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A Very Last Minute Valentine’s Day Present

February 8, 2017

Off I go to start with his present!

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Ahhhh… L.O.V.E

It is official! Six more days to Valentine’s Day.

I’m very sure you have someone special in mind; be it mum, dad, a sibling, a cousin, your BFF, the list goes on… Have you figured out what to get for him or her yet? Fret not, I’m very much in your merry band of clueless wagon! I didn’t know what to get for the man (my husband) either. It wasn’t until a few minutes ago that I had my lightbulb moment.

Allow me to tell you the story of my intended present first. I stumbled upon a brilliant pattern on slippers created by Hanna Leväniemi. I was going to make Nan a pair for Christmas. However, seeing that Nan is 92 years of age, I figured that hard floors can be very uncomfortable and I intend to make her pair super plushy by using chunky yarn instead. Her little frail feet are going to thank me for the extra cushioning.

 The green wasn’t on purpose. “We” (I wanted to get the minty ones) thought the colour would be refreshing especially for one of those cold, gloomy days (I still blame the man for this 😄). Nor were the ankle cuffs – this was entirely my fault. In the end, we realised they had an uncanny resemblance to the footwears worn by elves! Hence, the name Elf-ish Slippers. Now, does it mean that we turned grandma into an Elf?

You be the judge. 😄 Sorry, Nan.

The moment I completed my handiwork and took the time to try them on (not before getting caught for shamelessly admiring them), I knew I’m very much in love with Nan’s slippers. I told myself, I had to make me a pair too!

Fast forward a few weeks later, I started making my own pair. I wanted my inner soles more snug so I tweaked Nan’s slippers pattern further. Silly willy me though, for I confidently used the same needles as I did with my scarves’ project. They’re the wrong needle size! I only noticed my mistake when I was about to bind off! No wonder it turned out much larger when in fact, it should be smaller because I’ve reduced the amount of stitches to fit my feet. Oh, unravelling the hours of work put in was too painful to do. What a blunder! Lesson to learn – always check your needle sizes before you even begin to knit.

Moving on… Are the gears in your brain turning yet? Mine sure are. What better way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day? A handmade present – a duplicate of something I love, knitted with plenty of thoughtfulness of course!

You see, we are currently living in a tropical country where floors are mainly tiled in every room. Despite the warm climate, it does get chilly at times (even with our many collections of carpets). I’m going to make the man a pair of the same slippers but in his favourite colour.  I shall also let you in to a secret — that man loved Nan’s and my slippers very much when he became the test dummy.

Believe me you, they will make the sweetest presents! As they say, knitting is unselfish love translated in every single stitch. But don’t stress over it because you could get hold of the pattern for my version here – my Valentine’s present to you. 😉 I’m very sure you can also make a pair of these in time for Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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