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« on: April 05, 2008 12:18:41 AM »

What is a zarf, you may ask?  Well, "zarf" is the word for the little thingy you put around a cup of coffee (or tea) to keep it from burning your hands, like the little cardboard ones they have at Starbucks.  I've been on an herbal tea drinking streak lately (and so has hubby), so I decided to make something to make our tea a little more fun. I bought green acrylic yarn, a pack of metallic buttons, two glass mugs, and a pack of "Sharpies" (actually, they're counterfeit Sharpies that my dollar store sells.  The ink is more see-through than a regular Sharpie).  I ended up decorating the outside of the mugs with a Sharpie, and then crocheting two zarfs to go around the outside to keep tea warm and protect our hands (My first ever finished crochet project and my first ever self-created pattern.  I just learned to crochet about 2 weeks ago).  The ribbed zarf and the striped mug are for the hubby, and the bobble stitch zarf and flowered mug are mine.  The grand total came to just over $5 after tax.  Hope you like them!  We're probably drinking green twig tea out of them right now!  By the way, these are much more of a sage green in person, not a bright green like they look on the computer.
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Close up of the buttons.  I added buttons and loops so I could put them around mugs with handles.


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Close up of the drawing on one of the mugs:


Both mugs with white paper inside so you can see the designs:


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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008 12:42:52 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2008 08:35:27 AM »

Good idea, glass gets so much hotter than ceramic, but a word of warning I allow my kids to color on the sliding glass doors in the kitchen with sharpies cause it will come off easily.  If you decide you really like the designs you can redo them in glass paint, I believe plaid makes a good glass paint.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2008 08:46:19 AM »

Yeah, because of the dollar store restriction, glass paint wasn't an option.  (How cool would it be to have a dollar store that sells glass paint?!) We don't have a dishwasher, so I just warned hubby to RINSE ONLY the outsides and SCRUB the insides.  It shouldn't be too much of a problem since they'll only be used for hot tea, and we don't use sugar, cream, honey, etc., that could make them get all gunky.  However, you're right, I may go back over them with glass paint later just to be safe.

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008 11:56:41 AM »

Oh those are darling! I may have to borrow this idea for my daughter's birthday. She loves herbal teas and wonderfully funky tea cups. Would you mind if I borrowed your inspiration?
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2008 02:58:38 PM »

LOL, our dollar store sells "Shlepies". The writing on the lable is very similar to Sharpie, so I bought a pack thinking I was getting an awesome deal.  Roll Eyes Not so much when they don't stay well. Your mugs are really cute, good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2008 06:56:17 PM »

yeah i am also worrying that the marker might come off... but i doubt there is enough on there to poison you guys, right?

very old-school eastern-european looking project, i like it!
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2008 09:06:50 PM »

Thanks!  We've used them for tea four times now, and so far the marker is in place.  If we die from slow Sharpie ink poisoning a few years from now, I'll post a warning before I go...

Solitaire, be my guest - make all you want!  Hope you enjoy making them as much as I did!
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2008 12:28:23 AM »

What a nifty idea! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2008 08:22:37 PM »

These are great!  I may borrow your idea for holiday gifts for a friend.
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