I’m on Facebook and Storenvy!

Good neeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwws, everyone!

I’m on Facebook!  Come and take a gander at my page.  I tend to update that a little more often than the blog.  I always feel like I have to have something substantial on the blog before I post it.  On Facebook I’ll post up little things and sneak peeks as to what I’m working on at any given time.

Come on over and give it a look!  Just click on Lily’s Little Loops and you’re on your way.

 

As you know, I have a Storenvy Shop.  Over there you can order so much more easily than you can through the blog.  Best part is that it’s free for me!  So I don’t have to calculate all the fees that Etsy would’ve given me.  Less money goes to a giant website business and more of that goes to the one single person making all the crochet items you see on this blog and my Facebook page.

The best part is that I’ve linked my shop directly to my Facebook page!  How awesome is that!

It’s so exciting for me to be able to offer all of you several different ways to get to know me and my products.  I have a lot of fun making them, so don’t be afraid to order!

May you always find rupees in your tall grass, friends.

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Keep Your Coffee Warm – With Star Trek

I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on my Spock cup sleeve.  In fact, it’s currently one of the prizes you can win on Absurd Nerd and Geeks Make the Best Parents giveaways!  Click on the links to find the post, enter, and win something!  There are a lot of great sponsors.  You’ll be able to choose between yellow, blue, or red for your Trek cup sleeve!

If you like, head on over to my own Facebook page, Lily’s Little Loops, and take a look around!  I post different things on there.  More than what I do my blog.

This is more than just a sleeve.  A sleeve keeps a small portion of your coffee warm (or cold!).  This thing is a cup sweater.

Coffee too hot?  Plop this thing on there.  I get my coffee extra hot (sometimes 190F) and this thing warms up nicely so my hands are good and toasty.

Get iced drinks in the warmer weather?  This keeps your fingers from getting wet from the condensation.  It also keeps your fingers from freezing off if you get the blended drinks.

And here it is!

To boldly go where no coffee has gone before.

To boldly go where no coffee has gone before.

It was a snow day today when I took the photo, so I tucked my Starbucks holiday cup (Venti size) between two branches of a tree.  I do like the red holiday cups, though.

The sleeve was made with the Grande size in mind since I have that reusable kind you can get for $1 at Starbucks.  But it fits a Venti size no problem!  I don’t yet have one for Tall since I rarely (if ever) get the Tall size coffee.

To order your own cup sleeve, head on over to my shop!  They’re $7 + shipping + tax.  I only have a photo of the blue for now, but you can order all three!

Keep it cozy, friends.

It’s that Time!

As you can see I’ve done a big overhaul of the blog.

First, I have a new shop page!  Now all the items I’m currently offering are listed there on my Storenvy shop!

Second, I’ve changed the overall look of the place.  I’m really enjoying the new header.  Thanks to my husband and a past customer for agreeing to let me use their mugs on my blog!

I’m hooking up some Star Trek cup cozies in different colors to showcase for all of you.  I hope to get them done over the weekend.  I do have a final exam on Saturday, after all.

Stay awesome, you guys!  Now it’s time to hook it up!

A Home for an iPad

I was running to the car the other day after class, my husband right beside me.  We wanted to get home!  I had forgotten that I had put about half a cup of coffee in the bag where I kept my iPad.

Thank goodness it was a hard case!  Coffee everywhere!  Now my iPad case is covered in coffee stains and it stinks of stale brew.  I can’t use it.  It saved my iPad but I can’t use my case anymore.  It’s gross!

So I did what any self-respecting crochet-a-holic does.  I made my own case.

And here it is.

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Using on HDC and DC, with SC up the two sides to close it up, I made myself a little bag for my iPad.  It’s not the cleanest.  It’s not the best.  But it’s plush because I used LionBrand Jiffy Thick & Quick yarn!  It worked up FAST!  I did the handles with DC during class.

I might have to get more thick yarn to make myself a little purse.  I’m loving this thing!

To Boldly Go Where No Coffee has Gone Before.

This is my surprise!  Well, not the pattern I’ve been working on.  But between school, zoo visits, lab experiments, and other such need-to-dos, I haven’t really been working too much on my surprise pattern.  I know I’m running behind, but I’ve still got time before the thing is due.  Yarnbombing takes a while, I think.

So, since my daughter has a crush on Leonard Nimoy, I thought I’d take the time to make a cup sleeve to honor her undying love for a guy who is 80-something to her year and a half.

So, Leonard, this is for you.  This is for Spock.

Cup sleeves

Spock has come for coffee. Let Picard keep his tea, Early Gray, hot.

So here are two of my completed cup sleeves.  They keep your entire drink warm and toasty, rather than just a little slice of it like those coffee cup belts.  It works for cold drinks, too!  I used them for iced coffee and lattes so my hands don’t get wet with condensation.  It’s really nice not to have to wipe your hand on your pantleg every time you put your cup down.  So this works as an insulator to keep the ice from melting as fast, as well as a built-in towel since it’s made with sturdy acrylic yarn.  I haven’t tried cotton yet to see what that does.  I don’t have as much cotton yarn as I do acrylic.

So here are the cups.  The combadge from Star Trek is not my creation.  I got the pattern from here: Birds of a Feather Star Trek Badge crochet pattern.

Enjoy!

Full-length Coffee Sleeve Now Available!

If you’re like me, you go to college.  You wander campus and see lots of people wearing school pride on their shirts, shorts, pants, bags, and what-have-you.

Why not your coffee cup?

Since I go to Purdue University, I thought I’d start there.  Other colleges will be available, too!  The next one I want to do is Indiana University, since I went there at one time, too.

Here is the Purdue cup sleeve in all its glory!

Spirited cup sleeve

For when you want your cup to have spirit.

I followed the same pattern that I used for the previous cup, only I joined in different colors.  Purdue’s colors are black and gold, so I happened to have that yarn handy.  Voila!  A spirited cup sleeve to keep my coffee nice and warm.

I gave the other cup sleeve a test run today and, I must say, it works great!  I like to get my coffee extra hot (who needs taste buds!) but it often became too cool for my liking shortly after getting it.  I was using the atypical cup belt (I refuse to call it a sleeve any longer) so the coffee above and below the belt grew cold very quickly.  Don’t even get me started on the temperature of the coffee near the end!  ICE-COLD, PEOPLE.

So I rectified that.  And I am very happy with the results.

Whenever I get around to opening an Etsy store, this will go for $5 plus shipping!

I’m so happy to have a quick and easy project to do when doll making is getting on my nerves.

My First Original Piece – Crocheted Cup Cozy

As I was drinking my coffee this chill morning, I lamented the fact that it always got cold so quickly.  I already have a cup cozy that I crocheted myself from a pattern I found online.  It’s your typical cup sleeve.  It fits the cup more like a belt than a sleeve.

To use the words from the movie Robots, I saw a need and filled a need.

Introducing my own pattern!  The full-sized cup sleeve!

Behold!

Cup Cozy for the Whole Cup

For when you want all your coffee warm.

Fresh off the hook, my friends.  I haven’t even finished it by weaving in the ends!  It’s my first-ever self-designed item.  Usually I go off of patterns or tutorials, but I didn’t even look to see if this existed.  I knew I wanted one so I made it myself.

I’ll give it a test-run tomorrow.  This one fits the grande-sized Starbucks cup since that’s what I had at the time.  I use the reusable ones you can get for $1.  I figure, why have a reusable cup if you keep using those cardboard sleeves?  It doesn’t make sense!

Now my coffee will be warm all the way to the bottom.