Friday, 11 January 2008

Ring A Rosy Tea Cosy

After lots of crocheting over the holidays, I posted off my Ravelry Aussie Tea Cosy Swap package about a week ago. Here's a picture of the tea cosy that I made and two dishcloths/drip catchers that I also crocheted:

The pattern for the tea cosy body came from crochetroo's gorgeous etsy shop. I used a pattern from the July/August 2007 edition of Crochet Today! to make the roses, embellishing the flowers with a few crystal beads, that you can just see in the following shot:

The tea cosy ended up being really flabby at the sides, where the openings for the handle and spout were, so I edged the openings by single crocheting (US terms) tightly through two rows with a 3.5 mm hook. You can see the edging here:

...and here are some more detailed shots of the one of the cloths I crocheted, a lacy dishcloth:

I really enjoyed participating in the swap. The organisation was great, the secrecy made it fun, my partner (alimachenmachen) was very appreciative and it's been wonderful watching as everybody's posted pictures of the tea cosies they've received. There are some beauties amongst them too which, if you belong to Ravelry, can be seen in this this thread. Enjoy!


Ellen Bloom said...

The cosy is adorable! Love the flowers with beads!

Anonymous said...

I came by via Small is Beautiful.

I love the photos you posted of your crocheting! Delightful!!

Scrolled down a little and am pleased to find someone who isnt joining in the classic pavlova fight (im in NZ)

thanks for sharing, enjoyed my visit.

PS. i see you are in perth-- i loved my visit there a few years ago, esp to fremantle!

lisamoon said...

beautiful, fine photographs. what kind of camera are you using? there's nothing like the color purple either.
i enjoy the way you use flowers and other items with your crocheting!

thanks for your understanding and for visiting my blog.
best, lisamoon

Ang said...

Oh your tea cosy is so pretty, wonderful.

inkberryblue said...

Thank you so much ellen, mel, lisamoon and riggwelter. I really appreciate your lovely comments.

Nice to meet you. I love Fremantle too, especially the Art Centre. I live about half an hour away and visit as often as I can.

My camera is an old Canon PowerShot A85. I bought a macro lens to go with it and use this lens for most of the photographs I take.

Thanks again everyone.

petrafanella said...

I am so in love with the idea of tea cosies, although I don't own one and have never made one (I know, shame!!) You have inspired me, well done, it's beautiful.

inkberryblue said...

Thanks so much peta.
I love tea cosies too. There are some beautiful old vintage patterns out there, they are quick to make and, I've just discovered, they're kind of green ~ I'm finding that they keep the tea warm enough for two nice hot cuppas which means I'm boiling the kettle half as much and, therefore, using up less energy. =]

crochetroo said...

Hi there, that cosy is awesome. I love the addition of the roses. I get a real buzz when I see my patterns used to create such lovely things. You have done a fabulous job of this. Not kitsch at all!

All the best!

thistlegirl said...

I think i'm in love with that tea cozy. Probably cause it's purple. :)

anyway, I love it.

I hope that you are doing well and having a good summer.

It's been very cold. here

take care!

Anonymous said...

I love that yarn! What kind did you use?

inkberryblue said...

I used machine washable wool called Cleckheaton Country 8ply. It's an Australian brand.

inkberryblue said...

The yarn is actually Cleckheaton Country Natural.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Your cosy looks lovely, by the way. =)