And welcome to this particularly colourful, crochet-licious post! I’ve been doing a lot of knitting lately, as you have seen, and for those hookers who do not knit, I recognise that this may be a bit boring for you, and that you may have felt quite joyful when you saw the above picture! It made me feel VERY joyful when I cropped it in and discovered that it was indeed in perfect focus and the light was just right! Inspired to go and make more beautiful colourful crochet in fact!
I’ve knitted myself out for a while, after the Harvey Kimono and the multiple pairs of arm warmers I’ve been feeling like some hook-tastic-ness needed to be happening in my life, so out came my favourite colours of wool and my trusty 4mm hook! I finally managed to find myself the perfect plain white tea pot the other weekend, and it has been sitting NAKED on my bench since!
This tea pot will be the best dressed tea pot in Wellington within a few months… mark my words! Possibly the best dressed in New Zealand… we shall see!
So I had plans to knit one, using my new skills which include putting some stitches on big safety pins and then knitting them again later… sounds so basic to experienced knitters, but totally blows my mind right now! However, being that I don’t want to do any knitting for a week or so, a crochet tea cozy it had to be!
OK, less talk, more reveal…. here it is…. the thing that is causing me DEEP excitement right now!
Tea pot love is happening in my life right now, I hope you are feeling it too….
This was a process which took quite a while! I wanted to make the Granny Mandala into a cozy, but I wanted the three-dc-clusters to be facing upwards, so needed to start from the bottom, which meant that I needed to learn to do the Granny Mandala pattern BACKWARDS! After a few tries, I finally got it to fit the bottom, then worked my way up to the top, and after a few frustrating attempts to decrease, I prayed to the goddess Minerva to inspire me, ate my dinner, picked it back up and viola! Inspiration! *thank you Minerva!*
I’m extremely keen to organise a tutorial for this, however have a few stumbling blocks regarding this… I’m concerned that this cozy will not fit all tea pots and that people will go to the effort of making it, but then be disappointed…. I’m concerned that I improvised too much and skipped stitches and bunged stitches in to make it work, and that it won’t be a very professional pattern that might be confusing for people…. but then I really want to share the tea pot love!
What do you all think?
Meanwhile, I’m loving having such a colourful, happy cozy to infuse my brews of magical herbal teas…. gunpowder green, chamomile, roobios…. happy herbs and green goodness!
One last gratuitous shot of tea pot and crochet love before I run away for today…..
Oh and one more last thing!!! I was the LUCKY recipient of not one, but TWO beautiful blog awards (I just typed beautiful blogger… I don’t think it’s about me as much as the blog! How VAIN!) today, from two beautiful bloggers and I’m feeling pretty spesh! So thank you Nancy and Terrie, you made my afternoon! I have to run for now as I’m off to pick up KB after a long day at work…. plus I’m trying to think of 10 things to tell about myself, so I’m going to have a think about this, so watch this space! (eek… 10 things! Number 1 is: I’m a tad shy….)
Thank you so much for stopping by today to share my excitement and creative happiness! It is so wonderful to have such a great group of crafters sharing the joy of making beautiful things and finding joy in the smaller things in life! I love reading your feedback and visting all of you to share your joy too…
Raymond thinks you’re all just great as well….
Have a beautiful day, we hope something really special happens to you today!
Love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX