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#56 💜 ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas…

Christmas knitting decorations

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Christmas knitting decorations

Christmas knitting decorations

Christmas knitting decorations

Flight Knits Carry-On WIP #2

Hello & Welcome to my 56th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is my knitterly version of Clement Clarke Moore’s “Twas the night before Christmas” poem—inspired by my sack of incomplete Christmas decorations, as I race to finish in time for the 25th! 🙂

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas,
when all through the house…
Not a project was finished,
not even a gift knit for my spouse!

The incomplete stitches were
layed by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas’
elf-help team soon would be there…

My needles were nestled
all snug in their yarn webs,
While visions of sweet FO’s
danced in my head.

And hubby in his sports jersey,
and I with my knitting lap,
Had just settled in for a long evening
of Hockey Night in Canada on tap.

Then away with my pics to the
web’s window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the iPad and threw
open the photo editing app,

And sprang to my blog,
to WordPress gave a whistle,
And away the pics flew
like the down of a thistle.

And I whistled, and shouted,
and called them by name…

Now Dasher! now Dancer!
now Prancer and Vixen!
On Comet! On Cupid!
on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the blog!
there’s no time to crawl!
Now dash away!
Dash away! Dash away all!

Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Happy last week ’til Christmas to all,
and to all a good-night! ♥ Jackie


#55 💜 O’ snOwy night & day pics… plus music video… O’ Holy Night by Home Free

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Hello & Welcome to my 55th episode of the KWH iPad Show! Today’s feature is our recent snowfall 🙂

Ooooh… the snowy night & day scene outside our front door looks divine! Fresh flakes are just snooow pretty, aren’t they? And especially the first snowfall of fresh flakes! That’s why my trusty iPad & I always try to pixelate ’em asap upon arrival 🙂

These photos are actually our second snowfall of the season! The first was early October, way back when the trees still had all their green leaves!!! Much earlier than I’d have liked, albeit quite a pretty sight! I’m still in the process of processing all those photos. Posting these first will knock my flakes out of blogful order, but that’s snOw’kay 😉

Now nearing the end of November with a month ’til Christmas, it’s great to have snow! Snow helps get ya into the Christmas spirit and helps get my nimble Christmas knitting fingers into gear! 🙂

Hope it’s snowing well wherever you are! 😉

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Introducing… my Bramble❤tini Heart knitting pattern

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Hoping snow news is good news! 🙂 ♥ 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

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Shamrockin’ knit play! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #32 💜 all I want for Christmas…

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Hello & Welcome
to my 32nd episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is
all I want for Christmas 🙂

This snowy winter wonderland’s photographer is our sister Laura.
The tasty homemade cherry jam, alongside stylishly crafted handmade
house, bar and cupcake soaps are the creations of our sister Lisa. 
Thanks so much, we love you dearly ❤ and thank God for all our family!   
 

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Every year it’s the same thing…
all I ever really want for Christmas
… is YOU 🙂

Well to be honest, I also really want
… more skeins from EWE 😉

And after 3/4 year blogging
with just you, me & my iPad
It comes as no surprise that
what I’d also really want is to
finally replace my ol’ iMac !!!

But when it comes right down to it,
all I really ever want for Christmas is
to be of good cheer, in good health
and know family goodness is near 🙂

Now 3 months since beginning
treatment for my husband’s HPP,
we thank God for hearing our prayers
and can whole-heartedly say that
better
 health is progressing our way 🙂

Plus… there is one fine family benefit,
which helps compensate for those
periodic plane rides to see doctors…
That’s because hubby gets to see his
sisters who live nearby those doctors…
Sweet sisters who send him home with
love
and homemade family goodness
from their hearts to our home ❤

So now, you tell me…
What do you really want

for Christmas, this year? 

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That’s all I want this Christmas! ♥ Jackie


the KWH iPad Show #21 💜 world’s top 5 wooliest sheep

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Hello & Welcome
to my 21st episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the shear delight
of overgrown renegade sheep 🙂

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Chris the Sheep


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Shrek the Sheep

2015 is the year of sheep… And if Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep, then I think Australia and New Zealand might be the place to find them! 😉 This theory based on the sheepishly warm ‘n fuzzy nEWEs reports of at least 5 renegade sheep—lost and found in the land Down Under.

New Zealand’s Shrek was the first and most famous baaa-d boy. By shear delight, he held the honour of wooliest sheep EVER and baaa-sked in the woolerful limelight until his death in 2011.

In 2014, Shrek’s record was bested by fellow New Zealand sheep Big Ben. Rounding-out the year, Big Ben was followed by a couple of Aussie sheep named Samson and Shaun—weighing-in just shy of the overgrown record for living, breathing balls of wool.

Now in 2015, another Aussie sheep called Chris was found to be carrying his own body weight in wool! What a relief to have returned home safely, after his 6-year walkabout—weighing-in at 97 pounds, minus his 89 pound sheared fleece. Chris’s fleece will likely put all other records to pasture… permanently!

Lost from their flocks, this elite handful of born-to-be-wild woolies have somehow managed to wander their way through the wilderness. Thankfully—despite being left alone to endure years of burdensome, heavy, matted wool coats that pulled the wool over their eyes—these mega merinos were eventually able to come home… Leaving their record-breaking fleece days behind them 😉

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Shrek (record 2004 – died 2011) — Otago NZ
27 kg / nearly 60 lbs wool fleece

Big Ben (January 2014) — Twizel NZ
28.9 kg / nearly 64 lbs wool fleece

Shaun (August 2014) — Tasmania AU
23.5 kg / 52 lbs wool fleece

Samson (September 2014) — Monaro AU
27.53 kg / nearly 61 lbs wool fleece

Chris (September 2015) — Canberra AU
40.2 kg / 89 lbs wool fleece

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Have you any wool?  ♥ Jackie


How to: The “Fibre Sandwich” Game!

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It’s always lunchtime somewhere, right?!? 😉 So here’s Rosie from Ribbing Yarns with a fresh spin on the “same old” sandwich.

Simply add a few handfuls of yarny loose handspun ends… and voilà! The most fibrously fun-loving feast for the yarn diet of all!

Serve this on a platter at your next gathering with spinning friends 🙂 ♥ Jackie

Ribbing Yarns

Last weekend I joined some of the other lovely and skilled spinners from the “Danske Spindere” group on Ravelry- a local group here in Copenhagen- for a day of spinning, chatting, and co-creating “Fibre Sandwiches”. Thankfully this wasn’t a misunderstood offering for the potluck lunch (which was delicious), but an inspiring and creative game with spinning fibres. It was taught to the group at the last meetup by Bev Tilson (morecraft on Ravelry) who runs the “New Zealand Hermit Sheep” group. Incidentally, if you’re wondering what a New Zealand hermit sheep is, you can read the amazing backstory on the group’s Ravelry page.

The fibre sandwich is a great idea for using up small amounts of fibre. You need at least one spinning-mad friend to make it fun and interesting, though 🙂 Each spinner just needs to bring along a small amount of fibre (25-50g), ideally in a selection of…

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the KWH iPad Show #7 💜 my birthday yarn stash


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

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

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

May long-weekend foliage

He loves me SO much that…

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

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

boxed birthday yarn stash from Herrschners

My birthday yarn stash box includes:

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

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

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

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Shamrockin’ Spring Bracelet ♥ Why wait ’till spring?!?

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Hey there and happy almost-first-day-of SPRING and St. Patrick’s Day!
For all you crafty, wool-luvin’ knitters who may possibly be wondering
about that Shamrockin’ Spring Bracelet “how to” I promised to you in
my last post… I’ve been busy preparing the graphics/instructions for that!
Oh but… they’re not yet quite ready for your public knitting pleasure :-/

Now begging your pardon, but this project has been delayed due to the early
arrival of mild, spring-like temperatures and rapidly melting snow in our area…
Yup, the rapid melting of snow that’s been blanketing us since November!!!

Unfortunately, this all means I’ve missed my target posting date 😦
Honestly, though, it can be a bit tough to keep my knitting nose to the
blogful grindstone with all this pleasant early spring weather going on!

Fortunately, this all reminds me of when my dad used to say, “Do it now! Why wait ’till spring?”
That’s a good memory, for me 🙂 And to this day, those words have remained in my heart…
Especially with St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, followed by the date of dad’s last day on earth ♥
I don’t believe luck has anything to do with anything, though would have liked the chance to
have told my dear ol’ dad how his life measured 7 decades + 7 years + 7 months + 7 days long…

Anyhoo…
Thanks for waiting! I’ll be sure to do it now and not wait ’till spring!
To get started now (whilst you wait, sorry) please visit my previous post.
It  describes what you can do to start Shamrockin’ right now.
As well, please click here to enjoy my first Shamrockin’ post 🙂

Last but not least, it’s fun to watch snow melt…
So here is a quick clip, featuring our snowbanks of melting snow 🙂 

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Shamrockin’ Spring bracelet ♥ Do you felt lucky?

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

Click image to view my “how to” post for Sweetie♥KNIT♥Shamrocks from 2013.

Hey there! Do you feel lucky? St. Patrick’s Day is coming up… The days are getting longer… And SPRING is in the air! Equinox is still over a week away, but half our snow is already melted! And with this weekend’s double-digit +Cº forecast, the rest will soon follow!!! A welcome change, since springtime around here tends to arrive rather late 😀

Some people say shamrocks are “lucky”, but for me they are simply a sweet sign of spring. I’m hoping this post will inspire you to knit ‘n felt my most recent design for a shamrockin’ fun-felted bling bracelet. It will surely have you feeling like spring 🙂

To get started, knit 4 Sweetie♥KNIT♥Hearts from feltable wool—leaving extra-long tails measuring approx 30″/75 cms in length. Sew all 4 of the Sweetie♥KNIT♥Heart points together. Secure all yarn tails on WS (wrong side). Then separate the yarn tail plies.
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Okay… that’s all for now, but I’ll be back asap with photos demonstrating the rest of this “how to” for you! Then we can all wear handmade shamrockin’ bling this spring!  In the meantime, here’s Cary Grant in a movie clip from “Mr. Lucky” 1943. Watch now, as he demonstrates how real men knit 😉

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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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Hearty felting, everyone! ♥ Jackie


Happy Ewe Year ♥ 2015 is the year of sheep

Happy Ewe Year ♥ 2015 is the year of sheep

Happy Ewe Year ♥ 2015 is the year of sheep

2015 is the year of the sheep/ram/goat, according to the Chinese Zodiac. Technically (as per the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival of China), this festive Year of the Sheep starts February 19, 2015 and lasts until February 7, 2016. I’m not sure what the connection is between sheep and horoscopes/astrology, but wool comes from sheep… And my nimble knitting fingers love working with wool! So the idea of dedicating an entire year to all things sheep sounds woolerful, to me 🙂

Sheep Knitting Sock clip art

And with all the “Year of Sheep 2015” graphics already on the internet, I decided to have a little fun by creating my own 🙂 Now my sweet knitterly ewe is all dressed up, after a mini Bramble♥tini make-over… including hair/mascara, colour-coordinated slippers and hearty knitting on her needles 😉 Clicking the graphic will take you to MY DESIGNS (knitting patterns also available via Ravelry and Craftsy), for any of ‘yous’ knitters who may want to knit along! The year’s colour is MARSALA PANTONE 18-1438, which is PANTONE’s colour of the year for 2015.

So here’s to the start of an extra warm ‘n fuzzy year filled with all things sheepish!
And here is this year’s iPad video of our neighbour’s fireworks from New Year’s Eve!

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 happy sheep-ish-ness ♥ 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

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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Shaun the Sheep sheds shorn merino fleece ❤

wanted: black sheep
wanted: black sheep

Click image to watch video of
Shaun the Sheep getting sheared!
— image found on facebook —

Earlier this week, a wayward sheep made headlines around the world when he was found hiding amidst the scrublands at Peter and Netty Hazell’s farm in Tasmania. The couple caught him fairly easily, since the wool had grown over his eyes. Naming him Shaun, they carried the living, breathing ball of merino woolliness into the yard for closer inspection.

According to his tags, Shaun the Sheep had been on the run across Australia’s island state of Tasmania for 6 years. Having never been sheared, his wool had grown to half a meter (20 inches) in length—compared with approximately 8 cms (3 inches) average length. Speculating that he might possibly be the world’s woolliest sheep, they scheduled Shaun the Sheep to be sheared on Thursday.

Shaun’s shorn fleece fell just short of the world record (held by a now-deceased New Zealand sheep named Shrek). But he’s surely pleased to have discarded his 23.5 kg (52 pounds) burden of fluff! I hear there’s a new ewe-friend in his life now too… woohoo! 🙂

cheers for shears without tears ❤ Jackie

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dear ol’ dad ♥

my Socks by Beehive knitting pattern booklet & leftover wool

 

my Socks by Beehive knitting pattern booklet & leftover wool

The “my Socks” knitting
pattern booklet by Beehive
… heartfully framed with
yarn-fully leftover wool from
my dear ol’ dad’s socks ♥.

Many years ago when I was first learning to knit, I made my dad a pair of socks from this Beehive knitting pattern booklet. That was my first ever pair of hand-knit socks. The pattern was basic. The yarn was a lovely wool in charcoal grey. And my dad loved wearing them 🙂

Several years passed before trying my hand at knitting a second pair of socks—this time for my Uncle Pete. Only then did I realize that my dear ol’ dad had been darning those old socks with nary a peep of complaint… sigh… And just look at all the leftover yarn I could’ve, would’ve (should’ve) mended them with, for him!

Alas, he wears them no more—doesn’t need ’em in Heaven. But that was my daaaad… What a guy!

Happy Father’s Day ♥ Jackie

 

 

 


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 Heart-Felted Wild Rose Bouquet for Mother’s Day ❤

Sweetie❤Knit❤Heart-Felted Wild Rose Bouquet for Mother's Day ||| Knitting With HeartBoth our moms live 2-3 provinces away and I’m not a mom, so Mother’s Day celebrations at our place are generally phone calls with something along the lines of floral delivery. Thankfully, love knits us together from afar ❤

Here in blogland, it’s been my pleasure to follow along with many moms who blog about their motherly adventures. And today, I’d like to share a few of their links.

Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog
… this mom has adopted several kids with disabilities and will have you laughing at the smallest, funniest real-life situations—writing style with Erma Bombeck flare ❤
Lesley Carter @ Bucket List Publications
… travel blogging mom, including posts about home and her adorable toddler daughter ❤
Especially Made
… mom to son with special needs and seeking Biblical strength ❤
Kodiak My Little Grizzly
… mom to 3 great kids, including son Kodiak who is deaf, blind and has CHARGE Syndrome ❤

Then there’s this local mom’s story.
An authentic Canadian Mother Goose story 😉

Flowers are a heart-felt way to express love on Mother’s Day. And this year, I just felt like felting a floral Sweetie❤Knit❤Heart bouquet. This first wild bunch of roses blossomed nicely, albeit too late for today’s delivery. But now with the seeds planted, this garden shall surely grow into a floral harvest for all-seasons.

Wishing a yarn bouquet of joy this Mother’s Day
to loving moms everywhere  ❤ Jackie

❤ ❤ ❤

Psalm 139:13 
New Living Translation
(NLT)
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”


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


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? ❤


❤ 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