Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine Birdie

I can't let Valentine's Day go by without making at least one Valentine's card. For this one, I used the Valentine Bird design from Heart In Hand Needleart. I picked all my own colors and added that funky little striped heart.. free form heart stitching. The brown is a little lighter chocolate than the photo would have you think. I like the sparkly stickers too, although you can't see the glitter in the photo. I'm not always happy with my cards, but this is one of my favorites.



With that half skein of Patons Classic Wool blue denim yarn left-over from the last pair of gloves I made, I figured I'd try out a different pattern. These are made from the Honeycomb Wristwarmer pattern. I love them! They are a bit longer than the Fetching pattern and very warm. The thumb gusset fits just right! They worked up really fast too. The honeycomb pattern is an alternating knit one, slip one stitch so you really reduce the number of stitches from stockinette, say, by 25% if you consider the slipped stitch as 1/2 a stitch. Plus the body of the glove is all stockinette so no referring to a pattern constantly and no pesky cables! The thumb didn't require any extras stitches to be picked up and knit so no big holes to worry about either.



The color is more true to life in these photos:

36 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh I love your Valentine's project! And those mits are beautiful! Love the color!

Farm Girl said...

Hi Annie, I think your Valentine's birdie is the cutest! Lovely warm looking gloves, and such a pretty blue.
Hope you're all set for a nice weekend, I'm sure looking forward to mine.

Jan said...

Your card is adorable. So cute!
You gloves look very warm. I think everyone could use them this winter.

mainely stitching said...

Both the wristwarmers and the utterly adorable card are enough to warm even the frostiest heart. :D

Nancy said...

Your Valentine card is wonderful! I love that little bird. Your gloves are always gorgeous! You do beautiful work Annie.

Jackie said...

I just love your Valentines card! The bird is adorable! You chose great colors and the funky striped heart is perfect. I can easily see why this is a personal favorite of yours.

It looks like you've found the perfect fingerless mitt pattern for you!

Blu said...

Your Valentine card is cute!
The gloves look great.

zoomcity said...

The Valentine card is so cute!! Great job on the wristwarmers. Projects like this make me wish I could knit.

Carol said...

I've always loved that funny little bird with his long, spindly legs! Your card turned out very nicely. Do you make the cards themselves, Annie, or use pre-made ones?

Very pretty wristwarmers, too--I do love that shade of blue (any blue for that matter!).

mbroider said...

The valentine birdie is very cute...

Miss 376 said...

It's so good to hear from you again. I was awake in the night, mulling things over and was thinking it had been a while since we'd heard from you
Love the way you've finished the card, beautiful

KarenV said...

That's a cute card, love the freeform heart :)

Great wristwarmers too, I do love that denim blue shade.

Lee said...

Delightful card the bird is real cute

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Great card, do you actually give them away? I couldn't part with it!

Love, love, love the gloves. I so need to get some friends that knit!

Annette said...

Ow so cute!
What a adorable pattern.
Beatifull knit!!

Elaine said...

That card is just adorable Annie!
Beautiful gloves, love the denim colour.

Kirsten said...

These gloves look extra warm.
Very pretty card. This bird looks like he is made for walking in the snow ;-)

Karen said...

Annie, you did a lovely job on the Valentine card, if you are giving it to someone they are certainly lucky!
The gloves look so pretty and cozy, too!

Pumpkin said...

Look at all the hearts he's pooping out! He must really be in love ;o) Great job Annie! I like the colors.

Another beautiful glove!

Heather said...

What a wonderful card! I am sure the recipient will feel very lucky to get such a great gift. I need to knit myself some more wristwarmers...mine are definitely looking very worn!

Julianne said...

The long legs of that cute bird are enough to make anyone smile.

Rachel S said...

Love those gloves! So pretty, and you can still use your hands!

Gina E. said...

That is one of the cutest Valentine designs I've ever seen! And your stitching is perfect as usual :-) It reminds me to get on with a Valentine biscornu I'm working on for the Stitchin Fingers Valentine swap.
Your mittens/gloves look great - from what we've heard about your weather, you'll be needing them!

Lois said...

Love your Valentine bird! Lovely knitting as always!

♥ Nia said...

Lovely lovely lovely =)
Great choice of colors!
Do you make your postcards or you buy them already cut?

You're a Pro making those gloves! Congrats!!

Michelle said...

Love the card - it is so cute and the colours are perfect! Well done on the gloves too!

CalamityJr said...

What a cute Valentine pattern, and I think the heart you added makes it perfect!

averyclaire.org said...

Your valentine is beautiful and the fingerless gloves have me longing to take time to knit some!!
What nice work you do always!

averyclaire.org said...

Your valentine is beautiful and the fingerless gloves have me longing to take time to knit some!!
What nice work you do always!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your fingers are just flying lately!

Jenny said...

I love both your Valentine card and your wristwarmers! The wristwarmers look so comfortable :-)

Lucy said...

The card is great...I love it!!

Melanie said...

Super cute valentine pattern - I love it! And the gloves are great too. I could use a pair right now, oof, it's cold out this week. *brrr*

Siobhan said...

I like the wristlets! Neat idea. Great finish on the card, too!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Great card! I wimped out and bought one this year.

Mylene said...

Love your card, Annie. So beautifully made and the wristwarmers looks lovely.