Saturday, June 12, 2010

Roy G is now ROY G BI--

and V is just a round of grey away.

Once V is knit, I will take a break (likely tomorrow at WWKIP day!) to weave in ends. I haven't done any weaving in since I completed the first Red stripe—and a misplace snip severed the grey at one point, too, so I have 1 set of grey ends to weave in as well.

Then the heels—and after that, one repeat of of the stripe set, and the sock is done!

Last night, the Bottle sock was finished. At 9 inches or so, it's just ¼ of pair of socks work.
Wool is a good insulator—and it's just as good keeping cold water in a bottle cold, as it is keeping warm feet in a shoe warm.

I might make some more—I have this metal canteen bottle and collections of other bottles.. a wide mouth one (easy to add ice cubes too) and narrow mouthed one (easy to drink from) a Rubber made square one (easy to fit in freezer.)

(Ideas like that are easy—doing the actually knitting--Knitting up all the other ideas, is the hard part!)

I knit a lot I think, and I still have way more ideas than time!)

My son, and his family have a family of water bottles too, as does my daughter, who also uses refillable water bottles, not bottle water. I could make water bottle socks of scraps or partial skeins for everyone --since almost everyone I know could use one.

When they were kids, we often traveled with glass lined theromoes—We just never were ones to use disposable stuff.. (Both my parents and in laws were big thermos users too.)
I still have a few thermos bottles around—but I use them less often these days.

YOU could make one for your self.

You'd need about 20 to 30 gm of sock yarn—or a few coordinating (or not!) scraps to equal that weight.

Cast on 8 ( I used a collapsing loop cast on).
(and goodness its a water bottle sock—PRACTICE that cast on here—if its not perfect, so what!? )
I increased 8 stitches, every other round K1, m1 (8 times) a plain row, K2, M1 round, then plain round; with the number of K's increasing every other round.

I used a YO as the M1, and knit it through the back loop to close the hole (mostly). This increase will keep the base flatter (and not domed or cupped)

When I had enough (how many is enough? Depends on your bottle) at 9.5 stitches per inch, 80 stitches turned out to be enough for me.. but YOUR number will be larger (or smaller) depending on your yarn, your needle choice and your gauge.

Once I had enough, knit straight, (no increases) till it was long enough (8.5 inches for my bottle) then a round of eyelets, (make an even number! 6, 8, 10--but not 5, 7 or 9!) followed by an inch or so of ribbing.

A crocheted cord, or an I-cord—threaded through the eyelets to secure the sock on the bottle. A bit of ribbon or an shoe lace would work, too, if you have them handy, or if you run out of yarn.

3 comments:

JelliDonut said...

Great gift idea since I know so many people with the Sigg-type bottles. Thanks!

VCFibers said...

Thanks for the water bottle cozy pattern! I'm thinking it would work equally well for wine bottles. My mother just commissioned me to make 3 or 4 for her friends' birthdays.

Safranit (Safra-knit) said...

Wondeful water bottle cozy! Now my daughter won't be able to slam her bottle around!