The Cure for the Common Wine Charm


Tags: crafts, crochet, beads,

/uploadedImages/GRT/blogs/Jenn/charms.jpgSo, today I’m going to let you in on a little secret that I usually keep to myself: I’m crafty. No really, I am. As someone who grew up a serious tomboy, it almost pains me to say it, but, it’s really true. I spin, I knit and crochet, I weave, I even learned a historical netting technique called naalbinding, which until fairly recently was only the purview of a few Swedish grandmothers. 

This Christmas I finally had to accept it because a significant percentage of the gifts I gave were handmade. One of the gifts made me especially proud.

While the family was at my brother and sister-in-law’s for Thanksgiving, we drank some wine one night. It was typical family time, lots of up and down and laughing and cooking, so people were forgetting whose wine glass was whose. A solution was reached pretty quickly, which was dubbed, “The Redneck Wine Charm.” Jodi had a stash of bread ties, and each of us used a different color. (They suggested that I take this picture and blog about it, so here we are.)

Redneck Wine Charms

Chrochet pattern for Christmas Tree and OrnamentsWell, this simply would not do, so, I set out to make some wine charms. The day that I decided to start the project, Lime & Violet (a great knitting blog) offered a crocheted Christmas tree and ornaments as their pattern of the day.

I thought crocheted Christmas ornaments would work great for wine charms. So, I blithely downloaded the pattern, gathered some colorful yarn from my stash, reminded myself how to read a crochet pattern (and a foreign one at that) and started in on them.

Jennifer Nemec
2/6/2009 4:47:49 PM

Hey Lori. I've been in on the "magic marker party" kind of cup marking. I think my sister-in-law was wanting to use her fancy wine glasses, though. Which I guess makes the bread ties even more fun. Jeanne-Marie, thanks for commenting! I was really pleased to come up with something lasting to do with my beads. They'll go around other things, too -- like basket handles or mug handles. Thanks for reading! ~Jenn

2/6/2009 9:58:31 AM

What a great idea. I have a bunch of hand made beads that have been languishing in a box in a drawer and now the have a purpose. My mom will love them! Thanks for sharing.

2/3/2009 8:21:10 AM

Hi Jenn! I love the idea of wine glass charms! It is common for us around here, to forget which glass belongs to who. When I have a large get together for Thanksgiving or Easter,(usually twenty some people), I use plastic cups. I put a black marker out by the cups, and everyone writes their name on their cup so there are no mix-ups. Not very classy, but it keeps them from getting mixed up, and most people add some personal design touch, depending on their artistry level!

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