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#47 💜 TAG … you’re knit!

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BrambleTINI loose ends

Hello & Welcome to my 47th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a handicrafter’s round of custom copyright tag(s) for anyone game to knit my designs 🙂

But first, we’re home safe ‘n sound from our road trip! The wedding got off with just one required “hitch” ❤ But then, the internet went down unexpectedly… And it stayed down until long after everyone had returned home :-/ Can you imagine a house full of social networking text-craved adult family left to communicate the old-fashioned way?!? LoL 😉 Fortunately for me, my blog post got published in time… whew! Now several disconnected days later, my inbox again/still/continually runneth seriously over! I’ve managed to at least cover all your lovely comments, ‘though that hasn’t reduced this current cyber-shemozzle by much :-/

One comment—enquiring whether it’d be okay to appliqué my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart knitting pattern onto handcrafted hats for sale—was actually the inspiration for this post… Thanks again Nancy! In this “what’s yours is mine” world, respect for copyright warms my heart ❤

So now it’s official… Anyone wishing to enhance their items for sale or gifting may use my designs—provided you include a copy of the applicable printable tag(s) provided here by me. As well, I’d love to share pictures of your hearty creations. So please feel free to leave a link in the comments section below to show off your work! 🙂

Sweetie♥TAG printable

Sweetie♥TAG printable

BrambleTini♥TAG printable

BrambleTini♥TAG printable

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Shamrockin’ Spring Bracelet ♥ Why wait ’till spring?!?

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Hey there and happy almost-first-day-of SPRING and St. Patrick’s Day!
For all you crafty, wool-luvin’ knitters who may possibly be wondering
about that Shamrockin’ Spring Bracelet “how to” I promised to you in
my last post… I’ve been busy preparing the graphics/instructions for that!
Oh but… they’re not yet quite ready for your public knitting pleasure :-/

Now begging your pardon, but this project has been delayed due to the early
arrival of mild, spring-like temperatures and rapidly melting snow in our area…
Yup, the rapid melting of snow that’s been blanketing us since November!!!

Unfortunately, this all means I’ve missed my target posting date 😦
Honestly, though, it can be a bit tough to keep my knitting nose to the
blogful grindstone with all this pleasant early spring weather going on!

Fortunately, this all reminds me of when my dad used to say, “Do it now! Why wait ’till spring?”
That’s a good memory, for me 🙂 And to this day, those words have remained in my heart…
Especially with St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, followed by the date of dad’s last day on earth ♥
I don’t believe luck has anything to do with anything, though would have liked the chance to
have told my dear ol’ dad how his life measured 7 decades + 7 years + 7 months + 7 days long…

Anyhoo…
Thanks for waiting! I’ll be sure to do it now and not wait ’till spring!
To get started now (whilst you wait, sorry) please visit my previous post.
It  describes what you can do to start Shamrockin’ right now.
As well, please click here to enjoy my first Shamrockin’ post 🙂

Last but not least, it’s fun to watch snow melt…
So here is a quick clip, featuring our snowbanks of melting snow 🙂 

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Shamrockin’ Spring bracelet ♥ Do you felt lucky?

Shamrockin' Spring bracelet with split (heart-shaped layout) yarn tails
Shamrockin' Spring bracelet with split (heart-shaped layout) yarn tails

Click image to view my “how to” post for Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks from 2013.

Hey there! Do you feel lucky? St. Patrick’s Day is coming up… The days are getting longer… And SPRING is in the air! Equinox is still over a week away, but half our snow is already melted! And with this weekend’s double-digit +Cº forecast, the rest will soon follow!!! A welcome change, since springtime around here tends to arrive rather late 😀

Some people say shamrocks are “lucky”, but for me they are simply a sweet sign of spring. I’m hoping this post will inspire you to knit ‘n felt my most recent design for a shamrockin’ fun-felted bling bracelet. It will surely have you feeling like spring 🙂

To get started, knit 4 Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts from feltable wool—leaving extra-long tails measuring approx 30″/75 cms in length. Sew all 4 of the Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart points together. Secure all yarn tails on WS (wrong side). Then separate the yarn tail plies.
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Okay… that’s all for now, but I’ll be back asap with photos demonstrating the rest of this “how to” for you! Then we can all wear handmade shamrockin’ bling this spring!  In the meantime, here’s Cary Grant in a movie clip from “Mr. Lucky” 1943. Watch now, as he demonstrates how real men knit 😉

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Have a shamrockin’ day! 😉 ♥ Jackie

 


December is here & Christmas is near ♥ Hallelujah

sunset on December 1st
sunset on December 1st

December days are short.
This iPad photo was captured at 4:18 pm!

December is here, and our days are getting short—now down to less than 8 hours from 17 at summer solstice… 😦 WordPress “snowflakes” are virtually floating across computer screens, once again 🙂 And outside in the real world, another 18+ cms/12+ inches of real flakes fell over the weekend.

Thank Goodness for our “snow angel” neighbour Randy, who turned out to be our mystery shoveler from my last post. The season has barely begun, yet Randy has already been by several times with his trusty snowblower! I’ve been out there too, since I really don’t mind (and at times do enjoy) a bit of snow shovelling. But when it snows every day and/or more than a few inches at a time? Well, that’s when it really starts cutting into my knitting time. So you can bet your needles that there’ll be something special on my needles again this year for Randy 😉

The orples popped by the blog to play in our snow, too 🙂 That was a pleasant surprise! Click here to meet the orples and see for yourself what characters they are. And who knows, they might come visit you too… woohoo!

Orples playing in the snow! ♥

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As well, I’m still working at photos for the DIY heart garland project mentioned in this post. To get started now, go ahead and knit hearts with feltable wool, leaving extra-long 45 cm/18 inch yarn tails and I’ll return shortly with quick instructions for finishing the heart garland.
Choose from my hearty knitting pattern links at:
Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart & Bramble♥tini Heart

And now that it’s finally December, we can crank the Christmas tunes! Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is one of my favourite songs. Below are a few favourite versions—including Canadian musical poet Leonard Cohen (live at the Montreal Jazz Festival 2008), Canadian singer/songwriter K.D. Lang (from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics), and even a Christmas version “A Hallelujah Christmas” by Manhattan based band, Cloverton.

It might also interest you to read BuzzFeed’s 25 Things You Might Not Know About “Hallelujah” article. Did you know this song has over 300 known cover versions? Wow, that’s a lot—especially since the song took so many years to gain popularity! Nowadays, it seems that everyone wants to sing it… So go ahead and sing your heart out with these videos 🙂

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happy December ♥ Jackie

hearty last days of summer… the sequel ♥

summer sweetie ❤ flowers & knit birdie

Our last days of summer ended on a particularly sun-shiny note after an unexpected September snow storm, which left us feeling more like fall. The thermometer bounced back after that, soaring just shy of 30ºC/86º F until cooling off again today. But anything can happen when it comes to weather! And it could have been worse, after all. It could have felt like winter!!!

Just a few hours south in Calgary, it indeed looked and felt like winter. The white stuff fell heavy, over there. And caused much havoc with snowbanks, snapped tree branches and power outages 😦 Fortunately for us, the snow was a mere healthy dusting and shovels stayed stored in the garage. We swapped summer wear for sweaters and got the furnace all fired-up to chase the chill out of the house… But then summer came back… just like “summer the sequel” 🙂

Seizing the moment, I grabbed the camera with a few handknit props and headed outside for another “nutty knitting neighbour” backyard photo shoot! The scene of our leafy green tree foliage and tall, golden grass with autumn-coloured field in the background was begging to be yarn bombed! So out came the lawn mower, a string of hearty garland and my own little birdie/floral prototypes. Don’t you just love the ethereal effect of the yarn tails alongside the tall, golden grass? … swaying gently in the pre-autumn breeze 🙂

Coming up, I’ll be using these hearts to make a heart garland! Would you like to knit your own heart garland for Christmas, Valentines, birthdays, or any occasion? You can get a head start, by knitting a hearty handful of SweetieKNITHearts and/or Brambletini Hearts in your choice of colour and needle size. Use FELTABLE WOOL only, leaving extra-long tails of approximately 45 cms/18 inches. I’ll be back soon with the next step.

Wishing you a hearty harvest for fall   Jackie

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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


dear ol’ dad ♥

my Socks by Beehive knitting pattern booklet & leftover wool

 

my Socks by Beehive knitting pattern booklet & leftover wool

The “my Socks” knitting
pattern booklet by Beehive
… heartfully framed with
yarn-fully leftover wool from
my dear ol’ dad’s socks ♥.

Many years ago when I was first learning to knit, I made my dad a pair of socks from this Beehive knitting pattern booklet. That was my first ever pair of hand-knit socks. The pattern was basic. The yarn was a lovely wool in charcoal grey. And my dad loved wearing them 🙂

Several years passed before trying my hand at knitting a second pair of socks—this time for my Uncle Pete. Only then did I realize that my dear ol’ dad had been darning those old socks with nary a peep of complaint… sigh… And just look at all the leftover yarn I could’ve, would’ve (should’ve) mended them with, for him!

Alas, he wears them no more—doesn’t need ’em in Heaven. But that was my daaaad… What a guy!

Happy Father’s Day ♥ 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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Yuletide carols ❤ … and folks dressed up like Eskimos

Yuletide carols ❤ ... and folks dressed up like Eskimos ||| Knitting With Heart

It took a few tries, but I finally caught the
sun’s star atop our backyard Christmas tree ❤

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O Tannenbaum  O Christmas Tree…
How lovely are your branches!
Through summer sun and winter snow…
& topped with sunset’s “star” aglow!

  

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?!?

Yuletide carols ❤ ... and folks dressed up like Eskimos ||| Knitting With Heart

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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.

Meanwhile,
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 🙂

                  

DOWNLOAD
my Bramble❤tini heart-shaped
knitting pattern for just $1.50 today!
via Ravelry  Craftsy

DOWNLOAD
my Sweetie❤Knit❤Heart heart-shaped
FREE knitting pattern today!
via Ravelry  Craftsy

— feel FREE to SHARE these LINKS online —

               THANKS 

May your days be merry and bright…
And may all your Christmases be white!  Jackie
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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!

BrambleTINI Loose Ends

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.”

Reading this New Year’s letter (reblogged from MorningStoryAndDilbert) will make you smile. It certainly covers all life’s blessings in a nutshell!

Or, is it too late in the year to wish you a belated Happy New Year? I think it’s still okay… but then again, I also think it’s okay to still be wearing my Christmas Elf Slippers 🙂

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Truly, 2012 was my year to muddle through many blogful learning curves. And now in 2013, which will inevitably be filled with muddle all its own, I am looking forward to doing what I set out to do in the first place—fill this blog with my own original heart-shaped knitting patterns. These will all be made available for your knitting pleasure ❤ … just as soon as I get my picture-taking-butt into gear! Yes, because taking great photos of handknit fabrics is totally different from taking great photos of scenery… but I’m getting there… you’ll see! ❤ Jackie

Morning Story and Dilbert

May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastro-enterologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber and the I.R.S.

May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.

May New Year’s Eve find you seated around the table, together with your beloved family and cherished friends. May you find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night.

May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them. May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes, and tell the world about your virtues.

May the telemarketers wait to…

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