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a fine Sweetie ❤ Tweetie spring blog-hopping nest

hand-knit bird, nest and flowers in the snow

Hello and welcome to my spot on the SPRING BLOG-HOP!
This blog-hopping party has been organized by Pretty Little Things in a Box 🙂

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Springtime in our neighbourhood was sans-snow for one week. But the white stuff just keeps coming back. So keeping a spring in our step has been a bit back ‘n forth! Rather than brooding, though, I remembered what they say about lemonade and decided to have some fun. Because green grass is good, but sometimes life gives you snowflakes and you just gotta make snow Christmas trees—decorated with hand-knit hearts, of course! 😉 I hope spring has been a season of melted snow and green grass where you live… Tell me now, how green does your grass grow?

They also say it’s good to have one bird in the hand-made nest. The nest in the photo was finger-knitted, using some of the newspaper yarn that I’ve been spinning. The blue bird is a prototype of tweets to come. The purplish heart is my Bramble❤tini with a twist of serendipity—knit using bulky fleece yarn. The “eggs” in the nest are another pattern I will eventually publish and call “Sweetie❤Soap Snugs”. Seeing as this is Easter weekend, I figured they’d make fine spring blog-hopping Easter eggs 🙂 The solid-coloured “egg” (accidentally placed upside-down in the nest… oops!) is the felted fabric result after all the soap has washed away.

The snow tree is decorated with various Sweetie❤Knit❤Hearts, Bramble❤tini Hearts and hand-knit garland. Perhaps you remember these from my Merry ❤ Christmas post? Oh, and that blooming bouquet of felted flowers in the snow? Those were featured in a previous Mother’s Day post 🙂

So there you have it… All sorts of springy fun 🙂 These and more will eventually make their way onto this blog. For now, these photos offer a glimpse into my patterns still to come!

Thanks again to Angela @ Pretty Little Things in a Box, for organizing this first round of Spring Blog-Hopping fun 🙂 And thank YOU for hopping over from the “Sew Rosey” blog! Sew Rosey is blog #8 in a total of 9 blogs participating in today’s blog-hop party. Now then, I’m eager to hop to it and visit everyone else’s blog… See you there!

Happy Easter and thanks for hopping by! ❤ Jackie


Happy Easter ❤ Spring Blog-Hop

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Our spring so far has been a busy season of melting, then snowing, then melting again, then snowing… With warmer temperatures dangling over “next week’s” forecast all the while— like the Easter bunny’s carrot-on-a-string. The snow had all melted last week, for about a week. Then today, the landscaping fell back into wintery-white. But by early afternoon, the snow was melting so fast that I had to run and grab my camera for a few last-minute snowy pics of hand-knit props. All this, in preparation for this weekend’s “Happy Spring Blog-Hop” post—organized by Angela @ Pretty Little Things in a Box.

Yep, you read that correctly… For the first time in my blogful history, I shall attempt to post more than once or twice, with THREE posts over the course of the next handful of days!

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I know, I know… woohoo, exciting stuff… right?!? But can she do it?
My hope is that you will come back to see how it turns out 😉

So then, let us begin with today’s Happy Easter greetings and video.
Then on Saturday the 19th, I’ll be joining the “Happy Spring Blog-Hop” party.
All this, followed-up with a little something special for Earth Day. 🙂

Wishing you the happiest of Easter weekends! ❤ Jackie

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a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin' St. Patrick's Day!

HaPpY St. Patrick’s Day… the most socially acceptable time of year to “tie one on”, which is exactly what I did! I tied one ball of newspaper yarn on and around my fingers until it took the form of a wreath 🙂

It all began with our flight to San Diego. Seeing as knitting needles have not been allowed aboard planes since 9/11, I always wrack my brain for something creative to keep busy with while traveling. Finger knitting became my aircraft craft of choice for this particular flight. And so, with my knitting needles checked in our baggage and a few balls of newspaper/plastic yarn (spun beforehand) stashed in the carry-on, we were off! Boarding without boredom… the only way to fly 🙂

Have you ever tried finger knitting? Finger knitting with paper yarn actually works better than regular needles anyway, since paper can’t stretch. The resulting stiff lengths of paper knitting have selvages that curl inward (same as any yarn in stockinette) and a structural texture that reminds me of grapevine wreaths. And so for my first finger knitted project, I made this “faux grapevine” wreath! Simply tie the ends together and adorn with hand-knit shamrocks and hearts ❤

My wreath (pictured here under dull, grey, winter-weakening skies) was finger-knit, using paper yarn spun from full-colour grocery store flyers. It is adorned with two 3-leaf and two 4-leaf Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrocks & one (pink) Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart & four (purple, pink, light/dark green) Bramble❤tini Hearts.

a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin' St. Patrick's Day!

What do you think about this crafty recycling idea? Now more than ever, my nimble knitting fingers are eager to help save the planet… one junk mail flyer at a time 🙂

And has the luck of the Irish traveled with you when flying with your knitting needles and/or crochet hooks? Feel free to leave a comment below and fill me in! All I know for sure is that the last time I tried in-flight knitting was a few years ago en route home from Cancun, Mexico. Someone had said it was once again okay to knit while flying. We asked for confirmation from every single check-in personnel along the way. They all said it was okay, until the very last check-point… where they were seriously going to confiscate my needles—right then and there!!! So without a moment to spare, we ran like the wind all the way back to the starting-point and checked ’em in as baggage, along with what we had planned to carry-on… ughhh!

One of these days, I’ll write a tutorial for how to spin paper/plastic yarn. For today, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day! ❤ Jackie


Introducing… my Bramble♥tini Heart knitting pattern

Today, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my
own original Bramble♥tini heart-shaped knitting pattern design!

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I hope you will check it out now and like what you see 🙂
I hope you will like what you see and send it to your checkout!
Most of all, I hope you will “♥” it as much as I do!

Good things come in small packages, they say…
And if you’ve already knit the Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart,
then the Bramble♥tini Heart is just a bit bigger…
So think hearty thoughts, because you’re ready to knit it up!

The Bramble♥tini Heart knitting pattern
is available for purchase @ Ravelry & Craftsy.

Purchase the 3-page PDF today and start knitting
single- or double-sided Bramble♥tini Hearts tonight,
using your choice of yarn in 1-4 colours per heart.

BrambleTINI_introLooking forward to hearing what you think… ♥ Jackie


knitted knots & loose ends ❤

For a while now, I’ve been obsessively focused upon prepping to publicize my next knitting pattern. For even longer, I’ve been dreaming of starting an Etsy shop. Now (thanks to dear friends who cared enough to give me the ol’ kick-in-the-pattern-publishing-pants I needed/deserved), my very own Bramble❤tini design will soon mark the start of what I hope will be a long line of unique knitting patterns for sale at my upcoming Etsy shop!

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Thanks for clicking this image to see my gravatar profile—which includes links to Ravelry, Craftsy, Facebook, Pinterest… and wherever else I’ll be posting new pattern info ❤


It’s been a lot of work to get to this point. Time’s been short, Inboxes have grown long, but now the job of getting started is finally nearly done! Then again, are labours of love ever really quite done? Maybe not, but that’s okay… because they’re fun!

ttys ❤ Jackie

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Philippians 1:6
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“For I am confident of this very thing,
that He who began a good work in you will
perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Lola à la Beach ❤

Are you looking to get knitting and/or
hooking at the Beach this summer?
Take a page from Lola’s pattern book…
( Lola’s Lion Brand Yarn pattern book )
and be aware of shovels ‘n frisbees  😉

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HEY, this is great!!!

I’ve been trying to figure out how to embed stuff from other websites for SO long…
And now it looks like I’ve finally figured out how to post my Pinterest pins… yay!!!
( … now let’s just hope I’m able to repeat this little stunt for next time … )
Chalk up one more granular speck of sand-size knowledge to my strand of blogging know-how ❤

As per last week’s post, I’m still getting into the fb swing of things with my new
“Knitting With Heart” facebook page. It can be a bit confusing to have two fb pages.
Confusion can be fun, though … lol … And you can help me by dropping by with
your comments etc. Thanks, I appreciate that!

May the sun always shine upon your surf  ❤ Jackie