Pattern: 1937 Floral Tea Cosy
Yarn: Cosy body: Dream in Colour Smooshy, knit double. Flowers: Kidsilk Haze
Notes: I had a problem getting the stitch pattern to look right, so in the end I substituted 1×1 ribbing, with the yarn held double. The result is stretchy and thick, perfect for keeping the tea good and hot!
For the flowers, I followed Mimi Allesis’s Little Flowers pattern, although I omitted the leaves. I sewed the flowers onto the cosy with little silver beads. Because, you know, you can’t overdo it when you’re going for kitsch…
So, anyone free for afternoon tea? There’ll be Battenburg!
I have been stalking Ebay for over a year, hoping for a particular tea service to come up for auction. It’s a Royal Albert design from the Art Deco period, called Foxglove. A few weeks ago a set, complete with teapot and teapot stand became available, which I was lucky enough to acquire.
It’s a delightful teaset, but the pot is in dire need of a tea cosy to match it. So, as a break from Christmas knitting, I’ve started one. The pattern I’m using is this one from the 1930s. I am using Dream in Color Smooshy, and I’m planning to make a variety of flowers for the top from a selection of Kidsilk Haze and Habu in my stash:
If you’re on Ravelry, check out Kgirlknits’s version – it’s fabulous and is what inspired me to use this pattern!
PS. I just wanted to say thank you for all your excellent podcast recommendations in the previous post! If you’re looking for some podcast-y inspiration, it’s worth having a look at the comments section.
You might remember that back in April we painted our front room. The idea was to decorate and furnish it in a style compatible with the age of the house. Our home was built in 1924, so we thought that Art Deco colours and furniture should fit in beautifully. Well, one insolvent furniture company, and one less than impressive curtain and window seat supplier coughlauraashleycough later, we are slowly getting there. I’m planning to make a set of needlepoint cushions, but my enthusiasm for this project waned somewhat with the will-we-won’t-we-get-our-furniture-or-our-money-back shenanigans.
This weekend Steve and I went to an Art Deco fair. We had bought a 1930s round walnut nest of tables from a supplier in Wigan, and had agreed to collect it from them at the fair. While we were there we also found a beautiful walnut domed display cabinet and, item of my fantasies, an Art Deco silver teapot set.
The silver milk jug and sugar bowl are just visible in the display cabinet above, along with the rest of the tea set. The tea set itself is a Royal Albert one from the 1930s – I particularly love the spires of hollyhocks and arches of roses.
Pattern: I made it up as I went along.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, two strands knitted together.
Notes: I love the over-the-top pom pom and bow!
And here it is in its new home:
I bid on this tea service recently on ebay, and it arrived today. This is only a small part of it – there are more cups and saucers, a serving plate and cake plates, and a sugar bowl, and I love that there is a hot water jug for topping up the pot! It is made of beautifully thin Shelley porcelain from the 1920s. I’m actually looking for an art deco tea service with which to serve tea in my soon-to-be completed art deco front room, but couldn’t resist this one as well!
Here is my cottage teapot collection:
You can see why I needed the pink pot, can’t you?
I love this one. It doesn’t get used all that often, but I really like the hot water jug under the teapot:
And this creamware one, which looks like a sieve:
As my teapot collection grows, I realise that my tea cosy collection has become woefully inadequate…
There’s this yukky acrylic one (not made by me):
And this much scrummier alpaca one from John Arbon (ie, also not made by me):
Yay! More new knitting projects!
Must go now, the votes are in for the wonderousness that is the Eurovision song contest, and I need to see the results. I voted for the Latvian pirates, but the Bosnia-Herzagovinian knitting brides had to be seen to be believed! Someone on Ravelry just said that she had missing Eurovision on her list of cons when deciding whether to move to the US. She did move, but I bet it was a close call…