For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese [choose] his make [mate].
My earliest Valentine's Day recollections were decorating a Kleenex box with red construction paper and doilies. These were then placed in the classroom and used as letter boxes for the pending onslaught of Valentine cards. This took place in the 60's when teachers did not mandate a Valentine for each and every child. As you may well guess, the boxes became drops for popularity ballots aka Valentines.
The little hearts above have bred into a large bowlful of Valentines Day softies. The pattern is very simple and quick to knit and can be found here. I use size 4 dpn's and a skein of Classic Elite Sky Tweed. These were felted prior to sewing them up.
I hope you all are showered with hearts, hugs, chocolates, and roses. I was bowled over by my basket of miniature roses that arrived per post at my work place. This morning I was greeted with a valentines vignette of chocolate on the side board. The sender sped south to Miami this morning to bask in boats and sunshine.
Thank you dear, I love you too!