**The following post was written without the express written consent of my husband. He denies all content.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I won’t lie. This is quite possibly my least favorite holiday. It was alright in grade school. I liked the crafty part of making my own mailbox and then making and signing cards to give to all my class mates. I guess I always had a craft addiction. Other than gradeschool, I can’t remember ever looking forward to Valentine’s Day. In college I dated Phillip pretty much straight through all four years. We broke up and got back together several times. One of these was on Valentine’s Day. He dumped me. This could be one reason why this holiday isn’t my favorite. A few years later he never showed up for our date because his mother had reclaimed her car that he was using and taken it to Columbus to visit her father. (I try not to think this was because she hated me). He had no car and apparantly no access to a telephone to call me and let me know what was going on.
After we bought our first house, spending large quantities of money on this silly holiday sorta ceased. Every year I get a box of chocolates from Artfully Chocolate. Sometimes I knit him socks. Sometimes we actually go out to dinner. **Phillip has worked very hard to make V-Day lovely since our college days.*** This year we both realized yesterday that we hadn’t had time to go get cards. We had this realization as we were walking into Target. So we headed to the card section, picked out appropriate cards for each other, handed them over, read them and then put them back and moved on with the task at hand: finding an allergy cover for our new mattress. Really, why do we need to purchase, sign and seal cards for Valentine’s Day?
Tonight Phillip got reservations at Virtue Feed & Grain, which is really quite exciting. I love the decor and the beer cocktails. I have to decide whether it is appropriate to bring a small knitting project with me. Normally dinner out means knitting time but something about it being Valentine’s Day makes me think that I can’t bring knitting along…will have to ask the husband how he feels about this since he is buying dinner.
But really if this holiday is about love and showing love, I want to spend it with both my husband AND some wool. I will take any excuse for casting on a new project. Perhaps another pair of socks tonight…
If you don’t have a Valentine’s plans yet, check out the take home dinners prepared by our friends at Nickell’s and Scheffler. You can grab and take home petit beef filet with sauteed mushrooms and port wine sauce or a salmon roulade with leeks and spinach and a greek yogurt and dill sauce. And the chocolate cream pie with espresso brownie crust for two is a nice touch!
And just in case someone in your life hasn’t gotten you a Valentine’s Day gift yet or you want to spoil yourself with some yarn love, you might want to jump over here, to our newest club with shop favorite Neighborhood Fiber Co.
Need some inspiration? Check out our Valentine’s Day project recommendation: the Valentine Cardi from Spud & Chloë. Here are the project details:
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Fine (65 g/248 yds): 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) hanks for finished measurements at bust: 32½ (36½, 40½, 44½, 48½, 52½)”
Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm) 32″ or longer circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: In Lacy Rib, 20 sts and 32 rows = 4″.