Friday, September 07, 2012

Mug hugs

 For Paint Party Friday I will show you my work so far for Ayala Art´s  29 faces in September. You can find what I did for May´s edition here.
For my other projects each Monday this month I bring you a task to organize your spaces and each Friday something practical for storage or crafty for recycling.

This week we had a look at our mugs collection. How can we tell a mug from another? How can we personalize a plain mug? This week I invited my dear friend Toni from "My world ...sort of..." to show us how.
Toni is a multitalented artist. She is a wonderful card maker with an awesome colouring technique, a seasoned knitter and now she is also dabbling into jewelery making.
Here´s what she does with her mugs:

There are lots of patterns/instructions available on the Web for making Mug Hugs and they are available in all skill levels so even the most inexperienced knitter can find something that they can cope with. So armed with some instructions, some scraps of yarn and a set of knitting needles you will be ready to start.







Most patterns start off with just a few stitches as this is the part that will fit in the handle space on your mug and over the course of about 10 rows you will increase the number of stitches required to form band around your mug. 








It is surprising just how quickly the basic 'hug' knits-up. You can then decorate it with buttons or embroidery...or even leave it plain if you prefer.


When I knit my 'hugs' I knit in a button-hole at the end so that it can easily be fastened around the mug but if you don't feel confident to do this you can use some ribbon to create ties. 









I rarely follow a pattern exactly as I like to 'play' and see what I can come up with. I took the basic pattern and with the addition of a few extra stitches & rows I was able to create a matching 'hug' for my carafe. 








'Hugs' can be quite addictive and it can be fun to create a special one for each member of the family. 





Thank you so much Toni! You can visit Toni at her blog "My world ...sort of ..." for more fabulous ideas.

25 comments:

Lynn Stevens said...

Paula, Love that your doing the faces challenge, sounds like a lot of fun!
and I've seen these sweet mug warmers on Toni's blog. Sure wish I could knit and crochet. They are so sweet
hugs Lynn

Anne Rasilainen said...

Hei Paula, beautiful face! I'm in, too, it is so much fun!
Just love your mug warmers, so cute! Ever done any yarn bombing? ;)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Well done face and excellent mug warmers ~ very creative work ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Susan said...

I am a knitter that just happens to have an incredible button collection. Think I will do some in Holiday colors! Thank you and Happy PPF

misteejay said...

Oh Paula, you do say the loveliest of things. Thank you for having me over to play.

Love the face you have done and look forward to seeing more of your lovely work.

Toni xx

Lynn Cohen said...

Lovely drawing of the woman's head/face! A fun challenge!
And what fun you are having knitting. all your mugs will be so warm and happy this winter.
LOL
HPPF!

Anne said...

Hooray for faces!! :)

Love your hugs. They look like so much fun and too cute!

Christine said...

Lovely work this week!

Faye said...

Your WIP is certainly beautiful. I'm looking forward to see how it progresses. I have never heard of mug hugs before but those you have shown are perfectly wonderful.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

the knitting is very cool and love the idea of the mug huggers... and your drawing is coming along really well too... a productive time for you...xx

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

You sure have a lot going on.

Carolyn Dube said...

Your lady is fab! I am in love with her hair-I am still exploring hair drawing (code for struggling). I'm passing the yarn work idea on to my daughter (she is very good at it)- I am knitting impaired.

Terri said...

Hi Paula -- I love your hugs. I've had a needle in my hand since I was 14 and knitting still evades me. Like your faces and I liked your FB page from my personal and my FB page, so if you like, please do the same, would like to stay connected. Coming from PPF; I'm the Neon Green & Pink Avatar this week LOL Blessings Terri http://morningdewdrops.com

carlarey said...

Love these Mug Hugs; I can see how making them would be addictive.

Your drawing is really good. Can't wait to see what you do with this Faces Challenge.

Kat @ I Saw You Dancing said...

What gorgeous hugs!
I love the portrait you made too.
You have so many talents. Your family is so lucky to grow in the creativity rich and nourishing home you have created.
xx

Makeiteasycrafts.blogspot.com said...

You have definitely captured the look of the model. I love your knitting too! :-)

Jessica Sporn said...

lovely sketch. I have knitting envy... happy PPF.

lorik said...

Drawing a face is such a challenge! Nice line work. And I just love those mug warmers! I hate my tea going cold to fast. thanks for visiting:)

Natasha said...

I love drawing faces, looking back at my first faces, I see how far I have come as well. And Toni...brilliant knitter, she made that seem so easy!! :)

duaa said...

Love the mug warmers! Wish I could make them..they look so cozy and warm and the color of the yarn, that cream is amazing!
Love your blog!

Duaa

Scarlet said...

OMG, those mug hugs are adorable. I'd try my hand at knitting...I used to knit scarves and wore them all year round (the fancier ones).

I like the way your portrait is coming out...very sexy. Can't wait to see her when she's finished! I've joined the challenge as well. :)

Serena Lewis said...

Wonderful sketch!

I love your mug hugs! I like the button idea too. So cool!

denthe said...

Such a fun idea! Really something for a long cold winter. And your face is lovely! Looking forward to seeing more!

Gloria said...

Enjoying your faces and your sharing of crafts, and organizational ideas.

Diana said...

I am really loving all these drawings/sketches. And WOW! I can't believe the number of participants. Good Going, Ayala! Wish I had time to post on everyone's individual submissions.

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