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Valentine’s Day Knitting

Happy February, everyone! Time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. As an old fogey, this time of year I like to think about everyone I love, not just that good fellow I so luckily ended up with. Also, I love holiday-themed knitting!valentine cat

Here is some Valentine’s Day knitting I’ve dipped into in the past, not for my true valentine (who wouldn’t appreciate them anyway), but for my 2 sweet sisters and some lovely lady friends, all of whom I would like to shower with heart-themed knitting.

These are Heartfelt, by Norah Gaughan. I actually made these as Christmas ornament gifts for friends a couple of years ago. I loved these. Felting is fun!

That’s a lot of hearts.

This is the lovely Mitered Heart Sachet. Fussypants knitting at its finest! I actually enjoyed these tremendously and taught a class in them. As fussy as they are, we all had a blast, and they actually knit up pretty quickly. Great way to use up leftover sock yarn (of which I have buckets). The pattern used to be available on Interweave Knits’ website, but alas it is not now. I have the PDF and will happily email it to you if you leave me a comment.
mitered heart sachet

Here’s a heart-shaped dishcloth, which is a much quicker (and admittedly, more useful) knit. Pattern is free on Ravelry:
heart dishcloths

Finally, in honor of my friend Cheryl, who loves intarsia (unlike moi) and taught this Intarsia Heart Mug Cozy class for years so I didn’t have to, here is another useful, pretty, free pattern:
heart mug cozy

There are a SLEW of Valentine’s and heart related patterns over at Ravelry.  And of course, as I always say, if you’re not a member of Ravelry, go join now. It’s free and it’s the best resource for knitters that ever was.

Celebrate love!




Happy Leap Day! And A Giveaway!

I was watching “30 Rock” the other day; they had a show about Leap Day and how you should do something completely different every February 29. Though of course the show is a comedy, I thought that was a great idea.

I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to do differently today, but I thought for festivity’s sake, I’d do a GIVEAWAY! Here’s two pairs’ worth of yummy sock yarn and a free copy each of Easy Toe-Up Socks or Twisty Toe-Up Tube Socks.

Spirit Trail Fiberworks “Autumn Leaves” on left; Koigu KPPPM “P107B” on right; slightly disgruntled cat “Funny” in center (not included)

Leave a comment here or on Facebook about what your Leap Day activity might be today and also which yarn/pattern combo you’d like. I’ll have my impartial judge (who, being born on March 2, 2000, was almost a Leap Day baby!) pick two winners at random.

Happy Leap Day!

Be My (Knitted) Valentine

I like Valentine’s Day. I don’t mind all the fuss that merchants make, though i don’t love chocolate…. I love yarn!

Here are a few ideas for quick little Valentine’s Day presents that a knitter could make.

You can personalize a Valentine’s Day card with a little flat garter stitch heart:

Wah – sweet! Instructions are here.
You could throw a few littled felted hearts in with a box of chocolates:
Tee hee – those little eyes kill me!! Instructions are here.
For the more practical-minded, you could get some nice nice soap and give it with a knitted heart washcloth:

Instructions here.

Enjoy! Give someone you love a hug.

Fun Gifts for Knitters – #7 – Delicious Stitch Markers!

If you look on Etsy, there are 9,000 listings for stitch markers. You can find pretty much any theme of stitch marker for your favorite knitter (or yourself, of course) there. I just spent a longgggg time poking around looking at different markers and decided to feature some food-related ones:

Sushi stitch markers from Beadpassion for your favorite sushi lover!! Spookily realistic and delicious-looking! Buy them here!

Wa ha – these cracked me up!

Dinner-themed stitch markers from FantasticCrafts on Etsy.  Buy them here!

And let’s finish up with something sweet, like S’Mores!

Great stitch markers from CharlieCarter on Etsy. Go here to buy!

Fun Gifts for Knitters – #6

One of my favorite things to do on vacation in Vermont is to hunker down with a good jigsaw puzzle. I don’t do jigsaw puzzles any other time, but when I was little and we’d rent a house in the mountains, my mom always had a jigsaw puzzle going, so it just seems right.

Here are two Springbok puzzles for knitters – a nice basket full of yarn and needles and one of (ahem, unfinished – looks familiar) projects. Hey, and only 1500 pieces! That’s enough to keep your favorite knitter busy for a long time. Go here for more details.

Happy Holidays – All Hat Patterns 50% Off Until Dec 31!

Happy holidays! All Momogus Knits hat patterns are 50% off (that’s a mere $2.50 apiece) through December 31. Knit up a quick present or make one for yourself! Go here to see all 18 patterns.

The sale includes our newest pattern, the Easy Colorwork Hat! It’s a great way to introduce a little color into your knitting – the Fair Isle band makes a cozy double layer of fabric right around your forehead. And it’s sized for teen up to manly man.

NS37 – Easy Colorwork Hats!

Hats make great quick presents! We have styles and sizes from baby to adult, classic to cable. And all patterns are only $2.50 now through December 31. Buy one to make for a gift and then buy one to make for yourself! Stock up on basics!

ES4 – Easy Baby Caps
NS24 – Child’s Cable Earflap Hats
NS10 – Adult Chestnut Hill Gansey Hats
NS23 – Adult Cable Ear Flap Hats
ES15 – Easy Adult Caps
ES5 – Easy Child’s Caps

That’s just a sampling, folks! Go here to see all 18 patterns – only $2.50 apiece from now through December 31. Happy Holidays from Momogus Knits!!