I’m a bit of a nerd. And curious. So I decided to use our Range thermometer to take a long range (100 minutes) of temperatures in 3 different situations with my Bodum French press coffee maker. The Range thermometer hooks up to a tablet and records the temperature over time.
The first was the baseline: the Bodum without any cosy on it at all. (Blue)
The second was the Bodum with the Amsterdam (NL) cosy on it. (Green)
The third done because several people have asked me why I am not making a coffee cozy that goes over the entire French press. So I used my iPad sleeve and recorded the temperature of that as well. (Yellow)
I was surprised by a few things:
- The cozy only makes a difference of about 4-6°C or 7-11°F (with the gap getting greater the more time passes).
- The temperature of the French press without a cozy drops significantly at the beginning. This in itself warrants a cozy since you steep the coffee for 5 minutes before you even pour it.
- The full sleeve only makes a difference of about 1-2.5°C or 2-5.5°F from my sleeve. I was expecting a significant difference since it was covering the top.
Here’s the data in Celsuis (for Fahrenheit, see below):
And here’s a chart to go with it, because we all love information presented graphically:
To me, the 2 degree difference doesn’t warrant the extra knitting and bigger price tag that would come with the full cozy. Of course I’m happy to do it for those who would like it. What do you think?
Update at 9:45pm for the American readers:
Fahrenheit data and chart below:
Long time no write! For some of that, I was actually out of the country on my family’s first ever holiday south (in fact I haven’t been south myself in over 20 years!), where my husband and I visited a coffee plantation and got ourselves some green beans (we roast our own) from the source!
When I got back it was a slow start but now I’m back and in full-on creative mode. However, I’ve been neglecting the blog so I thought I should update you on goings-on.
First of all, I’m excited to announce that Lynn’s Lids sheepy wool dryer balls, catnip balls, and tea cosies will be available in another brick and mortar shop, this time in Millbrook, Ontario, at Anchor & Co, which has its grand opening this Sunday from noon to 5pm at 30 King St. E. in Millbrook. It’s also open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-5pm, I believe. Doesn’t it look like the sweetest little shop?
Once I got back into work mode, I decided the first thing to ease myself in was to customize a French press coffee cosy for my friend Helen of County Cupboard. She choose the green and said she’d like something that looks like a compass. I looked over her company’s web presence and found an image with her new logo in it (right) and thought I’d do a simplification of it:
I was also faced with a little rejection news this week (sadly I will not be a the Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale this September) and had to cheer myself up, so I decided to adorn an orange French press (Bodum) coffee cozy with something that would do just that: Amsterdam canal houses.
And here’s a little video my 8 year old helped me make on Instagram showing you the full 360°:
And since I’ve also been neglecting my Etsy shop, that Amsterdam coffee cozy is up for sale in the Etsy shop, along with another Bodum cosy (click the photos to view the Etsy listings):
I will have to update my website to include coffee cosies as well, now, but it will have to wait a bit as we are starting some spring cleaning around here, and on Monday I am heading to a friend’s farm to see sheep shearing with my boys for the first time! I’m pretty excited and hope to get a few good photos and be able to tell you about the process afterwards.
Other than that, I had a custom order for a family cottage on a tea cosy:
I’ve been working on reusable coffee cup sleeves. They’ll keep your coffee warmer than those cardboard things, and you can use them for years! I’m thinking they may make a great teacher gift, or stocking stuffer come that time of year.
I’ve been enjoying the sun and above freezing temperatures around here:
And I’ve been sketching. Lots of sketching.
P.S. The other brick and mortar shops are the Cobalt Gallery and Clay Studio (sheepy wool dryer balls and natural wool catnip balls) and Furballs Pet Stuff (natural wool catnip balls)
I love custom work. I find the challenge of creating something tangible from someone else’s imagination or an image they send pretty thrilling. And their ideas can be pretty fun!
A little less than 2 weeks ago I got an email request wondering if I could make a cat hat from a schematic. It was perfect, and the new customer even included the colours she wanted from my existing products. Even better.
This was the schematic >
It turns out the schematic was made by a mutual friend of the customer’s and mine, so she knew my work and what I might need from her. I finally finished it last night and I’m quite pleased with the result!
The other custom order I’ve been working on came from someone who had bought one of my tea cosies last year. She was drinking a coffee and thought she could use a cosy for her French press as well. And wouldn’t you know it, that was already in this year’s plan (as I mentioned the other day). So we planned colour and a custom image for her (since she already has the Toronto skyline) and I’m pretty pleased with this result as well! I even gave it a test run today, leaving my coffee in there for half an hour before I drank it and it was still steaming. Hurrah!
They were both mailed today and will hopefully get to their destinations tomorrow or Friday.
This week I’m happy to:
- have finished my major applications for fall shows
- get products ready for 2 shops (more on that another day)
- be working on a couple of new products for the online shops (lynnslids.com and lynnslids.etsy.com) and for fall shows.
- see & feel sun shining and it is ABOVE ZERO CELSIUS!!!!
Several people have asked me at shows whether I do headbands/ear warmers. I don’t wear them so I’ve shied away from making one. I don’t know what finally nudged me to give it a try (probably just the urge to try something new) but I made an attempt around Christmas time, after the custom orders had died down. It didn’t work, but I knew what I had to do to fix it, so I gave it another try a few weeks ago with success:
The photo was well received, and last month at the Leslieville Flea I actually asked someone (she was wearing a headband) who was looking at my stuff if she could do me a favour and try it on and give me any feedback. She said she liked the wide band at the front and assured me that it covered her ears and was comfortable.
Then last week the boys and I were going for a walk with a friend who wears headbands so I brought it along to wear myself and let her test it out and provide feedback. Well, she put it on and wouldn’t take it off… Sold! So I guess that’s pretty good feedback.
I have just knit up and felted a 2nd one (it’s blocking) in purple heather and I plan to make a bunch for fall sales, but I will be sure to post a couple in each of the online shops prior to that.
The other new product I’m working on is one I’ve now had three custom requests for, so I figure it’s time to start making them. The French press coffee cosy! Here’s the first one I made for a friend who lived in Toronto for several years and is now back home in Denmark:
I’m in the process of making 2 more for the other custom orders. One’s just been felted, and the other is being knit up (see below – love that green!). Once they are finished I’ll post photos on my instagram/twitter/facebook/pinterest/google+ and then make one or two for each of the online shops.
Happy sunny not freezing day, folks!