Friday, February 14, 2014

This, Is Love

Last week, a really good friend of mine sent me a text that said "I just discovered 2x giant holes in my only pair of hand knit socks circa 5 years ago. Can I mend them?" 

Following the message, was this image.

Valentine's Stripes for Valentine's Day
Wait a minute now... I knit those socks! And I completely forgot about them! And to see that they have been loved for the past five years to the point of big-toe-sized holes... makes me more than willing to cast on a new pair for the girl.

The holes in these socks my friends... is love. 

And replacing them is the least that I can do.

So on this Valentine's Day, I wish you nothing but the kind of love that all the hand knit socks like these ones have received.

Big love to you.
And to your knitting.

Not just today, but everyday.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Some Valentine's Day "Crafting"

It's no secret that my favorite holiday of ALL time, is Valentine's Day. I can't help it! I just... love it. The red, the pink, the sweets, the hearts... it's perfect. It's especially perfect at this time of year. Come on... what else is REALLY going on these days anyway? Not a whole lot other than... snow. And ice. And aren't we bored of talking about all of that already? It's about time that we focus on the bright and happy.

While in the past I have opted to do some Valentine's knitting (see here and here for documentation), this year I thought I would do some 'crafting' instead.

And while I have no issue with 'crafting' generally speaking... I have a hard time bundling knitting and crocheting up into this category. While non-knitters and big box craft stores might argue otherwise, I would like to go on the record as stating that our "craft", is in a league of it's own. But I digress...

Last year, a neighbour of Mary's Yarns posted a video on Youtube of a "DIY Woven Heart". I loved it, and mentally bookmarked it in my brain. And shockingly... I actually remembered and followed through with it this year.

On a recent trip to the Home Depot to pick up light switch plates and a new bathroom faucet, I also swung by the flooring department and snagged myself this big ol' square of wood. But not because I plan on laying flooring anytime soon...

But because I had an odd ball of Cascade 220 kicking around my house.

So, there you have it.

My very own version of a woven Valentine's heart.

What better way to use up that pesky ball of yarn that's just begging to be used?

Action shot at the shop
Should you be so inclined to give this a try out for yourself (or maybe even just mentally bookmark it for next year)... here is the video that inspired me to get all crafty in the first place.

Big thanks to the Blossom Girls for the inspiration.

And Happy Valentine's Eve to all of you.

Icicles at the shop this week

Surely when it looks like this outside, it can't hurt you to find a little love in your heart.

It's most definitely the cheapest way to stay warm this time of year.