I've been knitting mug cozies lately. They're just little bands of knitting (or cloth) which wrap around your mug or your cup and serve the double purpose of keeping the mug warm and saving your hands from being burned.
The first one I knit was just a simple strip with a cable down the middle.
I wanted to knit something with hearts on it, because I had scraps of red and white wool and it just seemed appropriate. But I wanted a nice finish on both sides. So I taught myself double knitting!
|Scraps - my work station.|
I had to learn to do the tubular cast-on. It's complicated and looks like it would never work out, but then you get this really cool cast-on that doesn't show at all, and you have a piece of knitting which is a different colour on each side.
|After the first four rows.|
And with hearts on it!
It fastens with a little loop and bobble affair, and it's in the shop today!