St. Valentine’s Day round up 2012

Crochet is a versatile craft.

Not only is it great for making objects that can be used over the course of a day: coffee cup jackets, potholders, dishcloths, hats, scarves, bags, blankets, and the always invaluable poncho, it is also exceptionally well-suited to making decorative motifs to coordinate with the season.

Oe I found recently that I think is particularly charming is this American folk-art heart courtesy of the crochet designer Kiel Lemon:

Just Down Lemon Lane's American folk-art heart motif

The shape is exquisite, and while I have not yet had a chance to take hook to yarn and try out the pattern, I was able to contemplate any of a number of uses, including making a series of the heart and then joining them to form a scarf.

Another project that caught my eye (literally, eye candy) was this box of crocheted chocolates by Michele Wilcox:

A box of chocolates by Michele Wilcox for Red Heart Yarns

I am a huge fan of Ms. Wilcox and have made her signature Rose Garden Tote on two occasions.

This felted version made from vintage wools and was a gift for my mother:

The finished (well almost) tote

and this unfelted version made with an assortment of Red Heart Super Saver:

My rose garden tote redux sits in a window seat and gets some sun

Each bag is awesome in it’s own way, and I expect that once I get started on the crochet box of chocolates, I will find that each piece is filled with it’s own delightful surprises.