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« on: March 04, 2008 07:56:28 AM »

Denver, my new hometown as of a few months ago, loves microbreweries.  Colorado has more microbreweries than any other state.  And I am all for celebrating the rebirth of good beer  Grin  So, I figured some beer cozies needed to be made to celebrate my new hometown!

I started by crocheting a circle a couple rows larger than the base of a beer bottle (since I was going to felt, and shrink), then just worked even up to the right height.  I thought it would be cute to replicate the label on the cozy, so I worked a contrasting color in the size of the standard beer label.
Heres a pic of changing color for the label:

And the embroidery stitching I did for the letters:

And before and after felting (the N was my tester):

And one more pre-felting pic with all the cozies ready to go:

Anyways, I love how they ended up, after felting, looking like the letter is cut out of the labelor something Wink  And, I love the idea of everyone at a party having unique cozies so no beers get lost!

Oh, and I'm not advocating the beer in the pics....those are just what we have left over  Cheesy  I am advocating all the fabulous brews that are concocted here - Fat Tire and such.

I am absolutely in love with our new hometown - Denver is a fantastic place to live - especially downtown!
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008 08:12:46 AM »

i love this... !!!!! you did an awsome job.. im not going to pretend what you mean by felting.. but, i think its seriously awsome.!! it allmost reaminds me of yellow tail.. (sorry i'm more of a wine person).. but anyway you rock !
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008 08:52:31 AM »

Great idea, very creative and perfectly executed.

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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008 10:13:27 AM »

That's such a cute idea! Handy too.

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008 10:52:24 AM »

What a great way to identify which beer bottle is yours!
The color choice and the design are wonderful.  Good job!
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008 01:37:25 PM »

I think you did a great job representing your hometown and you have spelled it out in your challenge. You definetly have my vote. What I been looking for to vote on is someone putting their hometown name on their challenge otherwise I couldn't tell by looking at it what their hometown was. You did that. I love the colors of yarn you used as well. Great job!!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008 02:52:04 PM »

Neat Idea.  I like the idea of unique cozies for everyone's beer.  Less likely to be lost (or swallowed) than drink charms.  Since I'm not so good with the needlework, I'm going to have to look into making them out of felt or fleece.  Hmmm...  By the way, as long as you are trying local brews, have you checked out Golden City or Tommy Knocker.  I know the folks involved and they make a some good brews. 

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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008 08:44:07 AM »

Thanks for all the super nice comments everyone  Cheesy

I'm so used to posting on the crochet board that I forget to explain things that I take for granted!  Felting (technically "fulling", but we usually call it felting) is done with a crocheted or knitted object that was made with yarn that has mostly natural animal fibers.  Once you've finished crocheting the object you beat the heck out of it by hand or in the washing machine with hot water and a little soap.  After a few minutes, the fibers have melded together and you end up with a 'felted' object.

Oh, how I swoon over Yellow Tail, too... If only I could make universal red wine glass cozies...............

I forgot to mention in my original post that I used the army-like colors as a nod to the Air Force Academy near us.  Looking back at the photos, the last pic has the most accurate representation of the colors, but all the photos made the colors a little muddier than they are in person.

We have not tried Golden City or Tommy Knocker yet!  I'm trying to plan a "Tour of Beer Country" for this spring/summer and they are deffinitely getting added to the list!!!   Grin
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008 10:39:45 AM »

is that blue moon i see in those super cute cozies?

mmmmm  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008 09:55:28 PM »

Ah Blue moon is delicious!  You can't just ignore the greatness that is inside of the cozys! 

I'm in Fort Collins, which is a HUGE beer town in CO.  We've got Budweiser, New Belgium, and Odell.  Without a doubt Odell is my favorite Colorado beer...they've got Easy Street Wink  Not one to be missed!

Beer is such a great way to represent this state!  I would have never thought of it, but its absoloutly the foundation of our world, haha.
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