My name is Alnaar, and I’m the designer behind Leelee Knits. You may be wondering about where the name Leelee Knits came from since my name is not Leelee! Well…. when I started this blog I had a lot of trouble coming up with a name and was too shy to use my own – Alnaar is not a common name! So I decided to use my daughter Leanna’s nickname, which is Leelee. Like me, she loves to craft and I wanted to dedicate the site to her. Maybe one day she will join me in creating designs and tutorials, or even take over!
I was born in Calgary, Canada, and still live here with my husband Brett, and our two children Leanna, and Noah. I love being Canadian and feel so blessed to have grown up in this beautiful country, living so close to the Rocky Mountains (an hour’s drive away!). Our favourite thing to do as a family is head to the mountains for a day of hiking and exploring. We are also huge hockey fans! Both kids play competitively, and I spend most of the fall and winter at the rink watching them practice or play a game (and I always bring my project bag!).
I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 10 years old. My mother taught me both crafts. It was a great way for us to spend time together, and I have so many fond memories of learning with her when I was a child.
Throughout my life, I have turned to both knitting and crochet in times of stress, or to relax on a lazy day. The repetitive motion of working with the yarn puts me in an almost meditative state, and always leaves me feeling better about whatever situation life has thrown at me. I also love the satisfaction of making something beautiful that I can gift to family and friends.
On this site, you will find both knitting and crochet patterns as well as some helpful information and tutorials (my goal is to work on adding more video content for those of you who learn visually). I personally design and write each pattern so that it is easy to read and follow. Nothing makes me happier than when I hear from you that you enjoyed one of my patterns, since I put my heart and soul into my designs. I feel so blessed that I am able to help support my family through my favourite hobbies, which is why I try to share as much content as I can for free on this blog. I truly feel that it is my purpose in life to spread the joy of knitting and crochet.
Thanks for stopping by!