Dec 1, 2011

Where There's A Wool, There's A Gift


I have been neglecting my Holiday-gift knitting (as well as this blog, and—if you must know—my unibrow) the past few weeks and this morning I found myself frantically skipping through the internet in search of tea-cozy patterns. Actually, it's been so long since I picked up my needles that my first search was for tea-cozy recipes because I couldn't remember the word pattern. "Maybe you've been neglecting to take your Alzheimer's meds, too" says you. Maybe.

I had wanted to knit gifts this year because a. I have a drawer-full of wool that I stockpiled in a panic after New York's minor earthquake a few months ago; b. I imagine that if I rub my knitting needles together for long enough, sparks will fly, and I will be knitting fireside with a bucket of turf at my feet and a pot of tea and packet of Gingernut biscuits at my side; and c. a homemade gift feels thoughtful, (even if those thoughts were of earthquakes and fires), and it's otherwise very expensive to be thoughtful.

I figured I'd bang out a few gifty tea-cozies this coming weekend and then pair them with pretty little teapots, but Where There's A Wool's cozies—knit with Donegal Tweed Wool by Angela Carr—are just so simple and stylish that I'm thinking I should skip to Plan B: Buy cozies and make teapots!

Love the fresh colors, the cute little ribbons, and the fact that the cozies can roll up or down to accommodate all teapots great and small ( Aside: I want to open a tea shop with that name). Also love that Dublin-based knitter and poet Angela Carr "overcame the lingering mental scars of childhood school-induced knitting traumas" and took up knitting to keep herself from spending every waking hour in front of a computer. As well as nifty gifty tea cozies, you can also find cute little felt bowls and aran-cashmere blend cushion covers.

Now to Google tea-pot making recipes ...

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5 comments:

mise said...

I've long been an admirer of Angela's cosies, and there's not a single one there that I wouldn't be delighted to wear as a hat as well. Now, why don't you buy nice loose tea and sew little silk teabags for all your friends? That would be supremely thoughtful.

Jacinta said...

YES! (Cue choirs of Heavenly angels) thank you Mise! Handmade tea bags are a fantastic idea and much easier/cheaper than buying a potter's wheel and oven. Also, I completely agree that these cozies would make great hats. In fact, I can imagine a daily battle between my spout and my crown. Angela may have to start adding hats to her repetoire ... oooh, I kind of like the idea of my hat matching my tea cozy!

Angela - Where There's a Wool said...

Aw, Jacinta - thank you so much for featuring my tea cosies! Hurrah for roaring fires, pots of tea and gingernuts!

And thank you Mise for continuing the great tea cosy v. hat debate that has raged since their debut! I have been pondering this a great deal and am working on a prototype that will work as both tea cosy and hat - pop it on the pot to keep the tea warm then pop it on your head for maximum cosiness. Now, what to call it - Head Cosy, Tea Hat, Headsy, Hosy...

Merry Christmas!

ax

Jacinta said...

Hey Angela, thanks for swinging by! Love your cozies (you're going to be my go-to for gifts at home now) and LOVE the idea of swiping my warmed cozy off my pot on my way out the door. I vote for Head Cozy; maybe it has a little zippered/buttoned flap that opens for the spout and closes for the crown ... ha! good luck!

tea cozy said...

Oh I absolutely LOVE these tea cozies! Gorgeous!!

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