See this tea cosy? I made it in four days. A fast and furious knit if ever there was one.
It’s the Rosie Posy Cosy by wild tea cosy designer, Loani Prior. Some of her designs are totally out there. This was one of the more sedate designs and just perfect for my sister, Adele, who has a birthday coming up next week. Knowing she’d be in town today for a football game, I cast this on on Tuesday and worked like a frenzied woman possessed for the next four days. It may not look like there’s a lot in it, but like a lot of tea cosies, it’s knit double, for extra insulation so it’s like knitting it twice.
Then there’s a crocheted circle sewn into the top for the roses.
The roses themselves took two nights but it was all worth it. I gave it to Adele today at a little party we had in the afternoon (it’s Willem’s birthday too!) and I think she was truly delighted. She’s been begging me, no, harrassing me, for a tea cosy for ages so now, she can go home happy.
It’s a really great free pattern that Loani offers from her book, Wild Tea Cosies. I used Jo Sharp Classic DK wool which I’ve never used before. The expense puts me off a bit because I didn’t think I liked many of the Jo Sharp lines but this was fantastic. Solid and sturdy but soft and a pleasure to work with at the same time. I’ll use it again and i love the colours Sean and I chose at Morris and Sons. Dusky shades suit this perfectly. I didn’t want to anything too loud!
And I have to show you this. For the party for Adele and Willem, I made a chocolate cake I’m pretty proud of. A Malteser topped dark chocolate cake.
I’d thought of just doing a ring or two but our nine-year old niece was here and she felt it needed to be filled with rings of dark and light maltesers. She was absolutely right! Just don’t ask me about cutting into this. Not easy! Some smart arse (my brother!) called out as I was cutting it, ‘make sure you get a couple of malteers on mine!’. Still, it was great to eat, even if not that neat to cut!