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!
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) —
US size 3 / 3 mm needles
approximately 4 feet / 1.25 m yarn
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)
US size 1 / 2.25 mm needles
approximately 3 feet / 1 m yarn
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)
- 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…
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 🙂
O Tannenbaum ❤ O Christmas Tree…
How lovely are your branches!
Through summer sun and winter snow…
& topped with sunset’s “star” aglow!
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It’s beginning to look a lot like
the North Pole… everywhere we go!
According to the calendar, winter doesn’t start until Saturday. But when it comes to winter, we are always ahead of schedule. Saturday will also be our darkest day with nearly 17 hours of night. And while some parts of Canada might still be dreaming of a white Christmas, we never need to dream… because we are living that dream! In little more than one month, our fields have been blanketed with two-thirds (2/3) our average winter’s worth of the white stuff. Thus, we’ve already been dashing through the snow in our horsepowered-enclosed sleighs! At this rate, well……… ‘guess we’ll just let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Could this be the beginning of another record-breaking snow year?!?
And oh the weather outside has been frightful!
Weekend mild temperatures hovered near, and even above, freezing. And although this runs the risk of icy conditions from freezing rain, it’s still a nice break from our solid week or so prior to that—when we’d found ourselves living at the centre of a minus-40ºC/F Arctic deep freeze! Getting stuck at the centre of an Arctic air mass is the coldest place you ever wouldn’t want to be… And oh baby, it is COLD when temperatures go toe-to-toe with the North freakin’ Pole!!! You may have felt its chilling effects too, since this massive system of cold air actually clawed clear through to Oklahoma and Texas in the southern USA.
outside the snow is falling
and Randy comes calling “on cue” …
More often than not, we’ve missed seeing him in action
(but think he humbly prefers it that way). We’ve also lost
track of the number of times he’s been by. Still, whenever
it snows, our “snow angel” neighbour Randy makes time
to be kind and clears a few of our neighbouring driveways ❤
Randy doesn’t know it yet, but you can be sure I’m knitting something extra special just for him! More about that next time. And are you knitting Christmas gifts too? Have you seen my patterns for heart-shaped hand-knits? They make great stocking stuffers, tree decorations and more!
Check out the links below and add a little extra love to your “knit list” this season 🙂
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my Bramble❤tini heart-shaped
knitting pattern for just $1.50 today!
via Ravelry ❤ Craftsy
my Sweetie❤Knit❤Heart heart-shaped
FREE knitting pattern today!
via Ravelry ❤ Craftsy
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And may all your Christmases be white! ❤ Jackie
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!
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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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
that He who began a good work in you will
perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”