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my 200th blog post 💜 show’s over… hooray!!!

keyboard with hand-knit birdie/flowersiMac with June backyard in bloomkeyboard with hand-knit birdie/flowersHello & Welcome to my “curtain call” episode for seasons 1 & 2 of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the one thing my heart’s been longing to write for the longest time… my iMac is BACK!!! 🙂

Seasons come and go, and now November has us blanketed in snOw! But the story behind today’s post began way back in the spring of 2014, when for 6 solid weeks my iMac fell comatose. Question then was whether to fold or pick up my iPad and go with the flow?!? Choosing the latter allowed this blog to grow and also set my heart to overflow!

Then one year later (nearly to the day), another fork split my blogful way when that sleepy ol’ iMac of mine died again!!! We were sure it was gone for good, this time :-/ Still, we kept trying to restart it. And for 2+ years, the iPad said hello, while the ol’ iMac had become a photo prop for “the show”… Good thing too ’cause those pics kept us from depositing it at the recycle depot 🙂

Finally lo and behold in June 2017 after this post, we gave it one.more.try and my iMac said a bright-eyed hello!!! Thank You Jesus for hearing my prayers and answering with a keen sense of heavenly humour by “replacing” my ol’ iMac with none other than my ol’ iMac… HA! 😛 Definitely a bright spot amidst our crumbling-grumbling world. And what a relief to be loosed from my iMac’s merry-go-round ❤ Indeed, it took several days before I could pick my jaw up off the ground! 😉

So for today’s 200th blog post, I’m celebrating God’s earthly provision ❤ For it is His provision that has enabled me to knit this whole mess into 8 + 85 KWH iPad Show posts PLUS welcome 1,000+ fresh faces into blogful followship PLUS keep my sanity!

And to all of you dear readers…
my heartfelt appreciation for your hearty support and encouragement along the way! ❤

Now here we go… the complete
list of links from “the KWH iPad Show” 🙂


the KWH iPad Show ♥ season 2 ♥ 85 episodes
(2+ years from Easter 2015 ’til Easter 2017) 

#65 💜 summer solstice… new day dawning

#64 💜 tangled heartstrings, yet… “Even If” by MercyMe

#63 💜 a very special day in May

#62 💜 Hallelujah… Easter is God’s Amazing Grace!

#61 💜 the snow came back…🙀😿😻…but then all melted the very same day!

#60 💜 March snow on a beautiful day

#59 💜 shamrockin’ pot o’ rainbows

#58 💜 awe… snoOow fun!

#57 💜 Hello again, my blogful friends!

#56 💜 ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas…

Visions of Christmas Past- Redux via TheLifeProject

#55 💜 O’ snOwy night & day pics… plus music video… O’ Holy Night by Home Free

#54 💜 Honour & Remembrance

#53 💜 morbid moment with a soft touch

#52 💜 I Love Yarn Day 2016

Home … leaf art ♥ haiku via l i g h t room

#51 💜 my Ohhh MYra’s memoirs of her mom’s Everlasting Blossoms & Butterflies

knitting the words via postprodigal

#50 💜 the blog days of summer

#49 💜 How d’ya “like” that?!?

#48 💜 “blog fog” and flight knits for HPP

Pictures That Speak Volumes: The Cat’s Meow

#47 💜 TAG … you’re knit!

#46 💜 Do you see what I see?

The Bear Essentials

“How My Mom’s Cancer Changed My Life: A Son’s Story”

#45 💜 I just blogged to say “I love you”

David Adolf Constant Artz (1837 – 1890, Dutch)

#44 💜 Mirror, mirror on the wall…

#43 💜 my Easter praise parade!

#42 💜 Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

Knit Pies for Pi Day 2015 via KnitsForLife

#41 💜 Rare Disease Day 2016

#40 💜 outstanding blog award nominations

Soulmate Defined

#39 💜 cooking for love in all the rose places

#38 💜 February weekend blog highlights

#37 💜 snuggle-up to a warm ‘n fuzzy goat story

#36 💜 happy birthday to all my fun-fibre-friends!

a little … purple

#35 💜 9 months and counting…

the KWH iPad Show #34 💜 crafty Christmas catch-up for a cheery New Year!

the KWH iPad Show #33 💜 knotty, yet merry nice!

the KWH iPad Show #32 💜 all I want for Christmas…

the KWH iPad Show #31 💜 … 20 years blissful love … 246 days blogful iPad-ing … 2 weeks ’til Christmas

the KWH iPad Show #30 💜 November snOw

And I will sing!

the KWH iPad Show #29 💜 Lest We Forget…

the KWH iPad Show #28 💜 sheepish flatulence

Moonlight, Bloody Moonlight

top fashion designers use knitting, crochet and embroidery for Spring/Summer 2016

the KWH iPad Show #27 💜 world pasta day

the KWH iPad Show #26 💜 loss for words Wednesday… Ohhh Canada!

the KWH iPad Show #25 💜 I Love Yarn Day!

Ruellia tuberosa (Minnie Root)

the KWH iPad Show #24 💜 I’m thankful for…

the KWH iPad Show #23 💜 healing hope for HPP

Something to Smile About

the KWH iPad Show #22 💜 STITCH TECH for my Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart… s2kp2 & s2pp2

the KWH iPad Show #21 💜 world’s top 5 wooliest sheep

the KWH iPad Show #20 💜 “In Thy Future” challenge

the KWH iPad Show #19 💜 friendly fibre & neighbourly farewell

the KWH iPad Show #18 💜 “Having a ball… Wish you were here!” by Franklin Habit

This week…All Important Nothings!

the KWH iPad Show #17 💜 the magically eye-catching makeup artistry of Tal Peleg

the KWH iPad Show #16 💜 watermelon & roll kuchen … like eating a cloud!

the KWH iPad Show #15 💜 the yarnbombing flower power of “knitting guy” Bryan

the KWH iPad Show #14 💜 100 days and counting…

the KWH iPad Show #13 💜 my heartfelt plea for HPP

Here I am… the embroidered-leaf artistry of Hillary Fayle ♥ for Canada Day!

the KWH iPad Show #12 💜 Lily for a Day

the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset

the KWH iPad Show #10 💜 my 10th fatherless Father’s Day

the KWH iPad Show #9 💜 the knitting reel artistry of Greg Climer

How to: The “Fibre Sandwich” Game!

the KWH iPad Show #8 💜 buzzing blossoms & lilacs & leafy sunsets… Oh May!

the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash

“Five stories, five photos” #1

the KWH iPad Show #6 💜 victorian lamb cake

the KWH iPad Show #5 💜 heartstrings

the KWH iPad Show #4 💜 snow spun in the sun!

the KWH iPad Show #3 💜 knitting with emoticon

the KWH iPad Show #2 💜 April snow showers

Anne Eunson’s artistry

the KWH iPad Show 💜 just you, me & my iPad

the KWH iPad Show ♥ season 2 ♥ 8 episodes
(6 weeks from May ’til summer solstice 2014)

 ♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

KWH facebook cover photo

Thanks for watching 🙂 Please stay tuned! ❤ ♥ Jackie

#57 💜 Hello again, my blogful friends!

I love my computer because my friends live in it!

I love my computer because my friends live in it!


how to make a heartfelted Bramble❤tini loop ornament ||| Knitting With Heart


Hello & Welcome to my 57th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is typed to the tune of “Hello Again” by singer/songwriter Neil Diamond ❤ 

Hello again, my blogful friends
… hello 🙂

I just blogged to say, “hello” ❤
I couldn’t bear to be away,
even one more night!

And I know it’s late,
but I just couldn’t wait…

to show you my new
KWH iPad Show logo ❤

and tell you it’s been
5 years since my first post 🙂

and uhhh ohhh… nearly
2 months since my last post 😦

Hello, my blogful friends… hello 🙂
I just blogged to let you know
that I read your blog posts
every day and night

when my iPad & I are here alone
and you’re there at home…

❤ 😍 HELLO 😍 ❤

Lately knitting ‘n life’s been crAZy…
with computer tech curves
and fibrously festive Christmas

decor dancing in my head…
Yeah, maybe I’m to blame :-/
… shoulda got those knits started
way back when :-/
 Oh well,
hopefully next year try again…
For now, let’s put our
hearts above our heads ❤

We’ve knit through it all…
Christmas pics 2013, 2014, 2015 🙂
And you love me just the same,
but when you’re not there…
I still need to share 😉

Hello, my blogful friends… hello 🙂
It’s good to knit my heart out
and need you so!

It’s good to love you like I do…
and I feel this way,
especially when I hear
comments, “likes” and follows say…

❤ 😍 HELLO 😍 ❤

Christmas hearts decorated staircase

Christmas 2013 ❤

stair railing decorated with handknit hearts

Christmas 2014 ❤

Christmas knit/crochet decorated staircase

Christmas 2015 ❤

Christmas knitting decorations

Christmas 2016 ❤


Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

KWH facebook cover photo

Hello again soon, my blogful friends… hello! 🙂 ♥ Jackie

#50 💜 the blog days of summer

the KWH iPad Show logo

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Hello & Welcome to my 50th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my latest crazy-hair-brained technique for beating the blogful summertime heat 🙂

Well here we are, mid-way through August and the sounds of Canadian Geese are becomng more frequent—signalling the beginning of the end to our favourite season :-/ All in all, it’s been a good summer. The snow melted extra-early 🙂 Then it rained more often than not 😦 And now, I’ve finally discovered the secret to my future outdoor summer blogging success! 

The iPad makes it easy to bring blogging outdoors, of course. But gosh-yarn-it… that glass screen reflects EVERYthing!!! And that makes reading and/or snapping pics in the sunshine quite difficult—especially for me, being visually impaired due to RP :-/

Hopefully someday, Apple will find a way to fix that glaring issue. Until then, I’ve taken drastic draping measures into my own hands and pulled the non-wool sheet over my head and iPad… LoL… ’cause y’know… 1-2 of our neighbours might not yet think I’m cuckoo 😉 But hey… not so nuts, since I got to edit all these photos AND enjoy an afternoon of fresh air 🙂 Plus now, I won’t need to choose between catching up with all my favourite blogs or enjoying the sunshine!  ❤

Do try this at home…
I highly recommend it!

So here in my photos… I’m all set for a blogfully constructive day in the sunshine with my iPad, charger/extension cord, earphones, fitted cotton sheet (elastic around the back of the head helps hold it in place if/when the wind blows) and water-filled hazelnut coffee creamer container—for a sprinkling sip o’ fun in the sun 🙂

Special thanks to Ralph at Bluefish Way, for his clear how-to instruction post filled with ideas to create your own animated GIF-packs 🙂 This first animated .gif of mine was really easy… I may need to make more! 


Ralph’s GIF-packed instruction post

Ralph’s GIF-packed instruction post
via my Pinterest pins

Online Animated GIF Maker & Editor
for iPad

Online Watermark & Photo Editor 


Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Go ahead… dare to cut the glare! 😉 ♥ Jackie

#49 💜 How d’ya “like” that?!?

the KWH iPad Show logo

Sweetie Knit Heart free knitting patterntop 10 posts at Knitting With Heart blog

Hello & Welcome to my 49th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a Sweetie♥Heart post that I hope you’ll like 🙂

Hey everyone 🙋😘😍 Well, a funny thing happened on my way back from last week’s “blog fog” post

But first, big THANKS for all your visits, comments, shares and likes to any of my posts ❤ Just checked the stats and my humble KWH blog has now passed 40k views… woohoo 🙂 Plus, it’s only the beginning of August and your collective likability has already exceeded the total number of “likes” from last year! Yup, a whole lotta liking going on—including last year’s “likes” blowing the top off the previous year’s “likes” 🙂 Wow… gotta say, I like what you did there 😉 You’re all on my rather lengthy shortlist of blogs to “like” ‘n LoL asap!

Okay, so getting back to my way back from the blog fog… A quick scroll to the bottom of this blog leads to a list of my top 10 posts. For months, this list has been shared equally between reblogged posts and posts I’ve personally composed. Now for the first time in the history of this blog, my Sweetie♥Heart tiny free knitting pattern/poem post has been bumped from its usual #1 spot on this list… AND it’s a reblogged post that bumped it!!! …wOw… How did that happen?!? Oh well, ‘guess my blogful head really was lost in a fog :-/ Plus, that reblog (pic of a sweet little girl sittin’ & knittin’ with her kitten) now holds the honour of being the first post to break the 100 “likes” mark… double-wOw WoW!

So anyhoo… please feel free to click the pic and check it out for yourself. As reblogfully amazing as this is, I’d sure like my own post to be the top “like” … just sayin’ 😉 I reckon we’d all like that! 🙂


Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

It’s a crazy cyber-world we’re blogging in, but we LIKE it! ♥ Jackie

The Bear Essentials

awe… Anybody out there feel like they need a big ol’ bear hug today?
Well here’s hoping this cute poem inspired by the whimsical ceramic
artistry of Belén Soto will brighten somebody’s day, today! 😍😘☺️ ♥ Jackie

writing to freedom

The Bear Essentialsbear family, poetry

there is a family of simple bears

who live in a humble forest lair

they are a lively and happy lot

with elegant manners taught


flowers, ties and grace at every meal

is the family dining deal

fetch yourself some tasty grog

and have a seat on the family log


oodles of berries and honey

more bountiful than funny money

so yummy it makes your tummy tingle

transforming food into comic jingles


come join our family fray

with laughter and lively play

no worries for this crew

we live each day brand new


Here’s a shout out to kids, bears, fun and the simple joys of life. Once again the playful ceramics of Belén Soto inspired me to have fun with my poetry. I hope you enjoy her delightful bears and other creative creatures on her website

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#40 💜 outstanding blog award nominations

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blogging awards

Hello & Welcome to my 40th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is
my cyber-award trophy showcase of unclaimed blog award nominations 🙂

It’s Oscar weekend in Hollywood, when glitz and glamour gathers at the Academy Award ceremonies to reveal the winning nominees… Truth be told, I haven’t much of a clue these days about who’s who in tinseltown……… My favourite movies are the black/white silent films (totally LoL Buster Keeton—see “Backstage” 1919, below) and classics from 1930’s to 1940’s……… For today, though, I’m hitching this post to the coat tails of Hollywood’s star pretenders for a virtual award celebration of my own!

Blog award nominations are an honour to receive, as well as a fun way to meet new blogs! Still, the awards can sometimes fall through the cracks. So today, I’d like to “open the unclaimed award envelope” and extend a hearty nod of recognition to all the bloggers who have kindly nominated my KWH blog! Feeling a bit sheepish, but just wanted to say I haven’t forgotten about you guys! :-/

And better late than never… right?!? Or is there a statute of limitations on blog awards? 😉 Currently running late by nearly 3 years, according to the oldest of these nominations … gasp!!! That’s going back to before my ol’ iMac died the FIRST time… yikes!!! Ah well, what’s not done is done… Yup, time sure flies when your computer conks out and cuts into your fun :-/ I’d like to expand on each of these, but it took me this long to get this far… So we’ll see how it goes 😉

Anyhoo… without further ado… may I present to you… my unclaimed list of recognition for all 8 outstanding blogosphere award nominations ❤ Congratulations to the nominators!


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One Lovely Blog Award
nominated by Inese @ Making Memories on December 5, 2015

Dragon’s Loyalty Award
nominated by Ute @ Ute Smile on October 30, 2015

The Sunshine Award
nominated by The A-Philosopher’s Chair on September 11, 2015

Versatile Blogger Award
nominated by Sandra @ Wild Daffodil on April 25, 2015

Real Neat Blog Award
nominated by Merel @ Mathblogger101 on March 29, 2015

Butterfly Light Award
nominated by Coach Muller @ Good Time Stories on April 30, 2014

2013 Blog of the Year
nominated by Coach Muller @ Good Time Stories on November 21, 2013

The Loyal Reader Award
nominated by knitXpressions on June 17, 2013


Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

We all win in blogland! ♥ Jackie

the KWH iPad Show #20 💜 “In Thy Future” challenge

frowning Mac computer

Hello & Welcome
to my 20th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is my blogfully ideal future-cast…
in response to the “In Thy Future” challenge 🙂


<br />

Are you ready for a challenge?

Danica Piche @
Leading a Beautiful Life

has nominated me to take the
“In Thy Future” blog challenge.

Thanks Danica! 

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lolly gagging / dilly dallying image

Rules for the In Thy Future Challenge.

• Thank the blogger who nominated you.
• Link back to the challenge creator to track progress.
• Share 5 things about your future.
Then one day, you can look back and
find out how psychic you really are.
• Tag 5 bloggers and put them up to the challenge.
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5 Things About My Future:

1.  I will replace my iMac!
—- Now 5 months, since my iMac died and left
—- just you, me & my iPad to continue the blog :-/
2.  I will find the bottom of my inbox
—- … and catch up with the wonderful blogs
—- that I’ve signed-up to follow—or die trying!!!
3.  I will buckle-down and create
—- an “about” page for this blog
4.  I will expand my social-savvy skills 🙂
—- … learn how to make better use of my existing
—- … social networking sites: Ravelry, Craftsy, Facebook
—- … broaden my social net to include:
—- … twitter, +google, instagram and Etsy, etc.
5.  I will publish more knitting projects/patterns! 
—- Slowly but surely, my ever-growing collection of
—- original designs shall be perfected and made public!

At this point, future-cast #1 is anybody’s guess. Items #3-4-5 depend on #1, due to photos/info stored on my iMac’s currently inaccessible hard drive. Then there’s #2, which is just plain old insurmountable :-/ Yep, this iPad blogging life is increasingly cramped. But really, all I need is one more day to take one more step, plant one more seed, stitch one more stitch… And hopefully, my virtual garden will grow 🙂
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My Nominees:

It’ll Be Reet
—— DaniellaJoe’s Blog
——— All She Wants to Do is Knit
—— House of Heart
Social Bridge

So are you ready for a challenge?
It’s been a challenge to select just 5 nominees
who might like to accept the challenge!
All dilly dallying aside, I hereby nominate
EVERYONE to partake in this challenge 🙂
C’mon, join us… It’ll be fun!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

–— 💜 Have you thought about buying a copy of my knitting pattern today? 💜

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 😀 I look forward to hearing from you!

 Challenge accepted?!? ♥ Jackie

the KWH iPad Show #14 💜 100 days and counting…

frowning Mac computer

Hello & Welcome
to my 14th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a reflective
milestone of the past 100 days…
with just you, me & my iPad 🙂

Photo of my iMac's blogful room with a view.

How’s your summer so far? Our drought-dried region finally got a break from the sun for a full day of rain 🙂 and I suddenly realized that I’ve gone a full 100+ days without my iMac… WOW… never thought I’d last 100 days!!! This photo of my iMac’s room with a view marks the milestone. But awe… so sad to see my poor ol’ iMac sitting all alone where we used to blog together for hours-on-end every day… until my iMac died on April 7th 😦 Now it’s just you, me & my iPad.

These days, I blog from any room in the house—including outside 🙂 Do you blog from a tablet or phone? I’m fairly used to it by now, but sure do miss my iMac :-/ Even with the freedom to move around, this “iPad sized” space can feel quite cramped, tedious and increasingly disorganized. Thank Goodness for the external keyboard, which has been a real sanity-saver! I’m also glad this happened during the long/inspiring days of summer, rather than the short/cold/dark days of winter.


100 days down and hopefully fewer than 100 days to go! One way or another, we’re 100 days closer to iMac replacement (whenever that’ll be) than before. Just gotta keep blogging for as long as it takes, and hope the iPad lasts! So thanks for tuning-in to this 18th “episode” (including 4 reblogs) for Season 2 of the KWH iPad Show!!! I’m really glad you’re here 🙂

Links to the KWH iPad Show—in order of appearance—as follows:

the KWH iPad Show 💜 just you, me & my iPad >>> Season 2 opener with links to Season 1
Anne Eunson’s artistry 💜 reblogged from Kate Davies Designs
the KWH iPad Show #2 💜 April snow showers
the KWH iPad Show #3 💜 knitting with emoticon
the KWH iPad Show #4 💜 snow spun in the sun!
the KWH iPad Show #5 💜 heartstrings
the KWH iPad Show #6 💜 victorian lamb cake >>> my “oops” reblog from Annabelle Troy
“Five stories, five photos” #1 💜 reblogged from Wish I Were Stitching
the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash
the KWH iPad Show #8 💜 buzzing blossoms & lilacs & leafy sunsets… Oh May!
How to: The “Fibre Sandwich” Game! 💜 reblogged from Ribbing Yarns
the KWH iPad Show #9 💜 the knitting reel artistry of Greg Climer
the KWH iPad Show #10 💜 my 10th fatherless Father’s Day
the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset
the KWH iPad Show #12 💜 Lily for a Day
Here I am… the embroidered-leaf artistry of Hillary Fayle ♥ for Canada Day! 💜 reblogged from hillary fayle
the KWH iPad Show #13 💜 my heartfelt plea for HPP

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

In pursuit of tomorrow…  ♥ Jackie

“Five stories, five photos” #1

Hey there everyone! After this week’s “victorian lamb cake” reblog-turned-blog-post kerfuffle, I needed to give the ol’ reblogging thing a re-try. So here is our first dandelion of the year, together with a pretty little sentiment about dandelions from “Wisher” at Pretty Little Things in a Box 🙂 As well, it ties-in with my next fun post about backyard yarn bombing… And sheep like to eat dandelions too, right?!?

Now if you’ll excuse me a moment…
I’ll be outside plucking wishes 😉

Enjoy! 🙂 ♥ ❤

Pretty Little Things In A Box

Hello friends and readers,

Hope your weekend had gone by well… I’ve been kept busy with craft classes to teach and to be honest, I’ve not had any free time on hand to craft lately. Over at Claire’s Blog, she’s been tagged for 5 stories, 5 photos, and I’ve been nominated for it. I think is fun to get tagged and write something different for the blog for a while. Something not so “crafty”.

The rules of this tag are simple:
“Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”

My first photo for the tag:

from samsung phone 008

“When you look though a field of Dandelions,
you can either see a hundred weeds
or a thousand wishes”

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the KWH iPad Show #3 💜 knitting with emoticon

Emoticons for Knitters image by Megan & Amy at www.PostStitchBox.com

frowning Mac computer

Hello & Welcome
to my 3rd episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is emoticons…
real WordPress emoticons & virtual knitting emoticons


Emoticons for Knitters image by Megan & Amy at www.PostStitchBox.com

Emoticons for Knitters by Megan & Amy
screenshot image via Post Stitch Box blog.

WordPress.com Gets New Standard and Secret Emoticons — image via WP Tavern

WordPress’s New Standard and Secret Emoticons
screenshot image via WP Tavern blog.

Well… it’s been a month since my iMac died. My normally overflowing inbox is now officially in shambles and I’m missing my old blog-visitation routine. Compared to the iMac, this particular iPad-generated post has taken about a billion times longer to complete. And the constant iPad screen finger-pointing/-swiping/-pinching has led to occasionally unfortunate and unintentional deletions :-/

Yep, blogging via anything less than a full-size computer/laptop is definitely the tedious way to go. But for now, this iPad is all I’ve got. And besides, this iMac-less predicament won’t last forever. So now’s my chance to meet the challenge!

A handful of “ah ha” iPad moments have certainly saved my sanity. But without you, I’d have surely lost heart by now!

Yup, the blogging life can be like a box of chocolates—with all sorts of emotions brewing behind the scenes. It’s no good to keep emotions bottled-up, though. Nor is blogging whilst under their influence recommended. But utilizing the growing selection of WordPress online emoticons looks like a fun form of digital expression! Now just imagine how fun it would be, if these virtual knitting emoticons—by Megan & Amy at PostStitch—were really REAL? I’d knitterally ♥ ❤ ♥ that! 😀

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank You for visiting
my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and
“like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Have an emoticonal day! ♥ Jackie

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

the KWH iPad Show #2 💜 April snow showers

iPad/typewriter image

Hello & Welcome

to another episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the snow in our backyard,
as see through the camera-eye of my iPad 🙂 


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Snow is fun, but watching it melt is usually more fun! Saturday was a great day to watch melting snow, since our area woke up to a whopping 30 cms / 12 inches of it! We slept-in, but don’t mind missing half the show. It was all melted by sundown, anyway. Now that it’s gone, I’m pleased to have captured AND watermarked (what will hopefully be) the final flakes of the season via my iPad 🙂 To do this, I used the WATERMARK online photo editing/watermarking website. Yup, gotta ❤ learning something new—even though my iMac died and my blogging life has been turned upside-down…

Snow is funny stuff, though. It tends to linger, but our trees usually begin budding by Earth Day. This year’s snow melted a month ago, yet it’s been so windy/dry that we’re still waiting to see blooms ‘n buds :-/ April snow showers are nothing unusual, around here. Local old-timers claim to have seen snow every month of the year! Personally, since moving here in 2009, we’ve seen snow once in September and 50% of the time during the first week in May.

someecard — 100% chance of knitting100% chance of knitting

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

happy all-season knitting! ♥ Jackie

the KWH iPad Show 💜 just you, me & my iPad

frowning Mac computer


Hello  & Welcome
to another season of the
KWH iPad Show!

NOTE: some of the images in this post were
found via facebook or google images..

Spring weather sprang early this year! 🙂 But now my iMac has sprung a leak and died… again… It’s gone for sure, this time 😥

It happened the day after last weekend’s Easter/birthday blog post celebrations. So it’s been a topsy-turvy week. Interestingly, it was last year at this time (almost to the day), when my iMac went down for 6 weeks from April 29th until summer solstice 2014… Talk about an awkwardly ironic sense of deja vu :-/ Anyway, that’s when/why the “KWH iPad Show” was born 🙂 It’s just a way to amuse myself, while making my way through a rough blogging patch.


Now once again, the loss of my iMac has brought renewed purpose for the iPad. Thank Goodness for this blogful “plan B” and cyber-life-saving option! Now back to the iPad blogging board, for me… Let’s hope this season is short and sweet 😉

Replacing the ol’ iMac with a refurbished model from the Apple Online Store seems like a reasonably safe/economical solution… Unless you can suggest a better idea? It’ll only be a couple thousand bucks… which means right about now would be the perfect time to sell a couple thousand copies of my Bramble💜TINI knitting pattern, right?!? 😉 One way or another, until then… it’s just you, me & my iPad 🙂

As well, my inbox overflows at the best of times. Relying now on our ISP’s extremely basic webmail is turning that into an absolute nightmare. Please advise, if you know of a reliable, no-cost online inbox system for the iPad. Thanks!

Well, that’s all for this episode. Let’s wrap it up with links (starting top-down)
for all 8 episodes from season 1 of the KWH iPad Show… Thanks for watching! 😀

sheepish lamb interlude 💜

for the love of Sweetie💜Hearts

noticing Mom 💜

the keyboard to my success 💜

“moving on” yarn animating life 💜

wordless wednesday 💜 day 36 . . .

D-Day 💜 forever

dear ol’ dad 💜

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

iMac-less-ly yours ♥ Jackie

my 3rd year WP blog♥iversary & what I like about you!

KWH 3rd year blog-iversary

Welcome to my 3rd-year WordPress blog♥iversary… yay!!! Many THANKS to YOU for your blogful support and encouragement throughout the past 3 years! ♥ I’m a little shy, so had not planned to make this a big deal. But then WordPress called to say my blog had achieved its first 1,000 “likes” milestone… woohoo!!! Then they called again the next day, to wish my blog a happy birthday… hooray!!! Then to top it all off, Marcy and her Orples extended my party atmosphere into their own cyber-space… Fun blogging stuff, I tell ya!!!

For sure… so much fun! Yet how could
these 3 years have passed by so quickly?!?

Wanting to mark the momentous occasion,
I created this hearty festive fireworks graphic. It combines my Sweetie♥Knit♥Hearts with a separate fireworks graphic, found here.

It might not be much, but good things (such as these) come in 3’s & in small packages & to those who wait, as they say. And after 3 long years of waiting/nurturing, it’s nice to think I’ve received a small package sampling of the blogosphere’s whole. Looking back, there were 50 lovely likes during my blog’s first year. But today is a different story, with 141 likes since the start of the new year 🙂 Now, my blog is on track for its next 1,000 by the end of 2015! So what’s not to like about that!?!

NOTE:  for anyone who might be wondering… My blog features the Wordpress “like” button (located at the end of each post), plus separate “like” buttons in the comments section. These are accessible to anyone with a Gravatar account. For blog visitors who do not have their own gravatar icon, the starred rating system (located at the top of each post) offers anonymous voting 🙂

Anyhoo… so far, so good… THANKS to ALL of YOU !!!
I hope we will always share our smiles across the miles 😀
Lovin’ that visiting / reading / liking / commenting / sharing / following thing we all do ♥ Yup, that’s what I like about you!


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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

You’re what I like about you! ♥ Jackie

How_to_Woo_a_CupidPS… Here is the link to my very first Valentine post, which features
Anna Hrachovec’s “How to Woo a Cupid” hearty knit short-clip animation ♥

Happy “100th blog post” New Year ♥


Laugh and the world laughs with you…
 Blog a few years, until your 100th post
coincides with New Year’s celebrations
and the whole world parties 😉
. . . Cheers! . . .

Happy New Year!
Thanks for connecting with me 
WELCOME to my 100th post

Yup, this little milestone post of mine has somehow managed to coincide with the world-wide party celebration of the year! How’s that for timing? It merely took nearly 3 years to get here… lol … 18 posts during my first (super-timid me) year + 37 posts in 2013 (when I began to relax) + 45 posts for 2014 (counting this one)… And now looking ahead to 2015 with blogful hopes of possibly doubling that count by the end of the year. Can she do it? There’s bound to be at least another 100 posts in me, so let’s hope!!!

stitch markers and crochet snowflakes from AngelaNow for the yarn party, which is already underway…

A few days before Christmas, we received a pretty little package in the post. It was from Singapore, where Angela aka Pretty Little Things In A Box blogs about crafts. The parcel was such a pleasant surprise, including: 8 handmade stitch markers + 9 crocheted red/white/green snowflake ornaments with heart-shaped buttons and festive ribbon 🙂 Thank you so much, Angela ♥ These lovely little treasures make a pretty little Christmas tree, too—see photo 🙂

hand-knit hat from PatOur neighbour, Pat, also learned to knit this past summer. And she’s been knitting “all the things” ever since… Pretty sure everyone she knows got a handknit hat for Christmas, this year 😉 She even knit a lovely purple wool slouchy hat with loom-flowers for me, accompanied by a sweet sack of Christmas shortbread! I hung them with care, for photos on our Christmas decorated stairs. But alas, the heart I knit for her got away without photos…

tree of Oilers heart dishcloths in the snowAside from colour, though, it was the same heart-shaped pattern that I knit for Randy (our “snow angel” retired NHL linesman now realtor neighbour extraordinaire). He clears our driveway whenever it snows. So in appreciation, I knit him half a dozen heart-shaped dishcloths in “Edmonton Oiler” colours (presuming the Oilers to be his favourite hockey team). But oops… as an NHL professional, his team preference is unbiased—duhhh. Oh well, at least the orange cotton I ordered on “Black Friday” turned out to be the perfect shade and arrived in time to knit them. I took them outside for a photo shoot while still damp from blocking and the hearts quickly froze. It cracked me up—seeing all those frozen hearts hanging from our leafless tree … teehee … What else did I expect at -20ºC/-4ºF?!? 😉

Ohhh… and so nice to see that the orples have been by again! I hear they’re itching to learn stitching. So let’s all get together and knit one day real soon! 🙂

Wishing you the happiest of New Years in 2015 ♥ Jackie

pretty little packages in the post ♥

unopened package from Angela aka "Wisher" at Pretty Little Things in a Box wordpress blog

hand-knit bird, nest and flowers in the snowWell here we are on a rainy Saturday in mid-July, after soaking up 30ºC+ (80ºF-90ºF) sunshine for the past few weeks straight 🙂 Sooo good! We’ve been luvin’ the steady-n-sweaty days of summer! Who needs 5-6 months per year of winter with heat like that, right?!? Truly, heat like that is our stuff of dreams! Can’t depend on the weather, though. So when the heat hits, it gets sorta tough to stay inside working on the computer 😉 How’s the weather where you are?

Today’s post is a tad late, but it’s something special that began way back in April/May…

That’s when Angela (aka “Wisher” at the Pretty Little Things in a Box wordpress blog) organized her first annual spring blog hop. I added my blog to the hop and had so much fun playing with… errr, I mean taking my hand-crafted bird’s nest and flowers outside for a backyard photo shoot amidst the melting snow 😉 Then after the blog hopping was done, Angela sent a springy “thank you” gift to each participating blogger. That was so sweet of her! Thanks again Angela  for the fun blog hop and for sending your pretty little package in the post—including: charming trinkets, ribbon embroidered tulips, tiny heart-shaped purple buttons and a flowery baggie containing light/dark purple embroidery flosses + strawberry-flavoured Kit Kat snacks… I never knew they even made strawberry Kit Kat! 🙂

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Meeting new bloggers was half the fun of joining the spring blog hop. One blogger I met was Azura Chan at the Azura Chan wordpress blog. Following the spring blog hop, Azura hosted a giveaway of goodies—including: postcards, a flowery photo frame and a pink-petaled keychain… Then lucky me won the prize! Thanks again Azura  for sending your pretty little package in the post!

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Note: these photos include hand-knit sample props of my BrambleTINI heart-shaped knitting pattern with upcoming heart-shaped dishcloth. Stay tuned for more about that! 🙂

Receiving these packages from Singapore and Malaysia has been such fun 🙂 Finally opening them now, after waiting so long, makes it feel a little like Christmas in July! Why did I wait so long? Well it wasn’t easy, but my iMac made me do it 😦 My iMac came to a grinding halt on April 29th and didn’t get going again until just before summer solstice!!! All the while, our camera and iPad were both full of photos—with no place to store them and free-up space to take these photos …whew… Sure glad those days are done! . . . Oh look, the rain has ended and the sun is back to its brilliant self 🙂

happy posting ♥ Jackie

53rd parallel north ♥ 17-hour summer solstice

summer solstice sunset at the 53rd parallel north in Alberta Canada

summer solstice sunset at the 53rd parallel north in Alberta Canada

Happy summer solstice everyone! I hope your summer is off to a great start 🙂 This longest day is my absolute favourite time of the year!!!

Our first day of summer was overflowing with brilliant sunshine and warm 20ºC/70ºF temperatures. It was a bit too breezy to really enjoy knitting outside. But mostly it was extra-long, measuring 17 hours of daylight 😀

Here at the 53rd parallel north on the Canadian prairies, the summer sky begins to brighten by 4:00 AM—with the solstice sunrise at 5:04 AM. Then it finally dims to darkness around 11 PM—with today’s sunset at 10:07 PM.

Totally ♥ ❤ ♥ that and wish EVERY day
could be a summer solstice day!

Here is a link where I’ve been checking out the sunrise/sunset etc times around the world.

Maxine comic: summer solstice on Saturday

Things are brightening up on the inside too. We tried hiring an IT guy, but it was my wonderfully intelligent hubby who finally resuscitated my iMac 🙂 He’s neither Mac user nor IT guy, but he’s super-smart and I always knew he could figure it out! 🙂 ♥

Now after 7 weeks stuck at the “grey screen of death”, I’m pleased to say that my iMac is slowly moving forward and getting back to normal… YAY!!! Getting a computer back to normal seems about as much fun as moving, though, since it takes time for everything to get sorted and put into place again. It’s hard to believe that this post is the first via my iMac since the end of April… yeesh! But summer is here now, and things are looking up! Methinks it’s time for blogging to take on more of a hybrid iPad/iMac style!

Wishing you summer solstice cheer ♥ Jackie

wordless wednesday ♥ day 36 . . .

Maxine comic "I haven't lost my mind. It's on a diskette somewhere."

Hello there ♥ WELCOME to
the 36th day without my iMac,
here at the KWH iPad Show!

36 days and counting…
Counting and wondering where,
oh WHERE did my dear iMac go?
And when will it be back?
That’s what I’d like to know!!!

For now, thanks for coming…
Please sit back, relax
and enjoy the show! 🙂

iMac-less in Alberta ♥ Jackie


for the love of Sweetie♥Hearts

frowning Mac computer
frowning Mac computer

image found via google images

It’s been a whole week since I’ve seen my iMac’s smiling “Finder” face. One week filled with and dominated by 2-finger typing, anxious hair-pulling moments of frustration, very little inbox upkeep and oodles of googles—technically inclined google searches guaranteed to cause drowsiness… So yeah, I miss my iMac 😦 How about you? Has your normal computing world ever been yanked from under you?

Then today (well actually it was more like the day before yesterday, seeing as I’m progressing at slowmo iPad blogging speed), I was sitting here trying to motivate myself toward some form of creative focus within this newfound iPad blogging world… and remembered that this is/was an anniversary day!

That’s right, it’s the second year anniversary since my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart FREE knitting pattern made its world-wide debut on this blog 🙂 Back then, my newbie blogful self was a nervous wreck over every single keystroke. Getting this first heart-shaped pattern posted in time for my loving husband’s birthday (May 5th) was my main goal. And ever since then, there’s been barely a day when the Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart has not been downloaded somewhere in the world via this KWH blog, Ravelry or Craftsy 🙂

So, BIG Thank You ♥ to everyone for sharing/liking/networking links from my blog! It’s always a thrill to find my designs shared on other blogs, online pattern directories, and social networking sites! 🙂 I’m sure to have missed many of these, but have thoroughly enjoyed virtual meet-ups with all the links I did manage to locate. Please do me a favour and let me know if you’ve cared to share my links somewhere—because I’d love to meet you and know you’re there! ♥

On that note, this second episode of the KWH iPad Show is a wrap. It only took me a few days and a couple of fingers to type/edit this post of 300 or so words 😛 The next episode will be less tedious, hopefully… But for now this is done 🙂 Always good to be “doing”, but getting “done” is much better!

Happy Computing ♥ Jackie


Happy Valentine’s Day . . . I ❤ You!

I love my computer because my friends live in it!
I love my computer because my friends live in it!

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My heart overflows
with smiles and thoughts,
as I think about you 🙂 

My inbox, all the while,
stuffed FULL with
comments and
updates from you too! 

Yes, it is true . . . 

I truly do L❤VE my computer,
because you’re all my friends
and all 
our lives flow within it! 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Welcome to my blog! ♥

Hello and welcome to my “Knitting With Heart” blog.

Today is the day I add my dot to the blogosphere! It is my knitterly thrill to finally begin blogging about knitting. My hope is that it will appeal to you too.

Here in my little blog, you will find original knitting patterns designed by me. Many of these will be dramatically heart-shaped by design. Others will integrate heart motifs. Still others will evoke expressions of the heart apart from the appearance of hearts. Truly, regardless of shape or style, my heart went stitch-by-stitch into designing each and every one… And so, this blog is named Knitting With Heart.

Thanks for stopping by! ♥ Jackie