Friday, May 31, 2013
The main reason for using wool to knit a teapot cozy is the insulating factor. Wool is a natural fiber and it will keep things warm longer. It is why you may remember the scratchy woolen winter articles your mom would make you wear(well you may not, depending on your age) but the fact of the matter is that it will keep you warmer. Hands down wool will provide maximum insulation over acrylic which is a synthetic fiber. The other benefit of this pattern is the yarn is carried behind which creates the pleats and on the inside air pockets. This combined with the wool make it extremely insulating.
Also, a quality yarn like this will be something that will last and last for year's to come. Yes, it's a little more fussy in that you can't just pop it in the machine to wash/dry, but cleaning it isn't really a huge task either. I simply put mine into the kitchen sink in tepid water with some wool safe liquid soap like Soak and I let it sit for a bit, these detergents do not need rinsing. After it has sat for a bit I drain the sink, gently squeeze some water out and then I roll it into a dry towel to get some more water out. Simply lay on a towel and shape it back into its shape and let it air dry. It's really not a big task, especially for something so small like a cozy.
The one pictured at the top, which I have named 'Splash' I had for sale, but as I was knitting it, I began to really love the colours(which by the way do not even remotely go with my kitchen) - that's the fun part, you can have a tea cozy for different occasions or to match your kitchen scheme. I decided this was a fun tea cozy just to have for the Spring. When Spring was taking forever to arrive I finally decided to pull it from sale and use it in my kitchen, I'm sure glad I did. It really cheered up my tea time when Spring was taking f o r e v er!!
I do tend to name all of my cozies, I base the name on the colour of yarn's used. I adorn each cozy with crocheted flowers of different styles using coordinating yarn. This makes each cozy truly unique. I've yet to knit the exact same one.
So I knit cozies, quite a few actually. I guess I'm slightly addicted to it. Honestly it's probably one of the few patterns that I'd make over and over again. Not only are they so pretty they are very functional and as any good tea drinker can attest a good tea cozy is essential for tea time!
I currently have five tea cozies for sale at my Etsy shoppe and I can do special request orders for different colours if you desire a different colour to suit your kitchen. My colours are based on my tea cozy theme of 'English Gardenparty Tea Cozies', a tea cozy to brighten up tea time.