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I just found out that I’m going to have a baby in February. The funny thing is that after I got over the initial shock (what, it’s positive??!) my first thought was: “It’s cold in February. That means I can knit lots of warm baby things!!”
And that is exactly what I plan to do.
So… I “designed” a pattern for a french press cozy. If you’re like me and you take a long time to enjoy your coffee, you may find that the coffee tends to get cold pretty quickly. (No insulation!) This is my solution to the problem. I picked a really bright color that looks cheerful and probably won’t show stains very much. It’s just like the name says: uncomplicated. (As a matter of fact, it’s so uncomplicated that it’s practically not even a pattern.)
Uncomplicated French Press Cozy (to fit a 6″ tall press with a 10″ diameter)
Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky (or whatever bulky wool yarn you want.) The color I used is “Aztec Turquoise.”
Size 10.5 needles (6.5 mm)
Size N crochet hook (9 mm)
Gauge: 12 sitches=4″ in seed stitch
Cast on 19 sts, work in seed stitch (k1, p1 every row) for 10″. Bind off.
In each corner of the rectangle, chain 10 with size N hook. Find the center of the cast-on side and chain 10 there. Do the same on the bind-off side. (click here to see a picture if you’re confused)
Weave in the ends and you are ready to keep your coffee cozy! You could block it if you really want the crocheted chains to look nice, but I didn’t bother.
(click thumbnails to enlarge)
We got a new kitty Saturday. His name is Milo and he is 6 weeks old. As you can see by the pictures, he is incredibly adorable. (aaah! so cute!!) The ravaged toy is the pictures is knitty.com’s “Bubby.” (one of my first knitting projects) Milo has adopted it as his own and he abuses it thoroughly.
These sock were an experiment. I wanted to try combination knitting and I wanted to figure out how to make a garter stitch cuff. I’m pleased with the outcome considering that these were just a trial. The gauge was really off between the two socks because I kept forgetting to use the new method… hehe. The first three thumbnails compare the two socks. It’s really obvious how much better the second sock looks (the one using combination method). It’s a lot stretchier.
The yarn is Fiesta Boomerang in “Clematis.” Other than the cuff, the sock is just an ordinary, top-down sock on 40 stitches with a short row heel.