Proof of Concept

You know that your friends have accepted that you do the whole blog thing when they send you shots of your knitting in action, complete with disclaimer saying it’s ok to use them on the site.  Isn’t living in the future cool?  Digital cameras and email and blogs and countless other bits of impressive technology all working seamlessly together in the service of knitting.  The world is looking up.

Fingers crossed it helps keep their coffee hot long enough to drink it!  They’ve got two energetic kiddos, so I’m sure the caffeine comes in handy.

And you guys totally rock.  The wee hats are selling briskly.  I’ll be able to send a nice check off to the Food Bank (or, you know, click the button on their website, not actually mail a paper check–have to keep up that living in the future thing).  I’m going to send the first donation in January (I figure they get lots of donations in December, and could maybe use some extra help in January too).  You guys are awesome for helping me do this!


I don’t generally fall prey to the cozy craze.  My teapot goes about scandalously unclothed, as does my toilet paper, my coffee cup, and a surprisingly number of other things in this house.  I’ve not yet suffered any noticeable ill effects from this tendency to dishabille, but then I like to live dangerously.

Which is why I was rather surprised when I found myself knitting a wrapper (perhaps if I call it that it won’t seem so cozy-like) for a friend’s french press.  But it seems their coffee sometimes gets cold before they finish it, and they were amused by the idea, so I went for it. I grabbed a super thick yarn in a variegated color (to hide the inevitable coffee drips).  I choose a stitch pattern that was lofty in the hopes that it would be insulating.  I dashed off a quick rectangle (it’s only 12 stitches wide) and whacked on some buttons.  The resulting fabric is stretchy (on the off chance they get a different press or in case my measurements–taken after a few beers–were a bit off), and the buttons can just pass through at any point, so it’s adjustable.

It’s being modeled here by the crock I use to hold my spindles, but I’m pretty sure it will soon be put to service in a more caffeinated role.