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About Amanda

I knit, design, and drink coffee. I teach knitting classes.
I also homeschool my 5 kids, read lots of books, and occasionally tidy up when it becomes absolutely necessary. I'm also a proud member of the Ottawa Knitting Guild.

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Inverse Reverse: A collection of reversible shawls

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It’s that time of year — when I always want something wrapped around my neck. I have a serious obsession with knitting shawls, so my closet is getting pretty full of various neck-warming devices. And yet, I still want to make more… (I picked up a copy of WestKnits BestKnits recently, and now I want […]

One, A Shawl with Two Sides

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You guys, I am so excited about what I’ve been working on lately. I wanted to make myself a reversible, graphic, simple, shawl that was enjoyable to knit while I read a book. The obvious stitch to choose was garter stitch, but I had bought a gorgeous Julie Asselin gradient kit recently, and I really […]

Spring BOGO, New Mitten Patterns, and I Yarn Bombed A Horse. I Really Did.

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I’ve been busy this winter but unable to tell you about it! Let me catch you up. I’ve been making videos. My favourite so far is this one on how to pick up stitches for no-gap thumbs. I keep reading how it’s impossible, but it so isn’t. In the video, I show you exactly how […]

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Aves Hat and Charmed Fall Accessories collection!

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Woohoo! A mystery project of mine is finally releasing today, so now I can tell you all about it. It’s so hard to keep these secrets, but I admit, it’s fun at the same time. I’ve really been enjoying working on a small and growing pile of secret things this year. Read on for the […]

Unicorn Power! and Beaded Wristers Collection

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I am totally a magpie, attracted to shiny objects. That might explain my new obsession with beaded knitting. That, and the rhythmic, hypnotic, fun-yet-relaxing act of sliding beads into place amidst comforting garter stitch. (And if you’ve ever read any of my posts here, you’ll have noticed that I like fun-yet-relaxing knitting. Don’t bore me, […]

Making 2-Stitch Cables the Easy Way … And a New Hat Pattern: Merry!

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Finally! The long-awaited cabled ear-flap hat is here! But first, let me tell you my favourite way to make 2-stitch cables. Did you know that you don’t need a cable needle for these tiny things? And you don’t need to rearrange the stitches, either? There’s a fun little trick for making them. Here it is: […]

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Sock Stashbuster Slouch Hat

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I’m learning to embrace my quirks instead of trying to change them. One of them, dear reader, is that I loooooove sock yarn and, well, any fingering-weight yarn. I have lots of it.  Fleece Artist, Knit Picks Palette, Stroll, and Felici, some Lorna’s Laces, Indigodragonfly, more Fleece Artist, some Madelinetosh… Oh, yeah.  I’m a junkie. […]

How to Measure Knitting

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Many patterns will tell you to “work in pattern for ____ inches / cm.” So measuring your knitting is an often-used, important skill. Here are some tips for getting accurate measurements. The standard for how to measure knitting is different from the “counting your rows” standard. When we’re counting the number of rows we’ve worked, […]