Friday, October 28, 2011

Bah Humbug!

A quickie that I knit up over a few days for a friend's birthday - something I have been meaning to make for a while but I finally got my butt into gear last week!
Details
Pattern: Red Comet by Loani Prior, from her Wild Tea Cosies.  A nice simple knit - two garter squares from corner to corner and joined in relevant spots to make a cosy.  So easy to knit to size, as you just make the square big enough to cover around your tea pot (from handle to spout), and then start the decreases! The pattern uses buttons as the "seams" to join the two squares, but I just sewed and crocheted in the relevant spots.

Yarn: Cleckheaton Country in black and white - just over 2 balls in total, for a medium sized teapot.  The stripe pattern is completely random.  I had more black than white so decided to make the black stripes wider, in general. It is meant to mimic the look of the old fashioned boiled lollies (humbugs, bullseyes etc).
Sticks:  The yarn is held doubled, so I used 6mm sticks - KnitPicks Options.  And a 4.5mm crochet hook to crochet around the edges of each square, to even out the lumpy garter edges.

Time:  21 - 24 October 2011.  As I said, nice and quick!    Happy birthday DrK!

10 comments:

del said...

That is the cutest project! Do tea cozies really work in holding in heat? I've never made one.

Roxie said...

How lovely! That's a gift that will be appreciated!

I make double layer tea cozies, and they hold in the heat for hours. "Keeps it hot till you drain the pot."

MadMad said...

Very cute, Jane!

kgirl said...

super-cute! it does look just like a humbug!!

drkknits said...

lucky me! it was such a lovely surprise. it fits perfectly and matches the black and white tiles in my kitchen (which you knew already). now i get to think of you everytime i make a cup of tea. thanks love :) xx

Gidgetknits said...

I love that! The black and white looks incredibly sophisticated. Congrats to DrK on receiving such a stylish tea cosy! (my word is 'puckles' - I love that!)

Bells said...

it reminded me of a black and white cotton I used for a dishcloth once and thought at first that's what it was.

Simplicity is so great sometimes!

1funkyknitwit said...

ahhha.. super cute idea for a tea lover :D ..fun !

michele said...

this is SO cute! and thoughtful. i could use one of these - i just use tea towels around my teapot. imagine how chic i could be if i knit something like this.

2paw said...

It is so clever and so like a Humbug. I am so glad this is a happy post, I stated reading thinking it was an Ebenezer Scrooge Bah Humbug. I like the lolly and tea pot ones better.