Monday, April 22, 2019

Dressing Up the Bottles for Earth Day

It's been about 15 years since we bought these stainless steel water bottles and they're still going strong, in spite of a few dents and dings. The big dent in mine (the one on the right) came when it fell out of a backpack side pocket outside a library 13 or 14 years ago.
I've been meaning to make carriers for them and finally got to it this weekend.
These bottle holders allow us to carry them more easily, attach to the backpacks, and, in the heat, helps insulate and keep condensation at bay. I made these out of scrap yarn, starting with a crocheted circle and then continuing on using Tunisian crochet in the round using one colour to pick up stitches and a different colour to work off stitches. I might add a longer strap to mine in case I want to carry it off my shoulder.
stitch detail
I don't remember exactly how much we paid for these at the time, but I don't think it was much more than $30 for the pair, including shipping. We've gotten 15 years of use out of them with more to come, so they've long since paid for themselves. And we've kept 15 years' worth of plastic water bottles from the waste stream. Win, win!

Happy Earth Day!