I’ve been working on my first tutorial for a little knitting project I’ve been doing:
Voila, the K-cup Cupcake Ornament. Earth shattering, no? Sigh. I know, another knitted cupcake. There are loads of adorable versions already on Ravelry. I made one as a pincushion here a few years ago. Actually, it was in looking over my Ravelry notebook that I remembered that cute, fun, and easy-to-make pincushion. I’ve been in whirlwind of crafting for the upcoming holiday bazaar and trying to come up with cute and easy tree ornaments. So I thought, what if I scale it down, put a hanger on it and bedazzle it with beads instead of pearl head pins? I could make them fast (turns out about 35 min. each)! I could use up yarn and beads I already have! [Editor’s Note: Wha’? Starting a project without ordering more new yarn? That’s not like you…] This could be great!
And then I was struck with my most brilliant flash. What if , to help them hold their shape, – wait for it – I recycled an empty k-cup from our Keurig coffee machine!! I know you’re thinking:
crackpot genius! I am an eco-goddess and this totally makes up for my V6 engine that needs an oil change! I hate throwing out one of those cups each time I make coffee, but I love the Keurig machine. The coffee is great, and I never throw out a half-full pot anymore. We make a fairly endless supply of used k-cups around here, and Handsome has even begun carting them home from the office, too. I can only imagine what kind of freak-show hoarders the co-workers must think we are!
Since I had to make up the pattern for this and keep track of it, I figured I’d make it into a tutorial to post here. It’s nearly done, but needs a few pics in better light. Hopefully, instructions will be up soon and the whole world can begin hoarding dirty, used k-cups! Surely, I have done my bit to save the planet. Eat your heart out, Al Gore.