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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Recycled Yarn Holder

Recently, Jake and I discovered two of the greatest things known to man.  Sprite Zero and the Market Pantry Cherry Limeade water enhancer (Target brand, in the Kool Aid section).  Do you know what combining those two things makes?  A really, really good Sonic Cherry Limeade clone!  And it's sugar-free, but it doesn't taste sugar-free!

Please don't notice that the Sprite bottle is empty... LOL!!!
Here's the 'recipe':
Fill a quart sized mason jar (or any other big ol' summertime cup) with ice.  Pour in Sprite Zero to cover ice. Add two squirts of the Cherry Limeade flavoring.  If you happen to have a wedge of lime, give it a squeeze and then toss it in too, because it's extra awesome with a wedge of lime... Stir with a straw, and then take it outside to enjoy while you watch the kids play in the sprinklers.



This has left us with an abundance of 2-liter bottles that we have to recycle.  There's a little recycling center about five hundred feet from our house (don't ask, it's weird) which we regularly take our cans and bottles to, but there's something that I really like about the Sprite Zero bottles.  They're really clear, and they've got cool texture, and grippy parts.  I can't explain it.  I just dig the design.  So, I thought I could make something crafty and yarn friendly with these cool bottles, and recycle them in a different way.

I am always on the lookout for cheap (but cool?) yarn holders.  So I went on a search to find the best soda bottle yarn holder out there.  I discovered some really great ideas, particularly this article by Teresa Gunderson, but none of the bottles were pretty.  I mean, I don't need it to look like it's not a empty bottle, but I was looking for some flair!  By the way, read Teresa's article, the idea of storing yarn in the bottles to keep it dry and clean is brilliant by itself, but then adding that she throws the bottles into her project bag for on-the-go crafting?!!  Did you hear that noise?!  My brain just exploded.  Why, oh why, has it never occurred to me to use two liter bottles when I'm traveling with my crochet projects?  My spindles are rad, but they are heavy and not appropriate for travel...  Yet my yarn still wants to roll around on the floor.  That cinched it.  Now I had to make a yarn holder.  And I knew just the bottle I wanted to use...


I peeled off the Sprite Zero label and discovered that underneath the bottle was segmented by little ridges. Perfect!!!  I cut the bottle apart, using the ridges as guidelines so that my cuts were straight.  I cut the bottle at the top ridge and at the middle ridge, which gave me three pieces to work with: the top, the bottom, and then a little 3/4" strip from the middle.  I set the middle strip aside and focused on the two big parts.


You're going to need a 14" or longer zipper for this project.  I used an 18" zipper, because that was what I had.  The circumference of the bottle is 13" so we're going to have to customize the zipper, like how I showed you when we made the Work-In-Progress Bag.  But first, we're going to hot glue!

Hot glue the zipper to the bottom section of the bottle (quick reminder, it's really hot! Be careful, Dynamos!).  You want to try to get the teeth fairly near the edge of the bottle, so that it's neat and lined up.  When you get close to the end (beginning!) stop a half an inch or so before you reach the teeth where you started.  Give yourself a little bit of space, maybe a quarter of an inch, and then sew across the zipper teeth to create a new end to your zipper.  Snip off the excess, and melt the edges to keep it from fraying.  If you want to get fancy schmancy, you could crochet a little end cap for this flappy, slightly unsightly, end of the zipper.  Otherwise, let's just move on.

Now you're going to hot glue the other side of the zipper to the top part of the bottle.  This is slightly trickier, since you will have to unzip the zipper to glue it in, and so your zipper to hot glue ratio is going to be a little worse.  Be extra careful.  But on the bright side, it doesn't matter where you start gluing, since you don't have to line up sides or anything.  Yippee!  Try not to get glue on the zipper teeth.  This is important, since the first couple of times you zip/unzip the zipper it's going to be tough anyway. Hot glue on the zipper track just makes it that much harder.  I got one little bonus blob of glue that completely bogged down the works until I snipped it off with some tiny scissors.  Learn from my mistakes, Dynamos!  Take care of your teeth!  LOL!


Hmm.  So we got the bottle together, but now what?  The hot glue and zipper don't look especially good at this point, so I think we should crochet something to cover that part up.  There's not a word, or even a phrase, that I can come up with that adequately describes what that piece is, so I'm kind of at a loss as to what I should call the pattern.  For now, I am going to call it Bottle Flair.  I toyed with Zipper Edging for a few minutes, but Bottle Flair won out.  ** If you have an opinion, feel free to express it in the comments below.  Let your voice be heard!  I will also accept other naming suggestions.  I don't expect that this will be the only time that I make these, and I'd love to have a name that we all agree on.  Dynamo votes count double!** 

Supplies: 
Small amount of worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Cotton in Purple)
Size G hook

Bottle Flair
(make 2)
R1: ch 44, sl st to first ch to join round (44 st)
R2: ch 1, sc in each ch space around, sl st to first sc to join round (44 st)
R3: -do not chain- (skip 1 sc, 5 dc in next sc, skip 1 sc, sl st in next sc) 11 times 
Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Slip your Bottle Flair onto the bottle with the straight edge towards the zipper.  Hot glue the Bottle Flair in place.  **Bottle Flair feels very fancy, maybe Zipper Edging would have been better... It's not too late, place your votes now!**

This is what your finished Yarn Holder should look like.  Unless you used a different color, in which case, your Yarn Holder is going to look different - but similar - to this.

The Yarn Holder in action!  I am very happy with how it turned out.  I think I'm going to make several more, since they will be perfect for multi-colored work.  And, most importantly, my yarn isn't going to roll around on the floor of the car when I go to the drive-in now. 

xoxo

P.S. Don't throw away that 3/4" strip of plastic from the middle of the Sprite bottle.  I've got a project that uses it coming up on Thursday.  In the meantime, have a happy 4th of July!
xo Jaime



29 comments:

  1. My mom votes for Zipper Edging!

    So, the score is tied...

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  2. This is so cute, I always have the hardest time throwing things away because I'm sure they can be repurposed, and this proves it!

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    1. Me too!! If it wasn't for my husband, I would be a total hoarder living in stacks and stacks of cardboard and bits of plastic and string...
      xo Jaime

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  3. this is just too good!!! thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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    1. Hi yarn_lady! Thanks for checking it out!
      xo Jaime

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  4. I LOVE this idea, Jaime; I have heard of using two-litre bottles before but none have been cute, practical, and easy to grip all-in-one! Thanks for the instructions; you are appreciated. ~ Dawn ~

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  5. Hi Dawn! I don't know why Blogger isn't letting me reply to your comment :P Anyway:

    I know, right? That was my problem too. I'm just happy that other people like the stuff that I like! :D

    xo Jaime

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  6. Thrifty yet practical. I really like it!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I like it too! ;D
      xo Jaime

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  7. I love it and bottle flair is a good name. It looks sort of crownish to me though and I think some sort royal reference would be cool. I sure can't think of anything as good as Bottle Flair though :)

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    1. LOL!!! Hi Sylvye! Yeah, I probably wasted a half hour trying to think up a name when I wrote this post. It defies description...
      I agree that it looks a little crownish. Regal Bottle Flair might work... ;D
      xo Jaime

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  8. Hi there, love the idea. Tried it, but the glue melted the plastic. Guess I will try again with a low temp glue gun. I really like your blog. :)

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    1. Sorry about that. Mine melted the plastic a little bit too, so that's why I covered it up with the crochet parts! ;D
      xo Jaime

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  9. dynamos dynamic from zero to hero yarn holder? hmmm thats a lot to type huh?

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    1. Ahahahahahaha, Tami! That is quite a tongue twister! Love it!
      xo Jaime

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  10. What a fantastic idea, so clever. I will be doing this for sure, I have those 3 liter bottles in mind, with a few 2 liters. Thank you for posting and sharing.

    Cheers to the New Year!!

    Emma

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    1. And cheers to you, Emma! Thanks for the kind words! Happy, happy New Year!
      xo Jaime

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  11. Thank you. Much needed idea.

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  12. You could make a hole in the screw on lid to pull the wool through

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  13. This is BRILLIANT!!!!

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  14. What a smart idea! I love this and am going to try it. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  15. If you screw the lid back on with a little of the yarn tail hanging out, the tail won't fall back into the bottle, so you won't have to open it up to dig it out, and you won't have to have a bunch of tangled ends in your basket of bottles.
    Fabulous idea by the way!

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  16. I know this post is old, but I wish I had this when I was crocheting outside last night. It would have kept my stress level down from when I dropped my ball on the porch and across the mulch. If I would have had this, that wouldn't have happened. I purchased your argyle ebook last night. I love your work and so happy to have found you.

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  18. Can you use the same idea for Chunky yarn?

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  19. Great idea but since you are going to make a zipper flounce anyway, wouldn't it be easier to hot glue the zipper to the outside of the bottle ?

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