I’ve moved!

NYT KnittingNot physically!  I have moved to a new website.  After a long break from blogging (not knitting!) I have finally rejoined the internet blogging world in a new format.  To follow my latest updates you can find me at www.elliekaras.com. Thank you for all of your amazing comments and support.  When I came back to this blog I was so touched by the kind words and thoughts.  I miss my little store in Tofino all the time.  I am so glad to hear that others enjoyed it too.  Much love and knitting.  Hope you can join me on my new adventure.


A little marsh fun…

Since my knitting right now is still all works in progress that seem to have been in progress for…well…lets just round it off to a year haha!  I thought I would start my first post about my life on the west coast with something other than knitting!

With spring in the air and the daylight laster longer it was great to take the girls (my two dogs Parka and Juliet) for a fun evening stroll.  I just had to share these few photos since it seemed to work out perfectly as a little comic strip.  Juliet could clearly hear something in the bushes but wasn’t too sure what to do about it.

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It worked out as a little mini episode of “Marsh Dogs”…maybe not as riveting as “Swamp People” but it wouldn’t need subtitle like “Swamp People” does!

It’s been awhile

I’ve needed some time.  Time to really asses personal and professional goals, directions and what to do next.  And with that I have come to the final decision to close the Knits by the Sea brand as a business.  This blog will continue on as a personal blog about my love of knitting and various adventures that I have.  But it will no longer be associated with the original brand of Knits by the Sea that was the shop in Tofino.  I figure since I’m still knitting by the sea here in the Comox Valley that the blog title still works.  I will also be continuing with various videos and reviews when time permits.  I hope you can continue to share this journey with me and our mutual love of knitting and everything fiberlicious!

Christmas Week Continues!


Partridge in a Pear Tree at Buschart Gardens 12 Days of Christmas Lights Display.

As I had stated before I think most of us can agree that this is pretty much Christmas week.  Between Christmas and New Years there seems to be ongoing festivities and general good food that continues.  But this is when people also start to wonder what (if any) new years resolutions you will be making.

Generally I don’t make resolutions.  Goals…sure!  But resolution that are made on New Years Eve always end up being let go so much sooner for some reason.  This year I have decided I want to make some knitting goals.  Having organized my stash I have realized there are quite a few projects that need attending to and it would be great to have some of these off the needles.


Time to contemplate what I want to finish and what I want to start.  One thing is for sure – I will be knitting the Sivia Harding Jo’s Pride Hooded Shawl for the Sivia Harding Knit Along in January.  Can’t wait!  Hope you can join us for that knit along!  6913518584_712c5bb9b0_z

What do you mean….


It’s almost Christmas!  I feel like I’m just getting into the spirit of things with my tree all decorated and the house finally coming together. After all, I did have to decorate the tree twice. It fell on me…so I had to turn it so it wouldn’t do that again…which meant redecorating it.  For some reason…second time…not as fun.  I want to extend this Christmas feeling for as long as possible!  Just love the holiday feeling.  AND I love that it’s socially acceptable at this time of year to have Bailey’s in your tea or coffee…in the morning!

So I’m just making it Christmas week next week.  I’m sure many of you have lots of family plans and parties that make it Christmas week anyways.  So lets just make if official!  And have pancakes every morning, Bailey’s with our coffee and endless Christmas movies on the TV.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas AND a Happy Holiday Season for those who don’t celebrate Christmas.  May it be filled with lots of love, happiness and yumminess.



Getting my Christmas on!

This past weekend Christmas threw up in my house!  Yup…as part of my Toronto shipment there was my decorations that came with it!  Which I was very excited about.  I immediately went out to the local tree farm (there are several out here!) picked a tree I thought would work and brought it home (I somehow managed to stuff it into my car).  It was REALLY big for my place.  As of right now only part of my couch is now useable unless you like having a little extra tree in your lap.  Oops.  I chalk it up to being spatially challenged!

Then it was Christmas shopping time.  As I have to ship my gifts to Ontario I was feeling a little behind on the getting this done.  But I managed.

And my favourite part of all??  WRAPPING!!  I love it so much.  I even do friends gift wrapping if they need it!  Things got serious this year as I knew the bows and decorative glass had to survive shipping so the glue gun was brought out.  A glue gun, some wine and Elf playing on the TV made for a fun night of wrapping up all the gifts.