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Aknitica Has Moved!

Please come check out the up-to-date website at http://www.aknitica.com All my new posts and patterns are done over there, so if you’re subscribing here on the .wordpress blog, you’re missing out!  Honestly, I forgot that this old website was still visible to the public… I stopped paying for the URL to be forwarded, and now […]

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Charity Knitting: 1000 Hats for Cancer

I am so thankful for modern medicine.  I often forget that not everyone can receive it because it’s just too expensive.  There are families who can barely pay for life-saving cancer treatments for their kids, let alone the little extras, like hats to cover their little bald heads. This little cutie pie is my neighbour, […]

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Pattern Writing for the Uninitiated

Have you ever wondered what goes into writing a pattern?   Here is my process, mostly. Get inspired!  Pick up yarn and start knitting.  Maybe make sketches first, maybe not. Get really excited as things come together nicely, making notes as you go. OR, Get really frustrated and rip things out that just refuse to […]

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Cozy Fall, Cozy Knitting

There’s a chill in the air around here, and the leaves have been turning rusty shades of sun-kissed orange and red, and a switch has flipped in my brain.  I’m knitting cables. I picked up a gorgeous skein of Fleece Artist Blue-Faced Leicester Aran on sale at a local yarn shop in the summer.  It’s […]

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I’m Zazzle-y

Okay, so I did something that maybe only fellow knitters will understand. I made yarny phone cases.  I mean, if I had an iPhone, I’d want its case to have yarn on it.  Wouldn’t you?   (That particular case is for a Samsung Galaxy S3.  Isn’t it purty?) Zazzle gives its members the opportunity to […]

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Arm Warmers of Indecision

When I first started knitting, my mom rolled her eyes at me a lot because I was too stubborn to knit mittens from a pattern.  I wanted her to show me how to increase and decrease and let me figure it out myself.  After a bunch of horrible, disastrous, misshapen attempts, I made mittens.  I […]

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Yarn Obsession

Just call me The Compulsive Yarn Photographer.  That’s me.  Lately, I’ve been taking photos of all my new balls of yarn to store in my Ravelry Stash database.  I feel a little silly, but it kind of makes me happy. Plus, I just love its squishy self.  Yarn, I mean. Like this ball, which was […]

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Tiny Pleasures

My favourite part of homeschooling are the tiny moments of learning and wonder that pop up unexpectedly, like finding an inch worm in the back yard. This one even had the good manners to show up on a day when he matched the yarn on my needles. Getting the camera out to snap photos of […]

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Meeting Cat Bordhi

I must admit, I was so nervous the morning I woke up to go to my first Cat Bordhi class.  I had already read her book New Pathways for Sock Knitters cover to cover; in fact, that was the book I picked up when I wanted to learn how to knit socks for the first […]

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I Took a Class with Cat Bordhi and…

What a great weekend I just had!  (Okay, it was two weekends ago now.  I wrote this post last week, but wanted to “tweak” it… Thanks to this post by Crunchy Betty, I have more confidence in posting today.) Anyway, I took two classes with Cat Bordhi, organized by my local knitting guild.  The first: […]

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