It’s been knitting weather lately—grey and raining and hole-up-in-your-apartment-ey—and I’ve been picking up the needles to work on my mason-jar cozy queue (it keeps growing!). There’s something about working from my own familiar pattern, the movement and rhythm and sound of the needles, and the texture and smell of the yarn (I’m currently using wool yarn straight from Mile High Farm in Vermont, and it smells like the best things about a farm) that is ultimately comforting.

In 2007, I began knitting mason-jar cozies for a dear person in my life who wanted a handy holder for her mason jars, and since then have been making them for friends, the occasional random person out in the big world, and even a small batch to sell at a local coffee shop (the lovely Dottie’s in downtown Pittsfield).

Cozies in action at Monument Mountain summit tea party.

Cozies in action at Monument Mountain summit tea party.

I mostly take my time, enjoying the process and experimenting with new designs—and delighting in new yarn. The newest yarn I’m excited to work with is this zebra-striped brown-and-white yarn delivered from the cozy-inspirator herself, from the Guelph Farmer’s Market (Canada!).

Zebra-Striped Delightfulness

Zebra-Striped Delightfulness