Friday, May 14, 2010

Jar Cozies

Jam Jar Cozies

So far, it's all crochet, which is funny to me. It seems like I'm always knitting and sewing and embroidering, but the evidence appears to show otherwise, and I can't really understand it. Anyway, I have been crocheting since I was a child (with LONG breaks, mind you, I did go through that knit snob phase where crochet was the red-headed stepchild of which nobody spoke) though the only thing I can recall ever finishing ever, besides the hangers, is a probably godawful baby bonnet I designed myself, crocheted for my new baby cousin Sam—he has an orange Mohawk now, and a pierced lip. I made a lot of looooooonnngg crochet chains and piles of random things that never amounted to anything, and it really never occurred to me that I might actually make an object with a useful purpose. Hence my loser crochet skills which allow me to make square and rectangular things only.

Enter the lovely Lucy at Attic24, whose blog is so enchanting I want to put whipped cream on it and eat it with a silver spoon. She whips up some cool crochet things. Attic24 has pretty much been the direct cause of most of my Blanket Sickness (with help from Ann and Kay at Mason Dixon Knitting and the always inspiring Alicia)—it would actually be pretty easy to mention and link both Lucy and Alicia in every one of my blog posts, because they both inspire me just about every day.

Today, it is all about these gorgeous jam jar covers. I implore you to click over to the Attic and look at the tutorial, since even if this kind of thing is super easy for you and you don't need any lessons, Lucy's photos are so yummy. Visit with her as long as you want, I will wait here until you get back.

As soon as I saw that tutorial, my antennae started vibrating, so I went thrifting and bought four short glasses for thirty-nine cents each, dug into my yarn scrap basket (which is prodigious, thanks to my blanket habit) and in an evening had made five jar cozies. Tuck a candle in there and light it, and man! So gorgeous. They look like stained glass, and I wish the photos could show that effect better.

You'll just have to try them for yourself! I used worsted weight yarns and a size 4.0mm hook, and chained 33 to get started, but you can just use whatever you have lying around, and chain however many it takes to fit your jar.