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