Remember when I overdid it with crocheting this Christmas, and injured my wrist the first time? (the second time was this week, sanding and painting. silly tendons and things!) Well, there was a cute teal and mustard pair of fingerless gloves that never got finished. The second mitten never got farther than the cuff. That cuff has been sitting around the house, with no real home. I almost threw it away during a cleaning session last week, when I had an idea.
I’ve been drinking my coffee iced since it suddenly became summer in March here in Kentucky. But I hate the way my glass cup gets my hands cold and wet. And, as you can tell, I ended up realizing that that yellow cuff made the perfect cup sleeve. Eureka!
It also fit on one of my Ball jars, which I also like to drink iced coffee in. You could easily size this to fit any glass or mug, just by increasing or decreasing rows.
Instead of trying to do a tutorial and pretending I invented a pattern for a cup sleeve, I’ll let you do what I did. Visit this pattern for crocheted fingerless gloves on Ravelry. Crochet the ribbed cuff portion. Then stop. And that’s it!
I also have noticed that my ice melts more slowly with the sleeve insulating it a bit.
Oh, and if you want the quickest way to make delicious iced coffee this summer, I highly recommend the Aeropress. I bought mine locally, but you can order it online from Amazon and a bunch of other places. Basically, it makes an espresso-like concentrated brew in about 30 seconds total. You can then dilute that with water for regular coffee, hot frothed milk for a latte, or cold milk and ice for an iced coffee. It’s faster than the cold brew method. And I honesty think that my burr ground whole bean (but cheapo) Aldi’s coffee tastes just as good as a Starbuck’s iced coffee when I make it this way. Sorry for the coffee rant, but I’m quite passionate about my favorite beverage!