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Hey Jude, All you need is love! October 30, 2007

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in Camp, Knitting, Sewing, WIP's, work.
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So it’s fall, perfect weather for hand knits. I just received my Knit Picks order with yarn for my Boatneck Bluebell sweater and all I need now is the needles and I can cast on! In the meantime, I’ve been knitting a slouchy beret (Le Slouche) during my commute and the Snicket socks at home. I also want to knit another scarf (instant gratification much?) in chunky yarn knit sideways. Lots of knitting plans to give me something to do and keep myself warm!!

I’ve also started my first reall full time job! I work at H&M, an amazing clothing store that started in Sweden and has finally come closer to home! I have great memories of shopping there on my trips to Europe and I’m so excited to be working for them! We have lots of staff as support from Europe and they are so much fun to know! Maybe when I go to Europe again I could go and visit them!! So any ways I’ve been really busy working because I have such an open schedule and they are taking advantage of that. I’m ok with that because it means decent paychecks!!

However I’m still involved with my summer camp community. I went to a work party where we cut up and move firewood around the camp and can now look foreward to burning an old old building they were using for storage in a few weeks. They are also having a fundraiser where I can get dressed up and dance : )

On another note, it was my birthday a few weeks ago, and my parents surprised me with a serger! Now I’m so motivated not only to knit but sew with my fancy new serger.

Sorry no pictures at the moment, just imagine a navy blue beret almost off the needles and a big smile on my face for all the exciting things my life has in store for me!

p.s. the post title is inspired by Across the Universe, an amazing movie I saw the other day and have since been listening to the soundtrack because it’s so amazing! check it out!!!

There’s no place like home! September 27, 2007

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in Camp, Crafting, FO's, Knitting, Sewing, summer.
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Blog, it’s sooooo good to be back!!

I took an extended break from blogging over my amazing summer, and then forgot my password! But now I’m back with a big update and a promise of more blogging!!

Here is my story, if you don’t want to read I don’t blame you!

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“She’s my summertime girlfriend, I hope summer never ends” July 2, 2007

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in baking, Sewing, summer, WIP's.
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In this case, my summer time girlfriend is a free day to do whatever I want to do!!!

**pictures did not work for some reason, they will be added later, continue if you want to read the post without pictures**

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Every last minute… June 27, 2007

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I have so many great sewing projects lined up it’s not even funny. I hope to make another hoodie, two dresses from the Burda Style website (that were freee patterns), possibly a third if there’s time and my dad will buy the pattern for me, and a weekend duffle bag thingy for all the traveling I will be doing (wedding on an island, camp, possibly working at a fair that requires long transit time ect). I promised my mom I wouldn’t sew until this weekend when I’m done with grad stuff so I will be ready to spend my days sewing once everything is over!!

I’ve also been sick the pst few days, the worst was yesterday when my sinuses were so stuffed up I couldn’t think.  I think the stress of finals and grad weakened my immune system and let this nasty cold in. I can’t wait to put my feet up on the beach and knit!

I have plans to make a sweater from Fitted Knits this summer as a goal for my fall wardrobe. I can’t choose just one to make becauseI love them all! There are lots of cute shrugs and cropped cardigans that I know I will make, but I want to make my first sweater. I need some help, for those that haven’t seen the book I’ll post pictures of each pattern I like. Let’s make it a vote! I wish I knew how to create a fancy poll on my blog, but I don’t so will rely on comments.

Here are the three options I’ve narrowed it down to for a nice fall sweater:

Puff sleeved cardigan:

                                      

Boatneck bluebell sweater:

                                     

Textured tunic:

                                      

don’t even get me started on colours! once a sweater is chosen, we’ll talk colours depending on what yarn is available in my LYS’s. Thanks for the input!

What made me happy today…. June 22, 2007

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Besides the fact that I’m sure I aced my english Lit exam, I have a lot to be happy about today!

First, I found some really cut jelly sandals fot $8 at lasenza that look exactly like a designer pair I saw in a magazine only without the designer name and designer price tag.

  

I thought they might be uncomfortable, never having experienced jellies as a child, but have no fear they are soo comfy, and cute. Perfect for camp and the many beaches I will be visiting this summer.

Next, blue sky! It’s supposed to rain the next few days and I will really miss it because I’m going to a party on saturday that I hope to wear a dress to! The only good thing about rain is that it won’t be crazy hot for my dance performance on sunday!

And finally, I’m happy because I was inspired by this hoodie, in the same magazine as the sandals, that I have decided to make from the same pattern as my lilac hoodie. Instead of a zipper I’m going to get toggles and try different pockets (thanks to a fellow crafter on Craftster for mentioning it) as well as some cute little anchor’s to add on it. Yay for inspiration!

The best thing about this mystery magazine? It was only $1.99! That’s right, LouLou finally lowered its price (maybe because not many people were buying it? I know I wasn’t….) and has been very inspiring this month. I love how it’s Canadian, and therefore has Canadian stores and prices. No longer will I find something amazing in a magazine to find it’s from a store I can’t get to. Plus they did this eco issue and now they have an eco page with all different eco buys. I’m not a hard core eco shopper but would like to do my part in helping the environment by lessening my impact. Plus an excuse to shop is always nice! I really want to get a cute eco shopping bag………….. :)

You know it’s summer here when you can still wear a hoodie! June 21, 2007

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So maybe my mild climate home isn’t so bad when I can still wear awsome things like this:

Yes, I made my Built by Wendy hoodie! It only took me a few days to find the pattern, and a few hours last night to complete it. I absolutly LOVE it! I can’t wait to make another one, but for now I’m really happy with this one. I scored some really cheap sweater fabric on sale and couldn’t be happier. My original plan was to make one out of grey sweatshirt fabric, but I didn’t like the grey I saw at the fabric store. I’ll look around for a ncier grey to make a fall one, and I want to make out out of a lgither fabric for when it gets hot in the summer. I think what attracted me to this hoodie was the design. How it’s different from a plane hoodie, like the big comfy sleeves for instance. I also like how the zipper doesn’t go all the way up. At first I thought that was wierd, but it really looks great. That Wendy Mullin is a great designer!!

Next on my list? I discovered the Burda Style website that has some amazing free patterns and one dress pattern for sale that I would pay any ammount for, it’s that cute! I really should be studying, I have an exam tomorrow I’ve been avoiding due to all this fabric shopping. Bad girl! I’ll be back soon, I can’t avoid the internet for too long!

I’m ready now spring! June 10, 2007

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in FO's, Knitting.
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Now that I’ve finnished my leaf tie cardigan from Fitted Knits, I’m ready for spring! The cotton acrylic blend is perfect for a lightweight cardigan I can throw over a dress or a tank while the weather isn’t crazy hot. I haven’t had a chance to model it yet, but I couldn’t wait to show it off!

In other news, there are two new BbW Simplicty patterns! One is for a knit/jersey fabric dress or shirt, and the other is for a hoodie and dress. I really want to make the hoodie, it looks amazing from the tiny little pattern picture I found online. If only I weren’t making a vest in textiles……….. maybe I can still convince my mom to buy me fabric?

Bye for now!

Everyday life… May 21, 2007

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in Knitting, Sewing, WIP's.
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It’s funny where you find knitting in everyday life.

While flipping through my Elle Canada magazine late last night, I decided to read this Special K add. It was targeted to women that are self concious and would rather stay inside than wear a two peice. It gave you two options, stay inside with a paragraph of excuses, or to eat Special K. As I read the paragraph, I discovered at the bottom one of the final opitons was to knit! It said learn to knit, or if you already do, knit until you can’t anymore! I find that very hillarious because I knit all summer, and many other knitters that don’t live in crazy hot climates knit all summer too! Oh Special K, you targeted the wrong audience!!

So besides that, the leaf cardigan is coming along greatly. I’m on the second sleeve, so once that’s done all I need to do is stitch up the picot edges and work on the icord. It was raining like crazy yesterday, but should be sunny later today so maybe I’ll get another progress picture :)

P.S. while looking through and old Elle Girl, I rememberd an eyelet tank top I started last year that I decided to finnish in my textiles class. Will be posting lots of FO pictures soon, I promise!!

Progress picture May 13, 2007

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Just a quick update before I go out. Here’s a picture of what I have so far, I’m really close to separating stitches for the sleeves, I can’t wait!!

I really do love knitting! and spring….. May 12, 2007

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in Knitting, WIP's.
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So the old saying goes, absences makes the heart grow fonder, or something like that. That’s how it’s been with me and knitting. I got caught up in school and sewing class, and forgot just how much I loved knitting! This love was rekindled today as I bought some yarn for Knitty’s Leaf.

Let me tell you, this is an amazing pattern. I love the concept of top down sweaters, and this little cardigan is a perfect first time top down garment. As I read through the pattern and looked at other peoples pictures, I fell in love! Not only is this a cute little cardigan, but I don’t need to seam it up!!! I HATE seaming (mostly because it never looks nice), and I LOVE using circular needles. This was meant to be! Plus, I think it will look great with at least two dresses I own and several tank tops, so I’m all set for a summer of cardigan love!

Then, after searching the web for Leaf FO’s, I came across the book Fitted Knits, where the pattern came from, and all the other AMAZING patterns in it. I have to knit the puff sleeved cardigan ASAP. Every prject in that book looks amazing, even if I don’t knit it I would have some great eyecandy! So now I’m waiting to borrow it from my local library to see the awsomeness in person, then when I have the money I will sooooo buy it. I can’t wait!

That’s all for now, no WIP picture because it’s night and to see the beauty of this I really need a good daylight shot.

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