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#53 💜 morbid moment with a soft touch

RIP li'l baby weasel

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falling leaves October 30th, 2016

budding leaves May 2nd,  2016

Hello & Welcome to my 53rd episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a ghoulish true tale from half a year ago, when I stumbled upon the frightful sight of a wee baby weasel…

Ah yes… I remember that morbid moment like it was only yesterday. The startling moment that caused me to scream at the sight of a dead (or was it still alive?!?) rodent’s body, right there on our backyard patio!!! … Well, perhaps it was less of a scream and more like a squeal or shriek?? Hmmm… nothing full throttle or shrill, mind you… Probably something as simple as “eeek!!!” with a bit of a jump… Yeah, that’s it… a startled jump! Or would that be jump startle?? Well anyway…

it was a lovely, warm and sunny afternoon in early May. The lawn and foliage was rising from winter dormancy. The flowers had not yet begun to bloom. Then suddenly, the piercing sound (which can scarcely be described as silence) of startled verbalism emitted from me…

A crowd of witnesses flocked to the scene… Well okay, our nearly 10-year old next-door neighbour and her friend happened to be passing by. Thankfully, and without a moment’s hesitation, the fearless young girls ran to my rescue! Upon closer examination, the tiny creature was found to be laying in a pool of its own blood. We pronounced the rodent dead at the scene. Prior to proper burial, we proceeded to respectfully photograph the unfortunate li’l guy—for the sake of its 15 minutes of fame via the blog.

Thanks to this photographic evidence, the victim has now been identified as a baby weasel. Yup… with an empty field out back and community pond around the corner, wildlife sightings are just part of the environment. So who knows what some other neighbour’s cat might drag into our yard next?!? :-/

Special thanks to Madison and Sarah, for their assistance throughout this investigation! 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Be aware of your surroundings and keep safe out there! 🙂 ♥ Jackie

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

embroidered Maple leaf artistry of Hillary Fayle

Happy fall haiku,
to you! 🙂

I’ve fallen for today’s shared
post by Susan aka LightWriters
@ l i g h t room ❤

Her heartwarming haiku with
hearty-die-cut maple leaf photo
also reminded me of another
foliage post (click image), where
I’d featured
 the embroidered-leaf
 of Hillary Fayle. 

Enjoy! ♥ Jackie

That plain humble place where love always says ‘hello’…
© 2016 S. Michaels Ambrosia | micro Haiku Image: revelwallpapers.net

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Moonlight, Bloody Moonlight

Well, it’s October 31st…
a scary night of fright for some.

Personally, this spooky victorian treat of 19th century party games from AnnabelleTroy is tricky enough for me! Especially since my earlier attempt to reblog AnnabelleTroy’s “Victorian Lamb Cake” post turned out to be a bit of a nightmare! … LoL … So go on now and sit a spell with Annabelle… Show her some love and tell her I sent you! 🙂 ♥ Jackie

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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 25th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a bit of backyard knitting
amidst the golden leaves of autumn 🙂



I love yarn!
… and I love autumn!
… and yarn!
… and autumn’s golden leaves
… before they all fall!
… and I love knitting with yarn!

And of course, I love today… 
because today is “I Love Yarn Day”
… yay!

These photos are from Thanksgiving weekend.
And today is another sun-shining 19ºC/66ºF day!
So pictured there in that photo is where I’ll be!
… sitting ‘n knitting 🙂
… with the man I love ❤
… and yarn I love 😉


Then election day is Monday the 19th.
Canadians will head to the polls…
where I hope our greater majority will join
Wayne “the great one” Gretzky
in casting votes for Stephen Harper!

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Share the yarn love today! ♥ Jackie

not-so-scary halloweenie trick or treaty ♥

Benjamin Cho Fall 2007 Collection
Knit Dress by fashion designer Benjamin Cho.

“Frightful” knit dress by fashion designer
Benjamin Cho, from his Fall 2007 Collection.

Well it’s that spooky halloweenie time of year again. Ghoulish horror or any form of gruesomeness is not my thing, though. Real life just seems scary enough on its own, I’d say… Might anyone agree?

All the craftiness, costumes and chocolate is the fun part, for me. Lots of chocolate! Plus costumes such as this knit dress by fashion designer Benjamin Cho. It’s a bit creepy, yet frightfully delightful! You might say it is rather boo-o-o-o-tiful 😉

Now close your eyes and try to imagine the rather boo-o-o-o-tiful Cinderella’s stylish journey home via this magical pumpkin carve-a-van… Ahhh yes, it’s like a halloweenie fairytale 🙂

Roadtrippin' pumpkins image

Roadtrippin’ pumpkins via facebook.




Oh, and uhhhm…
if ever you find yourself in the stickiest of predicaments,
then RACHEL BEING CHATTY has got you covered with
this post on “3 Easy Steps to Undo Being Buried Alive” 😉

Last but not least…
here is my new favourite halloween thriller video, which I first found
a few days ago when BE LIKE WATER posted it on their blog… Enjoy!

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 🙂 
have a happy halloween and stay safe ♥ Jackie

hearty last days of summer… the sequel ♥

summer sweetie ❤ flowers & knit birdie

Our last days of summer ended on a particularly sun-shiny note after an unexpected September snow storm, which left us feeling more like fall. The thermometer bounced back after that, soaring just shy of 30ºC/86º F until cooling off again today. But anything can happen when it comes to weather! And it could have been worse, after all. It could have felt like winter!!!

Just a few hours south in Calgary, it indeed looked and felt like winter. The white stuff fell heavy, over there. And caused much havoc with snowbanks, snapped tree branches and power outages 😦 Fortunately for us, the snow was a mere healthy dusting and shovels stayed stored in the garage. We swapped summer wear for sweaters and got the furnace all fired-up to chase the chill out of the house… But then summer came back… just like “summer the sequel” 🙂

Seizing the moment, I grabbed the camera with a few handknit props and headed outside for another “nutty knitting neighbour” backyard photo shoot! The scene of our leafy green tree foliage and tall, golden grass with autumn-coloured field in the background was begging to be yarn bombed! So out came the lawn mower, a string of hearty garland and my own little birdie/floral prototypes. Don’t you just love the ethereal effect of the yarn tails alongside the tall, golden grass? … swaying gently in the pre-autumn breeze 🙂

Coming up, I’ll be using these hearts to make a heart garland! Would you like to knit your own heart garland for Christmas, Valentines, birthdays, or any occasion? You can get a head start, by knitting a hearty handful of SweetieKNITHearts and/or Brambletini Hearts in your choice of colour and needle size. Use FELTABLE WOOL only, leaving extra-long tails of approximately 45 cms/18 inches. I’ll be back soon with the next step.

Wishing you a hearty harvest for fall   Jackie

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Happy Monday ♥ September 8th… oh no, say it ain’t snow!

Happy Monday ❤ September 8th... oh no, say it ain't snow!

Hmmm… September 8th and all the leafy foliage is still green on the trees! So what’s wrong with this picture? Interesting, how there was no mention of the “s” word in our weather forecast. Yet it snowed all morning. This is all that was left by 1:30 pm when I took this photo. All’s well and melted now, with summery conditions in the forecast 🙂 But oh boy, that was a bit of a flakey heart attack!

Is it snowing where you are? In our 5.5 years living here at the 53rd parallel north, we’ve never seen September snow! Just 2 days ago on Saturday, it was 25ºC/77ºF and I was knitting in the sunshine…

Okay, let’s shift gears now. Here is an impromptu clip of our sweetie pie niece (captured during our Niagara vacation). Kids are so cute at that age, aren’t they? 🙂 So adorable, as she munches on a snack—just minding her own business and never realizing we had the iPad pointed right at her 🙂

Anywho, just thought it’d be fun to share this with you 🙂   Jackie

where we went this summer ♥ Niagara Peninsula

driving view across Niagara River toward Fort Lewiston, USA
leaving on a jet plane

Jetting off into the wild blue yonder…
en route to the Niagara Peninsula and
a full week of fun with family/friends 🙂

 Hello & Welcome to my blogful
summer vacation photo album 🙂

September is now here
and autumn is near.
Time waits for no one,
my dear…

But it was earlier this year,
when we packed up our gear 

and left on a jet plane
destined for family cheer 🙂 

Canada’s Niagara Peninsula
where we went this summer…  

And while the tourists appeared
to be searching for souvenirs,
we found ours to be as simple as
a hearty hug or friendly beer  

“…the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.” 

— Winston Churchill, describing Canada’s ultra-scenic Niagara Parkway

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As the pictures portray, we were there during the height of tourist season. Finding a parking spot along the Niagara Parkway was fairly impossible. So opting for drive-by iPad sightseeing photos from the open window of our moving vehicle was the best we could do. After trying all week, I finally caught the crowds on iPad video and posted it here on my facebook page… LoL… Also captured a moment of pleasant pond life at Niagara Falls 🙂 All this and more can be found on my Knitting With Heart facebook page 🙂

Historically, the Niagara Peninsula’s Niagara River was where the first major battle in the war of 1812 was fought. Canada was not yet a country in 1812 and lost that particular battle. But we went on to win the war, becoming a nation in 1867 🙂 And that was the last time the Americans tried to invade us! 😉   Watch this video for a quick refresher course on the war of 1812.

So to say that Niagara Falls is more impressive in person would be a ginormous understatement. But here’s hoping you will get the opportunity to visit and see these sights for yourself, someday 🙂 My hubby was born and raised in Niagara. We have a ton of family/friends living there and would love to join them… Oh to be counted among the million or so fortunate folks who call the Niagara Peninsula “home” 🙂

And speaking of family…

If you’re in the area, Lakeside Pottery (aka Ron & Barb) is located at:
755 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Be sure to say “hi” from me, if you do stop by 🙂
You can also visit them online at their Lakeside Pottery facebook page 🙂

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Driving around Niagara, you’ll notice an abundance of orchards and vineyard fields. In spring, the blossoming fruit orchards fill the air with the sweet scent of their fragrant beauty! In fall, the foliage turns every imaginable shade of autumn 🙂 And to see/read more throughout the year, visit the Thiessen Farms blog (aka Ron & Lorie—our cultivatingly inclined cousins) about Niagara farm life.

Another impressive and unavoidable sight is the Welland Canal portion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. This is the waterway system of locks, canals and channels that make it possible for large lakers and ocean vessels to navigate between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Most locals will tell you that the locks are as much fun as getting stopped at a train crossing. But for me and my land-locked life on the prairies, it is still a thrill to (have to?/get to!) stop and take photos 🙂 Watch this HD time-lapse video for an onboard view of the Welland Canal. This stationary time lapse video  is also pretty cool, as it watches the ships move through the Welland Canal locks 🙂

And finally, it was time to bid farewell…
Leaving once again, on a jet plane home.

Thanks for flying with me!  Jackie

Thanksgiving Weekend ❤ prairie road trip

sunset_KWH4926Hey, so is it just me or do these clouds from last night’s sunset remind anyone else of self-striping yarn? Hmmm… perhaps they’re more variegated than striped? Tell me true, do you think so too?

Well anyway, we’re happy and thankful to be home-sweet-home again after our 13-hour Thanksgiving road trip. The weather was great… The turkey was tasty… Desserts were in abundance… And it was SO good to spend a few days visiting with family!
Only it’s just too bad we all live so far apart. ❤

Away from home, the iPad was a very handy travel companion. It captured some really decent pics and was convenient for checking inboxes. And when we found ourselves driving smack dab in the middle of two of God’s supremely colourful sky-scapes, the iPad made it so easy to post the rainbow/sunset video onto my KWH Facebook page. Click my FB link to check it out. ❤ Also, for a quick glimpse of the awesome autumn beauty across Canada’s wide open spaces, here is a slideshow from the rest of our highway-drive-by shots. 🙂 Oh how I love the changing leaves and golden fields. The harvested fields might be stubble, but they’re golden in the sun and dotted with hundreds (dare I say thousands) of bailed balls from harvested crops. Truly a sight to behold, under the clear blue sky with cotton-baton clouds! Call me Canadian, but I think it’s gorgeous ❤

Looking back, I’m surprised to have taken so few photos of livestock. We actually drove past plenty of grazing animals… cows, buffalo, and even a flock of sheep! Missed some potentially good pics, for sure… Sure wish I hadn’t missed that sheep shot! Oh well, that’s life when you’re driving down the highway 😉

Happy Autumn! ❤ Jackie

my inbox paradox at equinox

Autumn Equinox sunshineYesterday was the autumnal equinox—the first day of fall. It was a warm day with a pleasant breeze and dreamy tufts of cotton batten clouds dotting the sunny, blue skies. All this was good. But with winter around the corner, I’ve been soaking up some sun, working on new projects for this blog… All the while, not missing my inbox (much) at all.

Now that summer has turned to fall, it’s clear that my inbox has sunk to new heights—snowballing to an unprecedented 800+ emails in all!

800+ emails… How did that happen?!?

So now that it’s finally fall, I’ll be springing ahead to catch up with it all… Who ever heard of getting snowed under in summer?!? Well, ‘guess I did miss my inbox after all!

ttys ❤ Jackie

Valentine’s are Coming!


Truly ❤ I love you THIS much!!! … even when my blog seems slow to post 😦

Why the delay? Well, I suppose I’m a bit of a procrastinator, but I’ve also been writing my first tutorial. Tutorials are filled with all sorts of details. And details have a way of launching changes, re-writes, re-proofs… not to mention technical difficulties. Yes, it all takes time. Please stay tuned (it won’t be long now!) for my first tutorial on how to make a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart card for Valentine’s Day… coming to an inbox near you—for those who have signed-up to receive updates from this blog.

In the meantime, please enjoy this animated video 🙂

Now then, I’m back to breaking out of this crazy “1 step forward, 2 steps back” cycle … into a more agreeable rhythm of “2 steps forward, 1 step back” . . .

ttys ❤  Jackie

Fibre Harvest

Winter, spring, summer, fall… What is your favourite yarn season of all?

Over the winter, I tend to cuddle up in my favourite knitting corner on the couch—surrounded by as much yarn as possible. ❤ By the time spring gets sprung, my needles and lawn chair are raring to get back in the groove of knitting outdoors. ❤ All summer long, my cotton knitting pleasure is to sit and knit outside—preferably every single hot, sunshiny day! ❤ Once fall is upon us, my nimble knitting fingers gravitate toward the gathering of bulky balls of yarn—all the better to keep warm, whilst knitting outside just one more day… in effort to prolong the outdoor knitting season until the fresh, crisp autumn air gives way to winter’s white chill.

Then this year, I decided to try something yarnishly different. You might say that I pulled a few strings to do it 😉 … a few strings toward a bountiful sweater harvest.

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It all began a few years ago, when I received a hand-me-down sweater from a friend-of-a-friend. This simple-yet-colourful pullover was knit of thick, cushy stitches. Truly, it was a hand knit look-alike, although the “made in Hong Kong” garment tag suggested otherwise. Handknit or not, however, wearing that sweater always seemed to turn into a sneeze-fest for me… stuffed-up ‘n sniffly… and that’s no way to be.

Then finally this fall, since unravelling an entire FO (finished object) had always intrigued me, I decided to unravel that sweater. It’s good to “check” another task off my knitterly bucket list! My goal for this project, due to its fibrously fuzzy nature, was to unravel outdoors as much as possible (thereby avoiding as much sneezing and vacuuming as possible). A bagful of colourful fluff, which is saved for fibre-fill, was gleaned from the reclaimed yarn. To my delight, and for the sake of this blog (right, as if plain old yarn was not fun enough), this reclaimed collection of recycled fibrous-fluff quickly took shape as a colourful heart amidst the fresh-fallen snow 🙂

Yes, unravelling this old sweater was a great autumn project! More fun by far, than dipping into the proverbial frog pond for a frogging session with one’s own (erroneous) knitting! Have you unravelled a sweater? Ever taken it upon yourself to take apart an entire FO? In other words, have you ever frogged just for the yarn of it? Feel free to share your proclamation of yarn reclamation in the comments below 🙂

Hmmm… now then, what shall I knit from my lovely stash of reclaimed yarn? ❤

Lady Knit Foliage

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All summer long, when the weather is fair,
you can bet your hand-made booties
that I’ll be knitting outside somewhere!

Then one day out there, I looked over to see
Lady Knit Foliage busy alongside of me!
She bears a striking resemblance to Sunbonnet Sue
Looks that way to me, anyhoo 😉 How about you?

So the next thing I knew,
I was humming this happy tune:

… c’mon ‘n sing it with me …

Lady Knit Foliage sitting in a tree,
k – n – I – t – t – I – n – g
first came the buds,
then came the blossoms,
then came all the leaves…
turning golden shades of autumn.

Wishing you all fair knitting weather for fall ❤ Jackie