Monday, September 5, 2016

For Pretty

Some things really have no good reason for existing. Like this...


It serves absolutely no purpose. But I decided I really, really wanted a lacy knitted thing to put over my water bottle, so I made it.


And I like it. So much so that I'm going to make another just for the other water bottle I have. Eventually.


How I came up with this thing is a long story. Luckily, most of the steps along the way have been documented on this blog.

It starts because I carry water with me to school daily. I carried water with me to my job before this as well (so, we're talking 20+ years). I like my water cold. So, I would freeze it the night before. And this worked, for a while...

But eventually, I discovered that the only way to make sure cracking water bottles weren't an issue was to not freeze water in water bottles. (The comment in that post came from my brother. I took his advice.)

But as one water bottle wasn't enough, I still had a bottle that would "sweat" during the day. And that's when I started putting something over the bottle.

I stopped using that bottle (for various reasons), but I liked having my little cozy on the water bottle that didn't need a cozy. Then I started thinking. Since it was just for decoration, I could go wild and make something just for show. But what did I want that to look like?

I've been pondering this for a year. Or two. I'm not sure. I can take a while to work on something when I'm thinking about it.

This July, I finally got around to designing it. After two or three false starts (read: ripping it out and starting over), I finally finished it just in time to start off a new school year. Hooray!

I bought the yarn for my second attempt. We'll see how long it takes me to get to it.

22 comments:

  1. Gotta love making things just because you can. It looks good!

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  2. This may sound strange, but I've never thought of making a cozy for my sweating water bottle at work. And now, sweating water bottle season is almost over. Alas. I should think about this for next year. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. It doesn't sound strange. I'm the weird one making these things.

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  3. Pretty! But when I looked at the first photo, I had no sense of scale and assumed it was a large, decorative pylon!

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  4. It looks very nice! I think that's a good enough reason for existing.

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  5. It's cute! I really like it. It really classes up the thermos :)

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  6. Great idea, Liz! Like Jennifer, I also thought it was a pylon or a large decorative urn of some kind. It looks great and makes an interesting conversation piece while it does it job of keeping your water cold.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up. I'll have to think about that next time I take pics of something like this.

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  7. I like it! It seems to fulfill the purpose to, doesn't it?

    betty

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  8. I like it a lot! It looks great.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  9. Hi Liz - it does look good - clever ... cheers Hilary

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  10. It's ingenious. I think you should take it to Shark Tank. Or at least start selling them on eBay!

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    1. We may think it's cute, but I rather doubt anyone would plunk down cold hard cash for the thing.

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  11. This is a great idea because the bottle does sweat. I think it is pretty as well

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    1. I did those cozies a while back. This bottle doesn't sweat, though. (Insulated.)

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