I ended up deviating from the set pattern, but I did stick with my own interpretation of love.
My boyfriend and I go to different colleges (we met in high school), so I only get to see him one weekend a month. We decided that he could visit me the weekend be for Valentine's Day to celebrate the holiday together, and I knew I wanted to get him something special.
What could be better than handknit socks?
He'd told me over the phone before that his house is extremely cold--he often wakes up seeing his breath, and his room has no carpet. He hinted to me that he wanted me to knit him some socks, and I was determined to knit them before he came to visit. I chose a nice charcoal grey yarn called "Sweet Licorice," which instantly made me think of his favorite candy: pure black licorice. The really good kind. So, I knit the cuff of these socks with alternating 4- and 2-stitch cables to resemble licorice. I've officially dubbed these socks "Black Licorice Socks."
So, I wrapped up the socks and packed them with a bag of his favorite black licorice, and what do you know?
He loves them.
Remembering the little things, and making something for the ones you love the most. To me, that's love.
Happy early Valentine's Day, everyone!