August 12, 2010

Really Wild Tea Cosies

Woo Hoo! Look what I just finished! Yes a really wild teacosy! I'm no knitter, no I lie. I can knit and purl, but I cannot read the patterns. I can happily knit if I have someone telling me what to do next and what the stitches are called etc. Six years ago I started knitting socks with my supervisor showing me how to knit. I finished one sock and she left the company so I only ended up with one sock! I should start a new blog called "one sock lady". What do you think? This time my friend Dear Jane started me off with this really wild teacosy. We knitted together a couple of times a week during lunch breaks. In the middle of knitting it Dear Jane went for a six-week holiday and while she was gone I started to read the pattern and I feel that my pattern reading is now much improved. 
This is my teacosy. I used my leftover yarns and op-shop yarns for it. The roses and leaves only need a small amount of yarn. The body itself needs less than a 50gm ball. It could have been the cold weather we have had here that made me want to knit. It was very enjoyable and it was quite easy (when you know how!). I am looking forward to using my teapot  for high tea with Mr. Notjustnat when the weather gets warmer.
This is Dear Jane's teacosy. She used re-purposed wool as well. The photo doesn't show the leaves very well. They are deep green and the body is dark gray. 
I bought a copy of Really wild tea cosies by Leani Prior. Since then I discovered her blog Grand Purl Baa you've got to visit her blog. It's full of wild tea cosies to knit! 
This is the original one in the book. You see how close to it mine is? I think I might take up knitting full time now ha! I started another one for a gift. 
A smaller teacosy that I'm knitting at the moment. It's for a gift. I hope I can find a teapot that fits the cosy! I haven't been so excited finishing something as when I finished this. It's an achievement for me to actually finish something I'm not good at. I like knitting now, I think!


37 comments:

Maree: said...

I saw these at the Textile Show..they are Fabulous!! & So is Yours..Well Done..I am off to look at her blog..Thanks for sharing.
cheers

Janet said...

Oh Nat! I'm very impressed these are awesome. I have a couple of mad Tea cosy patterns too but not from that book. I need it though and resisted at the show. I'm off to visit the blog, thanks for the treat and the link.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Nat how cool is that...I love it!!! Maybe one of these days we'll be able to have a cup of tea using your wild tea cosy...Dzintra♥x

Marydon said...

G'morn, sweet Nat ~ AWESOME, COLORFUL, INTERESTING! I love it!

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Hi Nat!

You did a greally great jon with your tea cozy! I don't knit either and I am quite impressed with your first project.

Keep smiling,
Stefanie

Nedra said...

I think you did a great job! It looks just like the picture. I don't knit either, and dream of someday when I can add in another hobby of making socks.

Needled Mom said...

Those are adorable cozies. Very cute!

Diane H said...

Fabulously Fun! Great job Nat! What a wonderful gift idea - a thrifted teapot and then a knitted teacozy? You may have started a new craze!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Well done, Nat - absolutely lovely!

Heather said...

Wow, you have been busy. Your tea cosy is delightful, and your basket are amazing. Such a talented lady!

Valentina said...

Oh Nat I am in love with your teacosy! It is Gorgeous!!! Can I commission one from you? I am serious! :) It is absolutely adorable. Well done. As a non knitter I am thoroughly impressed! Well done! How fun to have that sense of accomplishment, right? :)

AnnieO said...

Very very fun! I did knit many years ago but only managed a stockinette sweater that I gave my mom. Since then I have stuck firmly to sewing/quilting, and cross-stitch occasionally. Great projects in that book--glad you feel more confident in your pattern reading. Those patterns are another language.

Mrs Quilty said...

Beautiful tea cozy! Looks very hard to make but you did a fabulous job!

Sue-Anne said...

I love your tea cozy! Well done Nat on learning to read the pattern, nothing can stop you now!

Your melon baskets from the previous post are spectacular, you are a very very clever lady!

Anonymous said...

That looks pretty cool Natima, I love it.
This reminds me of the time of our tea party, that was a fun day.

Love Lynda. xxx

Julia said...

Wow Nat, that is so gorgeous...I love it..
well done!
Julia ♥

kaite said...

happy happy teacosies Nat, and don't you feel good succeeding in something new...k.

Michele said...

how colourful, pretty and crazy-crazy! congratulations on your knitting. you are doing wonderfully, I think.

Lizzie said...

Oh Nat, they're lovely! I've nearly bought that book so many times, maybe I'll borrow it from the library just to make one cosy :o)
Lizzie
xxx

Bev C said...

Hello Nat, just love the tea cosy, I was talking to a lady yesterday and she is making some of the tea cosy's from this book to take to Canada for Christmas presents this year. Hope you get to have that cuppa. Love that you used op shop purchases to make the tea cosy.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

ria vogelzang said...

Oohh what a beauty! You did a great job, Nat!
She look so gorgeous!!
I think you can knit anything you want!! And I really understand that feeling of achevement!
Love, Ria.

Astrid said...

LOL! Indeed, that's a WILD tea cosy! It's such a beauty! I love it! I'm sure you can knit anything, Nat. :) Makes me want to do some knitting too... Well, I started knitting a pair of fingerless gloves last year, almost done with one, but.... quilting wins! :))

Terry said...

A most beautiful funny tea cosie for High Tea. Will match Mr Notjustnat's roses.
Patterns arn't that hard to read and fun to finish.
Love it

Kim said...

Oh how cute!
You are just so very talented!
Wish I could come drink tea with you down under :0).

Happy Sewing, knitting, basket weaving, paper making,book binding........okay so is there anything you don't do?

Jacky said...

Well done Nat...your tea cosy is wonderful...very funky!!! Love it! Maybe next time I visit we can have high tea? Might even have to have a little knit up!

You're such a talented person... another craft you've learned. Your friend Jane (and Mr. Notjustnat) must be very proud of you.

Jacky xox

QuiltSue said...

Woww, they are such fun. Well done.

Kathie said...

these are adorable!
very fun would put a smile on my face in the morning!
Kathie

Suedio said...

Oh Nat, your tea cosy is fantastic. How can you help but enjoy a cup of tea from a pot with that cosy on? Well done. I can knit - scarves, just plain scarves. Anything else seems to take on a shape all of its own! So I admire your perseverance. I look forward to seeing your little cosy . . .

Regards, Sue

Simone de Klerk said...

This is so pretty, Nat! I have never seen anything like it. I bet it keeps the tea warm for hours!

Kim D. said...

Wow Nat, for something your not good at, you did an outstanding job. Love your tea cozy. I like those bright yarns that you used.

Micki said...

You did a great job, but I like crocheting more.
Glad that you enjoyed it!
Micki

Elizabeth said...

I am a no pattern knitter as well. Those diagrams? What row are they ever talking about? Knit purl row one thre and seven is a row back and fourth or just one way? I can do it if I can see the real thing, sometimes. But now you've graduated to pattern reading good for you!

Grand Purl Baa said...

Hello Nat
Thank you thank you thank for knitting up my designs so very beautifully. The are just gorgeous. Well done you. Please forgive the delay in my visit. My last couple of weeks have been filled with travelling knitty bookie life. Home now to respond to all those lovely hellos and tom take am leisurely look around the ether, a favorite place of mine.
The very best
Loani

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Hi Nat, LOVE your tea cosie! I see you have discovered the champion of tea cosies Loani Prior!!

I have just sent two that I made off to the Worlds Greatest Tea Cosie Competition that they have in Miles every year. Will be blogging about them soon, just waiting until the event has been judged :-)

Isn't knitting fun!

Ivory Spring said...

Oh my, I absolutely LOVE LOVE it!

Karen said...

Fabulous!!!!!

Dot said...

My oh my Nat - you are so talented! You have done a wonderful job with your tea cosy. I just love it!

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