Friday, January 01, 2010

Coffee Cup Sleeves


Inspiration comes from everywhere! For instance, I received a Tassimo coffee maker from my family this year for Christmas. I have always wanted to brew up my own lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos. Experiencing that final burst of steam when the creme ends it's frothing cycle right in my own kitchen is divine! The aroma sends me to new heights!

Knitting these coffee cup cozies occupied my New Year's Eve and New Year's Day holiday. There are so many free patterns on the internet, that I couldn't decide what to make. First of all, here are some very simple slip-on designs by Diana Madill shown on a web-site entitled canadianliving.com. I altered a few of them by adding on a row or two of black on the tops and bottoms, embellishing with a vintage button. I tried knitting them on double pointed needles, tried working them flat and sewed up the side seam. Honestly, knitting them flat is quicker and you really can't tell the difference once placed on your cup.

And even best of all, maybe I can actually lessen my impact on the environment by saving a small tree by knitting these cute personalized coffee cup sleeves out of scraps of worsted weight yarn instead of the paper sleeves at our local coffee shop. Keep a couple in your car for that cup on the road!

16 comments:

Terri said...

Nancy you knit up some of the coolest things...and these are so smart! So useful and "green".

Debra said...

Nancy these are lovely. Very neat. Perhaps I will stop over for a latte' and we can admire your handiwork?

FOREVER JANN said...

Very clever and unique. You knit marvelous and create such wonderful pieces. Thank you for commenting on my blog anniversary Nancy, so glad you have been my friend this past year. Best wishes for your New Year!

JASA said...

Very cute Nance. My mom is still knitting wash cloths (your "signature" pattern). =)

Miss you.
Happy New Year!

Her Art Nest said...

Hi Jen,
So....how's it going? Can't wait for your new baby to arrive. Thanks for your kind words in regard to the mug sleeves. I have finally put the washcloths to rest for awhile. I am now obsessing with this new idea, changing, modifying, hoping for the perfect pattern to enter my knitting world. Happy New Year to you, too! Hugs, Nance

Nancy said...

Nancy: The coffee sleeves make me wish that I liked coffee! I think that I will make a few for friends that do drink coffee. I am still knitting the wash cloths. Have a happy New Year.

Patti's Artful Design said...

Love your blog and your "Coffee Cup Sleeves!"

claudia said...

Nancy it's a Great idee, I lik it so much........thanks
xo

snowbear said...

Love the cozies with the black edges... makes the "pop"!

whymsicalmusings said...

WOW Nancy you always make the neatest things! You are such a creative talent!

I don't drink coffee but I know these would be great on a cup of hot chocolate...MMMMM I can taste it now:)
XXXOOO
Becky

whymsicalmusings said...

Forgot to tell I am posting your badge I LOVE IT!
XXXOOO

paru's_circle said...

cheers.. to many cps of coffee!! i got mail! sent you an email, thanks! hugs.Px

Her Art Nest said...

Hi Pauline,
So glad to hear that the recipe card finally arrive in Malta!! Gosh, that took almost a month. Enjoy! Happy New Year. Hugs, Nan

whymsicalmusings said...

Just a quick pop by to let you know YOU WON!!!!Congratulations!!!!
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!! HOLY COW!!! I couldn't think of a better person to win:)

Just stop by my etsy store you will find it on the right hand of my blog. look at the collage sheets and choose 6 then email me with the names at
beck51161@yahoo.com and I will send them to you.
XXXX
Becky

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Nancy! These are so beautiful! I love the stitches and the colors. I bet they feel sooo nice and snuggy all warmed up from a cup of one of your yummy hot drinks. I wish I could knit like that! I want one of those machines too! ... Thanks for your get will wishes for my guys! xoxo

pinkglitterfae said...

these are gorgeous! what a great idea!
I can't knit so I always appreciate those who do...

xoxo
betty