I'm just back from my second Macmillan coffee morning of the day! No breakfast or lunch today, just cake all the way!!! I'm always happy to eat cake, but definitely prefer my tea to my coffee (my heart just can't take the rush of caffeine) and whilst I've photographed my treasured tea pot before, I've decided it's time to cosy it up. I love sitting at the kitchen table on a day like today, the rain pouring down, a pot of tea within easy reach and a crochet hook and yarn in my hands. So, in an effort to bust my summer stash, I'm crocheting a cosy for said tea pot, my precious keepsake from my late Nan Connie. All of the colours I have left over remind me of projects past and I know the tea cosy will get used for many years to come.
I'm not writing a pattern for this one - everyone's tea pot is different, but if you thought you might do the same: start with a chain, slip stitch to make a ring (big enough for your teapot lid handle), then gradually increase, working in half trebles in the round all the way. Work back and forth in rows to accomodate the pot handle and do the same for the spout. Bring it all back together in the round to finish at the bottom of your pot. Better still, when it's finished I'll post some more detailed photos to give you a sense of the design.
And, for the really short scraps of yarn I'm left with, my latest craft craze, some birds eye buttons. Unlike the Dorset buttons, you don't even need a brass ring, just wrap your yarn round and round a knitting needle or crochet hook and then, using a tapestry needle, work through the centre of your bundle with a series of blanket stitches....
Happy to post a tutorial if you'd like to see the process in stages. Now I just need to find a sewing project that needs buttons! xxx