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#58 💜 awe… snoOow fun!

 

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Hearty Links with Felted Loops.
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Hello & Welcome to my 58th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a snowy bit of fibrous fun 😍

Oh how I love to watch snow melt—especially after being surrounded by it since November. Friday’s mild temperatures melted a lot of snow, so I grabbed a few colourful props and ran outside to enjoy the show! Yup… gotta ❤ a good ol’ fibrously fun backyard yarn-bombing photo shoot 🙂 Later that night, a storm blew into town and re-blanketed us in several inches of white :-/ But oh well, it was fun while it lasted…

The golfing clown is a Jean Greenhow design. This half-knitted WIP of mine has been cooped up in the back of my yarn closet for … gulp … years! Really wanna/oughta/gotta get around to finishing that guy! Fun to take him out to play in the snow, though! 😉 Want to try this at home? M’ Snow Lady’s face uses a pink Bramble❤️TINI for her nose and 2 green Hearty Links with Felted Loops for eyes and mouth 🙂

 


 

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!
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!

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Hope everything’s snowing well where you are! 🙂 ♥ Jackie


#49 💜 How d’ya “like” that?!?

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Hello & Welcome to my 49th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a Sweetie♥Heart post that I hope you’ll like 🙂

Hey everyone 🙋😘😍 Well, a funny thing happened on my way back from last week’s “blog fog” post

But first, big THANKS for all your visits, comments, shares and likes to any of my posts ❤ Just checked the stats and my humble KWH blog has now passed 40k views… woohoo 🙂 Plus, it’s only the beginning of August and your collective likability has already exceeded the total number of “likes” from last year! Yup, a whole lotta liking going on—including last year’s “likes” blowing the top off the previous year’s “likes” 🙂 Wow… gotta say, I like what you did there 😉 You’re all on my rather lengthy shortlist of blogs to “like” ‘n LoL asap!

Okay, so getting back to my way back from the blog fog… A quick scroll to the bottom of this blog leads to a list of my top 10 posts. For months, this list has been shared equally between reblogged posts and posts I’ve personally composed. Now for the first time in the history of this blog, my Sweetie♥Heart tiny free knitting pattern/poem post has been bumped from its usual #1 spot on this list… AND it’s a reblogged post that bumped it!!! …wOw… How did that happen?!? Oh well, ‘guess my blogful head really was lost in a fog :-/ Plus, that reblog (pic of a sweet little girl sittin’ & knittin’ with her kitten) now holds the honour of being the first post to break the 100 “likes” mark… double-wOw WoW!

So anyhoo… please feel free to click the pic and check it out for yourself. As reblogfully amazing as this is, I’d sure like my own post to be the top “like” … just sayin’ 😉 I reckon we’d all like that! 🙂

 

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!
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!

It’s a crazy cyber-world we’re blogging in, but we LIKE it! ♥ Jackie


#47 💜 TAG … you’re knit!

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BrambleTINI loose ends

Hello & Welcome to my 47th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is a handicrafter’s round of custom copyright tag(s) for anyone game to knit my designs 🙂

But first, we’re home safe ‘n sound from our road trip! The wedding got off with just one required “hitch” ❤ But then, the internet went down unexpectedly… And it stayed down until long after everyone had returned home :-/ Can you imagine a house full of social networking text-craved adult family left to communicate the old-fashioned way?!? LoL 😉 Fortunately for me, my blog post got published in time… whew! Now several disconnected days later, my inbox again/still/continually runneth seriously over! I’ve managed to at least cover all your lovely comments, ‘though that hasn’t reduced this current cyber-shemozzle by much :-/

One comment—enquiring whether it’d be okay to appliqué my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart knitting pattern onto handcrafted hats for sale—was actually the inspiration for this post… Thanks again Nancy! In this “what’s yours is mine” world, respect for copyright warms my heart ❤

So now it’s official… Anyone wishing to enhance their items for sale or gifting may use my designs—provided you include a copy of the applicable printable tag(s) provided here by me. As well, I’d love to share pictures of your hearty creations. So please feel free to leave a link in the comments section below to show off your work! 🙂

Sweetie♥TAG printable

Sweetie♥TAG printable

BrambleTini♥TAG printable

BrambleTini♥TAG printable

 

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!
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!

Tag someone with a handknit heart today! ♥ 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? 💜

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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’ knit play! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #22 💜 STITCH TECH for my Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart… s2kp2 & s2pp2

pink sweetie♥knit♥heart

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Hello & Welcome
to my 22nd episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is video instruction for
how to knit my Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart pattern 🙂

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pink Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart

Thanks to the thousands of hearty knitters who have found… downloaded… “liked” knitting… and shared links to my Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart FREE knitting pattern! Your visits have made it the #1 post on this blog, while etching a permanent smile upon my face 😀

My Bramble♥tini knitting pattern has also received its share of views—plus a few sales… for which my heart is grateful ❤

Your feedback is important! So please feel free to ask questions and let me know your thoughts. Once in a while, someone enquires how to knit/purl the double-decrease stitches. Many stitches like these are known by various names and use slightly different techniques. “The Principles of Knitting” by June Hemmons Hiatt has been my preferred method. Surprisingly, my online search has found zero videos of her s2pp2 method. But now, this video by Laura Nelken is my new favourite! And maybe yours, too?

To clear up any confusion, I’ll (finally, sorry for the wait) be sharing more posts featuring favourite knitting instructional videos used for making my heart-shaped designs. Please let me know if you find this helpful.

Let’s begin with the s2kp2 (aka s2kp, cdd)… s2pp2 (aka pcdd)… and B&T.

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Stitch Tech: how to B&T

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!
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!

 Knit a tiny, hand-knit heart today! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #5 💜 heartstrings

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Hello & Welcome
to my 5th episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is hearty knits
and the yarns that love them 🙂

heart knitting on my needlessweetie heart yarn  tails

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Knitting is
in my heart 🙂

My knitting patterns are
heart-shaped by design…
And even my yarn tails
have fallen in hopeless
alignment with hearts!

What hearty knitting
is on your needles?

Hearty knitting is like 
luv ‘n stitches for
our tired old world ♥

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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!

happy heart… hearty yarn! ♥ 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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Shamrockin’ onward and upward!  ♥ Jackie


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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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!

Have a shamrockin’ day! 😉 ♥ Jackie

 


STITCH TECH ♥ the B&T method of stitch security

Stitch Tech: how to B&T

Stitch Tech: how to B&T

Quick question… What do you call that drawstring-like technique so commonly used for fastening off without having to actually bind off stitches? Do you know the one I’m talking about? It’s that stitch-gathering thing we do for hats, gloves, toys, hearts and more…
But what is the name of it?

Hmmm…
Does it even have a name?!?

Stitch Tech—B&T

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Yes actually, it does. For some reason, though, this simple method of stitch security is rarely referred to by name. But why is that? And what’s in a name, anyway?!?

Well several years ago, I discovered Jean Greenhowe‘s whimsical knitting pattern world of clowns and dolls. That’s when I first read instructions for the B&T. Yup! And to this day, as far as I can tell, she is the only one who calls the B&T by name. Perhaps now you will join us? 😉

B&T stands for
“break & thread through”
and/or “bind & tighten”

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Now then, let us break thread together 😉 ♥ Jackie

PS … Special thanks to a couple of inquiringly lovely readers (one via facebook / one via Ravelry) who messaged me about this technique 🙂 My apologies for taking so long to post this info, but thanks for nudging my blogful “Stitch Tech page” butt into gear! 🙂

 


DIY felted-loop-linky Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart bling!

collection of felted-loop-linky Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart bling!

collection of felted-loop-linky Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart bling!

wearing felted-loop-linky Sweetie♥Knit♥Heart bling

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Does your wardrobe need a little heart? 

In last week’s post, I demonstrated how to make hearty home decor accents that could be used as: woolerfully festive seasonal garlands… wraps for around dinner napkins/candles and special occasion decor… adornment for your book lovin’ shelves or whatever item/space you love!

Today’s post has a nice ring to it, too (plus matching bracelets)! It’s a hearty form of accessorize with a warm ‘n fuzzy “bling” that will knit-erally have you wearing your heart on your sleeve … errrm, so to speak 😉

Okay, time for accessorizing!

Begin by downloading my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart FREE knitting pattern. Click HERE for the original post. You can also view, follow and save my designs to your favourites via Ravelry and Craftsy. Next, knit the hearts from feltable wool and appropriately sized knitting needles. See “how to” PDF instructions (below) for felting the loopy straps. Be sure to leave extra-long tails and check for fit while felting, since the felting process causes wool fibres to shrink/matt and lose the ability to stretch.

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how to make hearty links with felted loops

RING:
US size 3 / 3 mm needles
approximately 6.5 feet / 2 m wool
approximately 12″ / 30 cms yarn tail length for felting
finished strap length: approximately 2.5″ – 2.75″ / 6.25 – 7 cms

BRACELET — single strap:
US size 3 / 3 mm needles
approximately 9 feet / 2.75 m wool
approximately 2.5 feet / .75 m yarn tail length for felting
finished strap length: approximately 8 inches / 20 cms

BRACELET — double strap:
US size 6 / 4 mm needles
approximately 18 feet / 5.5 m double-strand wool
(aka 2 x 9 feet / 2 x 2.75 m)
approximately 2.5 feet / .75 m yarn tail length for felting
finished strap length: approximately 8 inches / 20 cms

NOTE:
knitting double-strand (two strands together as one) gives you the option
for felting two loopy bracelet straps (as pictured), or a single, thicker strap.

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Feel like felting more stuff? Here are a few other felting posts of mine.
Check them out and let me know if you like how they made you felt 🙂

how to make a heartfelted Bramble♥tini loop ornament

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

how to make Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart Valentine Rings

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bling it on! ♥ Jackie


how to make Hearty Links with Felted Loops . . . together with another fun visit from the Orples ♥

Well it’s been a while, since that summery September post when I first mentioned my plans to be back “soon” with this next step to making hearty garland felted loop links. Now four ( 4!!! ) months later, I do hope you think it was worth the wait… ?

Diagram: how to make hearty links with felted loops

Time has flown by! But where did it go?!?

It might be hibernating under the snow, although a lot of time has been spent on recent software upgrade learning curves. Oh, and that inbox of mine… Time always seems to lose track of itself when it gets together with my blogfully delightful, yet utterly inbox-icating electronic messaging centre.

Time well spent 😉

My timing might be a bit sheepish, although 2015 is the year of sheep 😉 As well, these hearty felted loopy links are created from sheep’s wool! So now, here it finally is! In time for Valentine’s Day and months ahead of the fibrously hectic Christmas projects rush… Yay!!! Click image to view enlarged PDF instructions.

Oh, and speaking of flying…

Have you met our friendly neighbourhood Orples? They popped by for a third visit to my blog, this week. So fun! Here are links to their first, second and third visits. You might want to visit them and see what all the fun is about 🙂

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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!

Hearty felting, everyone! ♥ Jackie


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

3 knit hearts in tree

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

Could this be global warming?

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

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

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Fa-la-la-la-laaa-la-la-la-la ♥ Jackie

December is here & Christmas is near ♥ Hallelujah

sunset on December 1st
sunset on December 1st

December days are short.
This iPad photo was captured at 4:18 pm!

December is here, and our days are getting short—now down to less than 8 hours from 17 at summer solstice… 😦 WordPress “snowflakes” are virtually floating across computer screens, once again 🙂 And outside in the real world, another 18+ cms/12+ inches of real flakes fell over the weekend.

Thank Goodness for our “snow angel” neighbour Randy, who turned out to be our mystery shoveler from my last post. The season has barely begun, yet Randy has already been by several times with his trusty snowblower! I’ve been out there too, since I really don’t mind (and at times do enjoy) a bit of snow shovelling. But when it snows every day and/or more than a few inches at a time? Well, that’s when it really starts cutting into my knitting time. So you can bet your needles that there’ll be something special on my needles again this year for Randy 😉

The orples popped by the blog to play in our snow, too 🙂 That was a pleasant surprise! Click here to meet the orples and see for yourself what characters they are. And who knows, they might come visit you too… woohoo!

Orples playing in the snow! ♥

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As well, I’m still working at photos for the DIY heart garland project mentioned in this post. To get started now, go ahead and knit hearts with feltable wool, leaving extra-long 45 cm/18 inch yarn tails and I’ll return shortly with quick instructions for finishing the heart garland.
Choose from my hearty knitting pattern links at:
Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart & Bramble♥tini Heart

And now that it’s finally December, we can crank the Christmas tunes! Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is one of my favourite songs. Below are a few favourite versions—including Canadian musical poet Leonard Cohen (live at the Montreal Jazz Festival 2008), Canadian singer/songwriter K.D. Lang (from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics), and even a Christmas version “A Hallelujah Christmas” by Manhattan based band, Cloverton.

It might also interest you to read BuzzFeed’s 25 Things You Might Not Know About “Hallelujah” article. Did you know this song has over 300 known cover versions? Wow, that’s a lot—especially since the song took so many years to gain popularity! Nowadays, it seems that everyone wants to sing it… So go ahead and sing your heart out with these videos 🙂

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happy December ♥ 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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for the love of Sweetie♥Hearts

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frowning Mac computer

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It’s been a whole week since I’ve seen my iMac’s smiling “Finder” face. One week filled with and dominated by 2-finger typing, anxious hair-pulling moments of frustration, very little inbox upkeep and oodles of googles—technically inclined google searches guaranteed to cause drowsiness… So yeah, I miss my iMac 😦 How about you? Has your normal computing world ever been yanked from under you?

Then today (well actually it was more like the day before yesterday, seeing as I’m progressing at slowmo iPad blogging speed), I was sitting here trying to motivate myself toward some form of creative focus within this newfound iPad blogging world… and remembered that this is/was an anniversary day!

That’s right, it’s the second year anniversary since my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart FREE knitting pattern made its world-wide debut on this blog 🙂 Back then, my newbie blogful self was a nervous wreck over every single keystroke. Getting this first heart-shaped pattern posted in time for my loving husband’s birthday (May 5th) was my main goal. And ever since then, there’s been barely a day when the Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart has not been downloaded somewhere in the world via this KWH blog, Ravelry or Craftsy 🙂

So, BIG Thank You ♥ to everyone for sharing/liking/networking links from my blog! It’s always a thrill to find my designs shared on other blogs, online pattern directories, and social networking sites! 🙂 I’m sure to have missed many of these, but have thoroughly enjoyed virtual meet-ups with all the links I did manage to locate. Please do me a favour and let me know if you’ve cared to share my links somewhere—because I’d love to meet you and know you’re there! ♥

On that note, this second episode of the KWH iPad Show is a wrap. It only took me a few days and a couple of fingers to type/edit this post of 300 or so words 😛 The next episode will be less tedious, hopefully… But for now this is done 🙂 Always good to be “doing”, but getting “done” is much better!

Happy Computing ♥ Jackie

http://www.macworld.com/article/1166748/seven_ipad_keyboard_tricks.html


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


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


my Canadian Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart Flag Wristers in winter

This year as I watched the opening ceremonies and “parade of nations”  at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, I was inspired to knit! All those flags from around the world, including that sea of red/white Canadian athletes, just always seems to put a patriotic lump in my throat. All this followed by a couple of weeks to sit ‘n knit on the couch, whilst watching all those elite athletes exerting themselves to the limits of skating, skiing, sledding, curling and ice hockey… It all makes for some great knitting! The 11-hour time zone difference was a bit rough, but it’s only once every couple of years or so, right?!?

By the time the olympics were wrapping up, I was heading outside for a photo shoot with the half-dozen-or-six Canadian Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart Flag Wrister practice projects I’d completed. The day of the photo shoot was crisp, clear and cold. Temperatures were in the minus 20-something celsius range, which is cold enough to see one’s breath and too cold to be taking pics without gloves (also more wintery than any of that shorts-wearing stuff they enjoyed in Sochi). I’d tried photographing an indoor “fist pump/thumbs up” action shot, but snapping pics of one’s own hand is really difficult. So outside I went… just me ‘n the trees hanging out against the backdrop of the clear, blue, winter sky! What must the neighbours think?!? What would you think if you saw a neighbour photographing hand-knit items  in the snow? Do you think I ought to post a yard sign to explain about my knitting blog? 😉

None of these will win any medal, but I believe #7 will be the one to go for the gold! They are an easy way to wear my heart on my sleeve… and might make great hockey puck cozies, as well.

And now, after all this wintery talk, it pleases me to say that we’ll be jetting off to Southern California, USA for a few days where we won’t (better not!) see any snow 🙂 ❤ Jackie


how to make Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart Valentine Rings

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What does the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII…
the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia…
and Valentine’s Day have in common?

They all have rings and they’re all coming up on the calendar! 

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Sunday February 2nd (aka “groundhog day“… can you beLIEVE it’s already February?!?) is Super Bowl XLVIII, with Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos. My husband is a huge sports fan, so he’ll definitely be watching. And me? My plan as usual, having knit my way through several years of televised sports since marrying that wonderful man, is to “watch” the game with him! 😉 My goal is to finish up some samples for my upcoming set of heart-shaped knitting patterns! How about you? Are you ready for some football? Do you have any particular knitting project planned for your “super bowl party” sports/knitting event? Did you know that whoever wins the Super Bowl will get a ring? But there’s no reason why NFL football players should be the only ones to sport a little bling, right?!? Here’s how you can make some Sweetie♥Heart ring/bracelet “bling” of your own! 🙂

To begin, you’ll need to download my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart FREE knitting pattern. Click HERE to find the original post. It is also available via Craftsy and Ravelry. Along with the pattern, you’ll need small amounts of feltable wool yarn and appropriately sized knitting needles. Details for yarn/needles I used in making my sample ring/bracelet sets pictured above are as follows:

Patons Classic Worsted 100% Virgin Wool, 3-ply (PURPLISH-RED #209)
Herrschners Worsted 100% New Wool, 3-ply (DEEP PURPLE)
— Herrschners Worsted 100% New Wool also pictured with gloves (LAVENDER) —

RING:
US size 3 / 3 mm needles
approximately 4 feet / 1.25 m yarn

BRACELET:
US size 6 / 4 mm needles
approximately 12 feet / 3.7 m double-strand yarn
(= 2 x 6 feet / 2 x 1.85 m)

Knit Picks Palette Fingering 100% wool, 2-ply (PIMENTO)

RING:
US size 1 / 2.25 mm needles
approximately 3 feet / 1 m yarn

BRACELET:
US size 3-4 / 3-4 mm needles
approximately 8-12 feet / 2.5-3 m double-strand yarn
(= 2 x 4-6 feet / 2 x 1.25-1.5 m)

Basic Instruction:

  • Cast on using the Longtail CO method.
  • Knit the ring’s heart “gemstone” with a single strand of yarn.
    Knit the bracelet’s heart “gemstone” with a double-strand of yarn.
  • Leave approximately 6″ / 16 cms yarn tail lengths per ring for felting.
    Leave approximately 10-12″ / 25-30 cms yarn tail lengths per bracelet for felting.
    NOTE:  rings are knit single-strand, so you’ll need to attach an additional strand before felting the bands.
  • Weave ends from centre B&T toward side edges of the heart. This will stabilize the position of the heart “gemstone” and keep it from flopping around. Do this before splicing and felting the band.
  • Splice the tails before wetting and rubbing into felted bands. Watch in amazement, as all the yarn tail ends vanish… disappearing like magic! 🙂
    For further felting info, check out my other posts featuring felted bands ‘n bits…
    Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks
    Bramble♥tini loop ornament
    TIP:  wearing the item whilst rubbing/felting the band will help achieve the perfect fit. For “child-size” rings, try slipping the band around a similarly sized knitting needle or other object before felting.

As always, you are welcome to gift my copyrighted original designs to your heart’s content. But please contact me first, before making any effort to sell finished items from any of my copyrighted designs. It’s more fun being connected! And besides, I am very curious about you 🙂

Hope all this bling-a-ling-a-ring felts like fun for you! ♥ Jackie
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Yuletide carols ❤ … and folks dressed up like Eskimos

Yuletide carols ❤ ... and folks dressed up like Eskimos ||| Knitting With Heart

It took a few tries, but I finally caught the
sun’s star atop our backyard Christmas tree ❤

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O Tannenbaum  O Christmas Tree…
How lovely are your branches!
Through summer sun and winter snow…
& topped with sunset’s “star” aglow!

  

It’s beginning to look a lot like
the North Pole… everywhere we go!
According to the calendar, winter doesn’t start until Saturday. But when it comes to winter, we are always ahead of schedule. Saturday will also be our darkest day with nearly 17 hours of night. And while some parts of Canada might still be dreaming of a white Christmas, we never need to dream… because we are living that dream! In little more than one month, our fields have been blanketed with two-thirds (2/3) our average winter’s worth of the white stuff. Thus, we’ve already been dashing through the snow in our horsepowered-enclosed sleighs! At this rate, well……… ‘guess we’ll just let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Could this be the beginning of another record-breaking snow year?!?

Yuletide carols ❤ ... and folks dressed up like Eskimos ||| Knitting With Heart

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And oh the weather outside has been frightful!
Weekend mild temperatures hovered near, and even above, freezing. And although this runs the risk of icy conditions from freezing rain, it’s still a nice break from our solid week or so prior to that—when we’d found ourselves living at the centre of a minus-40ºC/F Arctic deep freeze! Getting stuck at the centre of an Arctic air mass is the coldest place you ever wouldn’t want to be… And oh baby, it is COLD when temperatures go toe-to-toe with the North freakin’ Pole!!! You may have felt its chilling effects too, since this massive system of cold air actually clawed clear through to Oklahoma and Texas in the southern USA.

Meanwhile,
outside the snow is falling
and Randy comes calling “on cue” …
More often than not, we’ve missed seeing him in action
(but think he humbly prefers it that way). We’ve also lost
track of the number of times he’s been by. Still, whenever
it snows, our “snow angel” neighbour Randy makes time
to be kind and clears a few of our neighbouring driveways ❤

Randy doesn’t know it yet, but you can be sure I’m knitting something extra special just for him! More about that next time. And are you knitting Christmas gifts too? Have you seen my patterns for heart-shaped hand-knits? They make great stocking stuffers, tree decorations and more!

Check out the links below and add a little extra love to your “knit list” this season 🙂

                  

DOWNLOAD
my Bramble❤tini heart-shaped
knitting pattern for just $1.50 today!
via Ravelry  Craftsy

DOWNLOAD
my Sweetie❤Knit❤Heart heart-shaped
FREE knitting pattern today!
via Ravelry  Craftsy

— feel FREE to SHARE these LINKS online —

               THANKS 

May your days be merry and bright…
And may all your Christmases be white!  Jackie
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LOVE is in the Air . . . a Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart Valentine Card Tutorial

Valentine’s Day will soon be here…
and LOVE is in the air  ♥

Heart-shaped symbols of love are fun
and 
seem—these days—to be EVERY where!

Now make your own and spread sweet thoughts,
using paper & yarn & love . . . who needs bought?!

papers to make Valentine Postcard project

Paper & Yarn in Perfect Harmony…
because we’d all like to add a hand-knit touch
to our own crafty Valentine cards!

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Well it feels like forever, yet it’s only been a few weeks since I began working on this (my first) tutorial. Now that it’s posted, I sure hope you like it! Please let me know what you think… especially if you spot something I’ve missed. Thanks! Your constructive critiquing is both valuable and appreciated.

This tutorial is a fun, easy way to knit a little 3-dimensional love into your Valentine cards! And we all know our tired, old world could use a refreshing breath of (hand-knit heart) love right about now! ♥ And would it surprise anyone to hear that my inspiration for this card was found on Pinterest? Yes, hearts are simply everywhere, including my Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart at the heart of my own creative Valentine queue ♥

Here is a list of tools/supplies/materials you will need for this project. In my previous post, I mentioned there would be 2 separate templates for the card’s graphic. These 2 layouts are now combined onto a single template. That way, you can print/trim one template sheet and immediately have 2 layouts to choose from. 🙂

This tutorial is 6 pages in length, including 3 template pages.

“LOVE is in the air” Sweetie♥KNIT♥Valentine POSTcard Tutorial

FINISHED POSTCARD SIZE
4.25”/10.8 cms wide x 5.5”/14 cms high

NEEDLES/YARN
❥ US size 6 (4 mm) needles
❥ 3 handknit Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts per card
❥ approx 5’ (1.5 m) worsted weight yarn per handknit heart

PAPER
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” white laser paper—to print the card’s graphic template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” coloured laser card stock—to print the card’s matting template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” white laser paper— to print the heart-shaped envelope template
❥ 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” coloured paper—to make each heart-shaped envelope from template

OTHER TOOLS/SUPPLIES
❥ scissors
❥ craft knife, ruler and safe cutting surface (guillotine-style paper cutter, if you have one)
❥ large-eyed yarn needle
❥ computer with printer—to print the PDF templates
❥ sticker(s) to seal and/or decorate the envelope

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day  ♥  Jackie


LOVE is in the Air . . .

Yes, we are fast-approaching Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! And as promised in my last post, I’ve been busy working to prepare a tutorial for your valentine-ing pleasure!

My next tutorial will surely be easier. This FIRST tutorial, however, has been lots of work, along with plenty of hard knocks from learning curves, plus my laser printer’s unexpected and highly inopportune demise …sigh… On the lighter side, it is nice that I am reminded of a joke my dad used to enjoy telling. He liked to say he was working on his second million dollars, since the first million dollars was proving to be much more difficult 🙂

Anyway, it appears that visitor’s traffic to my blog is rising steadily. This is wonderful to see! And it’s important to me that you know this blog will (eventually) feature many more “heart” patterns ‘n projects for you all to see here too 🙂 Thank you very much for stopping by! Please come again, tell all your friends and do come often… You may also choose to sign-up to receive email updates for this blog. That way, you will always know right away when something new is posted ❤

For now, in eager anticipation of the long-awaited tutorial, here is a list of the materials/supplies required for the project. You may want to gather these together now, and be all set to go when the tutorial is posted 🙂

NOTE: There will be two sample layouts for the card(s). Each layout’s template (including the card’s matting template) is set to print 4-up on letter-size paper. This gives you four cards per sheet and reduces waste. The heart-shaped envelope template will print one-per-sheet (1-up) on letter-size paper. Thus, you will need: four sheets of coloured envelope paper + one sheet white laser paper + one sheet coloured card stock per set of 4 cards with envelopes.

NEEDLES ‘n YARN:
US size 6 (4 mm) needles
3 handknit Sweetie❤KNIT❤Hearts per card
approximately 5’ (1.5 m) worsted weight yarn per handknit heart

PAPER:
1 sheet 8.5” x 11” white laser paper—to print the card’s graphic image area
1 sheet 8.5” x 11” coloured laser card stock—to print the card’s matting
1 sheet 8.5” x 11” white laser paper— to print the heart-shaped envelope template
1 sheet 8.5” x 11” coloured paper—to make each heart-shaped envelope from template

OTHER TOOLS/SUPPLIES:
scissors
craft knife and safe cutting surface
large-eyed yarn needle
computer with printer for printing the PDF templates
sticker(s) to seal and/or decorate the heart envelope

Okay, see you shortly!

ttys ❤  Jackie


❤ I LOVE YARN ❤

I love yarn day logo

I love yarn…
cotton, wool, paper or plastic.
I love yarn…
and think my stash is fantastic!

I love yarn tails…
when they’re hidden in fabrics.
I love yarn tales…
spun from words into dramatics.

I love yarn…
knit in the shape of a heart.
I love yarn tales…
with Cary Grant knitting his part!

❤  I LOVE YARN  ❤

poem written by
Jackie Loewen © 2012