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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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How to Avoid Repetitive Stress While Knitting


At some point, most knitters deal with repetitive stress or carpal tunnel problems, whether mild or severe. Here are some tips that might help to keep your hands and wrists in good knitting condition for many years to come: Take breaks. When you do, get up, walk around, and stretch out your arms. Reach them up over […]

How to Pick Up Dropped Stitches, Even from the Cast On Edge


I first knew that I could knit anything when I learned that I could fix anything. My fear of making mistakes, trying a new project and getting stuck, and ruining hours of knitting went away. The first step towards knitting confidence, then, seems to be learning how to fix mistakes in knitting. Here’s how to […]

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Why You Should Spit Splice Your Yarn


Ooooh, this is one of my favouritest little things to do now. It’s called spit splicing, and it’s a really, really easy way to join two balls of wool yarn together. Knitting a lace shawl? No problem. Don’t sew those ends in later; spit splice them together now! It’s a wonderfully firm and permanent join. […]

How to Make Mirrored Increases in Knitting: M1R, M1L


Have you ever knit a pattern that says something like “increase one stitch” or Make 1, but doesn’t specify what technique to use? Here are tips on how to choose which increase to use in your knitting. Generally, when a pattern says “M1,” it’s referring to the Make-One increase, which is a specific technique. That’s […]

The Anatomy of a Knit Stitch and Why It Matters


Knowing your stitches and their characteristics can help you in so many ways. It makes it easier to spot or fix mistakes, easier to count stitches, easier to twist or untwist them, and easier to mirror them when it comes to increases and decreases. So, grab your closest knitting project and examine it along with […]

Perfect Bind Off in the Round: My Favourite Trick


I love this little trick for joining my cast-off edge in the round. It finished it up so nicely. Use it for the cast-off around cuffs, sock tops, headbands, or any other circular project that you’re binding off. Cast off normally. (I assume you’re knitting 2, then passing the first stitch over, etc, until the […]

How to Make Nice Edges in Knitting


Want your exposed edges to be smooth and lovely? There’s a trick for that. You can substitute this nice edges technique on pretty much any knitting pattern, as long as the stitch pattern doesn’t extend to the edge stitches. For example, this is great for scarves, sometimes shawls, and the little button band I just knit on […]