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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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Here are my most recent posts

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]