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#59 💜 shamrockin’ pot o’ rainbows

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

 

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

Hello & Welcome to my 59th episode of
the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is
a mixed pot o’ St. Patrick’s Day charm ❤

Got wool and feeling warm ‘n fuzzy?
Check out my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks
free pattern tutorial and see 
how easy it
is to make your own
shamrockin’ patch
of 
woolerful 3 or 4-leaf clovers 🙂

Got snow?
Check out our snowbanks from 2013
Yup, lots of snow… just like this year! :-/ 

Got a craving for a bite o’ crafty foodishness?
Check out the following colourful links…
They’re fibrelicious! 😉

The day before/after first day of spring 2013 snowbanks.

 

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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Wshing you a fibrously scrumptious St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#42 💜 Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

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

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

Shamrockin' Spring bracelet with split (heart-shaped layout) yarn tails

Hello & Welcome to my 42nd episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s “St. Patrick’s Day” feature is a blogful compilation of my snowy shamrockin’ posts over the past few years 🙂

Our snow has all melted 😀 But mid-March is still early, so this morning’s light dusting of fresh flakes came as no surprise. Spring and the sounds of returning Canadian Geese are definitely in the air, though!

Yup… won’t be long now, before our earthy landscape turns a springy shade of green! March 2013 and March 2014 snowbanks were a different story—see above photos, compared with today’s few flakes. Then last year, the snow melted nearly as fast as this year! The weather was so mild that I happily “planted” a crop of handknit felted shamrock props before it all melted! Click here to view my iPad video.

That’s our normal wild ‘n crazy weather!

The video props include a few Shamrockin’ Spring Bracelets, along with 3-/4-leaf clovers. Unfortunately, my “luck” ran out and DIY instructions for the bracelets never got published in time, before my iMac died 😦 Now one year later, I’m still searching for that ol’ pot of iMac replacement gold at the end of the rainbow… And hoping all those how-to graphics I created are indeed safely locked inside my hard drive!!! :-/

For now, click the following links and see how to knit your own patch of shamrockin’ clover and/or tiny hearts: 

Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks

Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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

♥ ♥ ♥

Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Shamrockin’ knit play! ♥ Jackie


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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Thank you for visiting my Knitting With Heart blog today!
I’d love it if you’d also stop by and “like” my Knitting With Heart facebook page.
Feel free to share links to my posts 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you!

Shamrockin’ onward and upward!  ♥ Jackie


a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day!

a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin' St. Patrick's Day!

HaPpY St. Patrick’s Day… the most socially acceptable time of year to “tie one on”, which is exactly what I did! I tied one ball of newspaper yarn on and around my fingers until it took the form of a wreath 🙂

It all began with our flight to San Diego. Seeing as knitting needles have not been allowed aboard planes since 9/11, I always wrack my brain for something creative to keep busy with while traveling. Finger knitting became my aircraft craft of choice for this particular flight. And so, with my knitting needles checked in our baggage and a few balls of newspaper/plastic yarn (spun beforehand) stashed in the carry-on, we were off! Boarding without boredom… the only way to fly 🙂

Have you ever tried finger knitting? Finger knitting with paper yarn actually works better than regular needles anyway, since paper can’t stretch. The resulting stiff lengths of paper knitting have selvages that curl inward (same as any yarn in stockinette) and a structural texture that reminds me of grapevine wreaths. And so for my first finger knitted project, I made this “faux grapevine” wreath! Simply tie the ends together and adorn with hand-knit shamrocks and hearts ❤

My wreath (pictured here under dull, grey, winter-weakening skies) was finger-knit, using paper yarn spun from full-colour grocery store flyers. It is adorned with two 3-leaf and two 4-leaf Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrocks & one (pink) Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart & four (purple, pink, light/dark green) Bramble❤tini Hearts.

a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin' St. Patrick's Day!

What do you think about this crafty recycling idea? Now more than ever, my nimble knitting fingers are eager to help save the planet… one junk mail flyer at a time 🙂

And has the luck of the Irish traveled with you when flying with your knitting needles and/or crochet hooks? Feel free to leave a comment below and fill me in! All I know for sure is that the last time I tried in-flight knitting was a few years ago en route home from Cancun, Mexico. Someone had said it was once again okay to knit while flying. We asked for confirmation from every single check-in personnel along the way. They all said it was okay, until the very last check-point… where they were seriously going to confiscate my needles—right then and there!!! So without a moment to spare, we ran like the wind all the way back to the starting-point and checked ’em in as baggage, along with what we had planned to carry-on… ughhh!

One of these days, I’ll write a tutorial for how to spin paper/plastic yarn. For today, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Sweetie❤KNIT❤Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day! ❤ Jackie


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

shamrock-snowball

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

yarn+shamrocks

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

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

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

shamrock with split ends

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

HOW-TO:

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

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

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

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

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

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

ttys ♥ Jackie