Say it with yarn: quick Valentines from a knitter
Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day this weekend? Elizabeth Bagwell has a few last minute ideas – all yarn based, of course!
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I have to admit that the most I’m planning is a trip to Ikea and maybe letting some chores slide. However, if you’re the romantic sort, there’s still time to add a bit of yarn to your celebrations.
1. Wings of Love Heart
OK, there isn’t enough time to make a sweater or even socks (at least, I wouldn’t be able to!) but if you’re a quick knitter, there’s probably still enough knitting hours left to make a heart, with wings! The Wings of Love Heart can be tucked into any briefcase, coat pocket, handbag or decorative box and sealed with a kiss! The Wings of Love Heart is the perfect Valentine’s love token! Use scraps of red yarn from your stash and knit one of these beauties to carry the message of your love!
2. Crochet a gift for the home or their hobbies
If you’re looking for something even quicker, a small, thoughtful gift is the key. Try to find something you can knit that your loved one will use while doing one of their existing hobbies – perhaps a club cosy for a golfer, a dice bag for a gamer, a cup cosy for a coffee fiend. These little cosies will crochet up from any aran/worsted weight yarn you have in your stash.
3. Make something for the home you share
Not everyone will find this romantic, and I certainly don’t recommend you pair it with a gift of a vacuum cleaner or a toaster. But a cute coaster or an adorable love heart is still a charming – and hopefully heart-warming present. You’ll need DK yarn from your stash and we recommend buying a packet of LoveHearts to inspire you!
4. Buy them yarn
At first glance, this might sound like a selfish gift, but hear me out. Assuming you have a non-knitter who likes to be knit for, yarn shopping together can be really fun. Say that your gift is the knitting – you’ll make them a ____ (hat, scarf, sweater…) and pay for the yarn. All they have to do is choose it. Together, you curl up with a laptop, browse different options and colours, discuss the merits of pure merino vs acrylic blends vs alpaca.
5. Write them a poem
With yarn in, of course. You can start from scratch or crib from a classic love poem or your favourite song.
How do I love thee? Let me knit the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
my needles can reach…
I’m sure Elizabeth Barrett Browning won’t mind us borrowing her sonnets! What are you knitting for Valentine’s Day?
Last updated: February 9th, 2015.