Love & Friendship

Before anything else, thank you all for the feedback and insight you gave me on last week’s YOP post. I really appreciate the time you took to respond and engage in conversation about the situation. I finished the hat and was able to leave it as a surprise when I went into work last Wednesday. The recipient sent me a message — he was very surprised and found the gesture kind and the hat lovely. Said he would wear it in good health, given our relationship, I can’t ask for anything more.

I should have been showing you the second hat in my Hatopolooza series, but I got distracted with these sweet little things. I don’t really do Valentine’s Day but with everything 2020 was and its extension into 2021, I figured I should celebrate every thing and every day as much as I can. I spent Friday night cranking out these pretties to decorate around my home for Valentine’s day and the rest of February.

They were quick and easy to whip up and I did 13 of them in about 2 hours or so of mindful crocheting — taking my time, no rush.

  • Pattern: Magic Heart
  • Yarn: different bits and bobs from other projects
  • The white heart is different from the others in that I used some unspun Tunis fiber, pre-drafted it a bit then crocheted a heart from it. After that, I slightly felted it so some areas are felted while in others the crochet stitches can still be seen.

And on that note, I leave you gentle readers with the first verse of Emily Bronte’s “Love and Friendship” poem on this international day of love.

Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-treeβ€”
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly? — Emily Bronte

Cheers to you today my crafty friends. May love fill your day today and every other day.

23 thoughts on “Love & Friendship

  1. Monica February 20, 2021 / 9:58 pm

    I am glad to hear that he appreciated your very kind gift.

    The hearts are lovely. I bet they set the mood for Valentines. Most importantly, you did it for yourself! πŸ™‚ Great minds think alike…I also did a wooly heart. Mine is knitted.

  2. handmade habit February 16, 2021 / 12:30 am

    Glad to hear about the hat gift – it is so beautiful, and he is so very lucky! πŸ™‚ And those sweet little hearts. They are so cute and colourful and smiling with love. Beautiful Bronte poem!

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 8:29 pm

      It’s funny how little things like the hearts can make us smile and smile and smile when we see them. I’m really glad I made them.

  3. Sandra Licher February 15, 2021 / 10:12 am

    The hat turned out so nice and the tag really takes it up a notch! I need to get some of those.
    Your little hearts are precious! I hope you had a “love”ly Valentine’s Day. My gift was a beautiful snowstorm which I loved! Have a great week!

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 8:45 pm

      Thank you Sandra. You can get the tags (or another style) from Archer Knits on Etsy. There are other sellers but she’s really lovely to work with.

      Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day too, sounds like that snowstorm made the weekend delightfully cozy for you!

  4. pumpkin sunrise February 15, 2021 / 10:00 am

    love the wee little hears πŸ™‚ They looks addictive to make!

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 8:46 pm

      They really were addictive to make. I couldn’t stop making them. Now I want a tree full! LOL!

  5. highlandheffalump February 15, 2021 / 5:50 am

    I’m so pleased your generous spirit and gift was well received. The hearts are lovely and I love the idea of using some roving and then partly felting it. Thanks for sharing the quote.

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 8:52 pm

      I’m really happy it was well received too.

      The hearts were super easy and very addictive to make, the roving idea came to me because I didn’t want to stop making them. LOL!

  6. Becki February 14, 2021 / 9:28 pm

    The hat is beautiful, and I’m so glad it was received well. I also love the sweet little hearts. I hope you have a good week! πŸ™‚

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much Becki, cheers to a lovely week for you too! πŸ™‚

  7. Marsha Noce February 14, 2021 / 7:31 pm

    The hat is great. It looks quite warm and should keep your recipients head warm when outdoors. I am glad he liked it too. Those hearts are precious. What a lovely way to brighten up your home this month.

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 8:56 pm

      I thought we got off from massive snowstorms but February seems to be bringing them on in my area, these hearts are the kind of cutesy project I need to help me get through these grey winter days. πŸ˜€

  8. Cinna Knits February 14, 2021 / 7:25 pm

    The hat look great! The colorway is quite stunning. I’m happy it was so well recieved.

    Your bevy of little hearts are so whimsical! I hope they bring you much joy for the rest of the month, and in the years to come.

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you Cinna! They’ve definitely been making me smile since I made them. I’m about the purchase a little decorative metal tree to hang the hearts and any other decorations my heart fancies this year. πŸ˜€

  9. lovestoswatch February 14, 2021 / 1:45 pm

    now how pretty are those hearts?!

    Good on you on the hat to the “monster”, you are much more generous than I could ever be, and here’s hoping it did started some positive changes in him!

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 8:59 pm

      I’m hoping for the same too, it makes work so much easier when we ‘re decent to each other.

      The hearts are definitely making me smile when I see them. πŸ˜€

  10. knittingissofun February 14, 2021 / 12:56 pm

    Your hearts are so cute and a fun way to decorate!! Love the color of your second hat. Very rich.

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 9:04 pm

      I believe the hat’s colorway is one of the best MadelineTosh has to offer, it’s great on every base.

      The hearts were a pleasure to make and so much fun to look at right now.

  11. Mary-Anne February 14, 2021 / 12:40 pm

    Thank you for the lovely poem. Enjoy your February surrounded by lovely hearts, and I am glad the hat recipient was gracious. Well done!

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you Mary-anne! πŸ˜€

  12. Lucy Bowen February 14, 2021 / 12:38 pm

    That seems to be as good an outcome as could be expected!
    Your hearts are lovely.

    • Nicky February 16, 2021 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much Lucy! πŸ˜€

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