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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…

Source: knitting the words


food & music & sunsets… oh my Canada! ❤

Canada Day 2014 sunset in Alberta

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Today is Canada’s
147th birthday ❤
It’s a long-weekend
and I hope you all are
having a great time!

We’re celebrating
our true north
strong & free with
food, music and
awesome sunsets…
For me, these are
just a few simple
pleasures that make
this nation great 🙂
My hope for you is
to enjoy these too!

 

For dinner, we enjoyed Alberta-grown Canadian beef tenderloin with veggies. There was a pint of Samuel Adams amber beer for the head chef and a glass of Apothic Merlot from California for me.

To whet your knitting appetite, the food platter is pictured upon a patriotic pair of prototype place mats 🙂 These are a taste of what’s been on my designing needles. They’re heart-shaped appetizer props, offering you a glimpse of my knitting patterns still to come 🙂

As well, the dinner plates are hand-crafted
by Lakeside Pottery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada.

Happy 4th of July, to our American next-door neighbours 🙂
And happy Canada Day to all who call our diverse-yet-peaceful nation “home” ❤ Jackie

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my Canadian Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart Flag Wristers in winter

This year as I watched the opening ceremonies and “parade of nations”  at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, I was inspired to knit! All those flags from around the world, including that sea of red/white Canadian athletes, just always seems to put a patriotic lump in my throat. All this followed by a couple of weeks to sit ‘n knit on the couch, whilst watching all those elite athletes exerting themselves to the limits of skating, skiing, sledding, curling and ice hockey… It all makes for some great knitting! The 11-hour time zone difference was a bit rough, but it’s only once every couple of years or so, right?!?

By the time the olympics were wrapping up, I was heading outside for a photo shoot with the half-dozen-or-six Canadian Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart Flag Wrister practice projects I’d completed. The day of the photo shoot was crisp, clear and cold. Temperatures were in the minus 20-something celsius range, which is cold enough to see one’s breath and too cold to be taking pics without gloves (also more wintery than any of that shorts-wearing stuff they enjoyed in Sochi). I’d tried photographing an indoor “fist pump/thumbs up” action shot, but snapping pics of one’s own hand is really difficult. So outside I went… just me ‘n the trees hanging out against the backdrop of the clear, blue, winter sky! What must the neighbours think?!? What would you think if you saw a neighbour photographing hand-knit items  in the snow? Do you think I ought to post a yard sign to explain about my knitting blog? 😉

None of these will win any medal, but I believe #7 will be the one to go for the gold! They are an easy way to wear my heart on my sleeve… and might make great hockey puck cozies, as well.

And now, after all this wintery talk, it pleases me to say that we’ll be jetting off to Southern California, USA for a few days where we won’t (better not!) see any snow 🙂 ❤ Jackie


how to make Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart Valentine Rings

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What does the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII…
the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia…
and Valentine’s Day have in common?

They all have rings and they’re all coming up on the calendar! 

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Sunday February 2nd (aka “groundhog day“… can you beLIEVE it’s already February?!?) is Super Bowl XLVIII, with Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos. My husband is a huge sports fan, so he’ll definitely be watching. And me? My plan as usual, having knit my way through several years of televised sports since marrying that wonderful man, is to “watch” the game with him! 😉 My goal is to finish up some samples for my upcoming set of heart-shaped knitting patterns! How about you? Are you ready for some football? Do you have any particular knitting project planned for your “super bowl party” sports/knitting event? Did you know that whoever wins the Super Bowl will get a ring? But there’s no reason why NFL football players should be the only ones to sport a little bling, right?!? Here’s how you can make some Sweetie♥Heart ring/bracelet “bling” of your own! 🙂

To begin, you’ll need to download my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart FREE knitting pattern. Click HERE to find the original post. It is also available via Craftsy and Ravelry. Along with the pattern, you’ll need small amounts of feltable wool yarn and appropriately sized knitting needles. Details for yarn/needles I used in making my sample ring/bracelet sets pictured above are as follows:

Patons Classic Worsted 100% Virgin Wool, 3-ply (PURPLISH-RED #209)
Herrschners Worsted 100% New Wool, 3-ply (DEEP PURPLE)
— Herrschners Worsted 100% New Wool also pictured with gloves (LAVENDER) —

RING:
US size 3 / 3 mm needles
approximately 4 feet / 1.25 m yarn

BRACELET:
US size 6 / 4 mm needles
approximately 12 feet / 3.7 m double-strand yarn
(= 2 x 6 feet / 2 x 1.85 m)

Knit Picks Palette Fingering 100% wool, 2-ply (PIMENTO)

RING:
US size 1 / 2.25 mm needles
approximately 3 feet / 1 m yarn

BRACELET:
US size 3-4 / 3-4 mm needles
approximately 8-12 feet / 2.5-3 m double-strand yarn
(= 2 x 4-6 feet / 2 x 1.25-1.5 m)

Basic Instruction:

  • Cast on using the Longtail CO method.
  • Knit the ring’s heart “gemstone” with a single strand of yarn.
    Knit the bracelet’s heart “gemstone” with a double-strand of yarn.
  • Leave approximately 6″ / 16 cms yarn tail lengths per ring for felting.
    Leave approximately 10-12″ / 25-30 cms yarn tail lengths per bracelet for felting.
    NOTE:  rings are knit single-strand, so you’ll need to attach an additional strand before felting the bands.
  • Weave ends from centre B&T toward side edges of the heart. This will stabilize the position of the heart “gemstone” and keep it from flopping around. Do this before splicing and felting the band.
  • Splice the tails before wetting and rubbing into felted bands. Watch in amazement, as all the yarn tail ends vanish… disappearing like magic! 🙂
    For further felting info, check out my other posts featuring felted bands ‘n bits…
    Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks
    Bramble♥tini loop ornament
    TIP:  wearing the item whilst rubbing/felting the band will help achieve the perfect fit. For “child-size” rings, try slipping the band around a similarly sized knitting needle or other object before felting.

As always, you are welcome to gift my copyrighted original designs to your heart’s content. But please contact me first, before making any effort to sell finished items from any of my copyrighted designs. It’s more fun being connected! And besides, I am very curious about you 🙂

Hope all this bling-a-ling-a-ring felts like fun for you! ♥ Jackie
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Shamrocks & Springtime & Snow Storms . . . Oh My!

shamrock-snowball

Spring is in the air and finally on the calendar! This year, winter marked Thursday’s first full day of spring with a doozy of a blizzard… The day was windy, treacherous, and left us with an additional foot or so of fluffy snowflake from heaven. It was a rather timely storm, I’d say. Surely, this will also have been winter’s last blast!

Lucky for us, we are blessed to have a wonderful neighbour (see photo below) who has taken it upon himself to snowblow several neighbouring driveways whenever the weather is looking all white. His name is Randy, but we think of him as our “snow angel”. God bless Randy for caring to clear our driveway throughout the season—including twice on Thursday, then again Friday AM for a third time in two days ♥

These days our forecast is filled with bright sunshine! But what does one do with all of that snow?! You might mix it with fun reader feedback… Isn’t that so? (THX bekswhoknits & caforiginals)

Shamrocks and clover are symbolic of spring. And so before anyone could say, “Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks in the snow”, my needles were sprouting 4-leaf versions to add to my collection. Outside in the backyard, my nimble knitting fingers arranged them all just so. Then with my camera, I snapped a bunch of pics in the glistening, white, powdery snow 🙂

This photo op was also a great op to help smooth out my Gimp software learning-curve!

Our mid-March snow storm on the first full day of spring... before, during and after pics + lucky Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrocks

PICTURED ABOVE: tri-photo collage of our mid-March snow storm on the first full day of spring… including before, during and after pics + lucky Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks

Yes, it was fun to create this snow-scaped collage of Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks. Look closely and you will find three lucky 4-leaf Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks “hidden” amidst the mostly 3-leaf versions. Does any of this inspire you to knit a meadow’s worth of Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks for an Easter and/or springtime scavenger hunt in your own backyard?

Wishing you a happy first week of spring!  ♥ Jackie


LOVE is in the Air . . . a Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart Valentine Card Tutorial

Valentine’s Day will soon be here…
and LOVE is in the air  ♥

Heart-shaped symbols of love are fun
and 
seem—these days—to be EVERY where!

Now make your own and spread sweet thoughts,
using paper & yarn & love . . . who needs bought?!

papers to make Valentine Postcard project

Paper & Yarn in Perfect Harmony…
because we’d all like to add a hand-knit touch
to our own crafty Valentine cards!

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Well it feels like forever, yet it’s only been a few weeks since I began working on this (my first) tutorial. Now that it’s posted, I sure hope you like it! Please let me know what you think… especially if you spot something I’ve missed. Thanks! Your constructive critiquing is both valuable and appreciated.

This tutorial is a fun, easy way to knit a little 3-dimensional love into your Valentine cards! And we all know our tired, old world could use a refreshing breath of (hand-knit heart) love right about now! ♥ And would it surprise anyone to hear that my inspiration for this card was found on Pinterest? Yes, hearts are simply everywhere, including my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart at the heart of my own creative Valentine queue ♥

Here is a list of tools/supplies/materials you will need for this project. In my previous post, I mentioned there would be 2 separate templates for the card’s graphic. These 2 layouts are now combined onto a single template. That way, you can print/trim one template sheet and immediately have 2 layouts to choose from. 🙂

This tutorial is 6 pages in length, including 3 template pages.

“LOVE is in the air” Sweetie♥KNIT♥Valentine POSTcard Tutorial

FINISHED POSTCARD SIZE
4.25”/10.8 cms wide x 5.5”/14 cms high

NEEDLES/YARN
❥ US size 6 (4 mm) needles
❥ 3 handknit Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts per card
❥ approx 5’ (1.5 m) worsted weight yarn per handknit heart

PAPER
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” white laser paper—to print the card’s graphic template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” coloured laser card stock—to print the card’s matting template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” white laser paper— to print the heart-shaped envelope template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” coloured paper—to make each heart-shaped envelope from template

OTHER TOOLS/SUPPLIES
❥ scissors
❥ craft knife, ruler and safe cutting surface (guillotine-style paper cutter, if you have one)
❥ large-eyed yarn needle
❥ computer with printer—to print the PDF templates
❥ sticker(s) to seal and/or decorate the envelope

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day  ♥  Jackie


Valentine’s are Coming!

 

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

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

In the meantime, please enjoy this animated video 🙂

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

ttys ❤  Jackie


Fibre Harvest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


What’s YOUR superpower?

my superpower is knitting! t-shirt

My wardrobe really ought to include one of these t-shirts! How about yours? I found it for sale over at Cafe Press. It makes me smile… knowingly 😉

Wearing a t-shirt like this may likely start some interesting conversations, I think. Heck, wearing an empowering t-shirt like this may even cause the wearer to knit faster!?! … faster than a speeding bullet, and able to leap tall cables in a single knitting session!

And so, I begin to wonder…

Wonder whether you maybe, sometimes, possibly ever feel like knitting might perhaps be your superpower? Wonder whether you have ever held a centre-pull ball or skein of yarn in the palm of your hand and just KNOWN what your next FO (finished object) would be? Wonder whether your keen knitty-sense requires your nimble knitting fingers to actually touch the yarn to begin with—in order to envision that future FO on your needles?! And wonder, whenever you KIP (knit in public), whether a curious not-yet-but-wanna-be-knitter onlooker has ever marvelled at the way you and your needles “click” along? And in those moments, whilst you knitterally share your enthusiasm with others, do you feel as though time stands still?

Truly, don’t we all wish we had the power to make time stand still… just long enough for one more row? … just one more row!

Well hey there, superhero 🙂 Did you also happen to know that your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man turns 50 this month! That’s right, I just realized that today, so… Happy Birthday Peter Parker… hatched August 1962.

When you think about it, we knitters share some common senses with Spider-Man… Oh sure, he scales buildings—while we take the stairs and try not to knit ladders … He clings to 90 degree angle surfaces—while we fit our knit fabrics to stand their ground upon any form… And he shoots spider-webs—while we might spin our own yarn tails and tales… Yet we’re practically the same—only different! One difference for sure, is the way Spider-Man uses his “spidey-senses” to fight foes—while we knitters absolutely love, love, LOVE our FO’s (finished objects) !!! We truly do! That’s why we apply every fibre of our knitty-senses toward knitting our WIP’s (works in progress) into FO’s ❤

And so, in honour of this realization of shared senses, here is a Ravelry link you may likely like. It is the “Spiderman-blanket” by AnneM. And even if you’re not a big Marvel Comics fan, you can easily swap-in other colours, for a more fibrous stained glass effect. My thanks to All Free Knitting, for posting a link to this pattern in this week’s Knit Picky newsletter!

Hmmm… this might be an effective KIP (knitting in public) project… all the better to entice knitting-wanna-be bystanders off the onlooker’s fence and into the knitter’s fold!

Now back to the knit-cave… ❤ Jackie


Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart . . . a tiny free knitting pattern

Sweetie•KNIT•Heart colour

When springtime is all a flutter and love is in the air,
flowers, hearts ‘n rainbows seem to pop up everywhere.
And to celebrate this season of beginnings what may,
my hope is to help you truly knit-your-heart-out today!

So then, here is my heart…
freely shared now with you.
My own “Sweetie-Knit-Heart”
original knitting pattern,
with love from me to you ♥

You might knit these hearts to proclaim like or love…
perhaps even wear as appliqué on your sleeve or glove.
Frankly, these tiny hearts are quite fine on their own,
yet thrive with imagination—helping one feel less alone.

Little more than a yarn scrap
is required for this pleasure
of transformation from odd bits,
into lovely coloured treasure.

Yes, the “Sweetie Knit Heart” will make people smile,
so knit a colourful bunch for a floral bouquet or other style.
Now since tiny knit hearts can help show that you care,
go knit ‘n scatter “Sweetie Knit Heart” seeds everywhere!

♥ Jackie ♥

See my STITCH TECH page for more stitching info.
Click here to watch s2kp2 and s2pp2 video 🙂
Click here for how to bind off, using the B&T method ❤

Click here for printer-friendly Sweetie•KNIT•Heart knitting pattern PDF.