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Flake News! 😳😝😧🤔☃🇨🇦📢

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Hey there… How’s it snowin’, eh? 🇨🇦 It’s been snoOow long since I’ve been gone…
Nearly half a year of impromptu silence from the blog due to real life curveballs.
Yup, some heavy stuff snuffed my focus until I finally dropped the blogful ball ☹️
But through it all, I’ve learned to lean more deeply upon the LORD Jesus Christ ✝
Whatever happens… once you choose to follow Jesus, He will be your ALL and
His strength will comfort, sustain, carry and pull you through all life’s valleys ❤ 

By now, the Canadian geese have been squawking to and fro for weeks.
And after this week’s snow, I’m sure they’ll instinctively fly south soon
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Time truly flies, whether or not anyone’s having fun! But how can it be
mid-September with our first snow-scape already over and done?!? 😮
Last time we saw September snow was 2014, making our wild weather
all the more normal—here at the 53rd N parallel on the Alberta prairies.

SnoOowww… hope your weather’s treating you well 😎
Fun to catch these snowful pics while they lasted, but sure
hope our summer’s still got some high temps in the tank!
Well at least it roused me from blogful hibernation, right? 😉 
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#55 💜 O’ snOwy night & day pics… plus music video… O’ Holy Night by Home Free

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Hello & Welcome to my 55th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is our recent snowfall 🙂

Ooooh… the snowy night & day scene outside our front door looks divine! Fresh flakes are just snooow pretty, aren’t they? And especially the first snowfall of fresh flakes! That’s why my trusty iPad & I always try to pixelate ’em asap upon arrival 🙂

These photos are actually our second snowfall of the season! The first was early October, way back when the trees still had all their green leaves!!! Much earlier than I’d have liked, albeit quite a pretty sight! I’m still in the process of processing all those photos. Posting these first will knock my flakes out of blogful order, but that’s snOw’kay 😉

Now nearing the end of November with a month ’til Christmas, it’s great to have snow! Snow helps get ya into the Christmas spirit and helps get my nimble Christmas knitting fingers into gear! 🙂

Hope it’s snowing well wherever you are! 😉

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Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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a little … purple

I totally ❤ purple!!!
But how much do I love yarn?
well…

At first glance, this snowful foliage photo by Paul Militaru looked to me like a sparkling skein of yarn! I’m still LoL-ing about that, since Paul’s portfolio is primarily places and scenic spaces! … hmmm … Could this be a sign that I am simply “snow tired” ?!? 😉 ♥ Jackie

Paul Militaru

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the KWH iPad Show #30 💜 November snOw

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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

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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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the KWH iPad Show #2 💜 April snow showers

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Hello & Welcome

to another episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the snow in our backyard,
as see through the camera-eye of my iPad 🙂 

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Snow is fun, but watching it melt is usually more fun! Saturday was a great day to watch melting snow, since our area woke up to a whopping 30 cms / 12 inches of it! We slept-in, but don’t mind missing half the show. It was all melted by sundown, anyway. Now that it’s gone, I’m pleased to have captured AND watermarked (what will hopefully be) the final flakes of the season via my iPad 🙂 To do this, I used the WATERMARK online photo editing/watermarking website. Yup, gotta ❤ learning something new—even though my iMac died and my blogging life has been turned upside-down…

Snow is funny stuff, though. It tends to linger, but our trees usually begin budding by Earth Day. This year’s snow melted a month ago, yet it’s been so windy/dry that we’re still waiting to see blooms ‘n buds :-/ April snow showers are nothing unusual, around here. Local old-timers claim to have seen snow every month of the year! Personally, since moving here in 2009, we’ve seen snow once in September and 50% of the time during the first week in May.

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melting March madness meets colour♥fool SPRING

March this year has brought melting madness our way… not once, but twice! This is exciting stuff!!! Exciting, since we are generally surrounded by snow for 5 months of every year and do not expect noticeable signs of melting until early-ish April. But this winter has been fairly short, with snow arriving in November and melting mid-March 🙂 . . . Plus for our first time since moving here in 2009, March weather has actually been warm enough to sit outside wearing shorts/tank tops. Compare that to 2009, when March temperatures plummeted to -50 with the windchill… And see what I mean?

Yep, this melting March madness stuff is super-exciting!springSnow_KWH5942

But alas, therein lurks a deeper madness… I call it the “flutter-by effect”. That’s when spring gets sprung into action and becomes such a distraction that none of the creative dots can find a decent connection.

So what’s a blogger to do? Let me know if you know. For now, I’m just glad to have connected a couple of blogful dots for this post, gosh-yarn-it! And with snow in the forecast, more dots are bound to get connected soon…

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deck the yard with hearts of yarn-y ♥ Fa-la-la-la-laaa…

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A couple of weeks ago, our entire landscape was one month into hibernation and knee-deep in snow—true story 🙂 Oh, but now look… L@@K at the grass and all that snow that is no longer there! This weekend is winter solstice (our shortest day = 7 hours and 25 minutes, down from 17 hours at summer solstice) and it’s actually beginning to look a lot like springtime… everywhere we go! 😉

Could this be global warming?

Skies have been fairly overcast and what’s left of the snow is quite icy. But all the mild weather has been great for hearty backyard photo shoots! So that’s what I did… looked for blue skies and did some hearty backyard yarn bombing 🙂

My yarn bombing props include:
— the ethereal-looking heart garland from this post
— the felted-loop-linky heart garland (diy to come)
— heart-felted Bramble♥tini loop ornaments from this post
— lacy white heart-shaped dishcloth (knitting pattern to be published in 2015)
— strands of garland knit from Bernat Boa and SRK Baby Monkey yarns
— unemployed snow shovel/broom, plus in-demand Christmas lights
— and last, but not least… my “black Friday” sack of Knit Picks yarn!!!

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Happy Anniversary ♥ December 9th… and they lived happily ever after

E&J wedding December 9th, 1995
E&J wedding December 9th, 1995

Our wedding day
December 9th, 1995

Today is a bit of a detour from the wool-hearty post I had originally planned. On account of yesterday being our 19th wedding anniversary and my wonderful hubby surprising me (again), this time with photos on fb. This led to an outpouring of well-wishes and fond memories… shared now, here with you!

We were married on a sun-blustery winter day, 19 years ago on December 9th, 1995. A major snow storm had blasted through town—leaving the church parking lot off limits and our wedding day turned all around. Highways were closed. Out-of-town guest’s flights were delayed. No one could make it to the rehearsal dinner and in-laws were welcomed with curlers in my hair. A quilt draped across my shoulders was all that would fit atop my mom’s 38-year-old pouffe gown. Wedding decorations were a bit of a disaster, too. But oh thank Goodness… for it was December and the church was already decorated for Christmas 🙂

As you may imagine, it was the best day of my (our) life! Aside from one major hitch, none of the rest mattered. And the weather this week? Mild temperatures have been melting the snow 🙂 Then “just for us” yesterday, God the Creator of Heaven and Earth painted our 19th anniversary day sky with another spectacular sunset glow ♥

 “Be Completely Humble And Gentle;
Be Patient, Bearing With One Another In Love.
Make Every Effort To Keep The Unity
Of The Spirit Through The Bond Of Peace.”
Ephesians 4:2-3 (New International Version)

love ♥ 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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And snow it begins… setting eyes upon wintery skies ♥

Snowy backyard sunset and tree.
Snowy front yard.

Click image to see my autumn/winter
photos posted from this time last year 🙂

BIG thanks to our kindhearted “mystery”
neighbour (we’re not sure who it was),
for clearing the snow from our driveway!
That was such a pleasant surprise!

‘Tis the start of another season to be jolly about snow shovels and bundling-up in woolly layers to go outdoors for work or play… Fa-la-la-laaa… Yup, snowy days are here again! Time to get the fleece out & put snow tires on the car & spread the bed with flannel & fire-up the furnace!

Still, the snowy white landscape makes everything look bright at night. Plus it looks quite pretty with the sunny blue sky, wouldn’t you say? ‘Guess that’s all white 😉 And do you know what else? It snowed Friday night and we slept-in Saturday morning… waking up to see that a kindhearted “mystery” neighbour had already cleared our driveway! It’s pretty cool—and not a bit flaky—knowing we have neighbours willing to do that!

Well it’s not too frightfully cold—yet, here on the minus end of the mid-November thermometer. But, golly gee whiz… how can it already feel like winter when I haven’t even blogged my autumn foliage and daylily garden bouquet photos yet?!? Hmmm… it might feel warm ‘n fuzzy to post them mid-winter? Yeah, that might be just the ticket to a momentary “mind-cation” escape from the snow 🙂 

For now, set your eyes
upon these wintery skies! ♥ 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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Happy Monday ♥ September 8th… oh no, say it ain’t snow!

Happy Monday ❤ September 8th... oh no, say it ain't snow!

Hmmm… September 8th and all the leafy foliage is still green on the trees! So what’s wrong with this picture? Interesting, how there was no mention of the “s” word in our weather forecast. Yet it snowed all morning. This is all that was left by 1:30 pm when I took this photo. All’s well and melted now, with summery conditions in the forecast 🙂 But oh boy, that was a bit of a flakey heart attack!

Is it snowing where you are? In our 5.5 years living here at the 53rd parallel north, we’ve never seen September snow! Just 2 days ago on Saturday, it was 25ºC/77ºF and I was knitting in the sunshine…

Okay, let’s shift gears now. Here is an impromptu clip of our sweetie pie niece (captured during our Niagara vacation). Kids are so cute at that age, aren’t they? 🙂 So adorable, as she munches on a snack—just minding her own business and never realizing we had the iPad pointed right at her 🙂

Anywho, just thought it’d be fun to share this with you 🙂   Jackie


Earth Day ❤ melted Easter snow

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Just look at all that snow…
Snow that’s not there anymore!
Click this photo to see some
snow-sculpting “Christmasy” fun!

Today marks the seventh day of my self-imposed goal to post three times within a handful of days. Having fewer than seven fingers on each of my hands might suggest that I’ve missed the mark by a couple of days. But oh well, we will simply amend the time allotment (expanding it to include both hands) and write a belated Earth Day post 😉

This third post is different from my original plan, yet better than what I’d hoped to hope for. Remember all the fresh snow from Good Friday? Well spring finally got sprung and the season turned a corner the very next day! There was a sudden surge of warm weather, then “poof” like magic… all that snow was melted away by Saturday!!! Truly, after five solid months under the snow, the landscape is brown and bare. Yet just seeing the bare earth again is a sight for sore eyes! And it sure was good to pull summer shorts from hibernation—baring our pasty Canuck legs to 20ºC (nearly 70ºF) sunshine for the first time in over half a year! 🙂 

Here now are a few earthy spring pics from our neighbourhood canal/pond walking path. It was a great day to take the camera for a fresh-melted photo shoot, featuring a few of my favourite colourfully fibrous hand-knit “toy” prop friends. Expressions of delighted puzzlement from neighbours who were also out for a walk? … priceless!

Hope your Earth Day was fun too  ❤ Jackie


a fine Sweetie ❤ Tweetie spring blog-hopping nest

hand-knit bird, nest and flowers in the snow

Hello and welcome to my spot on the SPRING BLOG-HOP!
This blog-hopping party has been organized by Pretty Little Things in a Box 🙂

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Springtime in our neighbourhood was sans-snow for one week. But the white stuff just keeps coming back. So keeping a spring in our step has been a bit back ‘n forth! Rather than brooding, though, I remembered what they say about lemonade and decided to have some fun. Because green grass is good, but sometimes life gives you snowflakes and you just gotta make snow Christmas trees—decorated with hand-knit hearts, of course! 😉 I hope spring has been a season of melted snow and green grass where you live… Tell me now, how green does your grass grow?

They also say it’s good to have one bird in the hand-made nest. The nest in the photo was finger-knitted, using some of the newspaper yarn that I’ve been spinning. The blue bird is a prototype of tweets to come. The purplish heart is my Bramble❤tini with a twist of serendipity—knit using bulky fleece yarn. The “eggs” in the nest are another pattern I will eventually publish and call “Sweetie❤Soap Snugs”. Seeing as this is Easter weekend, I figured they’d make fine spring blog-hopping Easter eggs 🙂 The solid-coloured “egg” (accidentally placed upside-down in the nest… oops!) is the felted fabric result after all the soap has washed away.

The snow tree is decorated with various Sweetie❤Knit❤Hearts, Bramble❤tini Hearts and hand-knit garland. Perhaps you remember these from my Merry ❤ Christmas post? Oh, and that blooming bouquet of felted flowers in the snow? Those were featured in a previous Mother’s Day post 🙂

So there you have it… All sorts of springy fun 🙂 These and more will eventually make their way onto this blog. For now, these photos offer a glimpse into my patterns still to come!

Thanks again to Angela @ Pretty Little Things in a Box, for organizing this first round of Spring Blog-Hopping fun 🙂 And thank YOU for hopping over from the “Sew Rosey” blog! Sew Rosey is blog #8 in a total of 9 blogs participating in today’s blog-hop party. Now then, I’m eager to hop to it and visit everyone else’s blog… See you there!

Happy Easter and thanks for hopping by! ❤ Jackie


Happy Easter ❤ Spring Blog-Hop

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Our spring so far has been a busy season of melting, then snowing, then melting again, then snowing… With warmer temperatures dangling over “next week’s” forecast all the while— like the Easter bunny’s carrot-on-a-string. The snow had all melted last week, for about a week. Then today, the landscaping fell back into wintery-white. But by early afternoon, the snow was melting so fast that I had to run and grab my camera for a few last-minute snowy pics of hand-knit props. All this, in preparation for this weekend’s “Happy Spring Blog-Hop” post—organized by Angela @ Pretty Little Things in a Box.

Yep, you read that correctly… For the first time in my blogful history, I shall attempt to post more than once or twice, with THREE posts over the course of the next handful of days!

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I know, I know… woohoo, exciting stuff… right?!? But can she do it?
My hope is that you will come back to see how it turns out 😉

So then, let us begin with today’s Happy Easter greetings and video.
Then on Saturday the 19th, I’ll be joining the “Happy Spring Blog-Hop” party.
All this, followed-up with a little something special for Earth Day. 🙂

Wishing you the happiest of Easter weekends! ❤ Jackie

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KWH on fb ❤ knitting reality à la Franklin Habit

melting backyard snow
melting backyard snow

Won’t be long now… 🙂

Let the melting begin! 

Well it appears that our weather has finally/actually/perhaps/maybe turned the corner toward spring… woohoo!!! Even so, I’m still in a state of digging out from under that snow-packed inbox of mine. Today, a month and a half after it was posted at the Lion Brand Notebook blog, I have finally gotten around to reading this article by Franklin Habit (dated February 12th, 2014. You can find the link posted on my Knitting With Heart Facebook page 🙂

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So here ya go, Franklin Habit’s ready response to the next time someone asks,
“How long would it take you to knit me a _________?”
Enjoy 😉

happy melting! ❤ Jackie


first 10 days of spring ❤ snowy magnitude with an attitude of gratitude near the 53rd latitude

snowbanks viewed from front door
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View of snowbanks from our front door.

How’s it snowing, ‘eh’ ?

Our month of March roared-in like a ferociously frigid lion, this year! Then it got all mild and sweet like a lamb ❤. We recalled happy bits of weather folklore and hoped for an early spring… But then the cat came back (almost the very next day) and finished off the month 😦 Finished it off like a lamb sandwich—with a few days of spring spread between two thick slabs of non-toasted winter white bread.

So now here we are at the start of a new week… A new week filled with the hope of last week’s forecast for springlike temperatures. Hmmm… isn’t it funny how “last week’s” hope for “next week” never quite catches up?!? So hopefully this week will be THE week! It’s bound to be one of these weeks!!! Who knows, with the sun’s more direct angle and longer days, it might be enough to finally get this snowball melting for good. Puddles ‘n slushiness, anyone? 🙂

And with the extra load of snow that was delivered this past week (including today), there’ll be plenty of puddle jumping coming up! Here now is video proof that things around here are all white—white ground coverage, white overcast skies, white roof tops… and over to the far left of the screen is a shoveler of white who is definitely all right! ❤

Relative populations by latitude—USA/CDA/Europe

Relative populations
by latitude of the USA,
Canada and Europe
(image via imgur.com)

Welcome to my world, my spot on the 53rd parallel north. The video is somewhat miserable, while the sunshiny blue skies (as per photo) are more what we’re accustomed to 🙂 Truly, this is “big sky country” and sunshine is never far off. Taking a closer look at that video might warm your heart, though. Notice a man shoveling two doors down? I’m thinking that must be the someone who surprised us by clearing our driveway 🙂 It doesn’t quite look like Randy—and wouldn’t he have used his snowblower anyway? This was such a lovely surprise, since thinking our “snow angel” neighbour Randy was away and I’d already bundled up in preparation to head out with shovel in-hand. BIG THANKS to our mysterious neighbour, whoever you are! ❤

And after the storm, when the sun shines through and true blue skies are back in view, it seems that even the snowbanks look pretty! Pretty with a fresh coat of snowbank paint, which covers all those scraggly old mounds of icy snowbank leftovers that had become rather grey and grubby-looking. That’s the calm AFTER the storm 🙂

As well, here is a link to an interesting article about the 45th parallel. Clicking the following Pinterest link image will take you to where I pinned this well-written article about global latitudes.

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Wishing you a magnitude of gratitude, regardless of your latitude! ❤ Jackie

 


think S-P-R-I-N-G ❤ while winter fades into the sunset

panoramic January sunset photo
think S-P-R-I-N-G ❤ while winter fades into the sunset

Fresh snow on the first day of spring…
This, following the last day of winter 
…after the snow had mostly melted 😦

As you can see from this photo, spring arrived in all its glory at 10:57 Thursday morning—windy, snowy, falling temperatures. Spring’s weather will arrive fashionably late… Can’t say we’re surprised! Can’t even say it’ll be the last of this year’s fresh snow. But today is Friday and the skies are shining brilliant blue. Some snow has already melted and we are basking in the weakening remains of our winter wonderland. Winter was brutal for what felt like forever, this year. So any sign of weakness is a positive thing! Ah well, winter’s end is always good… even if it’s just on paper :-/

January, of all months, was (in my opinion) our most beautiful month! That’s when Old Man Winter and the plunging polar vortex took a hike across North America in pursuit of more exotic destinations. Our northern region got a warming cold shoulder and half-a-month’s worth of mild, melting, spring-like temperatures 🙂 Stranger things have happened, but I sure don’t mind if January feels like spring!

Our west-facing backyard backs onto a field, giving us an unobstructed view of the sky and causing my sunset photo collection to balloon! Some say sunsets are “seen one, seen ’em all”… But to me they’re each uniquely beautiful! Here’s one particularly spectacular mid-January sunset 🙂

My pics are amateur and our camera is about 10 years old (Kodak P880, a mere 8 megapixels), so you can just imagine what a blazingly beautiful sight to behold this sunset actually was in real life! Incidentally, the span of the panoramic photo is just a bit broader than the distance traveled by the setting sun throughout the year.

Drawing inspiration from all the panoramic sunset/beach photos of Thailand over at the Don Charisma blog, I felt the itch to stitch together a panoramic view of my own. In gathering together my photos, I was delighted to have captured a series of pics that could be pieced together for a panoramic view. So I got out my GIMP photo editing software and got to work! How fun 🙂 … but something soon seemed to be off. The clouds I had stitched were arched like a rainbow… yet… how could THAT be?!? My heart sunk. Oh but wait! Turns out I had also shot a video. So wOw, I was glad to see that! 🙂 Who knew there could be a rainbow in the fiery sun-setting clouds above all that blanket of snow!

Wishing you rainbows in the snow! ❤ Jackie

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The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Psalm 19:1
New Living Translation (NLT)


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


snowy sunsets ❤ sparkling New Year’s skies

snowy sunsets ❤ #10.
Happy 2014 Everyone!
I hope all is well with you!
How is your year so far?
Can you believe we’re already
halfway through the
first month of the year?
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We welcomed the new year by spending a quiet evening together at home ❤ Our evening turned out to be a little quieter than planned however, since my husband was fighting the H1N1 flu 😦 H1N1 is one nasty, lingering virus! Thankfully, he is feeling much better these days 🙂 . . . Meanwhile at the neighbour’s place, sparks were flying in a festive fireworks display! Sensing this liveliness and excitement, I ran to grab the iPad and “crashed” their party from our upstairs window 😉 Here is a short clip of their light show (originally posted to my Knitting With Heart facebook page that night).

January’s weather since New Year’s has been a fairly wild ride. But when Wednesday’s ferocious windstorm blew into town, it brought mild temperatures along—so that’s a good thing! The storm wreaked havoc for one full day. Then the calm after the storm painted our skies into a spectacular sunset…  and turned blast into blest!

Here’s hoping for creative fulfillment and stunning sunsets in 2014! ❤ Jackie


thanks snow much ♥

snow cherub

image found on facebook

Although winter’s just getting started, and we’ve another 3-4 months of anticipated snowfall to go… our landscape has already been heavily blanketed in nearly an entire winter’s worth of snow! Can you imagine the hours of back-breaking effort it would take to shovel all that by hand? … whew … And can you imagine how absolutely wonderful it would be if a “snow angel” were to come by and clear it all away every time it fell?

That, my friends, would be heavenly!

And oh thank Heaven for Randy Mitton, aka our “snow angel” neighbour, who generously makes time to clear several of his neighbour’s driveways… frequently more than once per day… all the while expecting no pay!

Vons gift certificate, golf balls

To show our appreciation, we put together a taylor made package of golf balls (in hopes he’ll get to do more than dream about hitting the green), a VONS gift certificate (so he and his lovely wife can enjoy a night out), and a little something hand-knit. But since there are hearts involved with pretty well everything I’ve been knitting these days, I was wracking my brain over what to knit for Randy (aka retired NHL linesman, now realtor)…

Then lo and behold, after a contemplative stash dive, thoughts of an Edmonton Oiler/snowy-themed cushion began to dance on my needles! I’d found a square cushion insert and just enough yarn in Oiler blue/orange, plus sparkly and fleecy white yarns—similar to that of fluffy, glistening snowflakes!!! It was fun to make, “fudge” (aren’t all prototypes stitched together with fudge?!?) and all 😉 There was even a spot to knit some extra heart! Now that it’s delivered, I just hope he likes it… What do you think?

enjoying the snow… ♥ Jackie


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

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               THANKS 

May your days be merry and bright…
And may all your Christmases be white!  Jackie
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And snow it begins… the hunt for winter treasure ♥

Randy Mitton, SRES®  Get On Side With RandyRandy Mitton cares about his neighbours ❤

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They said it was coming, 

and we knew they were right.

Then sure as predicted, 

winter arrived Friday night…

along with 10-20 cms 

of its fine flakey friends. 

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As the clock struck November, we fell back an hour (for Standard Time), pulled the flannel covers up over our heads and bid farewell to fall. There may or may not have been grumbling… though at our latitude, we really can’t complain (much). This was our first major snow of the season, and it fell after a fairly fab fall. Most of the leaves had remained on the trees right to the end of October, after all. But now the sunsets are so early, while the days suddenly seem short. Well at least we finally got that ‘extra’ hour back… so we’ll find a thwarted treasure of comfort in that  😉

The snow fell Friday through Saturday, leaving us in no rush to roll out of bed for a look outside on Sunday. Then when we finally did look, we saw Randy—and my frown was immediately turned upside-down 🙂 Our kindhearted neighbour had chosen to embrace the day. He’d bundled-up early and brought his snowblower our way! In fact by the time we noticed, he was nearly done clearing our driveway! We think Randy’s thoughtful heart makes him a treasure… and pray God bless him forever  ❤

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Treasures of kindness cannot melt the frozen snow, though their beauty will inspire the heart and just might help make the prospect of another long, harsh winter seem shorter 🙂 What other buried treasure have you found measured by the snow?

snowfully yours ❤ Jackie
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