A passion for tea cosies
Who would have thought that knitted tea cosies could be so engrossing? For me they are the perfect accompaniment to freshly brewed leaf tea in your favourite teapot.
For more than a year now, all things tea cosies have been a passion. From the middle of the night internet searches for free tea cosy patterns, to buying the limited number of tea cosy books on the market, to my expanding stash of wool, to matching wools to patterns – I’ve had lots of fun deciding on the right cosy for a particular teapot and person.
Tea cosies are as individual as the teapot they dress. Each tea cosy, though a small project in itself, is a real labour to ensure that it matches its teapot and potential owner! During the construction phase I place the tea cosy on various teapots on my mantelpiece or buffet, looking at them every which way to see what finishes would suit. Many is the time I have adapted patterns mid-cosy, tweeking to get the desired effect and create that successful cosy! Some cosies are knitted quickly whilst others languish waiting for inspiration with regards finishing or decoration. Some teapots prove particularly difficult to clothe as a new teapot may supplant them as the best fit for a particular cosy.
The tea cosy symbolises warmth, family and community. Tea cosies make perfect gifts and I love being able to personalise a tea cosy for a friend. Many of my knitted cosies have found a home with people I care about. I think they appreciate that the gift is home made and the effort that has gone into its creation.
And, like Cecily who made a cup of tea when she was unable to make a decision, (http://www.cecily.co.nz/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=131&category_id=11&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2), I find that sitting down to a pot of tea, with that accompanying sigh, definitely sets me up for my day, is key to my welcome of family and friends, and relieves tension at the end of the work day.