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Gift #2 Done!

Posted by mtmom on December 9, 2010

2 Coffee Cozies or Sleeves, in Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool

and modeled on relevant Paper Cup

This Ann Budd “Coffee Clutch” pattern was originally published in her book, Knitted Gifts, but was offered for free in the November 19, 2010 issue of Interweave’s Knitting Daily e-zine.  Don’t stretch it when you block it; you want it to keep its elasticity and “pull-in” so it’ll grip the cup.  I tried 2 different bind-offs on these:  modified traditional BO on dark, sewn BO on light sleeve.  Not sure which I like better, nor which will serve better in actual use.  I think firm edges and snug fabric might be better than extra stretchiness, to prevent the cozy’s slipping too far up the cup — you don’t need as much stretch IF you know exactly the circumference you want.

I’m also working on some temari balls for Christmas tree ornaments — maybe gifts too.  You can find the Lion Brand pattern for 3 styles here.  I had never heard of this craft before, but Wikipedia has an interesting, very short article here.

"Starburst" temari ball, in 4 colors of Vanna's Glamor yarn

Excerpt from Wiki article:  “Temari balls are a folk art form that originated in China and was introduced to Japan five or six hundred years ago. ‘Temari’ means ‘hand ball’ in Japanese. Embroidered balls may be used in hand ball games.  Historically, temari were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos. Pieces of silk fabric would be wadded up to form a ball, and then the wad would be wrapped with strips of fabric. As time passed, traditional temari became an art, with the functional stitching becoming more decorative and detailed, until the balls displayed intricate embroidery. With the introduction of rubber to Japan, the balls went from play toys to art objects, although mothers still make them for their children. Temari became an art and craft of the Japanese upper class and aristocracy, and noble women competed in creating increasingly beautiful and intricate objects.”

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One Response to “Gift #2 Done!”

  1. Jean said

    I’ve made cozies for my mugs before out of wool, they worked great as far as insulating, but did not keep their shape. I was thinking of perhaps making one and sewing some elastic to the top so they will stay up. How is the Fisherman’s wool to knit with? Do you think it would make a good cardigan?

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