Hi guys! How have you been? I don’t know about you, but it feels like February has been flying by. This space has been quiet because I’ve been writing a longer post, and those take more time to finish. In the meantime, short and sweet- those posts really fit much more easily into my days! I wanted to share these sweet little hearts I knit up. I worked on these in the early morning to surprise my boy. When he woke up, he sat by my side while I finished them up, and then helped me put the stuffing inside. B was under the weather and had to miss the Valentine’s Day party he had so been looking forward to. He was such a good sport about having to stay home and miss the festivities, but I still wanted to do a little something to cheer him up.
The pattern is Little Hearts by Susan B. Anderson. The pattern is available for free, and here’s the direct link to print it out. It’s such an adorable pattern, and was so fun and satisfying to knit up. I want to knit tons of these hearts in every color now! I love the idea of making a garland with them, like she mentions in the pattern. The blue heart pictured was knit in Home Worsted Weight yarn, by Barrett Wool Co., in the colorway Bluff. (The pink yarn was some leftover worsted weight yarn I had in my stash.) We stuffed them with a little bit of angora fiber (so heavenely soft!) from our friends at Sugar Bug Farm, and added some lavender we got from Charles Little and Company.
Then they were lightly felted, as described in the pattern. The blue one was a little more felted than the pink, thus the slight difference in size (they started out the same size.) (Keep in mind- if you use a natural fiber for stuffing it will also felt and be a little less “fluffy.”) The knit hearts were still wet and drying in the picture above because they were taking too long to dry by the woodstove and I wanted to take a picture. The finishing touch was when B came and handed me the first forget-me-nots blooming in our yard! Such pretty little flowers. Here in the coastal range of Oregon, we are started to see a few flowers around our yard. What a wonderful treat to see flowers and sunshine, and hear birds- a taste of spring- after the rainy, cold days of winter!
P.S. We’ve been asked which fiber festivals we’ll be at this winter. We will not be returning to Stitches West this year (it’s this coming weekend), but our friend Brooke, at Sincere Sheep, will be there and she has our buttons and earrings in her booth!
P.P.S. I wanted to show you the Valentine’s cards that B made this year. I love them! He gave the original to his dad (sweet boy), and worked diligently to cut out all the copies and glue an agate stone to each one. We got all the names written on after I snapped this picture. The day of the party, when I went to town to go to the grocery store, I dropped these off with his friends so they were able to pass them out for him and collect his. I was so grateful for that.