I swear knitting helps with everything….

This week on my Facebook page Smashlee Stitches, I went "live" to discuss Knitting and how it benefits mental health. If you read my post from last week you will know, on my first facebook live I was BEYOND nervous. This one however,  was not nearly as bad. I was way more relaxed. I owe …

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Knitting University- Smashlee’s Seamless Slippers

Knitting can be tricky business. It can be really hard to learn to cast on or even improve or expand your skills! The patterns don't always make sense and if you are clumsy like me, holding two needles at a time can prove an IMPOSSIBLE TASK! It took me 3 weeks to learn to cast …

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The Tale of Facebook Live.

Yesterday I did something SUPER scary. With my hands shaking, my voice ready to give out and my brain screaming NO DON'T DO IT!!!! I pressed the go live on my Facebook page, Smashlee Stitches. I literally couldn't breathe! For the week prior, I had been preparing myself. I was going to a Q&A called …

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I Really Really Like Knitting

If you've been following me on my Facebook or Instagram you will have already seen my exciting news. Last year, I set a goal for myself to get 100 knitting pattern design rejections and I have not forgot about that goal! I'm very happy to say the third design I submitted was accepted! Yay! Since, …

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Ringing in the New Year with Noro Yarn

All knitters know the feeling. The rush you get as you pick up your package from the post office or mailbox . You know that the package has yummy wonderful yarn goodness in it. The anticipation is almost too much. You squeeze the package, you hug it and if you are like me, you rip …

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Designing A Rainbow

  Designing is easy. When you play it safe, that is. When you kick things up a notch and challenge yourself (or someone else challenges you) it becomes instantly harder. Confession time... I'm not going even try and lie, I've been playing it safe for quite some time now. My knit designs are simple; not …

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Back To School Y’all

Ah! The first day of school... The most wonderful time of the year .   I'm not going to lie I have been waiting for this day. It's not that I don't love my kids.. ..but...seriously guys, mama needs some peaceful, non-kid related alone time. Today, the mini-me started grade 1. In one week the …

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What Rejection Feels Like….

Yup, you read that right. Rejection. I got my first "sorry, your pattern is not for our magazine" e-mail last week.  It was the first pattern I ever submitted to a magazine. So, what does it feel like to get that e-mail? Well, I think its best to first  talk about what it doesn't feel …

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Smashlee Stitches Patterns

So, over the past month or so I've been working on a few pattern designs. I learned so much when I took the course Pattern Writing 101 ( you can read my review on the course here.) In that course we got to design a pattern with the intention of publishing. I am so proud …

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