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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

nopom!

I've been working on making a lot of new items in different colours and I've finally put it all (mostly) up on etsy! My one main style this year is the nopom toque. Last year the pomfaces were popular but I got a lot of requests for hats without pompoms! Yes I know the nopom looks just like the pomface but without a pompom, but there's more to it than that. The top of the hat has to look juuust right, not too pointy, and not too long, so it was a process. Anyway I've come up with something that I love and I hope that others like it too! 




My favourite right now is the charcoal grey, just so perfect for fall. Oh AND I got really sweet new tags for all of my items! As you can kind of see in the last photo. Check out all of my new stuff up at my etsy shop!

xxxx 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

wowowow ok I just realized it's been a LONG time! I was trying to enjoy my last little bit of summer, went to Temagami for a week with my besties and got to look at this every night...
sigh... yes it's just that beautiful. So was doing a lot of reading, tanning, watching the OC and knitting of course! Oh and I just started a new job this week and I'm in the midst of planning a wedding! eek! Well here are the things that I've been knitting

ah I'm just in love with this yarn! It is so beautiful and comfy. I'll put it up on etsy once I've taken a few more photos! 


This hat is great because it has extra yarn which can be very necessary for Canadian winters! I think I'll wear one in this colour this year... or maybe a different colour once I put together a few more colour combos! You can see it up on etsy here!

The August Gladstone Flea was really really great and we've just announced that we'll be doing a December Holiday Market flea! Click here to learn more!  

xxxx

Friday, 5 July 2013

Gladstone Flea: July edition!

Tomorrow is the second Gladstone Flea of the summer!!! It's going to be amazing! This time the flea is in the ballroom and it's Beer Month at the Gladstone meaning that they'll have beer cocktails including beergaritas!!! really nothing I love more than a good beergarita. I had some last night in anticipation of the flea. We had SO many submissions this month and we have a lot of amazing vendors!!! I can't wait to see what everyone brings! Here are a few photos from some of the cool people who will be there tomorrow:
Clockwise from top left: WORN, House of Bauble, Scoley, Said the King, She Said Jewelry, Rong Designs

It's going to be a lot of fun! Come by to say hi and stay for some beer and local shopping. All from 10-4 tomorrow at 1214 Queen st. Hope to see you there!
xxxx

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

israel etc

I just got back from 10 days away in Israel/Istanbul. It was soooo amazing and everything was incredibly beautiful. And on the first day after an incredibly long journey, I got engaged! It was a beautiful night and now onto planning! I like planning things so this should be fun. 
Also while in Israel I finished my socks!! I thought I would be able to finish them on the flight but knitting and flying made me feel a bit sick and so it took me longer than expected. The weather was really hot anyway so I didn't need the socks while away, not that I need them back in Toronto either. Anyway I am very pleased with the final product! I messed up the first sock by not continuing in the pattern on the top near the heel, but I just did the same thing with the second sock and it looks fine. I really LOVED making these socks! The process was fun and a lot easier than I had expected. I really recommend knitting a pair of socks to any knitter!!! Just do it! And if you need help maybe I can help you! Again, the pattern that I used was Hermione's everyday socks which is a free pattern on ravelry! If anyone has any other free sock pattern recommendations please send them my way! 
This weekend is the second Gladstone Flea! It should be awesome! If you're in Toronto come check it out! 

xxxx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

what I've been making lately

I've been knitting so much lately! I took a break for a few months and tried some different things, crochet, but mostly cross stitch/embroidery. The other week I got a request for a knitted tea cosy! So I looked into patterns and changed one around a little bit and ended up with this



ah I love it so much! I will be making one for myself and then for other tea lovers in my life! Friday morning I realized that I still didn't have a father's day gift for my dad! So I decided to make him a tie inspired by Knit York City's boyfriend tie which was based on this free pattern. I used yarn that I had lying around my house which was probably a mistake because it was definitely too thick for a tie! But I had very little time so I'm proud of the result. I want to figure out a better tie though. Here is the one I made 


so there you have it! what I've been knitting lately. I'm off to Israel tomorrow for two weeks ahh!! Hope to finish my second sock on the plane :)

x

Friday, 7 June 2013

Gladstone Flea - TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is the first Gladstone Flea of the summer!! I am so excited we have SO MANY really really awesome vendors eeee!!! A lot of vintage clothing, and houseware, some new clothing, jewelry, and art! And of course Limberlina will be around if you are feeling crafty! Here are a few of the vendors that will be there: 

clockwise from top: Worn fashion journal, Green Bean Things, Coco & Bear, limberlina, Skinny Sweats, and Curious & Cute

weeee! It's going to be fun! It's taking place at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen street, and we'll be open from 10-4! We'll have coffee AND beer! Also food if you get a little hungry. And then in the evening Worn is having their issue launch event! I'm not sure what to wear though, it's prom themed... but maybe I'll find something good at the flea! I've already bought a pair of vintage suitcases from Coco & Bear that I'll be picking up at the flea tomorrow. 

Hope to see you there!!
xxxx

Monday, 3 June 2013

sock KAL

My new years resolution this year was to make things that I hadn't tried before. I started with learning  how to crochet and then I did a lot of cross stitching. I really enjoy the process of learning and making things. I mean I LOVE chunky knitting but I do that so much for other people that it's nice to try something new for myself. I was determined to try to knit a pair of socks this year! The "A Yarn Loving Mama" group on ravelry is having a June sock KAL so I thought this would be the perfect time for me to learn!! Plus I got 15% off A Yarn Loving Mama's etsy shop! Ravelry and the group is free to join so it's really amazing to get discounts! I found A Yarn Loving Mama through instagram and then just found all of these other little things online :) The socks that they chose to make are called "Hermione's Everyday Socks" and it's a free pattern that you can find here

Ok SO I decided on my yarn, it's called "Afternoon Tea", I mean I love yarn and tea so I couldn't resist! But I think next time I would choose something brighter, maybe the "Watermelon" one. 



I woke up June 1 and realized it was time to cast on!! But I didn't have the proper needles so had to bike off to the local knitting store and bought a supposedly really good pair (according to the sales woman). I cast on later that day and knit any spare moment that I have! It's the smallest knitting I've ever done so it's interesting!!!


 I'm really slow at it right now and can't believe how fast other people are!! I'm following their progress on instagram with the #summerysockKAL13 tag. Anyway yes I saw someone had already finished their socks! I'm hardly even past the cuff! Oh well such is life and I'm sure it will get faster. I just hope that I can manage with the heel... people on instagram tell me that it will be fine so we'll see!!


yay! Can't wait to finish one sock!
xxxx

Sunday, 19 May 2013

OPP! (other people's projects)

eee I love it when people make the knitting projects that I design! Laurie and Shawna found my braided headband pattern on ravelry. Here they are!


I love the yarn that Laurie chose! 

Shawna aka heartcallah made a lovely reddish pink headband!

Meanwhile, Lily made her very own acid cat ears and blogged about it at Hot Pocket of Delight!


too cute! I love them all! If you've made one of my patterns I would LOVE to see a pic! Send to laura.hopf@gmail.com

x

Friday, 26 April 2013

Gladstone Flea!

DATE CHANGE! This year I'm going to be organizing the Gladstone Flea!! I'm incredibly excited about this and I think it's going to be a BLAST! Our first flea market is June 1  June 8 and we're looking for vendors! Here is all of the information from the Gladstone Website:

A curated monthly marketplace, without the itch.
On the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and other market must-haves, but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles?
The first Saturday of every month in the summer, the Gladstone Hotel teams up with notable fashion and lifestyle aficionados to jury an organized, handpicked, marketplace. Packed with purpose, artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, and more, Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch.
Gladstone Flea is organized by knitting and DIY expert, Laura Hopf, of Scarffaces and Limberlina.
Jurors:
June 8: Anita Clarke (I want – I got) & Jen McNeely (She Does The City)
July 6: Haley Mlotek (Worn Fashion Journal) & Meg Sinclair (Muttonhead)
August 3: Haley Cullingham (She Does The City) & Andrew Sardone (NOW magazine)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Dates: June 8/ July 6/ August 3 | 10am-4pm |Load-in: 9am-10am, Strike: 4pm-5pm
Venue: Gladstone Hotel Ballroom or Melody Bar
Artist, designer, craftsperson, zine-maker, or vintage aficionado? Submit to become a vendor! Tables are $50 and we’re looking for vendors for all of our markets. Apply by emailing gladstoneflea@gmail.com with a few photos of the objects you would like to sell and by filling out the following information. Note that the jurors change each month so acceptance into one of the fleas does not guarantee acceptance into others.
Tell us about your products:
Company Name:
Website:
Category (vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, other):
Date(s) you’re interested in (June 8, July 6, August 3):
Additional requirements for setup:
The Gladstone will be promoting this event to their network of over 20,000 people and through a postering campaign
So SUBMIT!! I can't wait to put this all together!
xxxx

Friday, 12 April 2013

limberlina's first craft show

Tomorrow is limberlina's FIRST craft show! The Toronto Indie Arts Market at the Gladstone Hotel from 10:30-4:30. If you're in toronto PLEASE come check it out we would love to see you. We really cannot wait I am so excited!!! Limberlina is so different from scarffaces that it really feels like a whole new world! Even though it's the exact same world. It's just all very exciting. We're going to have three kits - an arm party, knit bows 3 ways, and tassel kits:





ah excited for this! 
xxxx

Monday, 8 April 2013

bday!

It's my birthday tomorrow and I had a really fun party on the weekend!! My DIY BFF kim made me a really cool banner, beautiful cupcakes, tissue paper flowers with mason jar containers, and really really amazing magnets of instagram photos!! She is just the best, and all of the tutorials will be up at limberlina.com shortly 
A few months ago I stole another polaroid camera from my parents. My other polaroid is also stolen from them and they gave them away as gifts at their wedding!! Anyway I'm not sure when my new one is from but it looks even older than the one I usually use. I used black and white expired  impossible project film and two of the photos turned out great! The third is kind of messed but whatever that's what you get when you used expired film + a camera from the 80s. 

Tomorrow it's supposed to be really warm out so I'll take a walk down to queen street and get my fave slice of pizza and later on get some beerrrzzz omg I'm excited, 27 is going to be the best I know it. 
xxxx

Thursday, 28 March 2013

knit shorts!

A few weeks ago I posted a photo on Instagram of a pair of shorts that I knit and got an incredible reaction! 
Finally I am ready to share the pattern with all of you! I saw that Ani had posted her version on Kollabora so I used her guidelines as well as Barbro Andersen's guidelines which is what Ani followed. And then my friend Karen aka Kids of the Wood took some sweet photos of me wearing the shorts! 
Here is what I did!
Materials:
- 2 balls of Cascade Yarns 100% superwash wool 100g 220 yards
- size 8 (5mm) circular needles
Directions: (basically you know it up like a cowl and stitch a little crotch into it! super easy!) 
- cast on 105 stitches join stitches being careful not to twist! 
- creating ribbing: knit 5 rows, purl 5 rows until 45 stitches (8 stacks of ribbing)
- continue with ribbing BUT decrease - on every 3rd purl row, purl 2 together every 10 stitches
- continue in this way until you have 80 stitches
- bind off LOOSELY (I used this tutorial)
- stitch up crotch: about 1 cm in the middle at the bottom of your shorts (the wider end)

OK SO for me these didn't fit perfectly, the were too big and I'm a size s/m to make these smaller you could go with a smaller needle size however I really like how the size 8 needles look I wouldn't go smaller, you could also cast on less stitches. What I did was put them on and then I sewed up the side so that it fits me perfectly and seriously no one even notices they just notice how awesome the shorts are.
It takes some wiggling to get in and out of but I love them so much! 
xxxx

Friday, 15 March 2013

knitting class #2

Earlier this week I taught my second knitting class through Uniiverse! It was great, this time there were 6 students and only one of them didn't finish a headband! So in total 9/10 have completed headbands during class time! PLUS one of my students, Mel, instagrammed a photo of her starting a scarf!!! I couldn't be happier! Making things is so much fun so I'm happy that I can help people learn a new skill :) 



Erika, Mel, Hayley, and Lauren casting on!


Making progress!

Finished products!

Awesome work done by everyone, I am so impressed with all of these new knitters!!

xxxx

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

DIY BFF Kollabora

I recently interviewed my DIY BFF, Kim (co-partner of Limberlina) for an article on DIY BFFs for Kollabora. Check it out here! Crafting is always better with friends and Kim is the best so I'm just the luckiest girl! This past Sunday we crafted ALL day, and our tutorials will be up on Limberlina soon!!











Monday, 11 March 2013

Beyonce cross stitch

I've been wanting to make another cross stitch since making the ludacris/valentimes cross stitch. I really want to get better at cross stitch and I love the feeling of it, how it takes a long time but on a day where you just want to watch movies or tv shows it's really great way to relax :). My friends Haley and Daniel recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary (more on to come!) so I wanted to make one for them. I was having a hard time coming up with something! All of the songs that they love have REALLY LONG lines and it had to be something short. I sneakily told Haley that I wanted to make another cross stitch and she said "oh! do a Beyonce one!" Little did she know that it was actually a present for her. I used the lines "me and my boo, and my boo, boo ridin" ok this was a lot harder said than done, I wanted to make sure that those were ACTUALLY the lyrics so I went on several different websites and they all gave me different information! Finally I found an article on MTV's website addressing this specific lyric and apparently "me and my boo, and my boo, boo ridin" is the correct lyric. I followed the same format that I used for the ludacris cross stitch and added a cute little heart at the bottom with h+d on the inside. 
I wrote everything out in fading ink and then as I went along I checked for spacing. I really like the &s! 

I learned that it's easier if you just do one side of the X on the way up and the other side of the X on the way down! It looks neater on the back this way and goes more quickly, but it can be hard to do this with certain letters like Os for example. 

Nothing fancy here! Just used a glue gun to glue some fabric onto the back. I KNOW that the proper way is to stitch the edges with a machine but I was hard pressed for time and my sewing machine wasn't set up, etc, etc, etc. 

Finished product! I improvised the heart which is why it doesn't look that good but I like it!! 

xxxx

Monday, 25 February 2013

Beginner's knitting class!

I'm happy to announce that I'll be teaching ANOTHER beginner's knitting class! I'm really pleased with the results from my last class (EVERYONE FINISHED A HEADBAND!!!) So I decided to teach again! This class is good for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (have never knit before) as well as for people who have some experience with knitting but who want help or advice. The cost is $25 and it includes a ball of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, a tapestry needle, and a pattern. The class is on March 13 from 6:30-8:30 and will take place at Uniiverse HQ near Queen and Jarvis. Sign up here! 



x

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Knitting class!

Last night I taught a knitting class for Etsy's craftathon week at the Uniiverse headquarters! It was a lot of fun and somehow everyone finished a headband!!! I'm incredibly impressed by the skills of all of these women!

Jaclyn, Sophie, Rhonda, and Rebecca cast on and ready to knit!  

       
             Sophie and Rhonda working away!                         Jaclyn in the middle of her headband! 

Finished products!!! Don't they look awesome? I'm so proud :) great job guys! 
There are a lot of other awesome looking workshops all week long which you can check out here

xxxx

Thursday, 14 February 2013

valentime's cross stitch!

This year I've been trying to make some new things! Usually I just knit my friends presents but now EVERYONE THAT I KNOW has at least one knitted gift from me so I thought I would branch out. Earlier this year I learned how to crochet which I will post about sometime in the future. But crochet is similar to knitting so I thought for valentine's day I would make a cross-stitch for my boyfriend. Cross-stitch was probably the first real craft that I learned how to do - I cross stitched pillow cases for my grandmothers, and a few other things, I think I got halfway through a cross-stitch bib for one of my cousins but never finished it. I was really into it for a year but then stopped and haven't touched it for 15 years probably! Anyway cross-stitch is INCREDIBLY easy it just takes a really really really long time to finish anything. 

For this project I used:
- Cross stitch fabric
- An erasable/fading marker (it was near the cross-stitch stuff)
- a cross stitch frame
- embroidery thread
- pack of needles



I started by writing my messagel out with the fading marker to get an idea of the spacing. I didn't really have an idea of how large anything should be! So I started with the 'I' and 'w' and then continued to make letters as large as that.  


The w and the y were tricky, I looked at this website for guidance! You can also see that I changed it from L L L lick to li-li-li-lick, I thought it would look cooler. 

Success! I'm really happy about the way it turned out! I tried to find a circular frame but I couldn't find any so instead I glued some fabric to the back of it with a glue gun (I'm not sure that this is something people actually do) and I cut the extra cross-stitch fabric off from around the frame. Now it's hanging out in our kitchen!! I love it! 

x

Monday, 11 February 2013

limberlina!

I'm incredibly excited to announce the launch of my new website (with Kim Keitner & Nina Flowers)!!! Designed by Adam Graves. It's a DIY site and soon we'll be hosting events and have kits up for sale. Check it out here!! Right now we have some great Valentine's day DIYs such as a knit mug warmer, bedazzled bra & iphone case, hot pink velvet cupcakes, and heart friendship bracelets to name a few. We worked long and hard on it and I love the result. I can't wait for the next few months to get into more elaborate parts of the business! This past weekend we had another crafting weekend so be sure to check the site for updated DIYs! 



xxxx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

learn to knit a headband with me! - update

*Date and time change!*
On February 9th from 1-3 18th from 6:30-8:30 I'll be teaching a beginner's knitting course in Toronto! It's part of Etsy's Craftathon week, I'll be teaching the basics and hopefully everyone will complete a headband! It's a really easy project and I think it will be great. It's $25 and that includes a beginner's knitting kit!!! I've looked at what other places charge and this is a really good deal considering the kit is included in the price. To sign up click here for more details

I hope to see you there!!!!!
xxxx