How are you? Well the Super Bowl is now over, (phew). I am sorry but I for one am really glad; although I did find this Super bowl hat that was kinda cute. Hopefully it was as good for San Francisco and San Jose as they hoped it would be. No we can get into the city again, and talk about something else. Yay! If you like football I guess you will be a little sad for a few months, but really there is more to life, no?
Well it will soon be Valentine’s Day. Upon doing a little research this week I found that most Scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of the Roman emperor Claudius II around 270. Did you realize it went back so far? At this stage the factual ends and mythic begins. According to one legend Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine however continued to secretly perform marriages but was eventually caught and put to death by the Romans. Another legend is that Valentine while imprisoned by Claudius fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed he allegedly sent her a letter signed “ from your Valentine”. But perhaps the most plausible story surrounding St Valentines is one not focused on Eros, passionate love but Agape, Christian love, he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.
Well no matter what story you believe, even if you believe as my father did, that it was just a holiday generated by the greeting card companies, it is still a much celebrated day in many parts of the world. The way the world is today though and the position many people have taken I think you should just love the people around you; if you don’t have anyone around you, just love yourself. There are so many people that are on their own these days. Being alone can actually make one feel pretty bad. Do something nice for yourself for a change. However if you do have someone special enough in your life that you call them a valentine, why not make them a special something that comes straight from your heart.
In honor of this day I have designed a quick hat pattern that is easily completed in a couple of days.
If you would like a copy of the pattern just stop in and we will give you one. This is not just for Valentine’s Day but also to help promote Heart health, and heart disease survivors. This can be made with one skein of main color yarn, and one of the heart color of your choice. I used a light worsted weight yarn; Cascade 220 or 220 super wash would work just fine, or something along those lines. I knit this on a US size 6, 24” circular needle.
You can even use the chart for a nice headband or even a border on a vest or sweater. Look out for more color work classes if you are interested in learning this technique. It is just like painting a picture on your garments
It was fun to design and even more fun to knit. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Make one for yourself and as you are knitting it imagine my warm thoughts in every stitch.
Last Monday, our first Monday of opening was a huge success. Karen had a blast and said everyone was very nice to her and patient as she learns. No matter how many times one goes over things, there is always something not covered in the training so please continue to be patient with her and we look forward to many more Mondays of serving you.
As you know Lesley and I have been meeting with our yarn reps. We are pleased to say we have found and ordered some great new things to increase you knitting and crocheting enjoyment. Of course now we are anxious for them to arrive. Stay tuned for updates on their arrival. We just can’t wait!
Just a quick reminder, Karen will be holding the first of what we hope will be many spinning groups Monday 8th of February from 5:00-7:00pm. This will be held regularly on the second Monday of every month. We are pleased to host a place where spinners can get together regularly to enjoy the company of others interested in their craft, pick up tips and tricks, and gain inspiration.
Well enough from me for this week. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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