Crow. Chez.

The light isn’t great today, but I did mention some things made from wool in my last post (possibly the one before). And I have an hour or so to get something blogged, so it should probably be those infernal tea cosies, haunting me as they are.

Okay, so I think it was after the superglue incident/triumph that I decided to knock up a little something for my teapot.

I have a small teapot

Did not realise how small until I used it for the first time, poured out two teas and couldn’t get enough for a third cup. This teapot wouldn’t warrant space in the house were it not for its kitsch handle.

Tiny teapot; big guns

Tiny teapot; big guns

It has to stay, though: I love it for its looks.

I have a large teapot

I love(d) my large teapot, but it just doesn’t seem to go with anything anymore.

Large pot; tiny aesthetic appeal

Large pot; tiny aesthetic appeal

That is, apart from the four matching cups and saucers. But who opts for a cup and saucer when you can have a giant mug of tea? Why go tottering off to the kitchen for a refill when your trusty mug holds the right amount already?

Man, my life is a struggle! I have a teapot that is attractive yet tiny. I have a teapot that is large yet dated. I have money to buy a third, adequate-in-both-departments teapot, but my inner Yorkshire/husband doesn’t see this as an appropriate channelling of resources. There is also the very pertinent point that I rarely get the old tea canister down as teabags are so flipping convenient. One really does not require a single teapot, much less three. So two it is, as a barely happy compromise.

Right, what is all this about?

All this is about tea cosies. From somewhere came the idea that I should make a cover for the big pot (probably so that I could use it without cringing). Hence, a somewhat old-fashioned project on the go.

Once I had decided I was covering this bad boy, that was it: I wanted to make it – and finish it – straight away. Or as straight away as possible: I was not in the mood for a protracted project (supergluing the lid back together had, after all, taken quite long enough).

I had a flick through a load of patterns online and found one that Mr M thought was hideous. It used my favourite yarn, however, and I found it charming. This would be an excellent opportunity to use the favourite yarn bought some time ago – er, 2014 – and not yet touched, other than to ball it from its skein. For the yarnists among you, it’s Manos Maxima, and I think the colourway was Fire or Volcano or something along those lines.

Anyway, this post is really just to show you the cosy.

So here it is.

Fun stitch, hey? The pompom and button fastening weren't part of the original pattern; I added them. I have also added a filter to these photos, so they are not truly representative of the vibrant colours, but I was just mucking about with the blog software and decided I liked it. :) 

Then, cosies, plural! Once I had finished that one I got all excited and wanted to make a second immediately. I almost started doing another for the same teapot; yikes! Thankfully, I realised that would be overkill and remembered about my stylish but petite to a fault pot and tackled that instead. Bored of patterns by this time – and to accommodate the fact that this pot is unusually-shaped – I just freestyled and came up with something relatively inoffensive: 

Incidentally, I think Mr M is right about the first tea cosy: I don’t know that I like it, either. Apart from the pompom. Things got so much better once I had added the pompom. Also the punky Vivienne Westwood Anglomania button. That is cool. And the yarn looks dreamy, of course, but then it’s an A-grade yarn.

All things considered, perhaps it’s not that bad. And perhaps, as it’s likely to get tea stains on it before too long, it really doesn’t matter.

So there you go.

(Do you want to go and make a cup of tea now?)