When I don’t feel well I tend to go to my favorite crafts that I can do from the comfort of my bed or the sofa. I like fairly mindless things when I need to keep my hands busy but maybe don’t have the concentration I’d need to do quantum physics or something. Who am I kidding? I can’t even do regular physics. Or algebra :)
Now crochet, that I can do pretty much do on auto pilot. Hook, hook, hook, bing, bang, boom. So I decided to work up some swatches so that I can do a few stitch tutorials soon. It’s been so long since I’ve picked up my hook and it felt really, really good. And that pretty pink crochet hook, right? I LOVE that hook.
It’s an ergonomic jobby and it’s pretty and it came in a set of 8. A lot of the reviews say that they are pretty but don’t work well, that they flex too much. But I freaking love them. My hand is jacked from losing a finger a few years ago and I’ve got serious arthritis but I can hold this hook for hours. It’s lovely and I don’t know what this flex is they’re talking about but keep that in mind if you decide to click over and grab yourself a set.
But at any rate business was getting all sorts of tangled UP when I was working on checkerboard swatches and it was so frustrating. I thought about getting yarn bowls but I’d need more than one and I’m not familiar with them at all. I think that you have to turn your skein into balls and that takes time and it’s not my favorite thing to do in the world.
And as I sat there with my box of tissues I decided I could pretty much do the same thing with my yarn. I hopped on over to my computer to find the supplies. As it turns out, the best price I could get for what I needed was on eBay at a shop called Serenity Straws. But things didn’t quite go according to plan. I was sitting at my computer and I felt awful. It hurt to sit there and I wanted to get my stuff ordered so I could go back to bed.
For this project you need a hole punched into a jar lid and I didn’t feel like doing that so I purchased pre-punched lids and decided to go with gold for something a little bit different. After I submitted my order I realized that I got the wrong size. Sitting right in front of me were my wide mouth jars and I had just ordered the standard size. Ugh.
I emailed Sieg at Serenity Straws and explained that I ordered the wrong thing and asked if she could help me fix my order. Now I’ve got to tell you that I am all about small business and good customer service and when a shop does right by me I want to do right by them. Sieg was incredibly helpful. She had no idea that I sat on the other side of a computer screen on the other side of the country frustrated and in pain. She just knew that I made a mistake and that I had contacted her asking for help to fix it. But she went above and beyond and it really, really made my day. So if you need mason jar lids, rings, straws, grommets, etc. check out Sieg’s shop over at Serenity Straws on eBay because I’m sure she’ll do you right just as she did me. And good customer service deserves a good turn.
Here I am gabbing but don’t we have a tutorial to get to? Yes, as a matter of fact we absolutely do! Now I made these jars and I’ve been using them since I made them yesterday and they are pretty stinking fab. I absolutely love ’em, love ’em, LOVE ‘EM. And they’re so easy! I’m not quite sure how well these will travel, I have a tendency to be clumsy and glass breaks in a dangerous way but sitting in bed I can sit them in a little box and hook my heart out. Or I can place them on the table next to me on the sofa or in front of me at my desk and things are just lovely.
I’m using jumbo Mason jars that I paid, like, $8 apiece for but you can use a wide mouth jar of any brand or size to properly fit your yarn. And since you purchase items from Sieg in increments of 5 you can make 5 different lid sets and keep them on your jars to be able to just grab and go with the size you need. Cool, right?
Let’s finally get to that tutorial I promised you…
For this project you will need:
- Mason jar + ring
- Mason jar lid with a hole in the center. (purchase pre punched here)
- Silicone grommets (get the smallest for worsted weight yarn)
So you’ll need to drill a hole into your lid or you can purchase them already done up. I went with the already done up because look at how clean that is. I can make my own but it is often jagged and jagged edges are going to snag yarn and give me fits. This was the best option for me and might very well be for you, also. If you drill your own pay attention to the info about size of the grommet you purchase so that you make the correct sized hole.
This is a silicone grommet. They sell rubber one at the hardware store but I’m allergic to latex and those aren’t food safe. These grommets are also used to turn mason jars into drinking glasses with the straw, you know, that is so popular? That makes these food safe jobbies a much better choice if you’re adding kool-aid instead of yarn to your jars. And they come in pretty colors instead of only boring black!
These guys look like a little donut with a gutter in the middle.
These suckers literally just pop right in.
Try to neatly jam your yarn into the jar. Here I’m using Loops and Threads Impeccable in Rich Orchid and Gold from Michael’s. These fit well with room to spare. Though a bit of a tighter fit, you can also get a Red Heart Super Saver in there.
Run the yarn through the grommet.
Pop on the jar and secure with your ring and everything is golden. Seriously, that’s it.
This is one of those things I wish I would have thought of sooner but I’m glad that I’ve got it down now. If your yarn gets crazy tangled like mine does, or if you have cats that randomly attack a skein making it all tangled and full of cat hair, you’re gonna love these simple yarn jars, too.