Carol Milne is an award winning Canadian sculptor living in Seattle, Washington. Her work is recognized internationally. I discovered her this week when Ashley Little featured her in an article for the Craftsy blog. Clearly, the fibrously non-traditional crystal glass artistry of Carol Milne confirms her as an exceptionally talented lover of yarn! Her unique process begins by “knitting” with wax. The wax is then covered with special molding material and placed into a 1530ºF kiln. The heat melts away the wax, filling the void with melted glass… So, ‘guess that makes the kiln her preferred blocking method?!? 😉 Read more about Carol Milne’s stylish creativity at her website. You can also “like” her facebook page and follow her on Pinterest.
What sort of non-traditional materials have you thought to craft with? My wildest fibrous dream so far has been knitting and spinning yarn made of newspapers and plastic grocery bags… Stay tuned for more about that, once I get the kinks worked out 🙂 ❤ Jackie
“I see my knitted work as a metaphor for social structure.
Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own
but deceptively strong when bound together.”
— Carol Milne, from CREATIVE PROCESS "Knitting with Glass" 2011 summer issue Fiberarts® magazine, Interweave Press, LLC
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
O Tannenbaum ❤ O Christmas Tree…
How lovely are your branches!
Through summer sun and winter snow…
& topped with sunset’s “star” aglow!
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It’s beginning to look a lot like
the North Pole… everywhere we go!
According to the calendar, winter doesn’t start until Saturday. But when it comes to winter, we are always ahead of schedule. Saturday will also be our darkest day with nearly 17 hours of night. And while some parts of Canada might still be dreaming of a white Christmas, we never need to dream… because we are living that dream! In little more than one month, our fields have been blanketed with two-thirds (2/3) our average winter’s worth of the white stuff. Thus, we’ve already been dashing through the snow in our horsepowered-enclosed sleighs! At this rate, well……… ‘guess we’ll just let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Could this be the beginning of another record-breaking snow year?!?
And oh the weather outside has been frightful!
Weekend mild temperatures hovered near, and even above, freezing. And although this runs the risk of icy conditions from freezing rain, it’s still a nice break from our solid week or so prior to that—when we’d found ourselves living at the centre of a minus-40ºC/F Arctic deep freeze! Getting stuck at the centre of an Arctic air mass is the coldest place you ever wouldn’t want to be… And oh baby, it is COLD when temperatures go toe-to-toe with the North freakin’ Pole!!! You may have felt its chilling effects too, since this massive system of cold air actually clawed clear through to Oklahoma and Texas in the southern USA.
outside the snow is falling
and Randy comes calling “on cue” …
More often than not, we’ve missed seeing him in action
(but think he humbly prefers it that way). We’ve also lost
track of the number of times he’s been by. Still, whenever
it snows, our “snow angel” neighbour Randy makes time
to be kind and clears a few of our neighbouring driveways ❤
Randy doesn’t know it yet, but you can be sure I’m knitting something extra special just for him! More about that next time. And are you knitting Christmas gifts too? Have you seen my patterns for heart-shaped hand-knits? They make great stocking stuffers, tree decorations and more!
Check out the links below and add a little extra love to your “knit list” this season 🙂
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my Bramble❤tini heart-shaped
knitting pattern for just $1.50 today!
via Ravelry ❤ Craftsy
my Sweetie❤Knit❤Heart heart-shaped
FREE knitting pattern today!
via Ravelry ❤ Craftsy
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And may all your Christmases be white! ❤ Jackie
Have you been getting enough natural fibre in your yarn diet this month? For those who have been following along with all the fun and informative WOVEMBER “sheep’s fleece” of festivities, the answer will quite likely be “YES!” . . . Every year in November, the UK-based Wovember fibre movement is all about the wool—100% wool! Wovember is like shepherds feeding and leading the global wool-lovin’ flock through month-long celebrations of sheep and all things wool. It truly is the most wool-erful time of the year! ♥ My hope, having reblogged the Wovember WAL earlier this month, had been to join their Ravelry WAL. Now with the month winding down, that hope (for this year) is dashed. Yet in keeping with the spirit of woolliness, I do have a bit of Christmas felting “magic” to share with you all…
First, you’ll need to purchase my Bramble♥tini Heart knitting pattern — $1.50 PDF — and knit the tiny 2-sided heart from feltable wool. Then, after barely any weaving in of loose ends, simply felt the yarn tails into a “magical” loop. And voilà, your hand-knit Bramble♥tini heart-shaped decoration is ready to be hung (on the tree, mantle, hook, doorknob, pretty well anywhere…) with care! Could this be the beginning of a hand-made tradition? ♥
Check it out and begin knitting your world full of hearts today! NOTE: these are fabulously fun gifts to knit, so it’s quite likely you’ll find yourself spreading the love and sharing smiles along the way 🙂
The single-colour Bramble♥tini Heart pictured above, was knit using US size 6/4mm needles and approximately 6 yards/5.5 metres of Herrschners worsted weight 100% wool. And since serendipity truly loves the Bramble♥tini Heart, any yarn/needle size of your choosing may be used! Non-felted yarn loops may be attached later. For felted loops, be sure to always use feltable wool and follow the 3-STEP TUTORIAL on “How to Make a Felted Loop for Hanging all your Bramble♥tini Heart-Shaped Hand-Knit Decorations”.
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Today, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my
own original Bramble♥tini heart-shaped knitting pattern design!
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!
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.
Now then, let us continue, without further ado…
this Leibster Blog Award is hereby nominated to:
. . . drum roll please . . .
Wait… what’s that? Who did you say? Would you mind repeating that, please? Hmmm… hang on… maybe give me a minute to clean the wax out of my ears. Fine, you’re sure about this then? Well okay… if you say so, but I must be hearing things because it sounded like the one being nominated is ME?!? How can that possibly be?!?
. . . aw-shucks . . .
Seriously though, all playful teasing aside… It is an honour to be recognized for something I’ve been putting my heart into. Yes, there are times when the battle against distraction will inevitably be the cause of major delays. And yes, there are times when figuring out how this whole blogging thing works can get to feeling more like work than play. And then there are those times when I wander around wondering whether anyone really notices anyway… But then there are the cyber-smile times of huge-little supportive moments. Moments when someone online comes alongside ‘n warms your heart with a nudge of approval 🙂
Thank You KnitXpressions ❤ Thanks for filling your own blog with sweet knitting adventures ‘n fun stuff. Thanks for nominating my “Knitting With Heart” blog in the same category as your own! And thank you to all my blogful readers who have nudged me by way of comments, “likes” and follow-ship 🙂
Oh but wait, there’s more!
First of all, in order to receive this award, I am asked to reveal 11 random facts about myself… Yikes! Did you maybe just wanna click on over to the Knitting With Heart gravatar? It will link you up with my Ravelry, Craftsy and Pinterest pages. I believe you can tell a lot about a person by the pins they post, wouldn’t you agree?
Next, more specifically, there are 11 questions from the one who nominated me…
Here we go:
#1. What are you most proud of?
. . . . This year, I am pleased to have finally started this blog!
#2. What makes you happy?
. . . . It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Kindness toward others always makes my heart smile.
#3. What is your most prized possession?
. . . . Love… because life apart from love would be empty worthlessness.
#4. What are you afraid of?
. . . . Pretty much any creepy crawly thing, especially in the dark 😛
#5. Why do you blog?
. . . . To tell my tales of yarn!
#6. How would you describe your style?
. . . . Waste not, want not… I love to make/upcycle something from bits of nothing.
#7. What are you most grateful for?
. . . . God’s gift of eternal life through the life-death-resurrection of Jesus Christ.
#8. What is the best book you have ever read?
. . . . The book of Psalms from the Bible.
#9. What food do you hate?
. . . . Pears. They’re pretty to look at, but taste yucky to me!!!
#10. What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” aka “super dorky” song?
. . . . Truth be told, I must admit to being a fan of the BBC’s “Mister Maker” TV show… which I first discovered quite by accident, while watching TV with my toddler nephew… true story!
#11. What is your favorite holiday?
. . . . Christmas for the birth of Jesus + Easter for the resurrection of Jesus
And finally, in the spirit of carrying forth the tradition of nomination, here are 11 blogs which I am pleased to nominate… Bloggers listed here are asked to respond likewise—answering these 3 sets of 11 questions—in order to accept your own Leibster Blogging Award.
stonechat — for a friendly breeze from (as we say in Canada) across the pond ❤ Bucket List Publications — for getting out there and checking-off that proverbial bucket list! ❤ Wovember — for more than a bale of woolly fluff ❤ IslandEAT — for recipes like the 1897 Chocolate Brownie (the very first published recipe) … yes please, Chef! ❤ Canadian Gift Guide — for a shopping spree of gift ideas ❤ polka-dots & sparkles — for a dot of polka with a sprinkle of sparkle from Down Under ❤ Lord Jesus Saves — for peace ‘n love, so good for the soul ❤ Canadian Hiking Photography — for that scenic WOW! factor ❤ Knitting Revolution — for real world purrrfection of handknit cats ‘n cupcakes ❤ Agujas — for fibrously woven knitting tales ❤ All She Wants To Do Is Knit — for a bit of a spin on knitting
Thanks again, KnitXpressions… Congratulations to all 11 nominees… And to all a good night! ❤