A Focus on Fiber Arts: Knit a wine bottle cozy
Photo by Ginger Balch A wine cozy is a fun and convenient gift for the holidays.
By Ginger Balch
Posted: 12/03/14, 6:52 PM EST |
I’ll admit it; I’m a sucker for anything that is beautifully or unusually packaged. I don’t know how many times that I purchased something only for its wrapping. A thoughtfully wrapped gift is one that is always appreciated, because it says that you took the extra time, and care, to present it beautifully.
If you give or receive presents of spirits, they usually come in colorful cellophane sleeves or more recently, specially purchased bags.
If you really want to wow your gift recipient, a bottle clothed in a lovely knitted sleeve is just that extra special touch. These bottle covers are known as sleeves, cozies, and sweaters, depending upon the style.
Another simple yet very fast way to dress up your bottles is to make and then tie on a mini pair of mittens, or scarves around the neck of the bottle. Tiny little hats can also adorn the top of the bottle.
The bottle pictured here was knit in the round on double pointed needles, from the bottom, and then works up on a 9” circular needle. This is a somewhat simple style, with a little two color pattern knit in. You could also graph out snowflakes, trees, or stars, to either knit in or stitch over the knitting. You can also embellish to your hearts desire, creating a one of a kind gift bag.
I know that I would be thrilled to receive one of these gift bags, especially if it was encasing a bottle of Prosecco. That’s the real imported sparkling wine imported from Italy, the real stuff, just in case you’re reading this Santa.
This Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1-2 p.m., there will be a free wine bottle wrap up workshop. Participants need to have basic knitting skills. Please call ahead to register and purchase your materials for the workshop. 860-482-3979.
Virginia (Ginger) Balch knits, weaves and spins in all things “fibery” at her shop In Sheep’s Clothing at 10 Water St. Torrington www.in-sheeps-clothing.com or phone 860-482-3979.