Apologies for the radio silence, my lovelies. My little guy is getting over a cold and hacking cough and in the way that these things go, it looks like the hubby and I will not be escaping this one. I've been trying to rest in advance of my day trip to Paris tomorrow (sorry, but I do love saying that I'm going to Paris. For. The. Day! not anything you'd ever get to do in Canada at any rate!). I'm sure it's going to be awesome. Just as I'm also sure I'm going to need all available reserves of energy!
My darling better half (he really is better!) is sending me to Paris for the L'Aiguille en Fete knitting and stitching show for Valentine's Day. Actually, I think Valentine's Day is purely happenstance - out of the rest of the days that the show is happening (over a weekend), the Eurostar tickets jumped in price considerably!
Since there's no way I could do anything for him that would even begin to compare to that, I knit him a pair of fingerless mitts:
Click the photo to go through to my project notes on Ravelry, but I can tell you that they are the the Garter Stitch Mitts by Ysolda - and available as a free Ravelry download.
Finishing these up meant that I was also able to complete something for the February LOVE KAL/CAL in the Pre-Process Knitters group. This month's directions were to knit something for someone you love, or use something from your stash that you love, love yourself with some selfish stitching, and so on. Any excuse really, that would also allow you to bust out some red and pink yarn.
Since I need a new project like a need a hole in the head, I did a quick search on Ravelry for some fun (and even free!) options in case anyone out there is looking for something red, or with hearts, so that they can feel the love with their own projects for the rest of this month:
1. My Vampire Boyfriend
I *love* Kate Atherley's designs and this one for Knitty is super cute. Red, with cable hearts, on socks. Fantastic combo! Her fave vampire? Spike. Find some Nosferatu-coloured yarn and cast on for these!
2. Geek love
Robots need love too. How adorable is Louie the Lovebot by Rebecca Danger? She designs all those cute knit monsters and this sweet guy would really make a little person's day. Or how about these Love Bytes Robot Mittens by Grace Schnebly? It is February after all, and these colourwork mittens knit in a worsted weight are sure to be super toasty.
3. For Mom
Definitely less painful (and permanent!) than an "I love Mom" tattoo - show mom you care with this Winged Heart Tattoo by annypurls. I'm thinking it would look great just about anywhere - or add some dried beans or rice with the stuffing for some added heft and make it a paperweight!
Do you have any favourite "love" or "heart" themed patterns to share? I'd love to add them to my favourites on Ravelry - please leave your suggestions in the comments!