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Archive for January 16th, 2011

Warmth: Cup Cozy and More

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

I’ve been knitting!


Warmth is Wonderful

featurebreezeblockankleI released a new pattern called “BreezeBlockers” recently.

The design contains three views: Anklewarmer, Pulsewarmer (wrists without a thumb hole), and Cup Cozy. All three are knit flat, with slipped stitches and a few rows of garter/rib on the edges. These stitch patterns mix up the colors in the yarn. There are built-in buttonholes.

breezecupFISHYou see, when I go for a walk, I want to wear something warm around my ankles. This can keep snow out of my boots, and also keep the wind from chilling me. It’s a real hassle, though, to take off my shoes, put on legwarmers, put shoes back on. I’ve been wishing for buttoned warmers. Here they are!

breezeblockersanklesFISHI’m happy with the stitch pattern. It’s very insulating, and does a great job of making “pooling” yarns not pool. (Pooling is when spots of the same color end up next to each other in the final item, and make strong blobs of color. Some folks like it, many do not.)

breezeblock2yarnbeforeThe pattern takes very little yarn. The pink/red/purple photos here were knit in Mirasol Hacho. I got two anklewarmers and two pulsewarmers for myself out of 100gm of the DK-weight yarn.

The first cupwarmer in silver/green/blue was knit in Crystal Palace Merino 5. The heather gray is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Lite. And then, there is this last green/purple project.

breezeblock2yarnafterTwo strands of sockyarn held together equals the gauge of DK-weight yarn. Here I used leftover yarns from other projects. I found a solid green that worked with the stripe in my ceramic cup, and also found a self-striping yarn with purple, gray, cream, and blue in it.

I picked the yarns because they had colors related to the mug’s pattern (above, before). I held them together as I knit. They worked well (after, below/right)!

What a great way to use the yarn left over after knitting socks! As a confessed tea addict, I think I need a number of these for myself.