Sunburst Tea Cosy – my new crochet pattern (and its free!)

Sunburst tea cosies

Remember the Sunburst Tea Cosy I gave you a sneak peek of last week? Well, I’ve been double and triple checking my notes so that I could share this brand spanking new crochet pattern with you here! It would make a great Christmas present for a tea lover, and it works up quickly because it is made in aran weight yarn. It’s a lot simpler to make than it looks too! The final round of the top piece is where all the magic happens, so I’ve included extra photos to show you what’s what. Continue reading

Three free tea cosy patterns reviewed – or why tea pots are better than Barbie dolls.

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. I’ve been so caught up in making things again that I’ve neglected to show you the results. My latest obsession is the humble tea cosy I LOVE woolly tea cosies. I love them far more than is reasonable for someone who prefers to make the countless cups of tea she drinks (milk in first, no sugar thanks) in a cup and not use a tea pot at all!

I have plenty of tea pots, I just tend not to use them… unless it is to model a lovely handmade tea cosy! In which case I’m happier than a six year old with a brand new Barbie, a shoe box full of doll clothes, and a sharp pair of nail scissors ready to give poor old Babs a new haircut. Tea pots make much better models, and people are a little less inclined to give you funny looks when you show them pictures of them in their latest outfit.

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More crochet cosiness and a little birdie.

Last week I finally got around to finishing a pair of leg warmers I’d promised to the mother of one of my bestest friends in the world. I was a bit worried that summer would have arrived before I was done but as the intended reciprient lives up in the always chilly north I think she’ll be using them for a while yet!

Lacy purple crochet leg warmers (please excuse the weird feet and saggy knees!)

Lacy purple crochet leg warmers (please excuse the weird feet and saggy knees!)

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Three magic words: crocheted tea cosies.

The winner of the Hillarys Blinds Country Craft Competition was announced yesterday and I had planned to blog about it today, but I need to give it some more thought. I urge anyone who is interested to check out the Pintrest board with all the entries and to make up your own minds. Personally I think the two entries who received honourable mentions were much better than the overall winner, but more of that another day. I promised you tea cosies!

First up a pink flowery tea cosy that was commissioned by a friend of my mum. (Yay! A commission!)

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Crochet tea cosies, turtles, and relearning to knit European style

The short, grey days are getting to me a bit at the moment, so although I’ve had quite a productive week, I don’t have much to say. 😦

My stripy blanket (tutorial by notyouraveragecrochet found here) is making steady progress. I’m on row 26. I would have been a lot further along but I had trouble ending up with the right number of stitches after doing the two rows that made up the star stitch stripe (the lime green stripe between the purple and the red). I got there in the end though, and got a lot of practice with a new stitch!

Stripy crochet blanket work in progress. 26 rows and counting!

Stripy crochet blanket work in progress. 26 rows and counting!

I have another stall booked at the Briar Patch Craft Fair in Eastbourne on the 1st February, so I’ve been trying to make something every day to sell. I made a couple more cupcake keyrings and a turtle too. Continue reading