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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 🙂

heart knitting on my needlessweetie heart yarn  tails

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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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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 heart… hearty yarn! ♥ Jackie


STITCH TECH ♥ the B&T method of stitch security

Stitch Tech: how to B&T

Stitch Tech: how to B&T

Quick question… What do you call that drawstring-like technique so commonly used for fastening off without having to actually bind off stitches? Do you know the one I’m talking about? It’s that stitch-gathering thing we do for hats, gloves, toys, hearts and more…
But what is the name of it?

Hmmm…
Does it even have a name?!?

Stitch Tech—B&T

. . . . Click image to view PDF with links.

 

Yes actually, it does. For some reason, though, this simple method of stitch security is rarely referred to by name. But why is that? And what’s in a name, anyway?!?

Well several years ago, I discovered Jean Greenhowe‘s whimsical knitting pattern world of clowns and dolls. That’s when I first read instructions for the B&T. Yup! And to this day, as far as I can tell, she is the only one who calls the B&T by name. Perhaps now you will join us? 😉

B&T stands for
“break & thread through”
and/or “bind & tighten”

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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!

Now then, let us break thread together 😉 ♥ Jackie

PS … Special thanks to a couple of inquiringly lovely readers (one via facebook / one via Ravelry) who messaged me about this technique 🙂 My apologies for taking so long to post this info, but thanks for nudging my blogful “Stitch Tech page” butt into gear! 🙂

 


DIY felted-loop-linky Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart bling!

collection of felted-loop-linky Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart bling!

collection of felted-loop-linky Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart bling!

wearing felted-loop-linky Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart bling

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Does your wardrobe need a little heart? 

In last week’s post, I demonstrated how to make hearty home decor accents that could be used as: woolerfully festive seasonal garlands… wraps for around dinner napkins/candles and special occasion decor… adornment for your book lovin’ shelves or whatever item/space you love!

Today’s post has a nice ring to it, too (plus matching bracelets)! It’s a hearty form of accessorize with a warm ‘n fuzzy “bling” that will knit-erally have you wearing your heart on your sleeve … errrm, so to speak 😉

Okay, time for accessorizing!

Begin by downloading my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart FREE knitting pattern. Click HERE for the original post. You can also view, follow and save my designs to your favourites via Ravelry and Craftsy. Next, knit the hearts from feltable wool and appropriately sized knitting needles. See “how to” PDF instructions (below) for felting the loopy straps. Be sure to leave extra-long tails and check for fit while felting, since the felting process causes wool fibres to shrink/matt and lose the ability to stretch.

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how to make hearty links with felted loops

RING:
US size 3 / 3 mm needles
approximately 6.5 feet / 2 m wool
approximately 12″ / 30 cms yarn tail length for felting
finished strap length: approximately 2.5″ – 2.75″ / 6.25 – 7 cms

BRACELET — single strap:
US size 3 / 3 mm needles
approximately 9 feet / 2.75 m wool
approximately 2.5 feet / .75 m yarn tail length for felting
finished strap length: approximately 8 inches / 20 cms

BRACELET — double strap:
US size 6 / 4 mm needles
approximately 18 feet / 5.5 m double-strand wool
(aka 2 x 9 feet / 2 x 2.75 m)
approximately 2.5 feet / .75 m yarn tail length for felting
finished strap length: approximately 8 inches / 20 cms

NOTE:
knitting double-strand (two strands together as one) gives you the option
for felting two loopy bracelet straps (as pictured), or a single, thicker strap.

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Feel like felting more stuff? Here are a few other felting posts of mine.
Check them out and let me know if you like how they made you felt 🙂

how to make a heartfelted Bramble♥tini loop ornament

Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks . . . a free little knitting pattern that felts like Spring!

how to make Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart Valentine Rings

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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!

bling it on! ♥ Jackie


how to make Hearty Links with Felted Loops . . . together with another fun visit from the Orples ♥

Well it’s been a while, since that summery September post when I first mentioned my plans to be back “soon” with this next step to making hearty garland felted loop links. Now four ( 4!!! ) months later, I do hope you think it was worth the wait… ?

Diagram: how to make hearty links with felted loops

Time has flown by! But where did it go?!?

It might be hibernating under the snow, although a lot of time has been spent on recent software upgrade learning curves. Oh, and that inbox of mine… Time always seems to lose track of itself when it gets together with my blogfully delightful, yet utterly inbox-icating electronic messaging centre.

Time well spent 😉

My timing might be a bit sheepish, although 2015 is the year of sheep 😉 As well, these hearty felted loopy links are created from sheep’s wool! So now, here it finally is! In time for Valentine’s Day and months ahead of the fibrously hectic Christmas projects rush… Yay!!! Click image to view enlarged PDF instructions.

Oh, and speaking of flying…

Have you met our friendly neighbourhood Orples? They popped by for a third visit to my blog, this week. So fun! Here are links to their first, second and third visits. You might want to visit them and see what all the fun is about 🙂

♥  ♥  ♥

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!

Hearty felting, everyone! ♥ 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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Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks . . . a free little knitting pattern that felts like Spring!

Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrocks . . . a free little knitting pattern that felts like Spring! ||| Knitting With Heart

Does it feel like spring where you are? Our month of March felt a lot like spring until last week. This week, though, we’ve been stuck under another arctic air mass. It’s been snowing off/on every day for the last 5 days. The good news is that our snow-frolicking/shoveling days are (technically) numbered, since spring is scheduled to arrive here on Wednesday @ 5:02 AM. Wow, that’s only 2 more days of winter, woohoo!!! Around here, we expect this will translate into another month or so before (most of) the snow is finally melted away. But after all these months, we’re sure hoping winter got the memo and will be moving out sooner than later this year!

And did you think that I must’ve missed the St. Patrick’s Day memo too? Actually, this was one post which I’d felt quite confident would be posted early. Oh well, that’s the way the clover crumbles, sometimes… Sure, it’s early alright… Early for next year, that is! Sorry it’s a tad late for March 17th 2013… You see, I’ve been teaching myself how to use Gimp image editing software. Gimp is just like Photoshop, only less sleek and more clunky. It’s also a free download, which fits my budget just right! 🙂

And so, on this fine, lovely-day-after St. Patrick’s Day, let us dream of rainbows, melting snow and budding flowers/foliage. And let us knit our own springtime patch of clover with my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrock pattern! By the way, did you know that shamrocks/clovers are also symbolic of springtime and new beginnings?

MATERIALS:
— your choice of feltable wool
— knitting needles sized appropriately for your yarn
— large-eyed yarn needle
— water for felting

yarn+shamrocks

NOTE: Any feltable wool will work.
The needles and wool that I used for making the Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks pictured in this post are as follows:

Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrock worsted weight yarn
(larger sample pictured):
— FINISHED SIZE: approximately 1.75” (not including stem)
— US size 3 (3 mm) needles
— Herrschners 3-ply worsted weight 100% wool
— approximately 3.5′ (1.25 m) per heart x 3 hearts = 10.5’ (3.75 m) per shamrock

Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrock fingering weight yarn
(smaller sample pictured):
— FINISHED SIZE: approximately 1.25” (not including stem)
— US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles
— Knit Picks Palette 2-ply fingering weight 100% wool
— approximately 3′ (1 m) wool per heart x 3 hearts = 9’ (3 m) per shamrock

shamrock with split ends

Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrock with separate yarn tails, ready for felting.

HOW-TO:

STEP 1: Knit three Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts from feltable wool
(click here to download my free pattern).

STEP 2: Sew the pointy ends of the three Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts together.

STEP 3: Separate each ply of the remaining yarn tails.

STEP 4: Wet these separated strands and rub them vigorously between your fingers until they are felted—forming the stem of your shamrock.

NOTE: Felting will cause the yarn tails to shrink and mat together.
What a great feeling, to magically felt-away all those loose ends 🙂

And that’s all there is to it… super sweet ‘n simple, right?
I’d love to hear what you think of it. Feel free to leave a comment 🙂

ttys ♥ 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


Today is Mother’s Day ❤

This year, Mother’s Day is the 13th of May. The second Sunday in May is the calendar day when we celebrate moms and show our appreciation for all they do to enrich our lives.  I am not a mom, but am blessed to have two wonderful moms enriching my life… albeit from afar. So then, let the celebrations begin! … just be sure mom is not left to clean up afterward 😉

And here, for your appreciative viewing pleasure,
are a couple of short Mother’s Day video links:
Unnoticed Moms, LLC” is a mini movie from Ignitor Media
I’ll Need You Mom” is a mini movie from Ignitor Media

As well, for your nimble knitting pleasure, the
Sweetie Knit Heart is a tiny something special
you can knit in love with your own two hands.
It will make a hearty gift to the one whose loving
hands have raised you up throughout all these years!

hearts-in-hand with black background


Welcome to my blog! ♥

Hello and welcome to my “Knitting With Heart” blog.

Today is the day I add my dot to the blogosphere! It is my knitterly thrill to finally begin blogging about knitting. My hope is that it will appeal to you too.

Here in my little blog, you will find original knitting patterns designed by me. Many of these will be dramatically heart-shaped by design. Others will integrate heart motifs. Still others will evoke expressions of the heart apart from the appearance of hearts. Truly, regardless of shape or style, my heart went stitch-by-stitch into designing each and every one… And so, this blog is named Knitting With Heart.

Thanks for stopping by! ♥ Jackie