Cupid’s Story

You may have noticed, among the sea of knit hearts, a cuddly cupid greeting you from a nearby tree as you entered The Phillips Collection last week. Meet his maker 12-year-old knitter, Antonia Harrison.

(Left) Antonia Harrison, age 12, knitting prodigy. Photo: Inga Gracyalny Garcia. (Right) Antonia's cuddly cupid creation for the Yarning for Love project. Photo: Charles Mahorney

Antonia Jane Harrison started knitting in November 2008 because she wanted colorful, comfortable socks. She is a self-taught and fearless knitter and crocheter. Antonia is currently knitting her way through 2012 with a pair of socks each month. She loves to make toys and designed the pattern for a unicorn (pictured above), modifying Hansi Singh’s Jackalope pattern. Antonia knit the cupid for our project without a pattern, using scrap yarn from her stash. She loves to hang out at The Yarn Spot in Wheaton and Looped Yarn Works in Dupont Circle. After experiencing a yarn crawl last summer in Philadelphia, Antonia is planning a yarn crawl for her 13th birthday.

Won’t You Be Our Valentines?

Hand-knit hearts (and cupid) adorn a tree at the Phillips. Photo: Cecilia Wichmann

Surprise! If you’re walking through Dupont this morning, be sure to head north of the Metro along the west side of Connecticut Avenue up to Looped Yarn Works, then back down and over on R Street to 21st, and of course down 21st to the Phillips. You’ll discover hand-knit hearts weaving a cozy path. We’ll post more photos and stories here throughout the week about how this magic came to pass. A huge thank-you to each of you–knitters and non-knitters alike–who came out for last night’s knit-in and donated your handiwork for this loving cause.


Knit and crocheted valentines warm up sign posts and trees along three blocks in Dupont Circle. Photo: Cecilia Wichmann