I had some spare time on my hands before Christmas and decided it was the perfect time to try out this quick pattern for a bottle cosy. It was designed to keep a bottle of champagne chilly, but that's not how it's getting used. pattern is from 50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving from Sixth and Spring Books. I received the pattern for free in an email from the company. Visit their site to sign up for their newsletter. I knit only 4 pattern repeats as my bottle must be smaller than the champagne bottle shown in the pattern image.
on her blog. First time I knit it, I followed the directions and knit a narrow section for the back of the head. See the second photo.
Daughter says this won't keep her ears warm enough, and asked for a modification. This time, I used this cool yarn that we are calling cookies and cream and cast on the full number of stitches and started right into the cable pattern. She loves how it turned out. Next time this will be made with a wool or wool blend for a bit more added wind protection. These are made with worsted weight yarns.
Daughter's friend was over and she mentioned that she had asked for a headband for Christmas but hadn't received one. Of course, I offered to knit one. She wanted something a bit narrower but one that would still cover the ears. And since I enjoy knitting cables I found this one called XOXO Headband and is available for free on Ravelry. I wanted to work with yarn on hand, and used some worsted weight. The buttons are purely decorative, though the pattern instructs to make button holes.
I'd welcome suggestions of teacosy patterns to knit or crochet in future months.
Progress on my second wingspan scarf is going very well. This one is for me to keep.
One final last minute project. A friend's daughter is far away from home for university and she is really missing the farm animals of home. I felt that a few funky chickens would be a fun reminder. Pillow cases are a wonderful gift for any age and they take only a short time to stitch.
Along with the tea cosies and headbands, I plan to stick with more one ball projects as well as work up some kits that I already have in my possession. Instead of piecing, I'll be working on machine quilting all those tops I completed last year.
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