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the 11th hour… 🎃🎭👺🔥☢🔑☠

October 31st

Benjamin Cho Fall 2007 Collection

Okay, so it’s past the stroke of October… sighhh… I’ve missed the calendar mark, again. But life’s battles continue and I’m determined (come Hell or high water) to post this mixed bag o’ treats via WordPress, YouTube and facebook! 

Let’s begin with Pete’s pOwerful post @ Revelation310 “Rage Against the Machine” … Oh wOw… Have you noticed how the entire world’s been spinning freakishly out of control? Here in Canada, useless Soros puppeticians bent on destroying Canada took the helm 3 yrs ago. Yup, way back when life still seemed “normal” :-/ Hope to change that in the 2019 election?!? Well anyhoo… Pete’s article makes Biblically sound sense to me. Do you agree? 

Please also enjoy the bountiful harvest of posts from my blog’s fb page. Hopefully something for everyone, including stylishly crafty foodish fun and Nepal’s scariest waterfall highway! 

One Hundred Percent” @ Narrow is The Way Ministries and Pastor Charles Lawson’s sermon (below) are about the afterlife… Hell is a real place and my heart’s intent is to scare the Hell out of you so that you don’t end up there! ❤ 

Coming up next time, I’ll finally fill you in on the project that’s been my focus apart from the blog. And of course, more of that wild ‘n wacky weather of ours 😉 

Well okay… here’s a link for 
my “top secret” project
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See you again soon! ♥ Jackie


Flake News! 😳😝😧🤔☃🇨🇦📢

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Hey there… How’s it snowin’, eh? 🇨🇦 It’s been snoOow long since I’ve been gone…
Nearly half a year of impromptu silence from the blog due to real life curveballs.
Yup, some heavy stuff snuffed my focus until I finally dropped the blogful ball ☹️
But through it all, I’ve learned to lean more deeply upon the LORD Jesus Christ ✝
Whatever happens… once you choose to follow Jesus, He will be your ALL and
His strength will comfort, sustain, carry and pull you through all life’s valleys ❤ 

By now, the Canadian geese have been squawking to and fro for weeks.
And after this week’s snow, I’m sure they’ll instinctively fly south soon
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Time truly flies, whether or not anyone’s having fun! But how can it be
mid-September with our first snow-scape already over and done?!? 😮
Last time we saw September snow was 2014, making our wild weather
all the more normal—here at the 53rd N parallel on the Alberta prairies.

SnoOowww… hope your weather’s treating you well 😎
Fun to catch these snowful pics while they lasted, but sure
hope our summer’s still got some high temps in the tank!
Well at least it roused me from blogful hibernation, right? 😉 
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Wishing you well with your weather! ♥ Jackie


Diamonds and a Heart Of Gold via Pennies for Dreams

Auction of the Peace Diamond …
hope for Sierra Leone’s legal trade
Image via born2invest.com

Hoping you’ll all visit Mary Ann’s “Pennies for Dreams” blog post about the Peace Diamond. The story is a glimmer of sparkling hope for humanity! It seemed too good to be true, so I googled it… Yup, sure enough!

It’s the true story of evangelical Pastor Emmanuel Momoh’s honourably patriotic generosity, plus the honourable transparency of Sierra Leone’s President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma… Wow! … Talk about a national treasure 🙂 God bless them as they continue to let their light shine amidst this greedy ol’ world’s gold-digging dark side! ❤ Jackie

 

Luke 12:34

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” For where your treasure is,there your heart will be also”   Pastor Emmanuel Momoh, of Sierra Leone uncovered an earthy treasure valued at over $62 million. It is believed to be a…

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unravelling the sound of silence 💜

Oct 4/17 Full Moon

Oct 4/17 Full Moon

October 4, 2017
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Hello Friends… I’m still here 🙋💜😍 ‘though feeling a bit sheepish after all these unplanned months in silence 😜 Spent the summer seeking peaceful moments, whilst traversing stressful detours under increasingly disturbed concern for the Trudeau governments blatant disregard for Canadian democracy! Sadly, this was also the final summer for 4 WordPress bloggers (that I’m aware of) who fell forever silent 😦 It’s a strange feeling to realize people you’ve interacted with online, yet never met in person, are no longer with us 😦 So… ‘guess my blogful “oomph” took a hike. Or was it out flying an inspirational kite?!? Whatever the case, I’ve tried many times but couldn’t get it “write” :-/

Yeah, that’s it… silently flying an inspirational kite atop the plethora of unfinished projects piled high around the unravelling heap of my knotted entanglement 😉 Switching to stitching always helps. But for all life’s ups and downs, my heart is sure glad to have Jesus ❤

Simon & Garfunkel’s thought provoking song about the sound of silence (composed by Paul Simon, 1964) seems a rather timely tune for today. Wouldn’t you say? But can silence have a sound when by definition it is soundless?!? Hmmm, quite the paradox! Well anyway…

Here are a few videos, plus my attempt to spin a lyrical rhyme reflecting the sounds planted within my own particular brain… Perhaps you’ve also been hearing the sounds of silence and listening for God Almighty’s still small voice, while trusting in Jesus as the sole Truth for souls amidst the turmoil of worldly noise and confusion? ✝🙏💜 Feel free to break the silence!

"The Sound of Silence" lyrics by Paul Simon, plus my own version.

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Silence may be golden, yet one word is all it takes to break! ❤ ♥ Jackie


#65 💜 summer solstice… new day dawning

 

Psalm 65:8 via www.anextraordinaryday.net

4th of July sunrise approximately 4:45 AM

🔼 4th of July 2014 sunrise at 4:45 AM

Hello & Welcome to my 65th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the thrill of dawn after hours of late-night summer solstice knitting ’til the crack of yawn 🙂

Keeping up with the solstice sunrise can be a challenge… Especially here at the 53rd parallel N on the Canadian prairies—where summer days and winter nights grow extra long. Well okay… winter sunrises/sunsets are easy-peasy. So every year since moving here, it’s the thrill of catching a pixelated first glimpse at summer’s dawning 17-hour solstice “magic” that rises up within my night-owl-ishly inclined inner-knitter’s heart ❤

Summer Solstice 2017… 
sunrise 5:06 am ❤ sunset 10:06 pm

Then last night… errr… 3:30 this morning… uhhhm… actually yesterday morning, since gently “coaxing” this post into shape has taken so long… sighhh :-/

Anyhoo… it finally dawned on me!
Watch my iPad video (below) to see
the bright spot I’m talking about 😉

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Just keep knitting ’til something good dawns on you! ❤ ♥ Jackie


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

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HIGH STRUNG - cute Sheep Incognito knitting yarn print signed

Daniel 3:18 — "even if He does not"

Daniel 3:18
“But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Hello & Welcome to my 64th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a bit of a tangled mess ❤

Over a month since my last blog update, but I’m still here! Can we blame it on the crazy messed-up world we’re living in?!? Hope you’re well and hangin’ in there! Hope you’re not feeling strung-up and stressed-out like this endearing sheep of yarnful entanglement. Or like me… Yeah, feels like I’ve been hangin’ with this sheep a lot lately :-/ Click the screenshot image to find this woolerful print for sale on Etsy 🙂 I figured it’s a fitting illustration of how I’ve been feeling 😉 

“Even If” by MercyMe is the song my heart’s been singing and syncing, more deeply by the day ❤ What a comfort to know Jesus loves us and is fully able/willing to move life’s tangled mountains! But even if His provision differs from our preferred outcome, we know He will always love and take care of us.

He’s been faithful and good all of my days… I have faith in Him for what He’s already done… Come what may, my soul shall cling to Christ alone ❤

 

 

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Keep calm, take heart, have faith and hang on! ❤ ♥ Jackie


#56 💜 ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas…

Christmas knitting decorations

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Christmas knitting decorations

Christmas knitting decorations

Christmas knitting decorations

Flight Knits Carry-On WIP #2

Hello & Welcome to my 56th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my knitterly version of Clement Clarke Moore’s “Twas the night before Christmas” poem—inspired by my sack of incomplete Christmas decorations, as I race to finish in time for the 25th! 🙂

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas,
when all through the house…
Not a project was finished,
not even a gift knit for my spouse!

The incomplete stitches were
layed by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas’
elf-help team soon would be there…

My needles were nestled
all snug in their yarn webs,
While visions of sweet FO’s
danced in my head.

And hubby in his sports jersey,
and I with my knitting lap,
Had just settled in for a long evening
of Hockey Night in Canada on tap.

Then away with my pics to the
web’s window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the iPad and threw
open the photo editing app,

And sprang to my blog,
to WordPress gave a whistle,
And away the pics flew
like the down of a thistle.

And I whistled, and shouted,
and called them by name…

Now Dasher! now Dancer!
now Prancer and Vixen!
On Comet! On Cupid!
on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the blog!
there’s no time to crawl!
Now dash away!
Dash away! Dash away all!

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Happy last week ’til Christmas to all,
and to all a good-night! ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome to my 55th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is our recent snowfall 🙂

Ooooh… the snowy night & day scene outside our front door looks divine! Fresh flakes are just snooow pretty, aren’t they? And especially the first snowfall of fresh flakes! That’s why my trusty iPad & I always try to pixelate ’em asap upon arrival 🙂

These photos are actually our second snowfall of the season! The first was early October, way back when the trees still had all their green leaves!!! Much earlier than I’d have liked, albeit quite a pretty sight! I’m still in the process of processing all those photos. Posting these first will knock my flakes out of blogful order, but that’s snOw’kay 😉

Now nearing the end of November with a month ’til Christmas, it’s great to have snow! Snow helps get ya into the Christmas spirit and helps get my nimble Christmas knitting fingers into gear! 🙂

Hope it’s snowing well wherever you are! 😉

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Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Hoping snow news is good news! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#54 💜 Honour & Remembrance

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poppies

Previously posted for
Remembrance Day — November 2014.

War is not a video game... Ask a veteran.

Previously posted for
Remembrance Day — November 2015.

WWII knitting for the R.A.F. poster

Previously posted for
D-Day — June 2014.

Hello & Welcome to my 54th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a reflective Remembrance Day post in honour of all veterans ❤

This was to have been a quick/easy post… But my iPad sometimes likes to fight my blogful efforts :-/ Ah well… just gotta keep fighting the good fight! Now that it’s finally done, I hope you’ll feel free to click images and visit my previously posted links 🙂

 

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Lest we forget… ♥ Jackie


#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…
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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! 

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

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Everlasting Blossoms by Myra Ho Chang

🔺 Click photo to read Myra’s first blog post.

Everlasting Blossoms Garden

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Hello & Welcome to my 51st episode of the
KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a pretty petaled blog by one of the sweetest bloggers you ever will read 🙂

With a mere 53 followers, I’m thinking Myra’s blog is one of the best kept secret treasures on WordPress! It was about this time last year when she found my blog and our friendship just blossomed from there ❤ Yup, there’s definitely something special about Myra! Perhaps it’s the charm of her english as a second language, or her nearly 80-year sense of gracious strength and determination, or her lovingly humble way with words… Whatever it is, she’s got it! Visit her blog and you’ll likely agree 🙂

So now at nearly 80 years of age, Myra has taken up blogging as a way of introducing her english version of “Everlasting Blossoms & Butterflies” (first published in Taiwan, 2011). Her story is a true family memoir, beginning about 100 years ago when her mom was a young girl in early 1900’s China. The story’s focus is about how her mom’s “Everlasting Blossoms” floral crochet designs came to be.

Click here to read Myra’s first blog post
and begin at the beginning.

Take a moment to visit Myra’s blog now…
Your mesmerized self will be glad you did! 🙂

 

 

Let there be beautiful flowers
blossomed everywhere. And
butterflies flying all year long.
Keep the beautiful, joyful
spring on earth always!

~ Myra Ho Chang ~

 

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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May your day be as fine as a fibrously floral bouquet! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


knitting the words via postprodigal

Psalm 139:13-16

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In today’s reblogged post, Tanya Cliff uses her own hand-knit samples to demonstrate a writer’s words as being strung together like rows or rounds of basic to complex knit stitches. She also quotes a Bible verse about the original knitter of the entire universe—who is God the Creator of all things! And that’s a great analogy worth sharing, I’d say 🙂

Adding to that…

This “life” fabric we’re writing will indeed formulate into many vibrantly patterned stitches/genres. Some stitches may “felt” dull. Others lacking in recommended tension will inevitably stretch out of shape. Unintentionally slipped stitches may cause entire WIPs (works in progress) to unravel prior to being properly cast off… And it could all spell trouble :-/ Try as we might to write right, I’m glad there’s one master editor—our heavenly Father… the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who knew us before time began and knit us together in our mother’s womb 🙂 He is faithful and just to freely edit all errors for anyone who asks… And it’s by His pen that our names are written in the Book of Life ❤

So let’s trust Him and be patient with one another…
because God is not finished editing us yet! ♥ Jackie

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Knitting a row of stitches at its most basic is like stringing simple words along the page to form a sentence. The dog runs. It gets boring quickly. The motivated knitter learns how to successfully…

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#41 💜 Rare Disease Day 2016

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Hello & Welcome to my 41st episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is Rare Disease Day, which takes place annually on the last day of February 🙂

Yes, you read that correctly… On this 3rd day of March, my post’s focus is the last day of February aka Rare Disease Day. Most folks might say I’m a few days late… But is anything ever really late if it’s late on a Leap Year?!? … hmmm, anyhoo … It’s the day that counts, right? And speaking of days, it sometimes seems like there’s a frivolous “day” for anything and everything (these days). But from our perspective, having lived with rare diseases all our lives (my husband’s hypophosphatasia aka HPP and my retinitis pigmentosa aka RP), this particular day is more meaningful than most!

We’re encouraged to see global participation for Rare Disease Day up from 18 countries in 2008 to 85 countries in 2015. The RDD’s campaign objective is to raise awareness about the world’s 6000+ known rare diseases and their impact on people’s lives. And between flying to San Diego for Rare Disease Day 2014 until finally gaining access to unprecedented HPP treatment in 2015, I’ve written about my husband’s ultra-rare HPP disease. Here in blogland, however, it’s been easy for me to keep my RP to myself—with every intention of not ever mentioning it. But today, I’m opting to face my fears for the sake of inner-freedom!

In real life, people’s basic response to my RP is usually either understanding or underestimating. Those who “understand” tend to lean toward sympathy. No one can truly understand, but I realize and appreciate their effort. Those who underestimate tend to leave me feeling “less than” or simply less than the real me 😦 In contrast, stepping inside this blog grants me the virtual freedom to be the real me… That other “me” whose eyes cannot properly see must wait outside in the hallway of my real world’s harsh reality 🙂

So while filling you in on this bit about me might not mean much to anyone else, it’s a big deal for me. Though truly, who can honestly say their lives are untouched by disease? The best we can really do (besides prayer and trusting the Lord with all our heart) is to simply keep doing what we can… with what we’ve got… for as long as we’re able! And when life gives us crutches to lean on, our daily strength comes from leaving our own understanding behind and leaning toward the Creator of all things ❤

Now finally, a positive update of my husband’s HPP progress… There’s been a hint of skip in his step since his first month of treatment 😀 The crutches remain crucial, but the medicine is definitely helping! Now nearly 6 months in, he’s able to sleep soundly and live life more fully—all with less than half the pain meds from prior to treatment!!! 😀 Praise the Lord, for He is good!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Today is a special day! ♥ Jackie


#40 💜 outstanding blog award nominations

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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

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We all win in blogland! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset

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Hello & Welcome
to my 11th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is our summer solstice sunset …
sunrise 5:06 am 🙂 sunset 10:06 pm
… missin’ my iMac, but luvin’ the 17-hour days!

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

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summer solstice 2014
blog post 🙂

My favourite thing about living this far north is summer solstice and the extra-long days that go with it! That “other” solstice will have us on the flip side soon enough… But these days, especially with the above seasonal temperatures we’ve been having, it’s just so GOOD to enjoy being outside watching glowing skies finally dim around 11 pm 🙂 That’s my idea of a summertime thrill!

Catching a glimpse of the summer solstice sunrise, on the other hand, is more rare… I’ll sometimes manage to wake up in time to see the sky already beginning to brighten by 4:00 am. But then I lay down for a moment, whilst the sun rises to the peak of our neighbour’s roof… And awe shucks, the moment passes me by again! :-/

Last year’s summer solstice was extra great, for me. That’s when my iMac finally got resuscitated, after a month and a half on the fritz 🙂  Now again, since directly following this post in early April of this year, my iMac has been gone for good :-/ But the blog must go on! And my trusty iPad has been a real lifesaver for that!!!

Thanks for joining me in my iPad-photo solstice celebration of God’s glorious sun setting skies on the longest day of the year. How did you enjoy your summer solstice?

 Our weather forecast—fahrenheit or celcius—for the
first week of summer is looking mighty fine 😀
Wish you were here! 

See how the video is panned to the far left? That’s where our winter solstice 
sun shall set 6 months from now—between the last 2 clumps of taller trees.

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Happy first week of summer! ♥ Jackie


How to: The “Fibre Sandwich” Game!

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It’s always lunchtime somewhere, right?!? 😉 So here’s Rosie from Ribbing Yarns with a fresh spin on the “same old” sandwich.

Simply add a few handfuls of yarny loose handspun ends… and voilà! The most fibrously fun-loving feast for the yarn diet of all!

Serve this on a platter at your next gathering with spinning friends 🙂 ♥ Jackie

Ribbing Yarns

Last weekend I joined some of the other lovely and skilled spinners from the “Danske Spindere” group on Ravelry- a local group here in Copenhagen- for a day of spinning, chatting, and co-creating “Fibre Sandwiches”. Thankfully this wasn’t a misunderstood offering for the potluck lunch (which was delicious), but an inspiring and creative game with spinning fibres. It was taught to the group at the last meetup by Bev Tilson (morecraft on Ravelry) who runs the “New Zealand Hermit Sheep” group. Incidentally, if you’re wondering what a New Zealand hermit sheep is, you can read the amazing backstory on the group’s Ravelry page.

The fibre sandwich is a great idea for using up small amounts of fibre. You need at least one spinning-mad friend to make it fun and interesting, though 🙂 Each spinner just needs to bring along a small amount of fibre (25-50g), ideally in a selection of…

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the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash


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Hello & Welcome
to my 7th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the frill of the yarn . . .
which I’ve draped dreamily to decorate the
late-to-be-leafy trees in our backyard 🙂

Last month, my birthday heart’s desire was for another yarn-filled year with hubby ♥ But then my iMac died… quickly dashing any yarn stashing I’d planned 😦 Ohhh, but have I told you lately how he loves me?

May long-weekend foliage

He loves me SO much that…

On April 29th, one day before my 15% off birthday discount voucher from Herrschners was due to expire, he actually reminded and encouraged me to use the coupon to buy MORE yarn! Yup, you read that correctly 😉 More yarn, after all the years I’ve spent stretching our home’s yarn stashing capacity. That’s love, I say… true love! And so, to Herrschners I went!

My target was $150.00, since that amount seems the best deal for shipping. It was delivered in time for the May (aka Victoria Day) long weekend, when our trees were still leafless and bare. So dressing the trees in frilly yarn was good yarn bombing fun 😉 Now a week later, they are fully-dressed in foliage and the yarn is stashed back inside!

boxed birthday yarn stash from Herrschners

My birthday yarn stash box includes:

Sundance Chantilly Frill yarn 3-pack
—> 3 balls each onyx/fantasy
Northlands Notion wool yarn 5-pack
—> 5 balls each black/denim/berry/olive/putty
Luminous Assortment 10-pack
—> 3 balls each emerald/lipstick
—> 2 balls each ice/frost
Northlands Cavern Multis yarn
—> 1 ball spectra
Dimensions: Learn Needle Felting Kit
Brass Findings Starter Kit
Luxite Double End Crochet Hook size Q-17
Hearts Candy Mold
Plus, yet another 10% off voucher
for my next Herrschners order 🙂

NOTE: I am simply a customer writing this of my own accord—not affiliated with Herrschners in any way.

In addition to yarn, I’m so glad to finally get my hands on a few crafty tools that have been on my “list” for a while. Inspiration for the heart candy mold came from reading  this post by Janice at TSB 🙂 And with approximate yarn sale savings of $250 + vouchers ($375 according to SRP), I’m pretty pleased with my birthday yarn stash purchase… totalling $139.73 shipping/taxes included 🙂

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Tree cheers for yarny b-days! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #5 💜 heartstrings

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Hello & Welcome
to my 5th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is hearty knits
and the yarns that love them 🙂

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Knitting is
in my heart 🙂

My knitting patterns are
heart-shaped by design…
And even my yarn tails
have fallen in hopeless
alignment with hearts!

What hearty knitting
is on your needles?

Hearty knitting is like 
luv ‘n stitches for
our tired old world ♥

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
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Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

happy heart… hearty yarn! ♥ Jackie


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

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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..
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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.

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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!
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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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iMac-less-ly yours ♥ Jackie


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

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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 ♥


summer’s sweet knitting tweets ❤

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summer's sweet knitting tweets ❤Summer around here this year has been one gloriously sun-soaked day after another since the end of June 🙂 Just a few blips on the weather radar and that’s all!

So it’s been a great source for vitamin D, but not a great motivator for getting “inside work” done. And it feels a bit like winning the lottery, too… not that I’d have any idea what that might feel like 😉

Only the last few days have (finally?!?) cooled off a bit. But that’s okay. We’re not done with outdoor patio weather yet! And it’s about time I got down to business anyway—sorting and editing through all those billions of Niagara Peninsula photos from our vacation.

Then today, we saw this baby birdie perched upon my knitting lawn chair. Could that tweetie bird have been looking for me?!? Whatever the case, this moment has inspired me to “tweet” you a message…

Stay tuned for vacation pics (no worries, I’ve whittled them down to a couple dozen), followed by the ever-blooming daylily display. The “stitch tech” page will soon feature knitting techniques your yarn will yearn for. And the “my designs” page has now been updated with a photo slide show and quick links for easier navigation 🙂

wishing you sweet tweets this summer 🙂 ❤ 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
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