Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Keep Calm and Craft On/ Yarn Along

Joining Nicole and Ginny today.
Last weekend a friend of mine got married.
It was a second marriage for both of them, and since they would be combining their two established households choosing a present to get them was a little challenging. Who needs one more crystal vase?
So instead, I made them a milk jug cover.

It began as a circle of linen (hence the wrinkles), I used an 8" round cake pan for a template.
Then I did a single crochet around the edge with crochet cotton, folding the edge of the linen under as I went.
Next, I went around with a couple more rounds of crochet, and then beaded each point so that the cover would have some weight and won't be blown away if they decide to use this outside.

I finished up with a monogram of the happy couple's initials.
I wasn't actually able to finish this up by the wedding (she sheepishly admits) but it'll be on its way to the newlyweds tomorrow.
I am reading a new book, The End of Illness by David Agus.
It's full of great information, but the writing is pretty dry, and occasionally feels like a corporate seminar.
Dr. Agus is an oncologist, and though he keeps saying that the book is not about cancer, it's been mostly about cancer so far.
I read this amazing article today about a possible new treatment for cancer without chemotherapy.
Awe-inspiring times we live in.

What are you crafting today?


  1. What a beautiful idea for a wedding gift and one I really want to borrow. My son is getting married in October so now I just need to learn to crochet!

  2. That's a wonderful gift idea! I have often wondered how those sorts of things are made and now I know.
    You must have the patience of a saint for all of that intricate work!

  3. I love this. My grandmother always had a milk jug ion a cold slate shelf in her that she would top with a cove like this with the same little beads to weigh it down. I seem to remember that they were coral and turquoise colour. This has brought back happy childhood memories. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I am reading the same book right now, weird! I love your jug cover, I have always wanted one. Very practical.

  5. beautiful thoughtful gift!!!

  6. That's a really great and very pretty gift idea!

  7. Love the jug cover and handmade gifts top the list for me!! What a lucky couple to open such a beautiful present!! Thanks for sharing and admitting you didn't get it done in time hee hee, that happens to me all the time.

  8. I think it gets harder and harder to think of meaningful gifts, but you did it!! I think they will treasure your gift and thoughtfulness.

  9. What a sweet gift. And isn't it always nice to receive something a little later. :)