Good Morning to you!!!!!!
It’s very early on Sunday morning as I type this, I had to get up early as I have such a fun day off planned! As usual I’ve been to the vege market, and very soon, KB and I are heading into the city to do some Christmas shopping. We’re heading to a part of town I rarely visit, called Lambton Quay which is the “Golden Mile” in Wellington, where all the business people hang out and spend their money…. It’s not usually our scene but we’re going jeans shopping and all of the good jeans shops are down there, plus, the Kirkaldie & Stains Christmas shop which we are going to visit too! Remember how I showed you Cuba St in this post? Well, I’m going to take my camera and will hopefully get some good pictures of this part of town for you too! Watch this space! Oooh I’m soooo excited about our trip into town!
I’m going to show you my latest tea cozy today, but first, some Raymond news…. It’s been a while since I’ve told you about his antics, and yesterday he was pretty funny…. funny enough to get my camera out in fact…. I was wrapping presents for my family and had an empty small brown paper bag at the end…. I know Raymond likes bags because the last time I wrapped presents, he got in a bag and fell asleep, but I wondered about this bag, after all, he wouldn’t be able to fit in it completely, so I put it on the floor and put one of his mouse toys in it. Game on…. he is now obsessed with his brown paper bag and from anywhere in the house you can hear woosh as he dives into it!
Simple minds, simple pleasures….
OK, enough about Raymond, lets enjoy some crochet! So as you know, this tea cozy was ordered by my lovely friend to send to her lovely daughter who is currently living in the UK for her birthday. She bought the spring explosion tea cozy and apparently has been admiring it in her kitchen since, which makes me soooooo happy! I love how my crochet brings pleasure into people’s lives, it makes it even more worthwhile. So I wanted to make her daughter’s one extra special as I know how much my friend loves her daughter, so I got super creative, and ended up with a tea cozy that I want for myself!!!!! Noooooo!!!
I didn’t want to make the exact same one as before, so made this one in blue, with different types of crochet roses on top in pinks and reds…. with added sparkly beads, can you see them in the centre of some of the flowers? They’re just discrete, this is a tea cozy, not a stripper, and I think it looks fantabulous.
Tea pot love.
I braved the dreaded mall the other day on my lunchbreak, and went into one of those homeware stores that sells all these fun kitcheny things that are absolutely unnecessary, but make kitchens soooooooo much prettier and more fun to cook in! I was on a hunt for a new tea pot because the one that the granny tea cozy fits was just too squat, and I found the loveliest shaped pot (see picture above) and can you believe, it was two for the price of one???? KB was not amused, apparently we have far too many tea pots now, and nowhere to store them in our wee kitchen. These new tea pots are fantastic and as I was making this cozy, I had about three new designs for cozies pop into my mind’s eye, so I hope you like tea cozies because you’ll be seeing a few in the coming months!
Tea from a pot with a cozy like this is sure to be a deeply healing brew!
Now, a few people asked where I put the button on my last cozies…. I tried to explain in words but obviously confused people instead! So I took a picture of this one’s button…. KB looked over my shoulder as I was cropping these and said: “It looks like you’ve taken a picture of the tea-pot’s arse.” She’s right I think, I feel like I have violated my tea pot a bit, but these are the lengths I go to for you people….
Remember that if you would like a tutorial for how to make one of these, it is here!
I’ve had a few comments from lovely people saying that they have been inspired to learn how to knit after seeing my little knitted clothes! Thank you! What a lovely thing to say! Please remember that I am NOT a talented knitter… I am comfortable with recognising my talents, so am not being coy here! Crochet is definitely the one I am better at out of the two disciplines, so anything I knit is either very easy and something a beginner is capable of, or I get my Mum to do the hard bits ha ha ha. However, it’s interesting… as I continue along my knitting journey, I’m noticing that I’m understanding gauge, I’m reading patterns without closing the book, trembling with anxiety over terms like skpo and psso and I’m feeling more confident on the whole! My advice to any beginner knitter is: Don’t make a garter stitch scarf as your first project, they are boring and will put you off knitting for good! Make something like a basic baby hat where you go knit, knit, knit, then knit two stitches together until you have none left then sew up the seam. It is much more gratifying and will not take you a year!!!!! Have fun! I’m excited to see and hear what you make!
OK then, that’s me for today… I’m off to nag poor KB about getting dressed so we can go on our trip into town!
Have yourselves a lovely day! Wishing you many wonderful things!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX