String 39 over at Tanglepatterns.com is very much a Valentine's Day pattern. When Adele from http://tickledtotangle.blogspot.com/ suggested we use it she also asked us to use some of our favorite tangles. Those are the tangles we like to call our comfort tangles - or our 'mac and cheese' tangles.
One of the first tangles I learned was 'Bales'. It's so simple since it's based on a grid but the addition of the curved lines make it my go to tangle. Of course I love to embellish things so when I saw how Carole Ohl CZT had adapted 'Bales' into 'Puf', I knew it was for me! I use this version of Bales in almost every piece I do it seems.
And the latest tangle of mine 'Ditto' has been showing up in my work a lot too. The comma/fishie strokes that make up Ditto are comforting to me too. Maybe it's because they are just like the comma strokes that I first learned to do in decorative painting many years ago.
While I was looking through my computer files I came across this picture that was the initial inspiration for the tangle pattern 'Ditto' - I thought you might like to see it here.