Ok, maybe I have different standards than other girls. Quirky Valentines gift complete with puns make me the happiest girl in the world. No gift of jewelry or flowers would make me feel like my guy understands me more than the gifts that Z finds.
I am not the type of person to begrudge anyone with presents (especially since I tend to go way overboard for my birthday) … but jewelry, roses/flowers, and candy are what everyone gives for Valentines Day. I wish that someone had some originality.
How is that a meaningful gift when 50 other people are giving the same present to their loved one? Exactly how much thought have these people put into their Valentines Gift? Valentines Day is supposed to be a holiday of love, not mindlessly buying something stereotype just to give your loved one a present.
At this point, you are probably wondering what types of Valentines Day presents Z and I exchange. A few years ago, I knitted a heart for Z which said “You stole my heart with our first kiss!” and he gave me a beanie baby flamingo! (I really love flamingos! Flamingos, giraffes, and tigers must always be seen at zoo visits.)
Last year, Z got a heart covered jar of pecans with a note that said “I’m Nuts About You!” and a DVD of Plan 9 From Outer Space. Why those? He loves pecans and loves Plan 9 … and I am nuts about him. I got a new mixed cd that he had made me and a copy of a Massive Attack album that has special meaning to us. (Plus, our traditional handmade cards!)
This year, was no different with a cross stitch card using pattern from andwabisabi on Etsy (He studied abroad in Austria and can speak a lil German), a working vintage Kodak Instamatic Camera, and a vintage typewriter tin. All of the items (except the handmade card) were usable. Z gave me a handmade card that made me laugh and smile, 2 robot bugs, and some chocolate eggs. Plus, he decorated the apartment with red and pink streamers. It was so much fun.
After making a unique wreath for Christmas, I wanted to make something adorable for other holidays. This is our Valentines Day wreath.
- Size 2 knitting needles
- A frame
- Ribbon (any variety, any size – you pick)
- Pink or Red worsted yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Rogue and some yarn from Cosymakes Knitting Kits)
- Black worsted yarn (at least 24 inches in length)
- Embroidery floss in the desired eye color
- Yarn needle
- Batting (Poly Fil)
- Hot glue gun
- Remove any backing or glass from the frame. Make sure that everything is removed so that the frame will lay properly on the door or wall.
- Knit 2 hearts using Anna Hrachovec’s free heart pattern and size 2 knitting needles. You must make 4 sides for 2 hearts. Do not felt these pieces.
- Sew the hearts together and stuff with batting.
- Embroider eyes as desired. I used the Japanese anime style of happy eyes and used our eye colors to designate us.
- Thread your yarn needle with black yarn. Insert the needle into one heart just a little below the eyes and push the needle through. These will be the arms for the hearts. Cut the yarn with a very long tail.
- Repeat #5 for the second heart.
- Knot the ends of the black yarn between the hearts. Determine the amount of hang you want between the hearts when the wreath is hanging.
- Hot glue the other end of the black yarn to the frame.
- At this point, practice hanging the wreath to see how your hearts will hang. If needed, hot glue the hearts to the frame.
- Hot glue the ribbon to the frame.
- Let cool, hang, and enjoy!