So many of you chimed in on my informal cozy poll last week that I just have to share some highlights. These guys can’t wait to hear the results!
As of this writing, we received more than 40 comments with opinions one way or the other on cozies. The pros really won the day—almost twice as many of you support the ideals of a cozy culture than those who are happy with your basic mugs with handles. Maybe this shouldn’t have come as a surprise, seeing as how most of my readers are probably knitters who like the idea of making the world a better place by putting little sweaters on everything.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the comments.
We *all* already use a cozy, the drink sleeve that ends as garbage. A reusable cozy is great for the environment and quietly states: “I’m a yarn lover!”
My daughter takes a hard boiled egg in her lunch every day so I knitted her a little cozy that looks like a bunny. It’s outrageously adorable. I also made some smaller ones to fit on Cadbury eggs. (The pattern is Huggie Bunnies on ravelry.)
When one of my fingerless gloves developed a hole, I turned it into a cosy for my travel coffee mug (which doesn’t have a handle. I’m not anti-handle, but this one had a better lid). I use it every single day and plan to knit more, thicker ones.
Here’s my BIG problem with cozies: they never fit the container that I want to use it on. Seriously.
Cosies are like clunky but warm winter boots. As a teenager, you don’t want to wear them because they look uncool, but as you get older, you realize that what’s uncool is freezing while underdressed because you’re trying to look cool.
I admit I went through a knitting up cozy phase and handed them out many people I know….. It was fun to have a quick knit but now they are mostly used to dress my daughter’s dolls.
Couldn’t a sweater be regarded as a “human cozy”?
I’ve made a couple of “cozies” (more like sleeves — think of what they give you at Starbucks) for my coffee. I have given those away, though, because people (at Starbucks) find them to be really cool, and knowing I can make another one, I just whip off the sleeve and give it to them. I use Cascade Fixation for these.
I’ve never knit a cozy and I thought they were kind of…well, useless. But golly, you cozy-lovers are starting to win me over! And if I ever knit a cozy, it would have to be a mochi-mochi cozy. Fer sher.
I appreciate that sentiment, LauraSue, and I second it!
OK, just one more—from Amanda:
My husband bought an ugly Christmas sweater beer cozy from Target over the holidays. He was shopping alone….
And there you have it: cozies win the day. I can’t promise that I’ll start outfitting my drinks anytime soon, but I can’t help getting a little excited for cozies after all your testimonials.
So, what should strange corner of the knitting world should we debate next?
I would like us all to take a moment today to talk about cozies.
They’ve been coming up in a lot of my recent conversations with knitters, and I’m surprised at how polarizing they seem to be. I’m not talking about tea cozies, which are their own special breed of lovely knitting weirdness.
(That’s the brilliant work of katielewth, who won an honorable mention in our 2011 photo contest for it.)
I’m talking about cozies for everything else, but especially drinks of one kind or another. My gut reaction is to resist this knitting project, maybe because I don’t think anyone has ever desired a cozy. I think of them as the fruitcakes of the knitting world—something everyone has given or received at some point, but never something to really get excited about.
But yesterday I was talking to Esther Betten, one of the owners of Argyle, my lovely local yarn store in Brooklyn, and I discovered that she is a huge cozy advocate. She made two of the three pictured at the top of the post (I digitally added the eyes to the guy on the right—just couldn’t resist), and she passionately related her journey of finding blue mason jars (and accompanying mason jar sip lids) and combining them with handmade cozies for a low-budget and, well, cozy gift. Not only does she give them away, but she also sips coffee out of her own cozied-up mason jar every day.
I can’t question Esther’s cozy enthusiasm, but it seemed out of the blue to me, and I’m wondering if cozies are more popular than I had thought. So I want to hear what YOU think!
1) Have you ever made a (non-tea) cozy?
2) Do you ever use a cozy?
Less important questions:
3) Can a mochi be a cozy?
4) What’s so wrong with mugs with handles?
I’m hoping for a lively debate in the comments, so please don’t hold back!
If lately things have seemed a little quiet here on the blog, it’s because I’ve been working round the clock on pieces for my upcoming show in Berlin for the past several weeks. This is what the floor of my bedroom/studio is looking like these days.
Watch your step!
These twigs and branches are what I’m using as the bases for my pieces. I’ve been collecting them in various sizes and shapes, and I’m trying to let the forms of the wood inspire the scenes that play out on them.
I’m knitting my cast of characters at the same time, and most of them get off to a humble start, stashed away in this plastic bag until I need them.
Working on ideas for a piece is a little like playing with action figures. I experiment with using different characters in different colors, and see what I can make them do in the twigs.
(I’ve been leaving the loose ends on most of the creatures so that I can be really precise when attaching each arm and leg.)
Here’s a piece in progress that’s soon to be ready for assembly. It’s fun and challenging to see how many different ways I can make the monkeys interact with each other and their miniature environment.
Just stitching the little guys on each piece can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the size and detail. It feels like this show is taking all my time, patience, and creative energy these days, but I love a crazy big project and I hope the results will feel worth the work.
I’ll have the full information and more photos soon, but this show will be on exhibit at Smallspace gallery in Berlin April 10-14th, during the Pictoplasma character art festival. I’ll also be giving a talk (open to festival attendees) and leading a knitting workshop with local knitters. Time and place TBA!
I asked all of you to leave a comment on Monday’s post saying what your favorite NYC icon is, and I loved the variety of responses. Out of 127 comments, the randomly selected winner is…
Number 106, written by Venessa!
The subway. it’s always bustling with energy.
I have to agree with Venessa that the subway is one of my favorite parts of the city. Even when it’s slow and a little smelly and kind of screechy, I love that I can take public transportation everywhere from the station right outside my Brooklyn apartment. I don’t miss having a car at all!
So congratulations for Venessa, who will get Lauren’s new book!
Stitch NYC is available at bookstores everywhere, including Amazon. If you have a local yarn store, check to see if it’s there first!
Thanks to Lauren and her publisher David & Charles for letting me do this giveaway!