I am an editor based out of Central Texas. In my free time, I knit up a storm. It’s both my passion and my meditation. I strongly believe in, what I call, fearless knitting. I don’t look at difficulty levels or worry if I’ve never, say, cabled or done true Fair Isle. I try whatever catches my fancy, leaping for any adventure that comes my way. I’ll try anything. I make mistakes, but then I learn from them. There’s no way to progress without taking some risks.
When I was a kid, my grandmother tried to teach me to knit, although I don’t remember much about that. In 2006, I learned again at the Lutheran Youth Gathering in San Antonio. I made this scarf-ish shaped turquoise object on bamboo needles. I threw it away. In 2010, while working at Michaels, I tried again and it stuck a little longer. My first project after the scarf-ish thing was a cabled blanket (no joke, fearless knitting already). The cables were gorgeous, but I got bored after about 2 feet and quit again until the next year.
I didn’t really take to knitting until 2011. I decided my husband needed a Christmas stocking. I had never done colorwork or knit in the round, but I tried it anyway. After that first stocking, I was hooked. I haven’t stopped knitting since. In my quest for fearless knitting, I knit a lacy pi shawl, a couple pairs of plain socks, a pair of lacy socks, a couple toys, cabled hats, and several more stockings, few if anything in garter. Like I said, I’ll try anything.
I started this blog so I could keep track of my progress as a knitter and maybe learn something from other knitters around the world. I invite open communication about the fiber world. If I’m doing a technique wrong, please (please) tell me. If you have tips that make certain techniques easier, post away!
If you have questions for me, feel free to send them my way. I can be reached at fortheknitofit(at)gmail(dot)com.
Hello ms. AW! I think your blog is plenty pretty! I like your topics and you do a great job of selecting pics to supplement your text. I am a writer/content manager myself, so I feel the wordy connections flowing! Your talent shows through your good writing. Thank you for sending me the link to your blog, am looking forward to reading more.
Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I love your blog and I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award! You can find the link to the nomination at: http://martasdomesticgoddessproject.com/2012/07/05/versatile-blogger-award/
Congrats and I look forward to reading more!
Thank you so much! I really enjoy your blog, btw!
What a great blog. It is so important to include creativity in your everyday life, and its great that you are sharing this with the world!
Thank you! I agree with you that it’s important for everyday life. I joke that creativity is how I stay sane, but in a way, it’s true. 🙂
Oh trust me I get it! I was working 70-80 hours per week in front of a computer, and I finally lost it. So I up and quit my job and started Project Create so that I can cure the corporate world of its lack of creativity. My goal is to get more people to do SOMETHING creative with their lives. If you ever make it out to New Orleans, maybe you can be a guest teacher for a knitting class!
Anatasia, we’d love to have you come knit with us at our Knitting Circles. All welcome. Waco Knitters. 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at West Waco Library 5- 7pm. Bring a friend. And your questions!
Thank you! I’ll have to get out there sometime!
Great blog, awesome giveaway..thank you!!!
Cool blog… Thanks for the like!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for visiting my blog and liking this post http://craftedliving.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/crafty-today-dragonfly-card/
It’s a great card! I wish I was good at card making. My grandmother loved it. 🙂
Thanks for visiting and liking my post 🙂 your blog is great, might just get me knitting again 🙂
Thanks so much for dropping by reading and liking my post! 🙂 I recently starting to crochet and am always looking for new ideas. I had no clue I could recycle yarn! What a great tip! Thanks!
Thanks for liking my post, “Muse”. I started knitting a couple years ago. I don’t get to it as often as I would like so I’m still a beginner. I’m currently knitting my dog a sweater. I figure if it turns out ugly he can’t really complain. 😉 I look forward to seeing more of your posts on knitting.
Thank you for visiting my blog an liking my Valentine’s Day Stationery post, Anastasia. 🙂 Sadly I don’t know much about knitting, but your blog will definitely change that! Have a great day! 🙂
Thank you for liking our post about the hush seat post! 🙂
* hush seat pod…
Thanks for liking my felting post!
Hello and thank you for liking my post on the Beaded Candle Holder! I love to see passion for arts and crafts and it seems like you’ve got plenty of it!
Thanks for liking my “lovikka mittens” post!
Thanks again for digging one of my posts!
Hi, thanks for liking my post, have loved discovering your blog and looking forward to lots of visits back here!!
Thank you! I enjoyed your blog too!
Thank you for following our blog! I noticed you say you aren’t very good yet, but everyone starts somewhere! I liked what I saw. Keep it up, practice makes you better.
Thank you for the like 🙂 you have a very lovely blog, it’s nice to find people interested in similar things!
Hi thanks so much for liking my posts, “Valentine’s Day: What’s Your Plan” and your blog is amazing too! I wish I could crochet again like you do, because I cannot anymore. Plus when I did I wasn’t all that good at it anyway. I hope to one day get a chance again. But who knows when that will be. So have a great day. Betty
Hi… Thanks again for checking out my blog and liking my posts!
Welcome to the crafting journey! It’s a great place to be. I’m really pleased that my last post caught your fancy. Enjoy the journey….
Hi, Thanks for visiting my blog! I’ve literally just started and have no editorial experience as you can probably tell! I just love to make things. I’m not so good at self promotion tho so it’s interesting to read other people’s blogs to see what they say. I’ve just started knitting and crochet myself as I like to try out lots of different crafts so I’ll be following your blog for tips!!
Lovely to meet you and thank you for dropping in. I’m not very good at knitting and crocheting but I love doing both! 🙂
I love that you call knitting a meditation. I have never tried it but my mother in law promised she will teach me. I have been wanting to learn knitting since it does look very relaxing. I have a very hard time meditating even through it’s part of my yoga teacher training! I will keep an eye on your blog and get inspired to finally give it a try!
It’s challenging, like anything, but once you get the hang of it, it can be so peaceful. Good luck with it and your yoga teacher training (which is really cool, btw)!
Thankyou for the like !! (:
Hihi, thanks for dropping by my blog! I am seeing such cute knitting projects in your blog and I love it! I tried knitting a decade back but has never succeeded at it. I really hope to reignite this passion. When I do, I’ll be asking you for pointers 🙂
I’ll be glad to help anyway I can!
Thank you for stopping by my painting blog, I’m glad that you like my work!
I am a hobby-knitter with 2 daughters, so I can’t wait to browse your archives of projects!!!
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Love your blog! It’s full of knits and crochet! Never knew I could find blogs with similar interests as me! 🙂
Thanks for liking my post about my redecorating efforts. I love your blog! I’m fascinated by people who can knit – I particularly love your owl hat!
Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post today. I,too, love to knit. It’s so relaxing. Just finished two open weave lacy scarves, ready for spring if it ever comes.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my post “Bright cold day.” I crochet a lot these days but cannot seem to get used to knitting again. I used to knit quite well. Maybe through your blog I can get my knitting skills up and going again. I think chronicling a new skill you are learning is a great idea for structuring a blog. Will be back again!
Thanks for liking our post 🙂 come back soon again xoxo
I love the name of your blog!!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking a couple of posts. I envy you being able to knit – my mum tried so hard and so many times to teach me but I could never get the hang of it. I seem to be better suited to needle and thread and now the loom. I look forward to reading about your knitting exploits and who knows, maybe I’ll try again to get my head and hands round those pesky needles…..!!
Thanks for liking my blog and the bedspread photo I published. I’ll check you out on Facebook, too. C U!
Beautifully set up blog. Well done you. Thank you so much for visiting mine and following. Enjoy!
Thank you! I like your blog a lot too!
Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by the Sunshine Scrapbook and liking a few of my posts 🙂 Knitting can be so much fun… you’ve reminded me it’s a skill I want to relearn 🙂
I am so jealous of people who can knit. My mother is amazing. I’ve seen her unravel a store bought sweater to shorten and alter the waistband. She’s fearless. I’ve gone to Stitch’n’bitches, bought books, and given it a good go. I tried to make a baby hat for my son and after three attempts gave up. I can sew anything. I can make anything out of clay but knitting? Forget it.
Hi! thanks for swinging by my blog. I followed your link to your Ravelry page and discovered that you’re knitting An Aran for Frederick. My husband has been asking that I put him in m knitting queue or awhile, and out of all the patterns on Ravelry, that was the sweater pattern he picked! So we’re knitting buddies on that one. I’m only about 2 inches in though.
Cool! I look forward to seeing how it turns out! I’m about 4-5 inches in, but it’s been a slow process. A lot of other projects have come up. 🙂
thanks for stopping by my blog. As my knitting talent only runs to knit, purl and stocking stitch it is on my list of things to get better at. I dream about being able to knit a cable knit throw!
I’m pretty much a failure at knitting despite concentrated attempts at it at various points during my life. Thankfully, I CAN do other things! I will look forward to seeing what you are up to. thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking my post!
My step mom taught me to knit and I like you create to balance my life thank you for visiting my bird and craft blog. Keep creating
I have just recently taken up knitting again. I have know how for many years but have let the creative side of my life get away from me. I will enjoy hearing your knitting progress and might even be inspired to try something besides dish cloths. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I look forward to hearing more.
Thank you for stopping by my blog!! Much appreciated…I like what you’ve got going on here as well.
Socks…what a great way to start knitting. That’s because it’s not the easiest thing to do. Best part…you don’t need much yarn!!! Enjoy your hobby.
Thanks for visiting my blog Living in Rural Mallorca! The skill of knitting is something I’ve never mastered. I began knitting booties for my newborn niece and she was starting nursery school by the time I’d finished them! I like your blog, even if I can’t knit!
Thanks for stopping by at the UFO Garage and liking my posts. I took a short rip around your blog, need to come back for more. Greetings from Germany, Jule
*Trip*, not *rip*, oops. Now with complete blog address, too. Time for bed. 😉
Very neat works! I can’t knit but I like your works. Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for liking my post on soups! I like your blog, I decided to follow it. I am a beginner when it comes to knitting, but I’d love to take it to the next level & it’d be great to have you as a teacher. 🙂
Your pictures are great, and I’m such a fan of soup. I wish I was better at making it.
I’m happy to help in any way I can! 🙂
Thanks! That’s great then! I’m planning to put some recipes up as well, when I get a chance. Otherwise photos would be just teasers.
Thanks for the like on my newest blog! Make sure to follow for all my updates 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Anastasia….really lovely blog you have as well.
I have some Gotland sheep who I’m hoping in the (hopefully not so distant) future to use their fleeces to make our own yarn….
From there?? – well I’ll need to get myself sorted knitting and crocheting wise (work in progress there 🙂 )…..might need to pick your brains…. because what I know about all things wool you could put on a pinhead!!
Oooh, I’ve heard Gotland can be quite nice! You’ll have to let me know how it turns out. I love learning about wool, but I don’t know near as much as I wish I did. Maybe we can pick each other’s brains!
thank you for your cheer at my first ever blog! I saw some pretty amazing knitwork on yours, inspiring hand made beauties, and I just l o v e the tune of Earl Grey, so relaxing to start my day, would you mind if I (try to 😉 link this to my blog too?
Sure! I love Rizzle Kicks. You either get really mellow like Earl Grey or crazy uptempo like Down with the Trumpets. They’re fantastic!
Hi!! Thank you for liking my post “Mug Smug.” I definately am browsing and seeing so many neat things. It’s over-whelming as well as I’m a newbie to the Blogging World. As you an see, my blog is so ……blah. I love how your website is nice and neat. I can’t wait to get to where you are. Great job!!!!
Thank you for stopping by my blog! I love your projects. Maybe sometime soon I’ll graduate to knitting 🙂
Thanks for liking my blog today! I just took a look at yours and I really enjoyed it. My Nana also taught me how to knit when I was a kid, and I picked it up again last year.
Mahalo Nui Loa for liking my blog! I am new to the blogging world and I really appreciate your kukoa! FYI I love your name which is also my daughter name!
Much love and Aloha!
Thanks so much for liking my blog posts, I thought I was the only one reading them! Really like your knits especially the selbu mittens, they’re lovely. I’ve got a similar pattern that has been lying around for an age and as winter’s nearly over for this year I suppose they’ll just have to wait for the next!
What a fun blog! (Thanks for visiting mine, too!) I am a beginning knitter and have done some real basic items but I find it is so much more work than crocheting. Ugh! However, I think the look of knit is usually prettier than crochet. Maybe you will inspire me!
Well, let me know if there is anything I can do to help! 🙂
Thanks for the like. Curious enough, I knit too (when my hands allow it) and was just thinking of writing a post about it. I look forward to getting future project ideas from you 🙂 Thanks again!
I aspire to knit … But have the crochet bug at the moment! Love the inspiration in your blog to maybe pick up two needles someday!
I love knitting, it is my meditation! Thanks for visiting my blog
and the likes on my recipe 🙂
You have a beautiful and fun blog. My mother used to knit, and, on the New York subways, I sometimes see people knitting. I once struck up a conversation a woman sitting next to me, knitting, and she told me it helped her mind relax and feel good. I still have a couple of pieces that my mother made and cherish them.
Thanks for dropping by my site — yours is lovely!
Hello! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking my necklace post. I love your blog, and thank you for “Knitting 101” section. I find it very useful, I need it this. There was a time when I wanted to start knitting. Maybe now I’ll do. 🙂
Thanks for visiting my blog also and liking my DIY baker’s thread. I do not knit, but I do love yarn and use it in the skeins every season to decorate with and also for many other craft projects. Yarn is just so astoundingly pretty, especially the real wool kind.http://blueribbonfair.wordpress.com/
I am more of a “cooker” than a knitter, but I too have always wanted to learn. Not sure the time is right, yet. I’ll check back in for inspiration when I’m ready. Good luck!
Excellent premise for a blog. I have no doubt that your husband will soon have marvelously knit scarves. Blessings in your endeavor.
Thank you! You know, I’ve never knit him a scarf. I’m only just now starting a scarf, but it’s far too girly for him. Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for the “like”. Very colorful blog! Love it. I started knitting 4 years ago and soon after started crocheting. And now, Im a crochet/knit monster (not master yet :p).
Thanks for noticing me! I’m not a knitter but my mom and my daughter are. I guess it skips a generation! Great blog- I’ll show my daughter – mom doesn’t have a computer!
Thanks very much for your visit to my ‘gonerustic’ blog! This is my alter ego, where I indulge in all things crochet … I love knitting too, when it’s done by other people such as yourself. Love your blog! =D
Love knitting, too, but tough on my hands and wrists now. Keep practicing and you’ll turn out masterpieces in no time!
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Thank you for liking the http://www.chiletrail.com..keep following lots more good things still to come.
I’m sorry to hear about your losses – as someone who is expecting, I can’t even imagine how hard that would be.
I’m not sure what kind of knitter I am – maybe a bit of both then….
If I leave a wip alone for too long, I find I lose interest forever and don’t finish it. Lately I’ve been under a lot of knitting deadlines, so I was feeling down – so casting on a new project was so exciting!
Happy Knitting from cedar knits.wordpress.com 🙂
thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post 🙂
I must admit- I am not a knitter, though I wish I was! Maybe someday. But- my SIL knits all the time- I’ll have to mention your blog to her!
I envy those I see knitting with such grace and ease! Blessings to you! Thank you for visiting my blog.
Thanks for the like of my crochet shawls post. You have a lovely blog
Thank you for the like on the Phoenix Shirt!
Some of these projects are so cool looking!
Thank you for the like on my blog! Your blog inspires me to learn to knit.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I admire those who have the patience to knit.
thanks for taking the time to read; I get more likes from you than anyone. refinedstrangeness has been a pretty quiet corner of the blogosphere so far, so I really appreciate it. ^^
Not a problem! I really enjoy reading your blog. 🙂
I’d love to be able to mention your blog Knitting 101 in one of mine (with a link too). Would that be OK with you? I will let you know when it’s due to roll! Thank you.
That would be perfectly fine! Thank you; I really appreciate it!
Thank you for liking my blog about The Pantry.
Thank you for liking my post about recycling the yoghurt bottle..
Your blog inspires me. I even think about how to knit.. haha.. 😀
Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my family photo egg post! I hope you visit again soon! http://www.creativelyso.wordpress.com
Thanks for liking my post! I love your header on this blog! Very beautiful!
Thanks for liking modesty.” Hope other quips fit your interests and/or concerns. Hope your work and your blog are very successful. Good knitting!
I have nominated you for the Liebster award! Go to http://redheadedstitcher.wordpress.com/ for details
I don’t know anything about knitting, but my grandmother used to do it and I wish I had learned (I guess it’s never too late). Thank you for sharing all of your creations and your adventure in learning!
Thanks for dropping by my blog and liking my post! I’m glad you did as I followed the link back to your knitting blog!! I have been trying to learn to knit and am currently doing 2 dimensional items… you know, the basic dish cloth, scarf, blanket, etc. I’ve bookmarked your blog and will definitely be returning frequently to read up.
Knitters of the world unite……………..
Guess I must have used the word “wool” to get you to view my site and post “Sheepish”. Thanks for liking it, Anastasia! Wish I knew how to knit; I know it’s not hard, just a matter of getting started. Think I’ll take a look at your 101 info…
Thanks for stopping by pinvestigation! I too attempted to learn how to crochet from my canasta partner and well let’s just say I won’t be making any scarves or blankets any time soon!
I am glad you stopped by. I love your site. I have just taken up knitting, for the 4th time in my life. I am trying to remember what to do and harder yet, how to read a pattern! I am glad to have found your site!
Starting from the ground up is the way to go with a blog, and I really like your posts — makes me want to take up knitting again! Lol, my aunt taught me to knit when I was six, and I really enjoyed it until just the last few years when my overall patience for delayed gratification severely waned. You have a great blog here, and thank you so much for stopping by Mrs. City Boy and liking my post!
Hello Anastasia! Thanks for visiting my blog and liking the last couple of posts! I like your blog too – you write really well (blocking = spa day for yarn is such a great analogy) and your reason for starting the blog in the first place makes it very inviting to read further. Looking forward to seeing more of your great knitting journey 🙂
Hello! The names Larry. Thank you for your continuous liking of my posts. I’ve been rather busy lately. Usually I do a lot more with my blog, especially since I dumped everything I need ti get it back in shape.
I really enjoy what I’ve seen so far! I look forward to more. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I like your Knitting 101 section, and I may try my hand at it sometime. You have some lovely things posted.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I don’t know much about knitting, but I have crocheted a bit, so I can kind of relate. Quilting is my thing, and now watercolors. All fiber arts have a lot it common and I very much enjoy seeing your projects.
My mum was teaching me the basics of knitting in the summer. I am always wearing knitted hats and wanted to make my own. But as I come back to university I haven’t practiced or got better at all, not had the time. Uni is nearly over now so I might start learning again (not that I had learnt much anyway, my mum told me I knitted like a 4 year old, I just couldn’t decided how I wanted to hold the knitting needles). But if I start again over the summer maybe I will have a hat by the time winter comes back around.
I will surely have a good look at your blog for some tips, Im gonna need them.
It’s always awkward when you start out, but hang in there. It’ll get easier! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!
Thank you for visiting and liking my post on my jewelry listing for my etsy store. You have an interesting blog. Very inspiring! Knitting is something I never was able to master! My one attempt ages back, turned a baby bootee project from its original yellow yarn to grey and it still never got finished!
Hi, thank you for visiting and liking my post. I am just starting and it is very nice to know that there is someone that read and look what I made. I will look your blog more carefully as there are lots of ideas!!. Thanks Emma
Thank-you for stopping by and liking my post. Your blog is interesting with ideas. Have fun and enjoy getting creative. 🙂
Thank you for the like on my blog 🙂 and sharing your knitting adventures.
Thanks for the like! Wish I had more time to implement you crafernoon ideas.Maybe in few years time when kiddies are abit older!;)
I love your blog… I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award
If you wish to accept this award you can follow the rules on my latest post. Totally up to you, but I love your blog and wanted to share the love.
Really like your blog. Can’t believe you’ve only been knitting for a couple of years! It just shows what progress you can make in a short time if you have the enthusiasm.
And thanks for liking my blog.
Morning! I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award as I love your blog. Really helpful tutorials and great creations. I love it. Have a great weekend.
I apologize for the delay in shipping your scarf. I have been unable to get to the Post Office as I was taking care of my partner after she left the hospital. I would like to send it on today. However, I have misplaced your address.
Please send it again via: email@example.com
Again, I am deeply apologetic.
Cathy the Bagg Lady
I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award!
I love your blog! So many pretty pictures and interesting things to read 🙂
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Hi, I really enjoy your blog, so i’m nominating you for a blog award 🙂
Thanks for following my blog! I’m so happy it led me to yours, really loving this community!
I’ll look for you on Facebook & Ravelry! =)
Hi, I have nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog! You can check it out and learn more in my most recent post. I just love what you do and want to share the love! 🙂
Fearless knitting – what a great term!