Oh my goodness it's SO cold here! I've happily put on layers of cozy clothes and locked myself in the house with plenty of comfort food, several balls of yarn and enough movies to last a couple of days! We are still doing school of course and Dean is going to work, but I for one am staying inside. You couldn't pay me enough to go out, which is totally un-Canadian. But I don't care. It's too cold for me!
One bonus of my self-imposed hibernation has been some extra knitting time…
…which I used to whip up some knit candle cozies.
Aren't they adorable? I know candles put off actual warmth, but now they look warm and cozy too.
While I didn't write a tutorial – since I'm fairly new to knitting and also because candles come in so many shapes and sizes – I can give you loose directions.
For the smaller candle I cast on 8 stitches and then knit until there was enough length to go around the smaller candle. Using the same yarn and a really large needle I sewed the ends together using a blanket stitch. Then I just slipped the cozy over the candle.
For the larger candle I cast on 15 stitches. Then I knit 4 complete rows. For each row after that I knit 4, purled 7 and knit 4. I just kept going until there was enough length to wrap all the way around the candle, then I sewed the ends together. Finally using the same yarn I sewed on two buttons just for show.
My girls, who also just learned to knit now want to make their own cozies – but they want to make them into boot cuffs! Creative!
Anywho, some of my favorite – and fabulously talented – bloggy friends have cooked up some winter inspiration for you today too. You should totally go see!
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods today? Are you hibernating too?