Several months ago, one of my sisters posted a photo of a coffee cup cozy on my Facebook page with a not-too-subtle hint that she wanted me to make one for her. I took a quick look at it and scoffed. Gimme a break! I could knit that thing blindfolded with two hands tied behind my back!
When I said as much to her, her sister-in-law piped up that she also would like one...actually, two. Well, ok. Still, hello? Child's play! I can do it in my sleep. If only I could go to the post office in my sleep, but that is another story.
Cut to several months later. What's that they say? Pride cometh before a fall?
It wasn't the actual knitting that took me so long - as I so boastfully mentioned, the knitting part was quick as a wink. It was (1) getting to the store to buy the yarn. I used Lion Brand's organic cotton, btw. It is really quite lovely. (2) Actually remembering to knit the damn things. (3) Picking out suitable buttons. (4) Debating for a very long time whether said buttons would be suitable and finally realizing that I could just ASK them if they liked these particular buttons. Through the wondrous power of the interwebs, it is possible to *gasp* send images to another person. It took me a while to remember this. And (5, 6 ,7, 8) Sew on the buttons, find envelopes, look up their addresses and yes, get to the post office.
At long last, here they are:
I ended up using moose antler buttons that I had purchased on my very first trip to Newfoundland in 1997. I told them that no moose were injured in the creation of these buttons but now that I think about it, I am not so sure that is true. This is the one based on the photo my sister sent me - a basket weave knit. See? So simple!
Because I felt so guilty about taking so long to actually get these things out the door, I ended up making each of them another one, this time using a cable design.
Lovely, no? I mean, if you think the whole idea of a coffee cup cozy is a good one. I confess that I find them a bit silly. But they're fast to make! Really, you can just bang those babies out. Blindfolded. With your hands tied behind your back.