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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!!!

“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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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

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in Knitting, WIP's.
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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.

Now back to our regulary scheduled program….. January 6, 2007

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in bedroom, Knitting, WIP's.
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Knitting! That’s what this blog is about, usually…………

I had an itch to knit ANOTHER scarf the other day when I saw someone’s My So Called Scarf on Craftster, and really wanted to make it. But when I started to knit it in Crystal Palace’s Taos (yummy!), it just didn’t look right to me. So I hunted for another pattern and settled with Matildas Mosaic Scarf from MagKnits. I really like it so far, and hope I have enough black yarn in my stash!!


This is the Crystal Palace yarn in colour number seven and the scarf so far….


Close up of stitching

In other knitting news, I haven’t been working much on my WIP’s. I still have the second Jay Walker sock on my needles, as well as a forgotten hat and scarf. I also really wanted to start a cardigan out of chunky yarn, but I can’t really afford to at the moment (saving money is hard). So I guess it will just be stash busting projects and finnishing off WIP’s until I go to Europe over spring break. Oh, and if you were interested in my room, it’s mostly done with moving in, now all I need to do is finnish the little touches.

New Beginnings November 20, 2006

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in Felting, FO's, Knitting, WIP's.
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I was very sad to discover this weekend that one of my favoit LYS had closed. I was on the search for some black, feltable yarn to make myself a litle cloche. I went out to my two favorit yarn stores, to discover one had been turned into a quiliting store! I was so sad, it carried my favorit brand of circular needles and had some very nice yarn (Cascade, Debbie Bliss, the list could go on..). However, I finnaly got a chance to go out to a new LYS that has thaken the place of the one I just lost.

It is amazing. One wall of Cascade 220 in a rainbow of colours. Plus Koigue(spelt wrong I’m sure, but this is the first place that I have found to carry it!) Plus Lorna’s lace, Debbie Bliss and much more! I also saw roving, lots of books and self-dyeing kits!! I could only spend a few moments there getting my yarn, but I can’t wait to go and spend hours there. Plus, they wind your yarn while you wait in the line to pay!

So far, so good for knitting. I finnished that blue scarf, and have decided to keep it. It looks nice with my red coat and is very warm. I also started the I Live On A Farm hat, but I don’t think I will do the optional band, I love the look of seed stitch! And the little white scarf is on hold, because I found an adorable cloche hat pattern on Craftster saturday night, which lead me on my yarn hunt. It is in the washing machine at the moment, and I really hope it works about because it looked a bit small to be felted………. oh well I have plenty of yarn if I need to make a bigger one. I’m always nervous when I felt things but I love felting.

jupiterjessica, the pattern for the Hermione hat can be found here:
http://knit.atypically.net/hats/hermione/

Isn’t it beautiful? There is also a matching mitten pattern! I just love Harry Potter knits 🙂

Well that’s all for now, I will update you about the hat and will add pictures of my two recent FO’s.

~K~

Weekend update November 13, 2006

Posted by Karen Elizabeth in Cats, FO's, Knitting, WIP's.
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Sadly my three day weekend is almost over. It was very relaxing, especially with all my easy knitting projects. I can’t believe I have two scarves on the go, but I can’t help it. I am also hoping to knit myself another hat. My friend had her neighbour knit her a Herminone hat (like the one she wears in POA) in red and I would like to knit myslef one in grey. I want to know how to make those cute bobbles and I think it’s a really great hat pattern, even if you aren’t obsessed with Harry potter.

So onto my knitting. I am almost done my basic ribbed scarf. I was knitting it peacfully by the fire until Suzie came along. She has this thing about natural fibers, she just has to chew on them!! Oh well, I guess I need to add cat toys to my list of things to knit. She is a very lucky cat to have someone knit for her!!! Also, I started a double seed stitch scarf, using a pattern from I live On A Farm..  I just discovered this blog and I love it!!! I made the scarf a bit wider than I would like so I am going to continue knitting it (becasue I don’t want to frog my work) and will just fold it in half and sew up the edges when it’s done.

Finally, I have a FO that is long overdue for a blog entry. I made myslef a blanket in October when I was inspired by a fellow knitter I worked for over the Thanksgiving weekend. It is purple and very warm for acrylic. It took me a little under two weeks and it’s amazing. Very quick on big fat needles and the cats love it. So now when I watch tv and knit on the couch, I have the blanket and a cat to keep my company.

That’s all the updates I have for now. I am supposed to be knitting a hat for my school’s knitting club to donate to charity, but I need to cast on again because the first time I made it way to big!!! Maybe I can donate one of my scarves so they know I am trying to knit for others as well as myself. Oh, and I still want to knit those Snicket socks from Mag Knits as soon as I find grey sock yarn. Wish me luck!!!
~K~