Forget the roses. Give away the chocolates to someone else. Save the perfume for another day.
Want to know the way to a knitter's heart? Wear something your knitter made for you.
That's it. Simple, isn't it? It can't be faked. It can't be forced. Begging the recipient to wear that scarf or slip on those gloves just doesn't work. But let me tell you this: the sight of someone you loved enough to knit for happily wearing the item you knitted for him or her unleashes a powerful surge of emotions that can lead you into all sorts of wonderful possibilities.
I'm married forty years. (I'm 58 and married my one and only boyfriend. Make of that what you will but I would do it all over again with the same man in a heartbeat. No hesitation at all.) Anyway, I'm married longer than many of you have been alive and I know that while deep all-encompassing love is constant, fizzy, giddy romantic love tends to ebb and flow like the tides.
Last week Goldisox was heading out to the store and he popped up in the doorway of my office to ask if I needed anything and I just melted. Totally head-over-heels fell in love with him all over again. Why? He was wearing the zip-front sweater I knitted for him.
The sweater pretty much did me in. The fact that he was also wearing the Step socks I knitted for him turned me into total mush.
Knitting for someone is an act of love. Seeing that someone loving what you knitted for them? That's just about as good as it gets.