lover hat.

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This is the From Norway with Love hat I knit for the doc this Valentine’s Day. I love this hat; I’ve knit several of them, but I think this version might be my favorite.

The main color is Manos del Uruguay Maxima in the slate colorway, which sometimes looks gray and sometimes looks purple, which I love. The contrasting hearts are knit in Malabrigo Merino Worsted in little lovely, which looks bright pink and hot tamale red all at once.

It fits his head perfectly and it was a change up from my usual gift for him–hand knit socks (and that’s only because I didn’t finish the pair I’m working on in time).

More snaps of the hat here.

 

heart shaped eggs in a frame.

For Valentine’s breakfast, since Sean was visiting from Phoenix and we were having a full blown blizzard. Perfect timing to leave the sunny skies of the southwest, right?

My honey oat rustic loaf ; heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the hole in the bread ; butter a pan, place bread, crack egg inside, cook about 1 minute per side and serve. Delicious.

kiss me.

I made this cheeky little Kiss Me banner for my Valentine’s Day decoration this year. You may remember last year I was a crocheting heart bunting maniac; and those are still great hangings for doorways, but there was something about the playfulness and simplicity of this hand painted banner that had me insistent on making it.

What’s more, I had all the items already on hand–so this didn’t require any purchasing of paint or muslin or hanging ribbon. I used a letter stencil to get my letters perfect. Fun, easy, and of course, perfectly cheesy for Valentine’s Day.

conversation hearts.

Yes, I actually did tackle making this hallmark Valentine’s Day candy by hand. Let me tell you, it was a lot of work. The upside? Customizing the flavors, colors, and sayings (though I have yet to write anything on these babies mainly because I was so sick o of working on them 1,000 tiny little hearts cut out later).

I followed this recipe from Serious Eats because it seemed like, with the addition of four ounces of Sprite, this baker had tested and tried and found an essential ingredient the others didn’t have. I don’t know if it made them better, but they came out the exact same texture as the conversation hearts in box we have come to either love or hate.

One important note: I had a lot of dough. I mean A LOT. It takes an entire bag of powdered sugar, basically, which is tons. I’d recommend halving this recipe should you choose to tackle it. I had so much dough and so many little hearts and so much anger by the end, I ultimately tossed a tiny bit of dough because I just couldn’t cut anymore of these out.

I’d like to get a dye pen and mark some custom messages on them, but really, that doesn’t seem like its happening at this point. I did however love that I could customize the flavors; I chose banana (which is my favorite, the flavor really came through and also lends itself really nicely to the chalky nature of conversation hearts), lemon, orange, coconut, and vanilla. I used extracts you can buy in the store and stayed away from peppermint or any mint flavorings because I thought when put in the same jar as the others, they would all taste like mint.

Have you ever tackled some ridiculous project like these? I’m glad I’ve made them and was really proud with how accurately my dyed dough came out, but next time, I’d say this is just one of those things that makes more sense to buy.

norway / love.

I’m not big on Valentine’s Day for the romantic aspect. I could care less about roses and candlelight dinners and expectations. I’m more throw me a mini box of chocolates like this favorite and make all the cute Valentine’s things.

It’s really about the making, isn’t it?

First up, of course, is a hearts hat for February. I knit this one up using two skeins of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in blue surf for the main color and bergamota for the hearts. It came out just as I hoped–slightly slouchy, incredibly bright. I did modify the pattern a bit (From Norway With Love) to accommodate a short heat by putting one less row of hearts in the color work section.

prime rib for lovers.

This Valentine’s Day I tackled a cooking endeavor I’ve never tried on my own, without my mum peering over or, heck, doing it all: the prime rib.

Instead of fighting a million other people on a Friday night, we opted to have a nice, quiet meal and a bottle of wine at home. And my prime rib was perfect.

 

vday heart garland.

I’ve got two of these in my house; one at my back door entryway, hanging from the pillars, and of course, one in the doorway of my bedroom. Valentine’s Day is never really about romance; it’s all about fun little garlands and the color red and candy.

vday for doggies.

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It’s important you treat everyone you love to something special on Valentine’s Day. But I’m a firm believer it should be something unique and handmade, rather than some over the top grand gesture. A meal at home, a hand drawn card, oh, and perhaps, some peanut butter and bacon dog biscuits for your beloved canine.

I followed Sallys Baking Addiction recipe almost to a T, but I added a bit of honey and a dash more milk to my dough to make it a little easier to work with. No other modifications.

These are so easy to make and likely, the ingredients will be on hand in the pantry. Your dogs will love you for it! These ones are for my sir winston churchill the corgi, sean’s boy jack, and some of their friends.

quince and co.

My latest obsession is Quince and Co., a gorgeous Maine-based yarn company that churns out gorgeous designs from various knitters as well. I bought a whole pile of their Lark new american wool to make a scarf from their Stripes Collection for a Valentines day gift, and of course one of the stripes hat for myself.

The Lark is a dream; its so buttery soft for a straight wool, and I love that its all American sourced. I plan on taking a trip to KnitWit in Portland some day to shop their yarns in a local.

valentine pride, 2.14

One of my little knitters has been feverishly working for a week on Valentines gifts for Mum, Dad, and friends. C. ended up making these winged hearts; the one pictured above is for Mum and you can see on her face how pleased and excited she is with the end result.

Nothing is better in knitting than that moment of realization: “I made that!” C. definitely had that excitable moment with this project and I was lucky enough to capture it.