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#65 💜 summer solstice… new day dawning


Psalm 65:8 via www.anextraordinaryday.net

4th of July sunrise approximately 4:45 AM

🔼 4th of July 2014 sunrise at 4:45 AM

Hello & Welcome to my 65th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is the thrill of dawn after hours of late-night summer solstice knitting ’til the crack of yawn 🙂

Keeping up with the solstice sunrise can be a challenge… Especially here at the 53rd parallel N on the Canadian prairies—where summer days and winter nights grow extra long. Well okay… winter sunrises/sunsets are easy-peasy. So every year since moving here, it’s the thrill of catching a pixelated first glimpse at summer’s dawning 17-hour solstice “magic” that rises up within my night-owl-ishly inclined inner-knitter’s heart ❤

Summer Solstice 2017… 
sunrise 5:06 am ❤ sunset 10:06 pm

Then last night… errr… 3:30 this morning… uhhhm… actually yesterday morning, since gently “coaxing” this post into shape has taken so long… sighhh :-/

Anyhoo… it finally dawned on me!
Watch my iPad video (below) to see
the bright spot I’m talking about 😉

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Just keep knitting ’til something good dawns on you! ❤ ♥ Jackie

#50 💜 the blog days of summer

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Hello & Welcome to my 50th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my latest crazy-hair-brained technique for beating the blogful summertime heat 🙂

Well here we are, mid-way through August and the sounds of Canadian Geese are becomng more frequent—signalling the beginning of the end to our favourite season :-/ All in all, it’s been a good summer. The snow melted extra-early 🙂 Then it rained more often than not 😦 And now, I’ve finally discovered the secret to my future outdoor summer blogging success! 

The iPad makes it easy to bring blogging outdoors, of course. But gosh-yarn-it… that glass screen reflects EVERYthing!!! And that makes reading and/or snapping pics in the sunshine quite difficult—especially for me, being visually impaired due to RP :-/

Hopefully someday, Apple will find a way to fix that glaring issue. Until then, I’ve taken drastic draping measures into my own hands and pulled the non-wool sheet over my head and iPad… LoL… ’cause y’know… 1-2 of our neighbours might not yet think I’m cuckoo 😉 But hey… not so nuts, since I got to edit all these photos AND enjoy an afternoon of fresh air 🙂 Plus now, I won’t need to choose between catching up with all my favourite blogs or enjoying the sunshine!  ❤

Do try this at home…
I highly recommend it!

So here in my photos… I’m all set for a blogfully constructive day in the sunshine with my iPad, charger/extension cord, earphones, fitted cotton sheet (elastic around the back of the head helps hold it in place if/when the wind blows) and water-filled hazelnut coffee creamer container—for a sprinkling sip o’ fun in the sun 🙂

Special thanks to Ralph at Bluefish Way, for his clear how-to instruction post filled with ideas to create your own animated GIF-packs 🙂 This first animated .gif of mine was really easy… I may need to make more! 


Ralph’s GIF-packed instruction post

Ralph’s GIF-packed instruction post
via my Pinterest pins

Online Animated GIF Maker & Editor
for iPad

Online Watermark & Photo Editor 


Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Go ahead… dare to cut the glare! 😉 ♥ Jackie

#48 💜 “blog fog” and flight knits for HPP

prairie patchwork landscape aerial sunrise view

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Flight Knits Carry-On WIP #2

Flight Knits Carry-On WIP #1:
. . . super-loopy-cool cast on.


heart in progress WIP

Flight Knits Carry-On WIP #2:
. . . my own original heart dishcloth pattern.

Types of HPP

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg at the Soft Bones Canada HPP Conference 2016 in WinnipegDr. Jose Luis Milan at the Soft Bones Canada HPP Conference 2016 in Winnipeg

Hello & Welcome to my 48th episode of the
KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is kniterally flying high for HPP awareness 🙂

Hey everyone… Well, it’s been more than a few weeks since my last reblog/post. I’ve been reading as many posts as possible from the growing blog community that surrounds me. Yet try as I might to write, just couldn’t break through the “blog fog” brain clog that’s been keeping all my blogful dots of inspiration from connecting into posts :-/ ‘Guess lovely outdoor crafting weather can have that effect, sometimes 🙂 Have you experienced “blog fog”? How did you get back into your blogful groove?

Anyhoo… what have we been up to?

This past weekend, we packed our carry-on and flew to Winnipeg. Direct flight departure time was Friday morning at the crack of yawn 😉 I’m so glad we could attend the 1st annual Soft Bones Canada HPP Awareness Conference at The Forks in Winnipeg. It was a really well-organized event. Out-of-town attendees stayed at the Inn at the Forks. Friday night was an informal meet & greet for researchers, patients and organizers at the Museum of Human Rights. Saturday at the St. Boniface Hospital was a full day of HPP education seminars with experts from across Canada and the USA. Then following the seminar, the conference concluded on a full stomach with dinner at the Clay Oven 🙂

We stayed an extra day in The ‘Peg…
riding the prairie summer heatwave
 enjoying BBQ time with family ❤

This flight also marked the first time (since our Cancun knitting fiasco in 2012, when airport security nearly confiscated my knitting needles… yikes!!!) that I’ve dared to carry my knitting aboard any aircraft. The needles were a go, ‘though the mere 1.5 hour flight was barely enough time for aerial photos, drafting this post PLUS knitting… LoL … Oh well, it felt good just knowing my knitting was near 😉 Knitting in the sky is the only way to fly, after all. And with USB ports at every seat, life above the clouds was pretty good!

Do you tend to over or under pack for travel?
My travel knitting WIPs always outweigh my destination. Only brought 2 low-risk carry-on flight knit WIPs this time. But alas, it was still too much 🙂

#1 — super-loopy-cool cast on…
See pics from my Christmas decorated staircase, including garland lengths of this cast on.

#2 — original heart dishcloth pattern…
My next original hand-knit heart design,
which is currently under construction.
Details will (eventually!) come… if/when
I ever get out of this app-sized iPad space :-/

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Life is short… always carry-on with your knitting! ♥ Jackie

#46 💜 Do you see what I see?

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Hello & Welcome to my 46th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my eye on the sky 🙂

We’re off on another 14-hour road trip adventure to Manitoba for a nephew’s wedding/family visit and HPP doctor’s appt. En route somewhere under the Saskatchewan sky, I glanced up from my knitting and grabbed the iPad to capture what looked to me like a heart in the clouds! Everyone else seems to see something different in this photo, though …LoL… So, what do yOu see?

Then back in the backyard at “party central” where all the family’s been gathering from Ontario, BC, Saskatchewan and Alberta—rays of afternoon sunshine offered some brilliant shadowy effects as preview to another golden prairie sunset ❤



Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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More to come… so keep looking up! ♥ Jackie

the KWH iPad Show #16 💜 watermelon & roll kuchen … like eating a cloud!

watermelon & roll kuchen

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Hello & Welcome
to my 16th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the simple summer
pleasure of watermelon & roll kuchen 🙂


Cast your gaze upon these clouds and tell me, what do you see?
I see a duck… turning into a swan… turning into a flock of birds taking flight!
Leave a comment, if you’d care to share your insight 🙂

yarn and daylily gardenyarn and daylily gardenAugust in Canada begins with a long-weekend 🙂 And this long-weekend’s nocturnal rains have allowed for sunny/blue skies with puffy/white clouds floating freely in the breeze. Plus, our neighbour got the weekend off to a great start by surprising me with a bagful of mystery yarn—which automatically makes any weekendwatermelon & roll kuchen a great weekend! You can see it there in the daylily garden 😉 The labels are missing, but I’d say it’s a few balls of cotton and maybe some wool? I’ll need to test how it felts.

And although summer might be half over, it’s just not summer until you’ve had at least one healthy serving of watermelon & roll kuchen 🙂 Last year at this time, we were visiting family/friends in Southern Ontario. The weather there was picnic-perfect. So to their backyard we went—with a platter of sliced watermelon and fresh batch of my mom-in-law’s puffy roll kuchen love ❤ It was a sizzling hot summer day. And this was a simple yet scrumptious Mennonite-style family feast!

There are many versions for the Mennonite Roll Kuchen recipe. Basically, it’s just fat-fried, fritter-like puffs of dough that melt in your mouth and taste as light as a cloud—fattening storm clouds, if eaten too often :-/ For a small batch, we (and by “we” I’m referring to chef hubby who does the cooking because he’s the one who adds a dash of “love” to every dish) use the following recipe.

Oh, and that patch of blue in the watermelon & roll kuchen photo is the sky’s reflection shining through—sink-side upon the kitchen counter 🙂

Roll Kuchen recipe

1/4 c whipping cream
1 Tbs sour cream
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Beat egg. Add cream and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Roll flat and cut into rectangles with a slit in the middle of each piece. Fry in deep hot fat until golden brown. Serve with watermelon!

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simply summery ♥ Jackie

the KWH iPad Show #14 💜 100 days and counting…

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Hello & Welcome
to my 14th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is a reflective
milestone of the past 100 days…
with just you, me & my iPad 🙂

Photo of my iMac's blogful room with a view.

How’s your summer so far? Our drought-dried region finally got a break from the sun for a full day of rain 🙂 and I suddenly realized that I’ve gone a full 100+ days without my iMac… WOW… never thought I’d last 100 days!!! This photo of my iMac’s room with a view marks the milestone. But awe… so sad to see my poor ol’ iMac sitting all alone where we used to blog together for hours-on-end every day… until my iMac died on April 7th 😦 Now it’s just you, me & my iPad.

These days, I blog from any room in the house—including outside 🙂 Do you blog from a tablet or phone? I’m fairly used to it by now, but sure do miss my iMac :-/ Even with the freedom to move around, this “iPad sized” space can feel quite cramped, tedious and increasingly disorganized. Thank Goodness for the external keyboard, which has been a real sanity-saver! I’m also glad this happened during the long/inspiring days of summer, rather than the short/cold/dark days of winter.


100 days down and hopefully fewer than 100 days to go! One way or another, we’re 100 days closer to iMac replacement (whenever that’ll be) than before. Just gotta keep blogging for as long as it takes, and hope the iPad lasts! So thanks for tuning-in to this 18th “episode” (including 4 reblogs) for Season 2 of the KWH iPad Show!!! I’m really glad you’re here 🙂

Links to the KWH iPad Show—in order of appearance—as follows:

the KWH iPad Show 💜 just you, me & my iPad >>> Season 2 opener with links to Season 1
Anne Eunson’s artistry 💜 reblogged from Kate Davies Designs
the KWH iPad Show #2 💜 April snow showers
the KWH iPad Show #3 💜 knitting with emoticon
the KWH iPad Show #4 💜 snow spun in the sun!
the KWH iPad Show #5 💜 heartstrings
the KWH iPad Show #6 💜 victorian lamb cake >>> my “oops” reblog from Annabelle Troy
“Five stories, five photos” #1 💜 reblogged from Wish I Were Stitching
the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash
the KWH iPad Show #8 💜 buzzing blossoms & lilacs & leafy sunsets… Oh May!
How to: The “Fibre Sandwich” Game! 💜 reblogged from Ribbing Yarns
the KWH iPad Show #9 💜 the knitting reel artistry of Greg Climer
the KWH iPad Show #10 💜 my 10th fatherless Father’s Day
the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset
the KWH iPad Show #12 💜 Lily for a Day
Here I am… the embroidered-leaf artistry of Hillary Fayle ♥ for Canada Day! 💜 reblogged from hillary fayle
the KWH iPad Show #13 💜 my heartfelt plea for HPP

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In pursuit of tomorrow…  ♥ Jackie

the KWH iPad Show #12 💜 Lily for a Day

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Hello & Welcome
to my 12th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the first daylily bloom
from our front yard garden bouquet 🙂


pink daylily

Hey everyone! … Meet our first daylily of the year 🙂 Isn’t she lovely? Today’s photos are technically the season’s third bloom (all pink). But with a name like daylily… well… Who’s counting anyway, right?!?

We have three daylily plants in our front garden—pink, peach and purple. At least that’s how I remember it, since it’s been a while and all my daylily photos from last year are currently stuck (hopefully safely stuck) on my iMac-less hard drive :-/ I’d hoped to post photos of those, but didn’t make it in time before my iMac quit. Last year’s first daylily blooms were peach and are posted here. Wow… this year’s garden is way ahead of last year! Perhaps next year will be ripe for the purple plant to bloom first? Let’s get together here again next summer to find out! 🙂

Anyway, there’s something festive about the first flowers of the season! Now at the risk of boring you, please indulge me whilst I “make like a squirrel” and pack my knitting blog with a few flowering summer photos—in preparation for the flowerless months ahead 🙂

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Have a lily-full day! ♥ Jackie

the KWH iPad Show #11 💜 summer solstice sunset

summer solstice sunset 2015

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Hello & Welcome
to my 11th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is our summer solstice sunset …
sunrise 5:06 am 🙂 sunset 10:06 pm
… missin’ my iMac, but luvin’ the 17-hour days!


summer solstice sunset at the 53rd parallel north in Alberta Canada

Click photo to view my
summer solstice 2014
blog post 🙂

My favourite thing about living this far north is summer solstice and the extra-long days that go with it! That “other” solstice will have us on the flip side soon enough… But these days, especially with the above seasonal temperatures we’ve been having, it’s just so GOOD to enjoy being outside watching glowing skies finally dim around 11 pm 🙂 That’s my idea of a summertime thrill!

Catching a glimpse of the summer solstice sunrise, on the other hand, is more rare… I’ll sometimes manage to wake up in time to see the sky already beginning to brighten by 4:00 am. But then I lay down for a moment, whilst the sun rises to the peak of our neighbour’s roof… And awe shucks, the moment passes me by again! :-/

Last year’s summer solstice was extra great, for me. That’s when my iMac finally got resuscitated, after a month and a half on the fritz 🙂  Now again, since directly following this post in early April of this year, my iMac has been gone for good :-/ But the blog must go on! And my trusty iPad has been a real lifesaver for that!!!

Thanks for joining me in my iPad-photo solstice celebration of God’s glorious sun setting skies on the longest day of the year. How did you enjoy your summer solstice?

 Our weather forecast—fahrenheit or celcius—for the
first week of summer is looking mighty fine 😀
Wish you were here! 

See how the video is panned to the far left? That’s where our winter solstice 
sun shall set 6 months from now—between the last 2 clumps of taller trees.

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
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Happy first week of summer! ♥ 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

where we went this summer ♥ Niagara Peninsula

driving view across Niagara River toward Fort Lewiston, USA
leaving on a jet plane

Jetting off into the wild blue yonder…
en route to the Niagara Peninsula and
a full week of fun with family/friends 🙂

 Hello & Welcome to my blogful
summer vacation photo album 🙂

September is now here
and autumn is near.
Time waits for no one,
my dear…

But it was earlier this year,
when we packed up our gear 

and left on a jet plane
destined for family cheer 🙂 

Canada’s Niagara Peninsula
where we went this summer…  

And while the tourists appeared
to be searching for souvenirs,
we found ours to be as simple as
a hearty hug or friendly beer  

“…the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.” 

— Winston Churchill, describing Canada’s ultra-scenic Niagara Parkway

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As the pictures portray, we were there during the height of tourist season. Finding a parking spot along the Niagara Parkway was fairly impossible. So opting for drive-by iPad sightseeing photos from the open window of our moving vehicle was the best we could do. After trying all week, I finally caught the crowds on iPad video and posted it here on my facebook page… LoL… Also captured a moment of pleasant pond life at Niagara Falls 🙂 All this and more can be found on my Knitting With Heart facebook page 🙂

Historically, the Niagara Peninsula’s Niagara River was where the first major battle in the war of 1812 was fought. Canada was not yet a country in 1812 and lost that particular battle. But we went on to win the war, becoming a nation in 1867 🙂 And that was the last time the Americans tried to invade us! 😉   Watch this video for a quick refresher course on the war of 1812.

So to say that Niagara Falls is more impressive in person would be a ginormous understatement. But here’s hoping you will get the opportunity to visit and see these sights for yourself, someday 🙂 My hubby was born and raised in Niagara. We have a ton of family/friends living there and would love to join them… Oh to be counted among the million or so fortunate folks who call the Niagara Peninsula “home” 🙂

And speaking of family…

If you’re in the area, Lakeside Pottery (aka Ron & Barb) is located at:
755 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Be sure to say “hi” from me, if you do stop by 🙂
You can also visit them online at their Lakeside Pottery facebook page 🙂

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Driving around Niagara, you’ll notice an abundance of orchards and vineyard fields. In spring, the blossoming fruit orchards fill the air with the sweet scent of their fragrant beauty! In fall, the foliage turns every imaginable shade of autumn 🙂 And to see/read more throughout the year, visit the Thiessen Farms blog (aka Ron & Lorie—our cultivatingly inclined cousins) about Niagara farm life.

Another impressive and unavoidable sight is the Welland Canal portion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. This is the waterway system of locks, canals and channels that make it possible for large lakers and ocean vessels to navigate between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Most locals will tell you that the locks are as much fun as getting stopped at a train crossing. But for me and my land-locked life on the prairies, it is still a thrill to (have to?/get to!) stop and take photos 🙂 Watch this HD time-lapse video for an onboard view of the Welland Canal. This stationary time lapse video  is also pretty cool, as it watches the ships move through the Welland Canal locks 🙂

And finally, it was time to bid farewell…
Leaving once again, on a jet plane home.

Thanks for flying with me!  Jackie

summer’s sweet knitting tweets ❤

baby birdie on lawn chair

summer's sweet knitting tweets ❤Summer around here this year has been one gloriously sun-soaked day after another since the end of June 🙂 Just a few blips on the weather radar and that’s all!

So it’s been a great source for vitamin D, but not a great motivator for getting “inside work” done. And it feels a bit like winning the lottery, too… not that I’d have any idea what that might feel like 😉

Only the last few days have (finally?!?) cooled off a bit. But that’s okay. We’re not done with outdoor patio weather yet! And it’s about time I got down to business anyway—sorting and editing through all those billions of Niagara Peninsula photos from our vacation.

Then today, we saw this baby birdie perched upon my knitting lawn chair. Could that tweetie bird have been looking for me?!? Whatever the case, this moment has inspired me to “tweet” you a message…

Stay tuned for vacation pics (no worries, I’ve whittled them down to a couple dozen), followed by the ever-blooming daylily display. The “stitch tech” page will soon feature knitting techniques your yarn will yearn for. And the “my designs” page has now been updated with a photo slide show and quick links for easier navigation 🙂

wishing you sweet tweets this summer 🙂 ❤ Jackie 

I’m leaving on a jet plane… ❤

daylily close-up

What do you love most about summer? We love the sunshine and heat. July has been packed with sweltering 30ºC  heat… and that is just the way we like it! Oh how I love summer knitting with cotton yarn… I always knit standing next to my lawn chair and sprinkling myself with cool, refreshing water 🙂

Our daylilies have begun to bloom and the plants are loaded with buds. Looks like we’ll miss most of the show, though—because we’re leaving tonight on a jet plane… We’re off to see friends and family in the Niagara region of Ontario Canada! We know we’ll be back again in about a week. But oh babe, I’ll miss you so ❤

Hope to see you sooner than that via my Knitting With Heart facebook page 🙂 I’m so glad to have squeezed this post in before taking off, since we don’t know when our iPad WiFi connections will be back again 🙂

See you soon! ❤ Jackie

pretty little packages in the post ♥

unopened package from Angela aka "Wisher" at Pretty Little Things in a Box wordpress blog

hand-knit bird, nest and flowers in the snowWell here we are on a rainy Saturday in mid-July, after soaking up 30ºC+ (80ºF-90ºF) sunshine for the past few weeks straight 🙂 Sooo good! We’ve been luvin’ the steady-n-sweaty days of summer! Who needs 5-6 months per year of winter with heat like that, right?!? Truly, heat like that is our stuff of dreams! Can’t depend on the weather, though. So when the heat hits, it gets sorta tough to stay inside working on the computer 😉 How’s the weather where you are?

Today’s post is a tad late, but it’s something special that began way back in April/May…

That’s when Angela (aka “Wisher” at the Pretty Little Things in a Box wordpress blog) organized her first annual spring blog hop. I added my blog to the hop and had so much fun playing with… errr, I mean taking my hand-crafted bird’s nest and flowers outside for a backyard photo shoot amidst the melting snow 😉 Then after the blog hopping was done, Angela sent a springy “thank you” gift to each participating blogger. That was so sweet of her! Thanks again Angela  for the fun blog hop and for sending your pretty little package in the post—including: charming trinkets, ribbon embroidered tulips, tiny heart-shaped purple buttons and a flowery baggie containing light/dark purple embroidery flosses + strawberry-flavoured Kit Kat snacks… I never knew they even made strawberry Kit Kat! 🙂

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Meeting new bloggers was half the fun of joining the spring blog hop. One blogger I met was Azura Chan at the Azura Chan wordpress blog. Following the spring blog hop, Azura hosted a giveaway of goodies—including: postcards, a flowery photo frame and a pink-petaled keychain… Then lucky me won the prize! Thanks again Azura  for sending your pretty little package in the post!

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Note: these photos include hand-knit sample props of my BrambleTINI heart-shaped knitting pattern with upcoming heart-shaped dishcloth. Stay tuned for more about that! 🙂

Receiving these packages from Singapore and Malaysia has been such fun 🙂 Finally opening them now, after waiting so long, makes it feel a little like Christmas in July! Why did I wait so long? Well it wasn’t easy, but my iMac made me do it 😦 My iMac came to a grinding halt on April 29th and didn’t get going again until just before summer solstice!!! All the while, our camera and iPad were both full of photos—with no place to store them and free-up space to take these photos …whew… Sure glad those days are done! . . . Oh look, the rain has ended and the sun is back to its brilliant self 🙂

happy posting ♥ Jackie

summer in Canada ♥ flowers, flags, fireworks & song

ivory lilac blooms

front yard in summer—vertical panoramic view

Canada Day (July 1st) was on a Tuesday this year. And it was an extra-long weekend for us, since we were off work Monday as well! Add to that all the super-summery weather we’ve been having (weather we’ve been waiting all winter for) and you get what feels like a real stay-cation 🙂

Admittedly, this blog has shared its share of snowy pics during the months of November thru March/April. And so for today’s post, I thought it might be nice to balance that out a bit with a glimpse of what this place looks like without snowbanks! One snowy scene you may recall is the view from our front door. Here in this vertically panoramic photo, I’ve stitched a few pics into one. By mid-winter, the sight of all this flourishing shrubbery under the clear, blue, blazingly hot July sky will be like soothing therapy for the soul 🙂

As you can see, our neighbours across the street have a Canadian flag in their backyard. I love to look outside and see it flying freely in the breeze 🙂 The little flag on our lawn was planted by a Canada Day volunteer. Every year on Canada Day, our entire city wakes up to find Canadian flags in each front yard…. gotta  ❤  that! All these photos were taken with my iPad, including the sunrise—dated just past 4:30 AM on July 4th, 2013. What can I say? The sun waits for no one and that’s the last time I managed to wake up early enough to catch pictures of a summertime sunrise … lol… As well, there are four (4) videos attached to this post. That’s a lot, I know… but hope you will agree they are worth it! First up is the inaugural illumination of a locally historic bridge, plus fireworks display. The fireworks did not start until 11:20 PM. It would’ve been a very late night, if we’d gone to check it out in person. Fortunately, this video offers a great view without the crowds and traffic! Next up, is Chris Hadfield (former commander of the International Space Station (ISS) aka my favourite down-to-earth Canadian astronaut) and his brother Dave with their “In Canada” video 🙂 Seriously, this tune has been stuck in my head all week. Happily humming it right now, in fact… lol! And finally, ending this post on a literal high note, Chris Hadfield’s out-of-this-world cover version video for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is performed aboard the ISS… How C@@L is that!?!

smilin’ in Canada 🙂  Jackie

food & music & sunsets… oh my Canada! ❤

Canada Day 2014 sunset in Alberta

Today is Canada’s
147th birthday ❤
It’s a long-weekend
and I hope you all are
having a great time!

We’re celebrating
our true north
strong & free with
food, music and
awesome sunsets…
For me, these are
just a few simple
pleasures that make
this nation great 🙂
My hope for you is
to enjoy these too!


For dinner, we enjoyed Alberta-grown Canadian beef tenderloin with veggies. There was a pint of Samuel Adams amber beer for the head chef and a glass of Apothic Merlot from California for me.

To whet your knitting appetite, the food platter is pictured upon a patriotic pair of prototype place mats 🙂 These are a taste of what’s been on my designing needles. They’re heart-shaped appetizer props, offering you a glimpse of my knitting patterns still to come 🙂

As well, the dinner plates are hand-crafted
by Lakeside Pottery in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada.

Happy 4th of July, to our American next-door neighbours 🙂
And happy Canada Day to all who call our diverse-yet-peaceful nation “home” ❤ Jackie


53rd parallel north ♥ 17-hour summer solstice

summer solstice sunset at the 53rd parallel north in Alberta Canada

summer solstice sunset at the 53rd parallel north in Alberta Canada

Happy summer solstice everyone! I hope your summer is off to a great start 🙂 This longest day is my absolute favourite time of the year!!!

Our first day of summer was overflowing with brilliant sunshine and warm 20ºC/70ºF temperatures. It was a bit too breezy to really enjoy knitting outside. But mostly it was extra-long, measuring 17 hours of daylight 😀

Here at the 53rd parallel north on the Canadian prairies, the summer sky begins to brighten by 4:00 AM—with the solstice sunrise at 5:04 AM. Then it finally dims to darkness around 11 PM—with today’s sunset at 10:07 PM.

Totally ♥ ❤ ♥ that and wish EVERY day
could be a summer solstice day!

Here is a link where I’ve been checking out the sunrise/sunset etc times around the world.

Maxine comic: summer solstice on Saturday

Things are brightening up on the inside too. We tried hiring an IT guy, but it was my wonderfully intelligent hubby who finally resuscitated my iMac 🙂 He’s neither Mac user nor IT guy, but he’s super-smart and I always knew he could figure it out! 🙂 ♥

Now after 7 weeks stuck at the “grey screen of death”, I’m pleased to say that my iMac is slowly moving forward and getting back to normal… YAY!!! Getting a computer back to normal seems about as much fun as moving, though, since it takes time for everything to get sorted and put into place again. It’s hard to believe that this post is the first via my iMac since the end of April… yeesh! But summer is here now, and things are looking up! Methinks it’s time for blogging to take on more of a hybrid iPad/iMac style!

Wishing you summer solstice cheer ♥ Jackie

family ❤ summertime spun

toast-spindle to the clear blue summer sky

Well, here we are… I must have blinked… because we’re suddenly half-way through the second half of August! Can you believe it?!? Yep, the days are definitely getting shorter. 😦 Daytime highs are still hanging-in, up there… Overnight lows are beginning to dip a bit, though. These days, we’re lovin’ sleeping under the covers with the windows open to the crisp night air. Still, wouldn’t it be great to have a summertime “pause” button right about now?

For me, summer is the one season that is always too short. This is especially true since we moved here. Around here, that “other” season hogs half the year by blanketing us in that fluffy 4-letter-word (which shall remain nameless) that falls from the skies! Then there’s those messy spring and fall seasons, which tend to stir up an unsettled mix of weather through most of the rest of the year. Thus, in my effort to make the most of the past several weeks, it appears that my blog has been left napping in the sun… I hope you don’t feel forgotten!

Oh, but thank goodness for facebook, right? Interacting with you on my Knitting With Heart facebook page is a quick way to have some good ol’ fibrous fun! It’s been fun for me, anyway… and I hope for you too 🙂 Thank you for joining me here, and there, from everywhere! ❤

Continuing from my previous post, Helen’s visit was sure a lot of fun! Upon her arrival, one of the first things she noticed was my spindle (tucked behind a living room chair). She asked, “what’s that?” (in her non-crafter-yet-highly-intrigued voice). “That’s my turkish drop spindle from Knit Picks”, I said… then demonstrated how I’ve been spinning newsprint into yarn. Unbeknownst to us, my husband was inspired to point the iPad our way for a quick clip. Had it BEEN known to us, I’d at least have not worn my glasses on my chin… yeesh!!! . . . NOTE: in his quest to capture an impromptu moment, he did not (for fear of incessant re-takes, no doubt) divulge his efforts until later… lol … And so it’s not skydiving, but it is a fun memory! Besides, the recycling of paper into yarn does lend itself toward a favourable, earth-friendly view. It’s just from a different perspective than skydiving 😀

Now let us raise our spindles in a toast to the clear blue summer sky!
It’s always summer somewhere, right?!? ❤ Jackie

the Frog Days of Summer

lace knitting on the porch

As you look at this photo… 
tell me, what do you see?
There in the background… 
Do you see a familiar tree?

Do you see a tree knitting 
alongside of (you &) me? 
That’s “Lady Knit Foliage” 
growing left of the beam…
dressed naturally in

As you look a bit closer…
tell me, what do you see?
Draped there
on the chair… 
It’s my seemingly endless
knit’s dream 

❤ ❤ ❤

Yes, the lovely lace WIP (WIP aka “work in progress”) draped across the lawn chair has seen many seasons and been on my needles since forever. I’d hoped to have whipped this WIP into a FO (FO aka “finished object/project”) by now, but it spends too much time in the frog pond for that. At this point, I’ve decided it shall become a lacy summer cover-up! Only the thing’s been frogged (frogged aka “unraveled… rip it, rip it, rip it…”) so many times that I’m wondering whether the yarn really ought to have been dyed green! One certainty throughout is that cotton yarn frogs super-well! Frogged it once again today, whether for pleasure or good measure… 😉

And hey, can you believe it is already August? July always speeds by so quick! Back in April, I’d hung my summer dreams on a weather statistic which suggested a possibly hotter than average July. And it was, sort of… But the best part of our summer so far was last week. That’s when Helen, my husband’s super-awesome-fun cousin (her friend wrote a blog post about her here), came to visit from Ohio! We’d been looking forward to her visit for months! So of course, the weather was great until her arrival, and again upon her plane’s departure. Isn’t that always the way 😦

Now she’s back home…  and July is over… and I feel like we’ve been away for a while too! My inboxes are bursting with blogful updates (can’t wait to get reading ’em)… and our hearts are filled with fresh memories, which our iPads have pixelated for posterity ❤

Coming up, I’ll post pics of our sight-seeing and fun yarn adventures 🙂
Between posts, I’ll be working at that lace WIP of mine…
I’m still hoping to wear it this season!

ttys ❤ Jackie

Lola à la Beach ❤

Are you looking to get knitting and/or
hooking at the Beach this summer?
Take a page from Lola’s pattern book…
( Lola’s Lion Brand Yarn pattern book )
and be aware of shovels ‘n frisbees  😉

❤ ❤ ❤

HEY, this is great!!!

I’ve been trying to figure out how to embed stuff from other websites for SO long…
And now it looks like I’ve finally figured out how to post my Pinterest pins… yay!!!
( … now let’s just hope I’m able to repeat this little stunt for next time … )
Chalk up one more granular speck of sand-size knowledge to my strand of blogging know-how ❤

As per last week’s post, I’m still getting into the fb swing of things with my new
“Knitting With Heart” facebook page. It can be a bit confusing to have two fb pages.
Confusion can be fun, though … lol … And you can help me by dropping by with
your comments etc. Thanks, I appreciate that!

May the sun always shine upon your surf  ❤ Jackie

Fibre Harvest

Winter, spring, summer, fall… What is your favourite yarn season of all?

Over the winter, I tend to cuddle up in my favourite knitting corner on the couch—surrounded by as much yarn as possible. ❤ By the time spring gets sprung, my needles and lawn chair are raring to get back in the groove of knitting outdoors. ❤ All summer long, my cotton knitting pleasure is to sit and knit outside—preferably every single hot, sunshiny day! ❤ Once fall is upon us, my nimble knitting fingers gravitate toward the gathering of bulky balls of yarn—all the better to keep warm, whilst knitting outside just one more day… in effort to prolong the outdoor knitting season until the fresh, crisp autumn air gives way to winter’s white chill.

Then this year, I decided to try something yarnishly different. You might say that I pulled a few strings to do it 😉 … a few strings toward a bountiful sweater harvest.

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It all began a few years ago, when I received a hand-me-down sweater from a friend-of-a-friend. This simple-yet-colourful pullover was knit of thick, cushy stitches. Truly, it was a hand knit look-alike, although the “made in Hong Kong” garment tag suggested otherwise. Handknit or not, however, wearing that sweater always seemed to turn into a sneeze-fest for me… stuffed-up ‘n sniffly… and that’s no way to be.

Then finally this fall, since unravelling an entire FO (finished object) had always intrigued me, I decided to unravel that sweater. It’s good to “check” another task off my knitterly bucket list! My goal for this project, due to its fibrously fuzzy nature, was to unravel outdoors as much as possible (thereby avoiding as much sneezing and vacuuming as possible). A bagful of colourful fluff, which is saved for fibre-fill, was gleaned from the reclaimed yarn. To my delight, and for the sake of this blog (right, as if plain old yarn was not fun enough), this reclaimed collection of recycled fibrous-fluff quickly took shape as a colourful heart amidst the fresh-fallen snow 🙂

Yes, unravelling this old sweater was a great autumn project! More fun by far, than dipping into the proverbial frog pond for a frogging session with one’s own (erroneous) knitting! Have you unravelled a sweater? Ever taken it upon yourself to take apart an entire FO? In other words, have you ever frogged just for the yarn of it? Feel free to share your proclamation of yarn reclamation in the comments below 🙂

Hmmm… now then, what shall I knit from my lovely stash of reclaimed yarn? ❤