I chance encounter on an elevator led me to dig out the old crochet needle and yarn and go to town on items destined to be stocking stuffers this Christmas.
No, this chance encounter wasn't a scene from a romantic comedy, but rather, wthile waiting for an elevator noticing that someone had placed a coffee sleeve on the ledge right outside the elevator door. It was a crocheted coffee sleeve, and I had one of those "I could totally do that" moments. Unlike most of those moments I followed through and even took it one step further a. I made the sleeve long enough for the ends to cross over like a scarf, hence Coffee Scarves (trademark pending...).
I have to admit I was so rusty with the crochet needle that I had to refer back to my instruction book because I kept screwing up. Luckily a quick reference got me back in the groove and I'm making these to give to several of my latte-swilling coworkers and friends. I'm keeping a couple for myself, of course - probably the prototype above.
For those who know how to crochet, it's dead easy - three rows of double crochet and one row of single crochet at the top. Sew on a button or other bling, and tie the scarf together in a few places with bits of the yarn.