B J ♥’s J W


These sweethearts met 56 years ago. James W. was an army private on leave and Barbara Jean, a high school student. They met at her hometown skating rink and were a couple from that day on.bjjwsweethearts

Barbara Jean is my Mom and after many years of marriage, she became Dad’s caretaker for the last few years of his life until it was over in 2010. They had a good life together. It’s been a few years since Mom has received a valentine’s gift from Dad, but I know she still honors him as her sweetheart. I knit her a gift this year as a tribute to the two of them- Chivalry Mitts
Valentine Day Knitting Mitt Pattern

Valentine Day Knitting Mitt Pattern

Loved how this pattern allowed me to add Mom’s and Dad’s initials to the thumbs.

Cold hands? Warm hearts.


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  1. renee
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    How Beautiful of you do make them for your mom.
    Lovely photo,
    Thank you for sharing it.


  2. Posted February 14, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    How sweet! I love the picture of your folks ♥

  3. Posted February 14, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Oh my… Cute pattern + beautiful story + a personal touch = perfection. Truly touch my heart, happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Laura
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely way to honour your parents on this special day.

  5. Barbara Bagley
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Julie for the tribute to us, your parents! Loving those
    special Mitts and how warm they are! :-) I was also thinking of my parents on this day and ordered a special Angel holding onto two turtle doves. It is the story of Two Lovers and is in the “Blue Willow” pattern, which my Mom had a small collection of. Love you Bunches!!

  6. Suddenexpression
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    How clever! I’m sure your mom loved them! Great personal gift!

  7. Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    A wonderful story, and a great gift!!!!

  8. Mom
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks everyone! I always say that my Mom made me “crafty” because she raved so much about every homemade gift I brought home from school, that I’m STILL bringing her my arts and crafts for her approval. :-D

    You’re so welcome, Mom. Thanks for being a wonderful Mom!

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