how to make a heartfelted Bramble♥tini loop ornament
Have you been getting enough natural fibre in your yarn diet this month? For those who have been following along with all the fun and informative WOVEMBER “sheep’s fleece” of festivities, the answer will quite likely be “YES!” . . . Every year in November, the UK-based Wovember fibre movement is all about the wool—100% wool! Wovember is like shepherds feeding and leading the global wool-lovin’ flock through month-long celebrations of sheep and all things wool. It truly is the most wool-erful time of the year! ♥ My hope, having reblogged the Wovember WAL earlier this month, had been to join their Ravelry WAL. Now with the month winding down, that hope (for this year) is dashed. Yet in keeping with the spirit of woolliness, I do have a bit of Christmas felting “magic” to share with you all…
First, you’ll need to purchase my Bramble♥tini Heart knitting pattern — $1.50 PDF — and knit the tiny 2-sided heart from feltable wool. Then, after barely any weaving in of loose ends, simply felt the yarn tails into a “magical” loop. And voilà, your hand-knit Bramble♥tini heart-shaped decoration is ready to be hung (on the tree, mantle, hook, doorknob, pretty well anywhere…) with care! Could this be the beginning of a hand-made tradition? ♥
Check it out and begin knitting your world full of hearts today! NOTE: these are fabulously fun gifts to knit, so it’s quite likely you’ll find yourself spreading the love and sharing smiles along the way 🙂
The single-colour Bramble♥tini Heart pictured above, was knit using US size 6/4mm needles and approximately 6 yards/5.5 metres of Herrschners worsted weight 100% wool. And since serendipity truly loves the Bramble♥tini Heart, any yarn/needle size of your choosing may be used! Non-felted yarn loops may be attached later. For felted loops, be sure to always use feltable wool and follow the 3-STEP TUTORIAL on “How to Make a Felted Loop for Hanging all your Bramble♥tini Heart-Shaped Hand-Knit Decorations”.
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I am so impressed and inspired with your forward progress on all these things and another pattern for sale. With my new tablet that won’t freeze up on facebook if I can get it on it and painting done maybe, I can more learn and participate in this cyber virtual world, techy world, whatever it is?! lol
I did see the weather map where an Arctic freeze is on the way and your way in full force it seems. Maybe understanding your weather a little bit better. Be warm!!!!! Love your kind neighbor who clears driveways.
December 1, 2013 at 7:48 am
It’s always good to see you here and/or on fb 🙂 Thank you for your words of encouragement ❤ My blogful plans had hoped for much more by now, so I’m not too impressed with me (though do admit the blog has made progress).
Oh baby, it’s been cold here!!! Everyone around here has remote starters for their vehicles and we finally installed one last week too! We also went to a Christmas party Friday night and passed several overturned vehicles along the hwy… not good 😦 Yes, Randy is the most wonderful neighbour!!! It does seem that the colder it is the less snow we get, though… So that’s the silver lining, I suppose 😉 Thankful too for news that all homeless people in the area had a place to stay ❤
December 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm
I know we have homeless here that are on our minds, but I hadn’t thought about the homeless in the colder climates. It is good to know that they have places to stay and shelter them. I think that is one of the saddest things that people have to live out on the streets or under bridges in this weather.
Don’t worry about the progress of your blog as mine still hasn’t begun. lol And my etsy site is still just a dream. After this kitchen redo I hope to be able to organize things a bit better with my new tablet when I get the correct router. All things in God’s plan and timing.
December 10, 2013 at 9:30 am
Thanks Carol ❤ At the rate I’m going, we’ll see if you don’t get your Etsy store up before me! … sigh, so much to learn/do online… And yes, everyone needs to keep care of the less fortunate.
December 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm
Yes, there is so much to learn. I much prefer typing on a real keyboard as so much faster than on tablet. But the tablet will be a good back up for this computer if I do etsy soon although like you, not enough time in the day for all I want to do, have to learn, and choosing which is a priority sometimes is so difficult. lol
I just discovered in this chevron, now maybe only sort of, that it is easier to do yo,knit, yo instead of yo knit yo in the same stitch, and the count of stitches remains the same although the holes in the pattern seem larger. It seems to put less stress on my hands and go faster, so the pattern is about the same and I don’t mind the holes as a little lace effect? If a mistake I think it will be easier to fix as it will be such a large piece and don’t want to get a lot done and have to frog it off. Yikes!!! As it will be a large item, a little speed is a VERY GOOD THING. lol
Now figuring that out this morning, in creative peace once again, I can move on to some Christmas cleaning and putting a tree up. today. The rain has let up so if that continues maybe I will put some of those outside lights up. Not sure. Then there is the kitchen in progress. lol Never a dull moment here. What happened to those lazy weekends where I almost read them away in a book. Oh well. lol
December 22, 2013 at 8:58 am
Ah yes, I think I remember those lazy weekends too! Haven’t had many since beginning this blog, though 😉 Hmmm… yeah, I can’t see it making much (if any) difference to your yo pattern. And a little speed with stress relief for our nimble knitting fingers is always a good thing! We don’t have a tree, but always decorate and hang indoor lights 🙂 With our fierce winter weather, indoor lights is much simpler/safer and way more convenient 🙂 Plus, our front door has windows, so the lights shine through to the street ❤
December 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm
Those little hearts are so adorable. Do you use extra tiny knitting needles to make them, like the one in the picture to the right (the necklace) or do you make them with average needles? With your talent I suppose you never used those circular looms to crochet or knit with. I have been using one to make hats but I am frustrated because where the stitches connect around the circle, there is something that isn’t exactly a seem but the stitches for whatever reason are really loose there and don’t look as neat and tidy as the rest.
December 7, 2013 at 9:32 pm
Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth 🙂 Depending on the yarn, I normally use 4mm (US size 6) needles. I’ve actually always wanted to try the looms, but have always felt too busy with all my wanna-make projects for regular knitting needles. You might try asking Pali & Vanessa, the loom knitters at Knitting Rays of Hope, for advice @ http://knittingraysofhope.wordpress.com
Hope this helps! ttys ❤
December 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm
Oh, thanks so much for the link! I will check it out. I am making some hats for Christmas but didn’t want them to have a visible “seam.”
December 11, 2013 at 11:31 am
You’re welcome, Elizabeth! Hope your Christmas gifts are all knit up in time 🙂 ❤
December 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm
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