As I mentioned in the previous post about my attempts to create a teacosy for my new teapot, I decided to try making one from the small balls of leftover yarn I have.
Thus the colours of the resulting teapot were largely governed by how much I had of different colours.
I had a very small amount of citron, a better amount of bright green and cloud blue, a couple of small balls of Aster and three reasonable sized balls of pomegranate, shrimp and plum with a small amount of lilac. I had more of the plum and shrimp than the pomegranate and that controlled the final arrangement. I did have other colours but these were the brightest.
All these colours were from Stylecraft Special DK acrylic yarn.
You may have noticed that, with the earlier incomplete teacosies, it was the top that was missing.
This was partly because I got to the end of the wool but even more because I couldn’t decide how to make the top.
So this time I decided to start with the top and having so little yellow decided that it was good for the centre of a flower or even a whole flower. The natural step after that was to surround it with leaves (green), then sky (blue) and we have a rainbow style sequence of colours! So it seemed natural to add some of the darker blue and the lilac next.
This is a bit of a cheat photo as I didn’t originally take a photograph at this stage.
I then went on the work on the lower part and decided on rows of some sort of crocodile stitch with the scales offset this time.
I redid this several times and even now I am not sure if I should have used a less dense version. In the end I added crocodile scales to the top which were designed to overlap those in the lower half in the right way and used the same method for making the lower ones.
So here is the cosy at this stage.
I added the lilac as the first row and later added another row of htrs (hdcs) so the cosy went right down to the bottom of the pot.
Now my original idea had been to make the top so that it was possible to pull it forward and remove the infuser and I added a few chains to use the metal of the lid to stop the top falling forward when pouring.
However when I thought how most teacosies cover the lid and that it was no big deal to remove the cosy for making the tea, I decided to sew the top all the way round and add a button at the back to secure the cosy. The cosy can be easily popped round the teapot while it is brewing (leaving the button undone).[Using the same two pieces and only securing the front one or two lilac scales it would be possible to make a cosy that did not need to be removed for filling. In that case it would be enough to join the strap below the handle and no button would be needed.]
Here are are a few pictures of the teacosy on the pot.
The method of making the top means it is slightly domed which I think gives it a pleasanter shape than if it was flat.
From the front
From the back I have made notes while making it so if anyone wants some more details of how I made it, that might fall short of my normal highly checked and detailed pattern style but would hopefully point the way, I could do another post.
I think that the colours and style give it a sort of ‘granny’ ‘cottage’ or ‘old fashioned’ look rather than contemporary. Not sure if that is good. Or maybe I should describe it as ‘retro’? We had a bit of sun just at the right time yesterday and I was able to use the teapot with the teacosy for the first time.