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the KWH iPad Show #30 💜 November snOw

NovemberSnow-back

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Hello & Welcome
to my 30th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the season’s first snowfall…
as seen through the eye of my iPad 🙂

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Hey there…
We’ve got snow!

Yup…
It’s that snowy time of the year once again, here at the 53rd parallel north on the Canadian prairies. And awe shucks, I haven’t even blogged about my summer or autumn photos… yet!

This year’s first foot of flakey blanketing white fluff arrived Monday morning and continued to fall hard for us until Tuesday afternoon. It’s our first real snowfall since “snow angel” neighbour Randy moved away. And while my husband’s HPP medication is definitely showing signs of healing ((( yay, God heard and is answering our prayers!!! ))) he’s still on crutches. So, this 2015/16 season of snow shovelling is in my hands, which is totally okay. After these past few years of not having to shovel, my nimble knitting muscles are about due for a workout anyway 😉

The first snowfall is always the prettiest. Yet these (now less than 8 hours) short days leading up to winter solstice can be a challenge, when trying to capture glimmers of glistening fresh snowy magic. And so, my trusty iPad and I have been keeping one eye on the sky and a finger on the camera trigger!

Forecasters have predicted we’ll have another winter like last year… And that sounds good to me, since last year was mild! Whatever the case, I’m sure the snow will stick around until mid-to-late April—just like it always does :-/ 🙂 ❤

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
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Snow-fully yours… ♥ 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 🙂

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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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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!

Share the yarn love today! ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 24th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is Thanksgiving and
a few things that I’m thankful for 🙂

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This weekend is
“Thanksgiving” in Canada!

One day of thanks is good…
One 3-day long-weekend is grand…
But with millions of moments and
cherished memories along life’s way…
I’d say the calendar overflows with
an abundance of joy to fill our hearts
with thankfulness on ANY given day! 
This is true, even on a “bad” day!
Wouldn’t you say?
Now looking at this photo of my ol’ iMac
that died 6 months ago, I’m ever-thankful
for my iPad that has kept me blogging
all these months—
just you, me & my iPad

So this year…

I’m thankful for my husband’s precious prescription of HPP medicine and the doctors/researchers who worked all these years to give us hope for a healthier tomorrow! Plus, so thankful we could visit family en route to picking up the first month’s prescription! 🙂 ❤
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I’m thankful to live in a peaceful nation where individual rights for freedom of speech, politics and religion are valued, respected and encouraged!
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I’m thankful for unobstructed
sunset views from our own backyard!
&
I’m thankful for YOU ❤
This blog would be a lonely cyber-place
without all of you guys stopping by!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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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 Thanksgiving! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #23 💜 healing hope for HPP

Asfotase Alf

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Hello & Welcome
to my 23rd episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is our road trip to Winnipeg
… in pursuit of a healthier tomorrow 🙂

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Asfotase Alf

And we’re back! … Back home, after our whirlwind road trip to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre—where we finally met Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg in person and received our first month’s prescription of Asfotase Alfa!!! Dr. Greenberg is the renowned driving force behind clinical trial research for hypophosphatasia (HPP). Over the past decade, other doctors have allowed Husband’s paperwork for obtaining HPP treatment to fall short. But that all changed when we found Dr. Greenburg and Dr. Christopher Lee (our personal physician). We thank God for enabling them and blessing us with their dedicated effort to help make this medical mission trip possible! ❤

As well… I’m back to feeling like my usual self—after suddenly feeling mysteriously “zapped” of all energy for the past 5 days. Weird :-/ Dragging myself around and feeding my facebook page was about all the strength I could muster. At least the facebooking was fun… So it’s sure great to be back—in more ways than one!

Here are a few iPad photos of memorable moments and prairie highway scenery from our trip…

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Proverbs 16:9

We set out before sunrise in our 2002 Toyota Celica—which still runs bright like its sunshiny paint colour 🙂 After driving 10 hours, we stopped for night at the Yorkton Days Inn in Saskatchewan. During 2 days of medical testing in Winnipeg, we stayed in an east-facing Canad Inns room (see 13th floor sunrise photo), conveniently attached to the hospital. We also got together with family and celebrated one nephew’s 13th birthday! The last time we saw family was last summer’s trip to the Niagara Peninsula. The time before that was our Thanksgiving 2013 road trip… Fun stuff! And finally, an especially yummy thanks to our sisters, for filling our bags with their homemade goodness of cherry jam, spaghetti sauce, salsa and cookies… Plus, one perfectly purple cupcake-shaped handmade soap! 🙂 ❤

Homeward bound, we drove straight through for 14-hours—eager to refrigerate our precious HPP-fighting Asfotase Alfa cargo… Now we’ll wait and see how long it might be before Husband’s daily needle dosage shows signs of healing 🙂

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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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!

Hope continues… ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 21st episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the shear delight
of overgrown renegade sheep 🙂

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Chris the Sheep


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Shrek the Sheep

2015 is the year of sheep… And if Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep, then I think Australia and New Zealand might be the place to find them! 😉 This theory based on the sheepishly warm ‘n fuzzy nEWEs reports of at least 5 renegade sheep—lost and found in the land Down Under.

New Zealand’s Shrek was the first and most famous baaa-d boy. By shear delight, he held the honour of wooliest sheep EVER and baaa-sked in the woolerful limelight until his death in 2011.

In 2014, Shrek’s record was bested by fellow New Zealand sheep Big Ben. Rounding-out the year, Big Ben was followed by a couple of Aussie sheep named Samson and Shaun—weighing-in just shy of the overgrown record for living, breathing balls of wool.

Now in 2015, another Aussie sheep called Chris was found to be carrying his own body weight in wool! What a relief to have returned home safely, after his 6-year walkabout—weighing-in at 97 pounds, minus his 89 pound sheared fleece. Chris’s fleece will likely put all other records to pasture… permanently!

Lost from their flocks, this elite handful of born-to-be-wild woolies have somehow managed to wander their way through the wilderness. Thankfully—despite being left alone to endure years of burdensome, heavy, matted wool coats that pulled the wool over their eyes—these mega merinos were eventually able to come home… Leaving their record-breaking fleece days behind them 😉

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Shrek (record 2004 – died 2011) — Otago NZ
27 kg / nearly 60 lbs wool fleece

Big Ben (January 2014) — Twizel NZ
28.9 kg / nearly 64 lbs wool fleece

Shaun (August 2014) — Tasmania AU
23.5 kg / 52 lbs wool fleece

Samson (September 2014) — Monaro AU
27.53 kg / nearly 61 lbs wool fleece

Chris (September 2015) — Canberra AU
40.2 kg / 89 lbs wool fleece

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Have you any wool?  ♥ Jackie


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

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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 🙂

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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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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
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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? 💜

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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!

 Challenge accepted?!? ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 19th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is fibre-friendly
fondness for neighbourly kindness 🙂

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knitting, needles & yarn from Sylvia

Hey… remember a few weeks ago, when our neighbour surprised me with a bagful of assorted yarn? Well, now look!

Another neighbour (an especially friendly clerk from our local Safeway store) has knit a red vest/slipper set and packed it in a canvas “Safeway” shopping bag with 3 pairs of 5 mm straight knitting needles, plus 3 big balls of gold/pink fuzzy-tufty fashion yarn! Such a sweet surprise 🙂 The canvas bag will be a handy tote for knitting projects. But what would you suggest to knit with yarn like this? I’m not sure what to make from it…

Yarn is always fun 🙂

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But then, this past weekend was moving day for our dear “snow angel” neighbour Randy. Now their house is empty and I’m feeling a bit sad. Randy cared about his neighbours and was like a staple in the community 🙂 We’re blessed to have known him and very thankful for his diligent effort to clear the snow from several neighbouring driveways, including ours. There were days when the snow just kept coming… and so did Randy—frequently ploughing our place 2-3 times in one day!!! The weather was harsh, but Randy’s heart was warm. He knew hubby was on crutches and I’d be the one shovelling. So he definitely helped make our winters more bearable! Shovelling is okay and can even be fun (fresh air, sniffling neighbourly interaction, frozen faces, etc.). But y’know it can really cut into my knitting time 😉 So instead, it was my pleasure to knit special gifts of appreciation ❤

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A quick search through my blog found 6 posts mentioning Randy… 6!!!
Click the following links to view those posts.

1st post ::: March 24, 2013
2nd post ::: November 6, 2013
3rd post ::: December 30, 2013
4th post ::: January 18, 2014
5th post ::: March 30, 2014
6th post ::: December 31, 2014

snowy sunsets ❤ #10

Now those days are gone… But lo and behold, look what I found! A snowful blast-from-the-past video of the last time Randy ploughed our driveway (dated March 2nd, 2015). How amazing for it to have survived all these months on my iPad! Who could have know that this glimpse of him in action would bid a fitting farewell… We’ll miss seeing them around the neighbourhood, but that’s life… God bless Randy and his wife in their new home ❤

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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!

Your friendly neighourhood fibre-lover… ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 18th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a fun yarn
about yarn by Franklin Habit 🙂

image by Franklin Habit

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Yearning for a
yarnful getaway?

Then click this screenshot image
to visit Lion Brand Notebook’s
blog of fretfully fibrous fun with
funny-fibre-man Franklin Habit 🙂
In no time at all, he’ll have you
rolling in stitches ’til it itches!

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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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!

Fibrous laughter is the best medicine! ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 17th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a sheepish look at the
eye-shadowing artistry of Tal Peleg 🙂

"insomnia" eye makeup design by Tal Peleg

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"insomnia" eye makeup design by Tal Peleg

2015 is the year of sheep… As a knitter, my sheepish thoughts revolve mainly around wool. But now LOOK at this “insomnia” design by eye-makeup artisan extraordinaire, Tal Peleg!

Her impressive portfolio is a magically delightful sight for sore eyes—including everything from movie themes & fairy tales to cats with yarn & this wide-eyed “insomnia” sheep dream design… Spying one of these will bring twinkling visions to any onlooker’s eyes ❤ Plus, since eyes are the windows to the soul, her dramatic “eyelid curtain” scenes make sense 🙂

All in all, so far I’d say this is the
most unusual place I’ve ever found sheep!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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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!

… got my eye on ewe! ♥ Jackie


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

watermelon & roll kuchen

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Hello & Welcome
to my 16th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the simple summer
pleasure of watermelon & roll kuchen 🙂

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Cast your gaze upon these clouds and tell me, what do you see?
I see a duck… turning into a swan… turning into a flock of birds taking flight!
Leave a comment, if you’d care to share your insight 🙂

yarn and daylily gardenyarn and daylily gardenAugust in Canada begins with a long-weekend 🙂 And this long-weekend’s nocturnal rains have allowed for sunny/blue skies with puffy/white clouds floating freely in the breeze. Plus, our neighbour got the weekend off to a great start by surprising me with a bagful of mystery yarn—which automatically makes any weekendwatermelon & roll kuchen a great weekend! You can see it there in the daylily garden 😉 The labels are missing, but I’d say it’s a few balls of cotton and maybe some wool? I’ll need to test how it felts.

And although summer might be half over, it’s just not summer until you’ve had at least one healthy serving of watermelon & roll kuchen 🙂 Last year at this time, we were visiting family/friends in Southern Ontario. The weather there was picnic-perfect. So to their backyard we went—with a platter of sliced watermelon and fresh batch of my mom-in-law’s puffy roll kuchen love ❤ It was a sizzling hot summer day. And this was a simple yet scrumptious Mennonite-style family feast!

There are many versions for the Mennonite Roll Kuchen recipe. Basically, it’s just fat-fried, fritter-like puffs of dough that melt in your mouth and taste as light as a cloud—fattening storm clouds, if eaten too often :-/ For a small batch, we (and by “we” I’m referring to chef hubby who does the cooking because he’s the one who adds a dash of “love” to every dish) use the following recipe.

Oh, and that patch of blue in the watermelon & roll kuchen photo is the sky’s reflection shining through—sink-side upon the kitchen counter 🙂
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Roll Kuchen recipe

1/4 c whipping cream
1 Tbs sour cream
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Beat egg. Add cream and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Roll flat and cut into rectangles with a slit in the middle of each piece. Fry in deep hot fat until golden brown. Serve with watermelon!

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simply summery ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 15th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature yields the right of way
to roadside yarn bombing & brighter days 🙂

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Leaf it to yarn-bombers to put
a creative stop to traffic, right?!? 🙂

Having seen photos of this leafy stop sign hundreds of times online, I finally stopped to dig up its original source.

It’s called the “Stop Sign Flower designed by Bryan aka “knitting guy” in California, between 2011-2012. The stop sign street art eventually bloomed into a Clairmont neighbourhood bouquet of 100 signs! Bryan, with a little help from his yarnbombing friends, “planted” the stop sign flowers… one traffic-stopping corner at a time 🙂 And that’s how the stop sign flower garden flourished, until city officials put a stop to the fibrously fun floral foliage 😦 Perhaps you were there to stop and “smell” the signs in person?

DIY instructions are posted at Bryan’s website, along with photos from others who have made stop sign flowers in their own cities. Watch news video or read local media links  for more info.

Yarnbombing is a public art form. Somewhat similar to vandalism, but in a more community-minded, beautification effort sort of way. Yarnbombers enjoy creating fibrous cozies for virtually any-shaped stationary surface. The yarny street art is generally well-received by the public’s warm ‘n fuzzy heart 🙂

Here are a few more roadside yarn-bombing photos, which I’ve already shared on my Knitting With Heart facebook page. And here’s hoping that the next time you’re stuck in traffic—looking for a sign—you’ll have the good fortune of driving along the likes of these creative road sign designs!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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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!

Traffic stops can be fun! ♥ Jackie


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

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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.

Anyhoo…

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

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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!

In pursuit of tomorrow…  ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 13th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a petition in support of
more widespread awareness of the debilitating
disease that is Hypophosphatasia aka HPP ♥

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

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Link to HPP online petition.

Click image to visit the HPP online petition.

 

What is HPP and why should I care?
What does HPP have to do with this knitting blog?
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HPP is an ultra-rare genetic bone/muscle disease. People with HPP are missing the enzyme required for growing healthy, strong bones. My husband has lived an active life, but was born with this debilitatingly degenerative disease. The pain it inflicts is continual and increasingly extreme. It has forced him to give up a lot—confining him to crutches throughout the past 3 years. Yet he refuses to give in by maintaining a spirited life that is gracious, kind, loving, intelligent, humble and all that is good in a human being 🙂

HPP is like a strand of faulty DNA yarn that knits hubby & I together, while we live with and endure its limiting effects every day (I wrote briefly about HPP here). My hope, by the grace and strength of God Almighty, is to see him golf once again… or at least walk without crutches, someday!

The good news is that scientists are working toward treatment. And now for the first time ever, there exists an effective clinical trial treatment—Asfotase Alfa—which is proving to be highly successful for children born with HPP!!! Hubby and his doctors have been knocking themselves out trying to access this treatment too. But alas, the government of Canada has only gotten so far as to send letters stating their eager intent to get the treatment to him… sigh … So we wait. Then when nothing happens, we alter our lifestyle accordingly and wait some more… And all the while, hubby’s precious bones continue to deteriorate 😦

But what can any of us do?

Please join us in hope and prayer for someone to finally cut through that blasted red tape and allow this treatment to begin the healing process for hubby’s bones! Treatment is seriously sitting right there, but we can’t access it… It’s a ludicrously atrocious frustration, to say the least!

Also, please join us in signing this online petition to help spread awareness for HPP and establish October 30th as the DAY OF COMBAT AGAINST HYPOPHOSPHATASIA… We and the global HPP community appreciate your effort! As well, please feel free to reblog this post and/or share this message via all your favourite social networking sites…
THANKS!!!

Screenshot of website page for HPP online petition.

Working together, we can hopefully help encourage governing bodies to stop dragging their feet on this pertinent and potentially life or death issue.

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Click the HPP images in this post to view the online petition from the AVAAZ website, which is written mostly in French. On the right-hand side, you’ll find “PREMIÈRE VISITE?”. Type your name (nom), email address, postal (zip) code and select country (pays) from the drop-down menu. Then press SIGNER to send the form.

NOTE: although the petition’s website is written mainly in French, it does include several translations for the “Pourquoi c’est importantly” write-up. Scroll down the left-hand side to find your preferred language.

Visit the Rare Disease Report website to read more about HPP.
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Thank You & Merci from the bottom of our hearts! ♥ Jackie


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

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Click image to view more of Hillary Fayle’s leaf artistry!

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July 1st is Canada Day!

To celebrate, I thought it’d be fun to showcase the magnificently stitched maple leaf artistry of American artisan Hillary Fayle. Every single piece of Hillary’s suspended embroidery work is spectacular!!! But if I had to choose a favourite, it’d be her red maple leaf
… since y’ know, I am Canadian!

Take a moment to browse her website… You’ll be glad you did 🙂 Can you pick a favourite?

That’s all for now… Wishing eveyone a happy, safe and fun Canada Day! As well, wishing a happy 4th of July to Hillary Fayle and all our American neighbours visiting my blog today!

Peace to all! ♥ Jackie

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My name is Hillary and this is my art. I am all about creating beautiful things carefully and with regard for the planet. I try to use environmentally friendly and sustainable materials for my art, which has really defined what I do as an artist. Currently I am working with leaves as a primary material, which I coat in a non-toxic preservative and either cut them or stitch them to create delicate patterns which reflect the beauty of the natural world.  Enjoy!

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the KWH iPad Show #12 💜 Lily for a Day

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Hello & Welcome
to my 12th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the first daylily bloom
from our front yard garden bouquet 🙂

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Hey everyone! … Meet our first daylily of the year 🙂 Isn’t she lovely? Today’s photos are technically the season’s third bloom (all pink). But with a name like daylily… well… Who’s counting anyway, right?!?

We have three daylily plants in our front garden—pink, peach and purple. At least that’s how I remember it, since it’s been a while and all my daylily photos from last year are currently stuck (hopefully safely stuck) on my iMac-less hard drive :-/ I’d hoped to post photos of those, but didn’t make it in time before my iMac quit. Last year’s first daylily blooms were peach and are posted here. Wow… this year’s garden is way ahead of last year! Perhaps next year will be ripe for the purple plant to bloom first? Let’s get together here again next summer to find out! 🙂

Anyway, there’s something festive about the first flowers of the season! Now at the risk of boring you, please indulge me whilst I “make like a squirrel” and pack my knitting blog with a few flowering summer photos—in preparation for the flowerless months ahead 🙂

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Have a lily-full day! ♥ 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

Click photo to view my
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


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 10th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is Father’s Day
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Proverbs 10:9, 12:2, 14:26, 29,

Click image to view post by
Deborah Lynn @ Green Willow Pond

Well… it’s been 10 years,
since cancer took my dad away 😥

 And while time truly eases heartbreak,
a sense of loss shall always stay…

Now he lives pain-free in Heaven 😀
where we’ll be together again, someday!

So for Father’s Day this weekend,
here are a few links to family stories 
you might like sent your way 🙂 

What I want for Father’s Day.
and why it’s an impossible request
via Chris Martin Writes

Daddy’s Girl
via Morning Story and Dilbert

Our Subway and Canvas Board Gifts
image by Deborah Lynn
via Green Willow Pond

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Hug your dad and have a happy Father’s Day! ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 9th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is an artistic yarn about a
real knit scarf designed like a movie film reel 🙂

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Yay, it’s the weekend! Time to kick back with the needles for a bit of knitting R&R 🙂 Our weekend forecast says it’s finally going to rain. We’re hoping for a downpour, since water bills are expensive and our lawns/gardens are getting pretty thirsty! Saturday the 13th is also World Wide Knit In Public Day. Will you be joining KIP friends to celebrate WWKIP Day? My rainy day weekend plan is to simply stay home, watch movies and knit…

Knitting and movies just seem to go together, wouldn’t you say? And for New York fashion designer, Greg Climer, they are kniterally the reel deal 😉 Reel as in film. And film, as in his 19-second “watchable scarf” test reel. The test stretches about as long as a New York City block and took about a year and a half to make! Frame-by-knitted-frame… he’s turning film into fabric and fabric into film! Climer endeavours to knit a 2-4 minute yarn story next. Wow, amazing art! Just imagine the reel length of that scarf!!!

Watch his 19-second test reel, below. Click here and here to read more about Climer’s fab fibrous film.

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Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Have a great weekend! ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 8th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is abuzz with leafy sunsets
and the season’s first garden bouquet 🙂

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budding mid-May sunset

Now that it’s June, I thought it might be fun to post a few floral foliage photos/video (captured, edited and watermarked via my iPad) of our garden bouquet from the last half of May 🙂

May felt warm like actual summer, yet the trees in our yard were as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard! :-/ The first week of May brought showers of snow. But then it barely sprinkled, until finally raining last week. Yup, and our trees were leafless so long that I actually dressed then in yarn … LoL … Spring fever, anyone?!? Ah well, it seemed like a woolerful idea at the time 😉

Oh, but now see how our garden has grown! First came the leaves, followed by the bees. Bees all abuzz with the pollination of blooming bushes and apple/lilac blossoming trees! It’s all quite aromatic—if you don’t look at the weeds! 😛 And still daylight grows, for another couple of pre-solstice weeks 😀

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Whewww… that’s a giant photo gallery! It took forever to process via my iPad, but I think I’m getting faster at it and learning lots… Apparently, this is what happens when you don’t get to see petals or leaves for half the year! :-/ Yup, and in another 5-6 months (when that “other” season roars back into town) this pictorial labour of love post will be my mind’s momentary getaway… savouring the scent, sight and bee buzzing sounds of a blossoming summer 🙂

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Matthew 6:30
God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers
. . . He will certainly care for you!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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 Pausing to perfume the petals in life’s bouquet! ♥ Jackie


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


“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! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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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:

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“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 #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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happy heart… hearty yarn! ♥ Jackie


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

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Hello & Welcome
to my 4th episode of the

KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a mix of fresh snow,
snuggled with a splinter of drop spindling.

What a difference a day or two… or even an hour or two… can make! 

Around here, early to mid spring tends to be dominated by the 4-letter word “wind” 😛 And after 6 years, I’ve noticed that the snow barely melts before the winds pick up. This year, we caught a break when the snow melted early. Now finally, the wind appears to be calming down enough to take my spinning outside.

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duct taped spindle

Tuesday was a fairly breezy day for drop spindling outside. But gosh yarn it… the day was warm and I really wanted to spin newspaper yarn in the sunshine! As well, I’d mended the splintered stem of my wooden drop spindle. (Yup… first my iMac, then my drop spindle… What’s going to break next?!?) And the duct taped “fix” needed to be taken for a test spin! The duct tape worked like a charm, while a wild gust of wind whipped my spin-erfully experimental spool of video tape into a frenzied mess. And with that, my spun in the sun became more of an untangling mission :-/

So like any good blogger, I ran for my trusty iPad in hopes of capturing the wildness in motion. But oh well, at least I got a picture! (See first of 4 photos above).

Later that night, another 10-15 cms / 4-6″ snow storm roared across the region. By morning, we pushed back the flannel covers to discover we’d been blanketed in white… again! … sigh … This first-week-in-May snow thing is getting to be a habit. It’s enough to make you wanna cuddle-up and stay cozy inside. But then by late afternoon, it was all melted anyway. Now the shrubs/leaves are finally budding and our current forecast has me looking forward to more outdoor spinning 😀

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
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Have fun with the weather…  this too shall melt! ♥ Jackie