I have added another simple quick knit to my designs this week, and already people are knitting it on Ravelry! The mug cozy came about as a request from my step-mum. It was originally a mothers day gift that she asked for. She likes spending time in her garden but is not keen on cold tea. English weather, even in the south of England, not always being that warm (or even slightly warm) she requested something to keep her drinks hot after seeing a mug cozy in a wool shop on holiday. She is rather particular about her weak tea - Earl grey with the tea bag dunked for just a few seconds, milk, and lots of sugar. Not a Yorkshire cup of tea at all!
So I came up with this:
This was made from really lovely handspun yarn that I received in a swap on Ravelry. It knitted to DK weight. The cute little button came from Three Bags Full yarn shop in Halifax. Overall the cozy was very thick and a really good heat insulator, but was a little too tall with this pattern. I had complaints of getting a mouthful of fluff with each sip.
So I was asked for another cozy. I love the braided cable pattern, so I decided to try 4 ply (fingering) yarn and increase the number of pattern repeats. The cozy is shorter so it covers the majority of the mug but leaves the rim fluff-free. The cable pattern also shows up better as well. A much better fit!
The yarn is Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi. It is lovely and soft, and the colour graduations are perfect in this small project. The buttons again came from Three Bags Full - they have a good selection.
So, I am now hoping she likes her new cozy and it keeps that dishwater that she calls tea warm when she is busy in the garden, if the weather ever allows it.