Valentines Knits for Even the Most Bitter

Valentines knits for even the most bitter. Tis the season for chocolate and wine. Regardless of the whole love situation.

Valentines Day has never exactly been my favorite holiday. Although I do like the chocolates. Otherwise, meh. Call me bitter. I am.

This year is a bit different for some reason. I think it’s Reed. He wanted another party. Apparently he didn’t get his fix back in December for his birthday.

I told him if he was good, he could have a Valentine’s Party. Oh did he light up with a glow specific only to a young child who knows they have cake and cookies in their future. It’s cute to watch.

Although I did have to explain that his party would not include innumerable gifts. I think he gets it.


His little friends have been invited. Via text. I know. I KNOW. I had visions of some adorable toddler craft session to make invitations. You know, where I would be INCREDIBLY patient with scissors and glue sticks and layers upon layers of paper hearts and glitter glue.  I wouldn’t snap even once (Don’t touch anything!) and would calmly direct hand washing at the end of the project (Wash your hands RIGHT NOW or I will never feed you ever again!) But it didn’t happen.

We have two weeks left for party plotting. Already the menu is set: heart-shaped sugar cookies with sprinkles, cake and chocolate frosting (also with sprinkles), and tacos with the fixings. Also: red wine for moms and qualifying dads.

I can’t wait. I hate to admit.

DSC_0009The enthusiasm must be spreading because I impulsively started a Valentines Board on Pinterest, which I have been curating with bizarre dedication to all things in the appropriate color spectrum or otherwise related to hearts. Don’t panic if you don’t have it in you to obsessively bust out a red sweater in the next two weeks. A knitted garland of hearts might be more up your alley. There’s something there for everyone, even the bitter among the knitting ranks. I promise. Take a peak.


I also somewhat (okay, completely) impulsively decided I am going to knit myself a pair of these mittens for Valentines Day. When I knit up a pair for a bestie last Christmas, I fretted they were too bright (Malabrigo Worsted in Orchid). But you know what: I like bright pink. They’ll be absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. And I have a skein left.

Why not?

February’s cold. Mittens are soft. Pink is pretty and uplifting. The end.

I deserve a pair. Even though they weren’t on my bucket list for the year (already, I stray). At least it’s a stash buster, which was a resolution of mine. Partial redemption credit?

I haven’t cast on yet. But soon.



In the meantime, I am rejoicing the survival of January, perhaps the bleakest of the winter months. Today is supposed to be our first non-rainy day in what seems like eternity. Perhaps, just perhaps, I will be able to steal a moment of knitting in a sunbeam (always a favorite of mine) and let my mind wander to thoughts of pink, hearts, chocolate and maybe even a little bit of love.


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  • Reply Monica January 31, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Being a mom of a five year old, who had stressed about parties for those five years, I cannot wait to learn more about your Valentines party! Thanks for your honesty, by the way. Love when I find down to earth, right in my alley blogs!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 31, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Monica. I’m so glad you’re here. Being a mom to a little kid is recording, but not always easy. As you know.

  • Reply Martha Coscarart January 31, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Had to laugh at the “already I stray” …you’re not helping with your lovely Valentine knitting board where I stole 2 more “must knit right now” patterns. Enjoy the party with your little guy.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Martha. It always makes me feel little bit better when I know other people have smiled when I read my posts.

  • Reply Dartmoor Yarns January 31, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I’ve always been very bah humbug about valentines day – although think it lovely your little one has found it a good excuse for a party – go Reed! But when did Valentines become a holiday not just a day?

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      You are right. Calling Valentine’s Day a holiday is definitely overstating it. A good excuse for cake and cookies nonetheless.

  • Reply Andi January 31, 2016 at 9:00 am

    The party sounds like such a lovely time!
    I say yay for deciding to knit yourself some of those beautiful mitts. We all stray sometimes, but I think that is the fun things about our craft…we can.
    Enjoy your sunshine today. 🙂

  • Reply FogKnits January 31, 2016 at 11:13 am

    It’s funny, I remember giving all my little friends valentines made from doilies and pink construction paper and glitter, alphabet macaroni spelling out all their names! Somehow I don’t remember making a single one 🙂

    Apparently my mom didn’t have the patience either 🙂

  • Reply FogKnits January 31, 2016 at 11:14 am

    (spending time on yourself is clearly a better idea! why else would the telephone gods have invented texting??)

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 31, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Exactly! I’m so glad you understand. I hope you had a Lot of good knitting time this weekend.

  • Reply knittedblissjc January 31, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I just brought my daughter to a birthday party for her little friend, and got the invite via text message- I never even blinked, it made total sense! Your valentine’s party is going to be a blast, what a fun approach to a ‘holiday’ that makes many of us shrug our shoulders.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 31, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Good to know. I hope you guys had a good time at the party. And yes, little kids make these “holidays” less painful.

  • Reply caffeinegirl January 31, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I have never been big on V-Day, either, except for when my kids were young. I am going to try to bake heart-shaped cut-out cookies for my students this year, with an emphasis on try.

  • Reply knittingwithheart January 31, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Have a fun V-day party! Here’s another heart you might l to add to your Pinterest board 🙂 ♥ <3

    • Reply knittingwithheart January 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      … oops … “like” … a heart you might like to add to your Pinterest board!!! :-/ ♥ <3

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise February 1, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I LOVE that yarn!!! and I love that you are knitting for you, that is the best present ever. How sweet that he wants a party and that you are up for it. Adorable.

  • Reply Little Church Knits February 1, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Well…for someone who doesn’t like Valentine’s Day, you’re doing all right! Perhaps some heart shaped cookies would improve my point of view 😉

  • Reply woolythymes February 3, 2016 at 4:51 am

    well, that pinterest page of yours just sent me into a black hole that I thought I’d never climb out of (and of course, I had a ball!!!!—oh, my, look out I’m inspired and would have probably already had something cast on except just about everything in my stash is grey….don’t tell, but at the moment, I’m sort of wondering why?) Anyway, I loved your ‘meh’ about valentine’s day—-that used to be pretty much me, too, until 43 years ago (OK, I admit it—I’m r-e-a-l-l-y old) when …………. (drum roll—and angels heralding, please) Christopher was born. It’s has taken on a whole different meaning, obviously. It now means a 5 hour drive and another hamburger cake (he’s gotten one since he was a toddler and to this day that is still the only thing he asks for on his birthday!)—and a celebration with his oldest who turns 13 this year. (Not til the 17th—-I asked his wife to PLEASE start pushing earlier, but no go.) Hope you have a wonderful party…we’ll be partying, too!!!

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