one now to have on hand for the fun this fall that awaits us with hats…boy have I some fun in store…

For now why not share a tip you have with hats!

  • How do you store yours?
  • What is your style preference: a hat to match every outfit? matching doesn’t matter? 
  • Tips or tricks with care?

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Hats shown are 

Through The Stones Beret

 

 

 

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Wiki Wiki Hat

 

 

Wiki Wiki Hat

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Drizzle

 

Drizzle

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Oahu by MSkiKnits Frww Pattern, Free video lessons
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Wandering Wednesday: Start Small


(For Dear Readers not familiar with the Wandering Wardrobe Project: HEAD HERE)


When you first learn to knit, I dare say you start with a square something… perhaps a dishcloth. You may knit a rectangle and continue it for a long swath and create a scarf (one day I will tell you about the sweetheart I know in her last year at Penn State who just cast off her 12 year scarf. No, I do not make these things up…)

We start our first stitches focused on a smaller project. And the moment it is off the needles we have the feeling of a gladiator, banging sword against shield and roaring “I DID IT! I DIIIIIIIID IT!” –Wait, what? That wasn’t your response? Hmmm…Oddly enough, that continues to be my only response. If it wasn’t your initial, it is never too late to implement, and I highly recommend it.

Smaller projects in knitting are how we begin. They should never be forgotten or dismissed as the quick or mindless knit of the scarf creates a useful bit of wardrobe wow! Apart from making a great piece for your closet it is a superpower tool: You become Super Person getting a Not-Yet-Knitting Knitter started on the Knitter path when you use the scarf as a teaching tool.

Classic wrap around your neck style

Classic wrap around your neck style

So the focus today is on scarves…specifically garter stitch scarves. Created from the knit stitch, you get loads of muscle memory time as a new knitter creating one of these! Turn the creation of the scarf on its side, you get to work long stretches without interruption and fewer opportunities to add an extra stitch or two at each end, which is something that often happens as a new knitter. Knitting long ways reduces the number of edges to notice that strange phenomenon…and if it does occur, cover it with some fringe!

When it is cold those cozy creations are essential, keeping you looking and feeling hot! But as you can see Kate and Hannah, both in L.A. and Andrea, in the Hawaiian Islands, can use these where they live too!

Gimme 20 knits up super fast with bulky wool, shown here in SpaceCadet Elara When Life Gives You Lemons and Dark Skies. It is a free pattern that anyone who knows how to knit in garter can get on and off their needles rather quickly.

And if you don’t know how to knit, you can learn! Oahu is a great place to start! Every single step from what needles do I use, how do I start out, how do I turn my work (believe it or not when I started knitting turning my work made my heart race and palms sweat!)…

And if you want to knit and need supplies this free pattern and videos has a supporting kit you just have to head here. The kit includes every single thing you need to knit this scarf except your two hands!

Wearing a scarf adds colour to an outfit.  Andrea, wife & mom of a little guy on Kauai shows above how to keep it traditional.

Boldly try the way Hannah shows below. The soft drape of Oahu makes this bit of knitting great as a statement piece right from the top! I love how she pulls off a boho vibe!

Carrying them works too!  One of our gals said: “I seriously loved how squishy it [the scarf] was that I found myself toting it everywhere. Sometimes draped over my arm, other times over my bag. It’s as awesome as having your security blanket with you, but because it is much prettier than my ratty tatty old blanket I don’t get weird looks. I get lots of ‘Can I see that?’ ‘Did you make that for real?!’ ‘I wanna try it on!’ And can I just say my blanket isn’t that ratty and beaten up, and I do resist the impulse to take it out, mostly…”

Gimme 20 Scarf and Through the Stones Beret on K8

And so this Wandering Wardrobe Project Wednesday starts off simply. Making a simple garter scarf and adding it to any outfit gives it a pop! You don’t even have to get in to fancy tying and knotting for it to enhance your outfit. And the colour combos are endless! Mono-chrome is next on my list for Gimme 20! The Patterns With Class Oahu scarf can be worked up from a blue and grey and black kit for a bolder look or even from the rainbow kit that looks every bit like the rainbows everywhere in Hawaii.

Have you knit either of these?! Then join in this wandering! Simply share your photos with the #WanderingWardrobeProject and #MSkiKnits hashtags! Stretch the way you think about styling. Your stretch may be a little or a lot! But try something new and share!

Haven’t knit them yet? No worries! You can start whenever!

Next week we stick with small and add a few more faces to the mix. Want to get a jump on next week’s styling ideas? Why not try knitting the WikiWiki hat? It is a simple hat that is great for handspun yarn if you want to try yours! And at $2 it’s not going to break any piggy  bank! 😉 So you have free patterns today and one for less than a cup of joe at the local cafe!

I look forward to really kicking it up a notch next Wednesday with you!

Until then, I hope the sun is smiling on you wherever you are!

~Mel

K8 rocking it as a wrap

K8 rocking it as a wrap

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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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Summer Time Excitement

I have had my head down these last few weeks…maybe months…working, working, working…

And now I have a few things to show for it!

And to show YOU for it!

In time for summer knitting, my first 6 Bits Collection has launched! If you are a newsletter subscriber, you already saw this, but keep reading because there are some fun things I saved just for the blog too!

This summer there will be 2 collections, each composed of 6 Bits—or patterns.

Wander title page

The first is Wander which includes

Canyon

Trail

Skyline

Talus

Drumlin

Overlook

3 Bits are sleeveless tops, which look perfect baring your arms or layered over a shirt. 2 Bits are unique shrugs. And the last little Bit is a scarf. These pieces are created from linen, beautiful Quince and Co. Kestrel and Sparrow linens. Purchase the collection any time now until 15 June for under 3 bucks a pattern and also receive:

∞ Wander Kokee A Look Book of beautiful images and text about Kokee and the genesis of each unique piece in the collection
∞ A feature on the 2 yarns used in creating all the patterns, Kestrel and Sparrow
∞ A planning guide for substituting yarns

Helpful Info:

6 Bits: Wander available as a collection that will release June through July.

Canyon releases 1 June

Trail releases 15 June.

-Talus, Skyline, Drumlin and Overlook release 29 June, 1 July, 13 July and 27 July, automatically added to your Ravelry library!

-Pre-order the collection and receive the pdf patterns as they release.

-Limited time offer on the collection available for purchase through 15 June 2015 for $16

-After the 15th the patterns will be offered as stand alone purchases, without Wander Kokee book, yarn feature or substitution guide.

Interested in the collection for your library? Purchase now by heading here.

Now all the above is pretty darn exciting for me..especially as it was Memorial Day weekend last year when I cast off Trail from my needles…man, a whole year ago!

But something equally awesome is a project I plan to share with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. The fun I have already been having with this crazy project and all the people from coast to coast who have been part of it… oh my goodness THE FUN! And it is just getting started!

Here are a few fun little teasers to share…just some snaps of how things look from L.A. when you are wearing hand knits… The pattern is Sanctuary Shrug, and K8 prefers it in-side-out!

My best Aloha is, as always, to you!

I would be stoked beyond measure if you would share this post with any of the share buttons below! Pin any of these stellar pics to your boards too! When you share, I get a warm feeling, that isn’t from sitting in the sunshine! So mahalo for helping me reach others!

~Mel

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