|Please don't notice that the Sprite bottle is empty... LOL!!!|
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!**
Small amount of worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Cotton in Purple)
Size G hook
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.
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!