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.

 

#valentoes.

I rarely enter contests because it’s not likely I’ll win and I’d rather watch. For some reason, I just loved Pom Pom Quarterly’s brilliant #valentoes competition, which took place over the course of several days last week in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. The call was to post your hand knit socks with the aforementioned hash tag and the magazine would pick a daily winner and raffle off a prize.

I just love sock knitting. Every Valentine’s Day, I gift my guy a pair of hand knit socks, and for the rest of the year, I get to see his appreciation in all the times he wears them (which is a lot). And so, this particular contest spoke to me. So I entered. Two days.

And on the second day, I won. It is still shocking to me, out of so many gorgeous entries, I would be the day’s choice. I won an incredible shocking pink mega skein from Kettle Yarn Co. and I couldn’t be more excited to knit with it.

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.

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.

vday stamp.

I tried my hand at potato stamping the other week in preparation for teaching it in a Makers class. It’s really fun and the Martha Stewart cookie cutter method is easy and filled with instant stamping gratification. I’d use this method to make my own wrapping paper and cards, I think, but I fear trying it on fabric; seems a bit difficult to get the paint even enough.