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#63 💜 a very special day in May

watermelon & roll kuchen patio picnic


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Hello & Welcome to my 63rd episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my dear, sweet husband’s birthday—on this 5th “Cinco de Mayo” day in the 5th month of May ❤

Well it took a few tries, but our snow is finally ALL melted—again, for the 3rd time this season!!! Our trees are barely budding. Red-Winged Blackbirds have returned for another season of sweet summertime tweets. Plus… mid-to-high 20’s ºC temperatures (far preferred over the frozen fluff delivered the morning of my birthday) have bloomed just in time to celebrate hubby’s summer luvin’ personality ❤

Ohhh it’s SO good to finally throw back the flannel, open up the windows, uncover the patio furniture and go outdoors to enjoy everything from breakfast to dinner, yard work and all things crafty! 

Our first (pic-less) patio picnic of 2017 was a menu of pork chops with roasted carrots and potatoes ❤ Today’s photo feast of mouth-waterMELONing roll kuchen (recipe posted here) was actually our last patio picnic from late-August 2016. Yup… that’s how long it’s been since our weather’s felt palatable for outdoor dining :-/ And yes, I do like playin’ with my food… gotta ❤ bits of hearty foodish-ness on a plate… LoL 😉 🙂 

 

The Tweet Song by Tim Hawkins & Jonnie W.

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Red-Winged Blackbird video

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Hope you’re enjoying fine summer weather too! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#61 💜 the snow came back…🙀😿😻…but then all melted the very same day!


 

Hello & Welcome to my 61st episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a tangled bit of freshly melted April snow, kitty cats and another blogging milestone 🙂

Want to skip straight to cake? Check out Chef Hurricane’s video below, featuring his how-to for decorating your own Yarn Ball Kitty Cake!

And how ’bout that snow, eh? Yup, our normally wacky weather struck again on April 3rd… SnoOow sweet of spring to gift me this wintery surprise on my birthday! Later that afternoon, my wish came true when it all melted 🙂

April 7th also marked 2 full years since my iMac died and left the blogging to just you, me & my iPad… That’s actually how this whole “KWH iPad Show” thing began, in case you were wondering. An “about” page would be a good place to explain that. I really wanna-oughta- gotta buckle down and do that :-/

Anyhoo, the “KWH iPad Show” is just my way of amusing myself until we can finally replace my old iMac. Who could ever have imagined the show would last 2 years (and counting)… wOw!!! I’m thrilled to know you’re all here and that I didn’t just curl up in a blogless corner, somewhere ❤ 

 

 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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#60 💜 March snow on a beautiful day


 

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“10 BIBLE VERSES ABOUT SNOW”
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Hello & Welcome to my 60th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the beauty of our (now melted) March snow-scape 🙂

March was (as always) a wild month of snow, blue skies and beautiful days. It had us dressing for everything from ferocious cold to summery shorts/T-shirt weather. Yup… shorts in March, here at the 53rd parallel N on the Canadian prairies! ❤ It entered like a lamb and inspired me to clown around 😉 But then (from March 7-9), it roared like a lion and raised our snowbanks to waist-height :-/ By month’s end, the snow was pretty well all melted and March felt like a warm ‘n fuzzy lamb… LoL … and that’s sNOw April Fools joke! 😉 

Sure luvin’ this early start to another season of spun in the sun! Literally a breath of fresh air for outdoor knitting, spinning, reading, lunching and yard-work activities! Plus, now that winter’s over and spring’s been sprung, I’m snoOow glad to have paused for pics before all the melting was done!

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Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Hope it’s a beautiful day in your neighbourhood! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#53 💜 morbid moment with a soft touch

RIP li'l baby weasel

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falling leaves October 30th, 2016

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Hello & Welcome to my 53rd episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a ghoulish true tale from half a year ago, when I stumbled upon the frightful sight of a wee baby weasel…
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Ah yes… I remember that morbid moment like it was only yesterday. The startling moment that caused me to scream at the sight of a dead (or was it still alive?!?) rodent’s body, right there on our backyard patio!!! … Well, perhaps it was less of a scream and more like a squeal or shriek?? Hmmm… nothing full throttle or shrill, mind you… Probably something as simple as “eeek!!!” with a bit of a jump… Yeah, that’s it… a startled jump! Or would that be jump startle?? Well anyway…

it was a lovely, warm and sunny afternoon in early May. The lawn and foliage was rising from winter dormancy. The flowers had not yet begun to bloom. Then suddenly, the piercing sound (which can scarcely be described as silence) of startled verbalism emitted from me…

A crowd of witnesses flocked to the scene… Well okay, our nearly 10-year old next-door neighbour and her friend happened to be passing by. Thankfully, and without a moment’s hesitation, the fearless young girls ran to my rescue! Upon closer examination, the tiny creature was found to be laying in a pool of its own blood. We pronounced the rodent dead at the scene. Prior to proper burial, we proceeded to respectfully photograph the unfortunate li’l guy—for the sake of its 15 minutes of fame via the blog.

Thanks to this photographic evidence, the victim has now been identified as a baby weasel. Yup… with an empty field out back and community pond around the corner, wildlife sightings are just part of the environment. So who knows what some other neighbour’s cat might drag into our yard next?!? :-/

Special thanks to Madison and Sarah, for their assistance throughout this investigation! 

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Be aware of your surroundings and keep safe out there! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#38 💜 February weekend blog highlights

pic of groundhog knitting

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pic of groundhog knittingSweetie❤KNIT❤Heart rings in the snow

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

 

Hello & Welcome to my 38th
episode of the 
KWH iPad Show!
Today’s feature is a few of my
previous February-related posts 🙂

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It’s been said that
good things come in 3’s . . .

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Last weekend was Groundhog Day…
Fortunately for us, our local furry forecaster predicted an early spring … LoL … Mild temperatures right now, but we’ll wait and see about that! 😉 Click the knitting groundhog photo to see my previous Groundhog Day post, which includes a fun video with goats that “sing” 🙂

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This weekend is the Super Bowl…
Will you be cheering for a favourite team? I’ll be taking my usual sitting ‘n knitting seat on the couch next to hubby… ’cause that’s the only way I like to watch football 🙂 Click my snowy heart rings photo for instructions on how to make Sweetie♥Heart ring/bracelet “Super Bowl bling” of your own!

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Next weekend is Valentine’s Day…
So if you need a little heart, then you’ve come to the right place! This blog is home-sweet-home to all my original knitting pattern designs ❤ Click my Bramble♥tini photo to see the designs and “how to” links I’ve posted, so far!

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What’s your February weekend highlight? ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #8 💜 buzzing blossoms & lilacs & leafy sunsets… Oh May!

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Hello & Welcome
to my 8th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is abuzz with leafy sunsets
and the season’s first garden bouquet 🙂

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budding mid-May sunset

Now that it’s June, I thought it might be fun to post a few floral foliage photos/video (captured, edited and watermarked via my iPad) of our garden bouquet from the last half of May 🙂

May felt warm like actual summer, yet the trees in our yard were as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard! :-/ The first week of May brought showers of snow. But then it barely sprinkled, until finally raining last week. Yup, and our trees were leafless so long that I actually dressed then in yarn … LoL … Spring fever, anyone?!? Ah well, it seemed like a woolerful idea at the time 😉

Oh, but now see how our garden has grown! First came the leaves, followed by the bees. Bees all abuzz with the pollination of blooming bushes and apple/lilac blossoming trees! It’s all quite aromatic—if you don’t look at the weeds! 😛 And still daylight grows, for another couple of pre-solstice weeks 😀

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Whewww… that’s a giant photo gallery! It took forever to process via my iPad, but I think I’m getting faster at it and learning lots… Apparently, this is what happens when you don’t get to see petals or leaves for half the year! :-/ Yup, and in another 5-6 months (when that “other” season roars back into town) this pictorial labour of love post will be my mind’s momentary getaway… savouring the scent, sight and bee buzzing sounds of a blossoming summer 🙂

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Matthew 6:30
God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers
. . . He will certainly care for you!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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 Pausing to perfume the petals in life’s bouquet! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash


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Hello & Welcome
to my 7th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the frill of the yarn . . .
which I’ve draped dreamily to decorate the
late-to-be-leafy trees in our backyard 🙂

Last month, my birthday heart’s desire was for another yarn-filled year with hubby ♥ But then my iMac died… quickly dashing any yarn stashing I’d planned 😦 Ohhh, but have I told you lately how he loves me?

May long-weekend foliage

He loves me SO much that…

On April 29th, one day before my 15% off birthday discount voucher from Herrschners was due to expire, he actually reminded and encouraged me to use the coupon to buy MORE yarn! Yup, you read that correctly 😉 More yarn, after all the years I’ve spent stretching our home’s yarn stashing capacity. That’s love, I say… true love! And so, to Herrschners I went!

My target was $150.00, since that amount seems the best deal for shipping. It was delivered in time for the May (aka Victoria Day) long weekend, when our trees were still leafless and bare. So dressing the trees in frilly yarn was good yarn bombing fun 😉 Now a week later, they are fully-dressed in foliage and the yarn is stashed back inside!

boxed birthday yarn stash from Herrschners

My birthday yarn stash box includes:

Sundance Chantilly Frill yarn 3-pack
—> 3 balls each onyx/fantasy
Northlands Notion wool yarn 5-pack
—> 5 balls each black/denim/berry/olive/putty
Luminous Assortment 10-pack
—> 3 balls each emerald/lipstick
—> 2 balls each ice/frost
Northlands Cavern Multis yarn
—> 1 ball spectra
Dimensions: Learn Needle Felting Kit
Brass Findings Starter Kit
Luxite Double End Crochet Hook size Q-17
Hearts Candy Mold
Plus, yet another 10% off voucher
for my next Herrschners order 🙂

NOTE: I am simply a customer writing this of my own accord—not affiliated with Herrschners in any way.

In addition to yarn, I’m so glad to finally get my hands on a few crafty tools that have been on my “list” for a while. Inspiration for the heart candy mold came from reading  this post by Janice at TSB 🙂 And with approximate yarn sale savings of $250 + vouchers ($375 according to SRP), I’m pretty pleased with my birthday yarn stash purchase… totalling $139.73 shipping/taxes included 🙂

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Tree cheers for yarny b-days! ♥ Jackie


“Five stories, five photos” #1

Hey there everyone! After this week’s “victorian lamb cake” reblog-turned-blog-post kerfuffle, I needed to give the ol’ reblogging thing a re-try. So here is our first dandelion of the year, together with a pretty little sentiment about dandelions from “Wisher” at Pretty Little Things in a Box 🙂 As well, it ties-in with my next fun post about backyard yarn bombing… And sheep like to eat dandelions too, right?!?

Now if you’ll excuse me a moment…
I’ll be outside plucking wishes 😉

Enjoy! 🙂 ♥ ❤

Pretty Little Things In A Box

Hello friends and readers,

Hope your weekend had gone by well… I’ve been kept busy with craft classes to teach and to be honest, I’ve not had any free time on hand to craft lately. Over at Claire’s Blog, she’s been tagged for 5 stories, 5 photos, and I’ve been nominated for it. I think is fun to get tagged and write something different for the blog for a while. Something not so “crafty”.

The rules of this tag are simple:
“Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”

My first photo for the tag:

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“When you look though a field of Dandelions,
you can either see a hundred weeds
or a thousand wishes”

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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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Have fun with the weather…  this too shall melt! ♥ Jackie


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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Happy Spring E-eek-quinox ♥

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Oh snow…
here we snow again!

It had all melted, days before spring…
But now look there at our lawn chairs,
where we’d been sitting (‘n knitting)
outside and everything!

So now spring has arrived,
Canadian Geese honking outside,
trees all are budding and we’re 
celebrating inside, under another
fresh fallen cover of whiteness.

It’s been a fairly wacky year for weather, wouldn’t you say? We had one snowy day in September, followed by one of our mildest, spring-like winter’s ever. And now, spring is looking like winter. There were fresh flakes that fell on the first day of spring 2014, too… Oh and who can forget those spring snowbanks from 2013! Ah well, ‘guess we’ll weather the weather, whether we like it or not 😉 Summer is nice, but it’s just not the same as spelling “Spring” with Christmas garland in the snow!

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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

 


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

⬆️ Click image to view YouTube video.


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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

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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.

Thanks for stopping by to read this post today. I’d love to interact with you on Facebook, too.
Please feel free to stop by any time and “Like” my Knitting With Heart Facebook page  🙂 You’ll find all sorts of mostly knitting-related fun stuff on my KWH Facebook page!

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)


Spinning & Weaving & Snowbanks Receding ❤

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Anybody out there still looking for spring? Our spring this year has been like an up and down ride on an unsettled weather roller coaster. The blogging blahs are having a heyday! Today’s skies are blue and the snow is pretty well melted… Warm (aka seasonal-average) temperatures are where they always are—dangling like a carrot, several days into the future. Yesterday’s forecast actually included warnings for 10-15 cms of snow, if you can believe it! We all cried, “Oh NO, not snow!!!” and awoke this morning to find that the storm had missed us. It feels like we’re living in a constant state of cabin fever. Yes, and after living bundled-up amidst a harsh, cold landscape that’s been heavily blanketed in snow for 5.5 solid months, I think it’s safe to assume we’re all mighty eager for spring to finally get sprung! Hope you’re enjoying pleasant spring weather where you live!

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Earth Day was a long-pants-and-sweater-yet-pleasant sort of day. I took a few pictures of our local pond (where skeins of Canadian Geese flock to every year) and framed the day’s sunset with the season’s first buds on our trees :) The day was comfortable enough to sit a while too, so I did a little basket weaving outside.

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Did you have a fibrously crafty Earth Day? Every year, I get the urge to upcycle something crafty. Last year, I tried spinning for the first time. Click here to read the post. This year, using only newspapers, plastic grocery bags and toilet tissue rolls (plus tape, scissors, large-eyed yarn needle and a drop spindle), I wanted to figure out how to make a woven basket. This first prototype is quite rough, but I like it. It’s cute, yet functional :) It took me until the end of Earth Month, but here it is now… my recycled gloom bursting into bloom ❤ It was fun to make and you can be sure I’ll be making more. Once my technique is streamlined, I’ll write a tutorial. Then we can all weave together and save the planet… one basket at a time 😉

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Oh, and if you’re wondering about that little ball of green yarn nestled snuggly in the basket? That poor little yarn got left behind (stranded, if you will) after my fall photo shoot. Click here to read the post. We found it a few days ago. Fair Isle knitting never got stranded like this!

Happy Spring ❤ Jackie


Great Spring Expectations

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Well just look at that gorgeous, clear, blue sky! One of these days when the weather warms up, this will be one of my favourite knitting spots 🙂 Yes, here we are 3 weeks into the official springtime season and you could almost find me out there already—almost. These last couple of days have indeed felt like “spring” 🙂 The next couple of days will not 😦 . That’s because this weekend, just in time before the snow actually melts away, another snowstorm packing another 20 cms is expected to fall from the skies. This does not match with my spring expectation.

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Our local weather forecast, graphic by GlobalTVEdmonton.com

On the upside, much less than 20 cms is expected to accumulate. PLUS, our snow tires are still on the car! Even more on the upside is the statistical hope for a scorching July… Yup, according to weather records and our local meteorologist, all 10 of our below-average months of April throughout the last 100 years were followed by HOTTER than average months of July ❤ Again, this does not match with my spring expectations… But oh boy, we’ll take it! That is one statistical tidbit for which I will be hoping in all earnest to come true!

Great Spring Expectations ||| Knitting With HeartAlready, it’s like my “spring fever” blues are lifting… July is only 3 months away… I remember the day this picture was taken (August 2012). That was an amazingly sweltering week of knitting in our backyard 🙂

And how is your spring knitting weather shaping up?

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Oh, and this
“spring app” graphic?

No worries…
It’s just a gag…
I’m SURE (hoping)
that spring will
be available
here this year!

See you in the comments!   ❤ Jackie


Shamrocks & Springtime & Snow Storms . . . Oh My!

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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


Spring is in the Air… and March is in like a Lamb

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Last month on Groundhog Day, the furry meteorologists predicted an early spring. Fast forward one month and sure enough, March is coming in like a lamb. But how did the groundhogs manage to get it right? Do they spend their winter hibernation months conducting underground studies in rodent meteorology?!? All we can say for sure is that the lion of spring has laid back—allowing warm, lamb-related thoughts to spring ahead 🙂

We’ve lived here 4 years, now (furthest north I’ve been in my life). We’ve heard longtime locals claim it can snow any month of the year. And we know from experience that March weather can be anything from mild to extreme, or anything in between. Moving here in 2009, our first March welcomed us with -50ªC temps and loads of snow!!! Yet even so, hope manages to thrive in the winter-worn hearts of all who survive… Yep, hope for the day melted snow stops freezing overnight into hazardous ruts with potholes and finally stays away! I’m looking forward to that day 🙂

And hey, speaking of spring…
Have you heard these goats sing?

 

Here’s hoping spring stays in the air! ❤  Jackie