I've never had a flowery tea cosy, nor a lined one either for that matter. After stealthily inspecting a few tea cosies on my travels and pouring over several vintage patterns, I knew that lining was definitely the way to go. Anything to keep the tea hot for longer, yes? A drawstring at the top was a must too, for one must be able to check the level of the pot without removing the whole cover.
It was also my first time making a twisted cord. What fun! Having the middle daughter holding the end onto a doorknob while I inserted a pencil in the other end and twisted and twisted the lengths until they doubled back on themselves. Magic!
I think it's rather fitting to have a flowery tea cosy to place on the table at this time of year, don't you? And it really does keep tea hot for longer!
The body was knit in Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply wool in a basket weave stitch while the flowers were created by following the directions from this book. The lining was knit in garter stitch. Handspun/hand dyed scraps were used for the flowers and I relented and crocheted the centre of the daffodil as knitting it on four toothpick sized needles just wasn't happening for me.
There is just something about the ceremony of sitting down to tea, isn't there? It forces one to stop and breath in a moment or two of calm before resuming the busyness of the day once again.
Have a woolly project to share, either finished or in the making? Tell me, I would love to hear!
Feel free to link to your project in the comments section. :)