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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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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!

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


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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how to make a heartfelted Bramble♥tini loop ornament

how to make a heartfelted Bramble❤tini loop ornament ||| Knitting With Heart

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Have you been getting enough natural fibre in your yarn diet this month? For those who have been following along with all the fun and informative WOVEMBER “sheep’s fleece” of festivities, the answer will quite likely be “YES!” . . . Every year in November, the UK-based Wovember fibre movement is all about the wool—100% wool! Wovember is like shepherds feeding and leading the global wool-lovin’ flock through month-long celebrations of sheep and all things wool. It truly is the most wool-erful time of the year! ♥ My hope, having reblogged the Wovember WAL earlier this month, had been to join their Ravelry WAL. Now with the month winding down, that hope (for this year) is dashed. Yet in keeping with the spirit of woolliness, I do have a bit of Christmas felting “magic” to share with you all…

how to make a heartfelted Bramble❤tini loop ornament ||| Knitting With HeartFirst, you’ll need to purchase my Bramble♥tini Heart knitting pattern — $1.50 PDF — and knit the tiny 2-sided heart from feltable wool. Then, after barely any weaving in of loose ends, simply felt the yarn tails into a “magical” loop. And voilà, your hand-knit Bramble♥tini heart-shaped decoration is ready to be hung (on the tree, mantle, hook, doorknob, pretty well anywhere…) with care! Could this be the beginning of a hand-made tradition? ♥
Check it out and begin knitting your world full of hearts today! NOTE: these are fabulously fun gifts to knit, so it’s quite likely you’ll find yourself spreading the love and sharing smiles along the way 🙂

The single-colour Bramble♥tini Heart pictured above, was knit using US size 6/4mm needles and approximately 6 yards/5.5 metres of Herrschners worsted weight 100% wool. And since serendipity truly loves the Bramble♥tini Heart, any yarn/needle size of your choosing may be used! Non-felted yarn loops may be attached later. For felted loops, be sure to always use feltable wool and follow the 3-STEP TUTORIAL on “How to Make a Felted Loop for Hanging all your Bramble♥tini Heart-Shaped Hand-Knit Decorations”.

                                   

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Wishing you many happy & hearty seasons of knitting! ♥ Jackie
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a Contemporary Corinthian Classic

Love IS… Word Filled Wednesday by Lori MacMath

Love IS… Word Filled Wednesday by Lori MacMath

Today is Valentine’s Day, aka Cupid’s favourite day. The day our calendars remind us that it’s time to celebrate romance and love. Yes, today is the single-most-day on the calendar for the prevalence of pairs!

But what’s love got to do with this day?

LOVE is more than this date, or even having a date on Valentine’s Day  ❤  LOVE is worthy of celebration, yet can never be limited to one day per year  ❤  LOVE is true, precious, enduring and meaningful  ❤  LOVE is what Paul the Apostle wrote in I Corinthians 13.

Here now, written by Christopher (ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Canada), is a Valentine’s Day Paraphrase of the Bible’s “love” chapter. You can read more from Christopher at his “In A Spacious Place” blog.



I Corinthians 13
Valentine’s Day Paraphrase
– Love Is A Choice

For Valentine’s Day here is my paraphrase
of Paul’s I Corinthians 13 meditation on love.

If I say all the right words, filled with sentiment and romance,
but do not choose to behave in ways that demonstrate the practical
action of my love for you,
my words are empty and meaningless.

If I provide for you a lavish lifestyle and cater to your every need
but do not choose to live in relationship to you in a way that is loving,
I am not really in relationship with you at all.
My behaviour is just one more strategy to meet my own needs.
Without love, I will always treat you as an object for my personal gratification.

If I sacrifice myself for you, appearing to give up my desires in service to you,
but do this without love, no one gains anything.
My actions are merely another form of self-indulgence.

Love chooses to be patient.
This means I will stick with you even at those times
when our relationship may be painful.

Love chooses to behave in ways that are kind.
To be kind is to be generous towards you, making space for you to be the person you are,
rather than demanding you be the person I might think I would like you to be.

When I choose to love you I will not indulge my petty emotions.
I will choose to be gentle towards you and to let go of
those small irritants upon which it is so easy to focus.

We can all find them, if we look hard enough.
But, clinging to an endless litany of little complaints
will corrode the love in our relationship.

Love does not insist on winning.
It is ready to let go, to surrender,
to lay down the need to be right all the time.

I will know I have chosen love
when I am no longer determined to get my way.

Resentment and irritability are sure signs that I am walking away from love.

When I take delight in your failings and
emphasize what I perceive to be your flaws,
I have given up on love.

Love always seeks to see the truth,
even when it may be painful.

There are times when love simply puts up with things as they are.

When I choose love I commit myself to trust you
even when I feel as if your behaviour has let me down.

My love for you never gives up hoping
we will continue to grow and prosper together.

Love is the ultimate power that generates and sustains life.
It is the enduring force of the universe. It will never be defeated.

Everything else is temporary.

I know that I do not understand life fully. I understand neither myself nor you completely.
There are so many ways in which my vision is inadequate. I am so often self-deceived.

We will only prosper in this relationship of love if we determine we will
carry on together
being as honest as we possibly can with ourselves and with one another.
Anything less than this deep commitment to transparency and truthfulness is simply childish.

When I choose love,
I choose to grow up into that fullness for which I know in my deepest being, I was created.
I trust that as I stay open to love and to you, I will see more clearly and understand more accurately.
One day I will see fully how love always wins.

The greatest things in my life are my choice to trust,
my determination to look forward in hope,
and my intention to behave in ways that nurture love.

But the greatest thing of all is to choose consistently
to live more fully a practical active life of love. 

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Dear Christopher @ In A Spacious Place Wordpress blog,
Thank you for writing this insightful Valentine’s Day paraphrased version
of the Bible’s more traditional 1 Corinthians 13.


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


Valentine’s are Coming!

 

Truly ❤ I love you THIS much!!! … even when my blog seems slow to post 😦

Why the delay? Well, I suppose I’m a bit of a procrastinator, but I’ve also been writing my first tutorial. Tutorials are filled with all sorts of details. And details have a way of launching changes, re-writes, re-proofs… not to mention technical difficulties. Yes, it all takes time. Please stay tuned (it won’t be long now!) for my first tutorial on how to make a Sweetie❤KNIT❤Heart card for Valentine’s Day… coming to an inbox near you—for those who have signed-up to receive updates from this blog.

In the meantime, please enjoy this animated video 🙂

Now then, I’m back to breaking out of this crazy “1 step forward, 2 steps back” cycle … into a more agreeable rhythm of “2 steps forward, 1 step back” . . .

ttys ❤  Jackie


How to Woo a Cupid ♥

cupids500

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Anna Hrachovec’s blog has
this delightful animation showing
How to Woo a Cupid.

Happy Valentine’s Day ♥ Jackie