Squish Owl in his native habitat.  (Pattern by Aknitica Designs.)

Stars in His Squishy Owl Eyes (And tips on stuffing your Owl)

I rather love my little Squish Owls. They’re small and fun to make, and, of course, extremely squishable. I recently knit up this little guy using some cotton yarn from ...

Squish Owls.  aknitica designs.

Squish Owls

Barn owls? Screech owls? No… Squish Owls! On a whim one day, I decided to knit my daughter an owl. Because you see, every day when she wakes up from ...

Leafalicious Hat Pattern.  Knit from the top down, just to see if it can be done.  It can!  aknitica designs.

Leafalicious Hat Pattern

Here it is, in all its glory: Knit in bulky-weight yarn (shown here in hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn that a friend sent me — isn’t she nice?) with size 9 US ...

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How to knit a Kindle Cover with mitered squares.  aknitica designs.

Kindle Cover, Sock-Yarn Blankie Style

I bought this gorgeous Regia Hand-Dye Effect yarn recently because I love ...
Knotty Baby Hat

Knotty Baby Hat

This little cutie is available as a Ravelry download for $3 CAD. ...
Watermelon Tulip Preemie Hat on white background

Tulip Preemie Hat

Knit in the round on two size 2.25 mm circular needles (but ...

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Squish Owl in his native habitat.  (Pattern by Aknitica Designs.)

Stars in His Squishy Owl Eyes (And tips on stuffing your Owl)

I rather love my little Squish Owls. They’re small and fun to make, and, of course, extremely squishable. I recently knit up this little guy using some cotton yarn from Knit Picks (a combo of “Comfy” and “Shine Worsted,” I think, since I have both in a bunch of colours), and I think he’s very […]

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