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Seven Shares On Monday

NUMERO UNO: You want better pictures right? Of course you do! All that time spent on creating something awesome, you certainly want to capture that incredible work in the best way possible! If you don’t follow the SpaceCadet blog you may have missed this 


#2: An awesome podcast I recommend wholeheartedly! There isn’t one thing not appealing about Caithness Craft Collective! Louise, the hostess, shares a joy of crafting with delight and frankness. She is refreshing and offers a sampling of more than just knitting! (Is there more?!)

#3. The Outlandish Clan Kits are being well received! This is sure to be an awesome club for participants! They receive yarn for accessories, patterns, a project bag and so many treats, goodies and supplies! For those of you emailing me about payment options, please know I have heard your polite requests and I am trying to see what I can do to help you out!

#4. A peek at my needles shows some contrast this week:

In normal Mel fashion we have muted natural colour: this is Milk Chocolate on Shepherd’s Wool working in to a vest for Brother.

Then we have a punch of brights on the other 2 projects I am also working on:

Mauna Kea in Fervent Start Anywhere Gradient which has convinced me of a few things:

=> I must rewrite this pattern in a kids version. Alana is driving me crazy for her striped sweater.

=> I really have a thing for colour, I just never realized it! And this point leads onwards to the other project on the needles. It is for what I hope to be a jolly good class! And with this yellow and grey, I must say it looks like I am well on my way!

5. And for those of you on Instagram…make your feed a bit more beautiful as you make the world a smaller place…. follow AWESOME.EARTH and let your mouth hang open.

You are welcome…

6. And those of you not on Instagram here is an adorable picture that at first glance seems to be me just showing off my cute littlest wee one…but honestly, it is a colour lesson…I plan to knit something in this pink, white and black combo. Looking around and being open to my surroundings has given me several new ideas!

#7. There is still plenty of time to whip up a hat, or two for Christmas gifts and not break a sweat!

If you are looking for simple, fun hats,that are quick but not boring, why not pop over here and take a peek?

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Seven Shares On Sunday


Ahhh Sunday! You are here! Hopefully a day to rest and relax for most of us…

But in case you are in need of some spunk added to your day:


#1. The Remembrance Poppy

On twitter I saw this tweet and thought you would appreciate how heartbreakingly beautiful it is:

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Had a play with this image. #toweroflondon #TowerofLondonPoppies #TowerPoppies #poppies #RemembranceDay

— Chelsea Codger (@chelseacodger) November 9, 2014

Remembrance Sunday is a time of reflection and thanksgiving for soldiers who have died in war. The poppy can be seen in so many places, real poppies or handmade, all beautiful and all vibrant reminders of cherished life lost. Want to knit or crochet your own? Try this link from Woman’s Weekly or this link from Lion Brand Yarns and make your own tribute. 


#2. Spineless… 

When doing research for a project I happened upon the title of a book Spineless  and my initial vibe was: This must be a harsh book…

It wasn’t. It was breath-taking. 


I kept looking at the cover.

Try it. Sit and look for a full 60 seconds and you will see  much more than you did at first. 

There are so many things that race through my thoughts looking at the cover of this book: THE EYES! The suction circles, the translucent beauty and vibrant spots!

I want to knit this!

Interestingly, this isn’t what I was researching, but it did set me sketching for a shawl and a sweater and a wee little accessory that in no way resemble this beautiful creature. Or at least, not on the surface. But I know a lady that did make something a bit like our fluid friend above…


#3. Free Pattern for 20,00 Leagues of Fun!

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Infinite Twist is giving away the pattern for Tako the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid to those subscribed to her newsletter. (Not on it? Join in here asap because she emails a free pattern each month!) Cate of InfiniteTwist dyed up some incredible fiber for me to spin and then knit this adorable guy. You can get the kit to spin (but there are less than a handful left) or you can get the yarn and skip the spinning. Even more generous, you can get the pattern free this month if you are on her mailing list. But you have to be on that list before midnight Tuesday November 11th in order to net him. (Sorry! Couldn’t resist) This will be my first time spinning intentionally. I am excited and looking forward to sharing as I go! Here is my colour way for “Squidward”. And remember to use your “withmel” code at checkout for extra awesome goodies and treats!





Each month, as a thank you to readers for sharing my post with others, I share a free pattern with one randomly selected share-er. The more you share the better your chance! And sharing couldn’t be simpler! At the bottom of each post are share links from social media to a one on one personal email link. The winner for the month of October wins Ikaika, my kimono inspired cardigan. 

And the winner is a share via twitter:


CONGRATS!! So if this is you be sure to connect me connectingwithmel {at} gmail {dot} com and I will get you a copy!

Annnnnndddd: Ikaika has been released for individual sale now and I have a great interview with a test knitter this week for you!

Want your chance to win a pattern in November? Just share! You can mention it in the comments too if you share a post in more than one place!


#5. A Really Awesome (Knitting) App! 


I find myself just sliding my fingers across my iPhone to hear the click, click, click as the Item changes from Vest/Shrug to (tick) (tick) (tick) Long Tunic Sweater (Tick) (Tick) Mittens (Tick back) Hat… If I choose Hat I can decide upon head circumference, below that stitches per inch (or centimeters) and drop down one more line and you see estimated yardage (or meters). Genius! Best $4.99 I spent all month! (It makes a great gift too! I have gifted a few for fun and it is such a blast to share it!)

Hannah Fettig collaborated to create this mini Stash Movie. Grab a wee little chocolate and watch:

#6. A  Really Awesome Organizational App 



This a gem for me to unearth. I like using Twitter to discover and learn and there is so much out there that at times keeping things sorted that I want to read gets overwhelming. Clicking to  favourite on Twitter as most of you know isn’t really “liking” something, that is more of what a ReTweet is… When you click the star on Twitter you are in essence dog-earing a page in a book to come back to later. Sight allows me to snap a screenshot of the article I like (not only on twitter mind you!) and save it as a visual cue in  the Sight App to come back later and read! I don’t need to copy and paste URLs anymore and everything is neat and tidy. And there is a PHOTO!! I love visual aids!  Did I mention this app is free?


#7. A Great Sound in My Ear

At present I am listening to an audio book by a writer I admire, Mark Twain. Somehow this title got past me in high school and college: The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg. It is performed by Norman Dietz and is quite a lively way to be reminded of humility and human nature. It is one of a collection that also includes The Invalid’s Story and The Stolen White Elephant. 

What are some fun shares You have? Why not share an interesting discovery you had recently?

Looking forward to a great week ahead!