An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

July 25, 2010

Happy Aniversary to Me! And Jac!

Filed under: DIY — Tags: , , — Ethan @ 11:15 pm

This week marks my second anniversary with my awsomefabulous partner. Rather than make you all unbearably jealous by bragging about my relationship, I’m gonna keep this fit for public consumption and brag about something else. I knitted this roughly anatomically correct heart as a gift for Jac our first valentine’s day together. Out of all the things I’ve ever made myself, it’s still one of the few I’m really proud of. Luckily, she liked it too. Or at least she’s nice enough to say so. Behold:

I can’t say I designed it myself, the pattern is available for free from Knitty. My biggest innovation was using a self-striping yarn, Noro’s Silk Garden, to get the color changes. It’s actually knit as a triangular funnel that you divide into two tubes. One tube is long and forks, the other is short and T shaped. You tie them together after you’re done (and in this photo, the knot is a little too loose for my taste). So it comes out like this:

So, happy anniversary to us. Go out and make yourself a stuffed heart; it looks like they’re good luck.



  1. I love you both so hard. Happy anniversary, my lovelies!

    Comment by Samia — July 26, 2010 @ 1:45 am

  2. Omg, I’m tearing up. YES that is one* of the coolest things you’ve ever made, and YES you are the most amazing person on the planet. We have exponentially increasing amazingness. I’m really proud of us, to be honest. Yes, this is one of the least dramaful relationships I’ve ever seen (including my own), but it’s not on accident. You are phenomenal, and brilliant, and emotionally responsible, and you challenge me to grow. Goddamn I love you.

    There. In case any readers were hoping for more cheesiness about our relationship. I’ma go be really cheesy on my blog now.

    *The adorable hand-dyed toadstool rattle you made for Baby Frankie is a close second. Oh, and I’d like to note that the heart was presented in a painted cigar box with dissection pins holding it to the inside. The inside cover of the box says “The heart is an organ the size of your fist.”

    Comment by Jac — July 26, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

  3. Woops, I knew something there didn’t sound right. It’s the heart is a MUSCLE, not an organ. It’s both, but the box says muscle, and that’s cuter.

    Comment by Jac — August 2, 2010 @ 8:44 am

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