giveaways, knitting, patterns

Delayed Gratification {sorry!}

Let us get right to it!

Somebody won a book and somebody won an awesome kit!

And somebody is way late announcing it (after the announcement, I will tell you why)


The winner of Laura Neklin’s autographed KNOCKOUT KNITS book is…..

sea_otter3 {on Instagram}

And the winner of on of Laura’s incredible kits is…

Rowena Philbeck who said:

I loved the Hibisco necklace and the Butin Collar kit. They are all very pretty.

I loved the Hibisco necklace and the Butin Collar kit. They are all very pretty.

Congrats! Both of you are such lucky ducks! Please email me at connectingwithmel {at} gmail {dot} com and we can hook you up!

Sooooo….Sometimes you lay your plans and they work. Sometimes they don’t. And sometimes you just have to dig in and work your plans until you are dog tired.

That last one has been me. (woof! woof!)

Working hard at hard work can cause you to have laser beam focus…or if you are like me, it forces you to force yourself to have laser beam focus. =) Anybody out there feeling me? You been there?

So I got a bit distracted by trying to focus! I am sorry it happened. I get distracted easily…you should see me in a real yarn shoppe…I can’t even carry on a conversation…not just because the choices are so beautiful…but because I see so many “POTENTIALS!”.

The things I have been working on behind the scenes are so gratifying to me and I hope they will give you a moment of peace or happiness, tranquilly and {maybe} delight…

Be patient with me. I am not perfect. If you are, I would love to know how you do it!





{{Spoiler alert! At the end of this post are 3 incredible giveaways!}}

I recently had a chance to chat with designer and teacher Laura Nelkin. I thought I was just going to share an interesting person with you, but wound up making a friend connection for myself!

We had a blast chatting about what it takes to design knitting patterns, to create a book, to juggle our dreams and reality..we covered a lot of creative territory in the hopes of bringing an inspiration and insight to you!

If you have a KNOCKOUT KNITS book you may want to grab it to have on hand as we talk about interesting behind the scenes tidbits! So have a listen and then pop back over here to see what Laura has to share with you as a gift! {Remember you can subscribe to the podcast by way of iTunes!}

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Laura has graciously offered a free autographed copy of KNOCKOUT KNITS for one lucky listener!

Simply grab one of these Knockout Knits images below and share it on Instagram or Twitter! Be sure to tag me @MSkiKnits and Laura @LauraNelkin and use the #knockoutknits and #smallkineknitswithmel hashtags. You may enter once a day from Jan 26th to Feb 2nd, 2015.

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You can win a free kit to kit one of Laura’s designs! Her etsy shoppe has some incredible kits!  Simply pop over there and look around and tell me in the comments below which is your favourite!  Please comment only once!

Hibisco by Laura Nelkin  Photo used with permission by L.Nelkin

Hibisco by Laura Nelkin Photo used with permission by L.Nelkin


Oh my stars! You have heard me go on and on about SpaceCadet Mini Skeins…

Watch this video and be prepared for the mini treat I plan to share with you later this week! I will show you the cuffs mentioned in the podcast as well as the giveaway!

Well I hope I got your Monday off to a good start!

Aloha ∞ Peace ∞ Happy Knitting!