You all know that my sister Claudia is very special to me. Well today is her birthday so I hope you will take a minute to visit her blog Mockingbird Hill Cottage, and wish her a Happy Birthday for me. If you already read her blog you know how wonderful she is, if you don't well you are in for a great surprise. Let me let you in on a secret, Claudia is about a million times better in person if that is even possible. She has been there for me every step of my life, she is truly amazing. So will you go over and wish her a special day just for me? And little message for you my sister, you have been such a blessing for me. I appreciate and love you so much. Everyone should be this lucky to have someone so special in their life. As we all know not all siblings are equal.
Now onto bloggy news. Every year I say I am not making things for Christmas presents. I said that the year I made 17 felted bags, the year I made about a million drop stitch shawls, and of course the year I made mittens for everyone I know. Last year I decided to keep it very simple. I made little jar cozies, plopped a candle in and wrapped them up. Again this year I said no presents, and then it hit me like a lightning bolt, cup cozies.
These are so simple to make and oh so fast. I have been accumulating simple cups for a few weeks. I bought most of them at my local Target, but see them everywhere. I used some of the buttons I already had and bought a few more at Joann's.
Crochet a chain just slightly smaller than the width of your cup. Double crochet 7 rows (or as many as you need to cover most of the cup). Single crochet a border, making two chain loops in opposite corners of the rectangle, sew on buttons and you are done.
Or in this case make a large chain loop that will fit over the button and the cup handle from the top and bottom of one side of your rectangle..
I am using a size H hook and Cascade 220 Superwash Paints for these cup cozies. This is a lovely yarn I have had in my stash for several years. I will fill these up with packets of hot chocolate, tea or frankly just some chocolates. Just a little treat to tell my friends I am thinking of them during the Holidays. I have six completed, I know the picture shows five, I made one more last night. I have at least 8 to go. They are so fast to make I should be done in no time at all.
Wouldn't you know the sun peeked out right after the photo shoot? My cups look a bit drab in my photos, so imagine them even better than they look.
A special thanks for all your kind words in my last post. My headache is gone, the sun will shine again and my son will heal. He is off his crutches but tells me his foot is still swelling up like a balloon. I thank you for sharing your stories of being away from your children when they have been hurt, and frankly I just thank you for sharing. I have always said I do not have a big blog, but I have a very personal one and I cherish everyone of you. I would rather have a blog where we exchange information than one with a ton of readers that I can not connect with. If you have no reply comments I can not reply to you, but know I read and reread every comment I get. If you comment and I can reach you, you will get an email comment in return from me.
I am about to start my four days off in a row, yes I should be packing for my trip to Ohio right now but that is not going to happen. So I am going to make the most of this weekend. I am tethered to my house today with lots of people coming over to check things, the air conditioning/heating person, the pest control person, the sprinkler guy, I know that sounds funny to most of you who live in cold climates, we have to have our sprinklers serviced year round here in Florida. The days you are forced to stay home, well I just love them, I can get so much done and out of the way so I can have some time to do fun things this weekend. Even if that involves sitting on my ever widening behind crocheting, that is just fine with me.
Hope you have a blessed day. Are you making gifts for the Holiday's?