a tangle of yarn + 2 hours of trial & error = a teapot cosy

This is the tangle of yarn that tumbles out of one of my cupboards when I open it.  It is buttery soft Twilley’s Freedom that has lived there, in a tangle, since I tried crocheting it into a chevron stripe rug.  Do you know how many rows of a chevron stripe rug you can crochet out of a single ball of Twilley’s Freedom?  One.  It would have cost almost as much as Abby’s yearly school fees to pursue a queen bed size chevron stripe crochet rug in this yarn.  I abandoned it.

This is my teapot.  It would be ever so nice to be able to tell you that I always make my tea in a teapot – one that has sat warming whilst the kettle boiled, a fine bone china cup by its side.  But that would be a dreadful lie.  Abby and I almost always share a teabag – we both like it weak.  But this morning – no teabags.  And yet – lots of tins of tea – gifts from family and friends who clearly assume I make my tea in a teapot.

This morning – no choice.  The tea was made in the teapot and muchly enjoyed.  However, before I got to the bottom of all that tea, it went cold.  Such a shame!  There were three good cups in there.  Thus – the tangle of yarn.

Out came the trusty crochet hook – I chained until it fit, joined it in the round and added another row of single crochets for a snug collar.

Then continued adding rows of single crochets with increases as needed – stitch, stitch, increase, stitch, stitch, increase – and so on.  To start with, most rows were yanked out and stitched again – needed to get my bearings and all.  And despite crossing my toes (fingers otherwise occupied), the orange didn’t make it and had to be ripped out.  Hmph!  Such a shame.

Never mind – plenty of blues and greys and just enough pink for a bit of liveliness.  When I reached the sharp curve back in at the bottom – stitch, stitch, decrease, stitch, stitch, decrease – and so on.  And a bit more yanking out and redoing.  Crochet is so forgiving.

Didn’t really look like much when I’d finished – specially where the funny hole was for the handle.   But a quick bit of needlefelting changed that …

Ta-da!  A teapot cosy – specially made for my teapot which has never conformed to the many teapot cosy patterns I’ve bought over the years.  When confronted with that enticing Ravelry screen, I never remember the shape of my teapot.  Of course, such forgetfulness (stupidity?) would be easily remedied by a quick trip to the kitchen, but that always seems like too much effort when flaked out on the sofa.


Oh so sweet!  Jolly good use of a tangle of yarn.

And I like how it kind of hooks up to go over the handle – adds a dash of something.

Might just inspire me to use up the tea leaves after all and give those teabags, with their ludicrous amount of packaging, a rest.  I shall give the cosied teapot a test run this afternoon with a thick wodge of Christmas cake and butter and let you know ;-)

4 thoughts on “a tangle of yarn + 2 hours of trial & error = a teapot cosy

  1. gail says:

    Love it Lily. We are using a teapot again too and you know the big fella was saying just the other day that we really need a cosy for our little pot. I’m having a sewing day today. Mended his garden trous and some wee holes in two of my cardis, then back onto to the “very french napkins”. Three down, nine to go. Now I wasn’t going to start anything new this year till I had crossed off a few on my ” to be completed ” list but I have some really bright little numbers in my wool stash just itching to be played with. So maybe I just might start a cosy, but out of necessity of course! We can’t have our tea getting cold can we. So there we go again, gaining inspiration from Bootville.
    Blessings Gail

    • So true! So true! It’s positively wasteful to let the tea go cold and thereby practically a chore to make a tea cosy :-) Your day sounds wonderfully productive! I’ve just put on some more tomatoes for roasting and then I have some pants of Julian’s to take up and some sneakers of Abby’s to finish. Enjoy the rest of your lovely day and I’m so glad your visit to Bootville was worthwhile ;-)

    • It does! There’s a sizeable opening where the handle sticks out and the rest just stretches on and off – wool is so very useful like that. And we’ve just had our afternoon cup and when I poured a second cup half an hour later, it came out steamy! Success! Wishing you a lovely day with your dear little girls – oops! I suppose it’s night time in your neck of the woods already – well have a delightful day tomorrow :-)

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