Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Isn't it time for a tea party?

"I'm the first to pitch about DST, not because I have trouble getting up, but because of the whole idea! Anyway, it was snowing yesterday, covering up all the mud and ugliness in the backyard and around the house. It wont stay for long. Cleanup is such a mess, I think I don't like March." End of whining.

To cheer me up, I made my tea pot a dress. O.K. it's ugly, so ugly like an ugly child only a mother can love it, but it's doing a terrific job! Some time ago, Claudia put the idea into my head, and suddenly, one day, it became very clear - I NEEDED a tea cosy really bad. Watch out, pots and pans, I'll cover you all over time. I'm afraid as time goes by, my house, and it's contense will be covered in knit wear eventually. Somebody help me, please! :o)

Tea mitten and handspun yarn

So, the tea pot cosy is actually called "tea mitten" by Elisabeth Kleven, and it appealed the most to me, when I searched for a pattern. I liked the name too.

Not every tea pot is built equally, as I had to find out the hard way. I picked the leftover yarn, hm why exactly? I guess I wanted to see how it looked knit up, and I wanted to knit with my handspun yarn, and as a leftover thingy it shouldn't disappear in the big black hole of a handspun yarn holding bin. Not that I really need a reason for picking any of my handspun, but I always think, the REAL handspun yarn, the one I intended to look like it does, is meant for something grand, something special, and this tea mitten is destined for everyday life, nothing glamorous about it at all. Since it's been finished and used for some time now, I can tell you it does a terrific job in keeping my tea warm longer. I didn't expect it to work, never used a tea cosy before. It's a positive thing, I like it. Maybe some day my tea pot will get a new Sunday dress, in real nice yarn - maybe.

It should have been easy and quick to knit this mitten, but it was not. I had big trouble with gauge. Who would knit a swatch for a tea mitten? I was stumped by row 9, asked for help, got it, but couldn't wait for it, so I did my own thing, which turned out to be right anyway. I knit on very enthusiastically, only to discover, that I ran out of yarn about 10 rows before the finish line. With a sigh, I put it aside, to rip it out the next day. It was late, I wanted to take a picture to show you a failed project for once (you don't get to see all the ones I cast on and rip out again, and there are many).
Next day, I had a light bulb moment. I took the almost finished mitten and put it on my tea pot. Wouldn't you know it, it was WAY to BIG! What did that tell me? I did indeed have enough yarn to make this tea mitten, because I had to custom fit and knit it. Yeah! I ripped it out, without taking a picture, who needs it, it will be O.K. after all!

Well, to make a long story short, it was much easier to knit it the second time, and even easier to make modifications to fit the pot. Only I forgot to pay attention to the snout of the pot. The gusset is a bit wide for it, but I didn't care at that point. Everything else fit's like a - mitten.
After finishing it, I washed it, and put it on the tea pot wet, so it could dry form fitting, and it did. It slides off an on so perfectly. I'm glad I made it, just wished I had used nicer yarn. A word about the yarn. When I spun this yarn, I had a 4-ply in mind, and as you might remember it turned out very well. But there are always left over singles, which when enough, I navajo ply most of the time. So this yarn was the product of such a situation. It would have striped nicer if knit entirely in the round, as the first few rounds, and the last several rounds as well, but the main part was knit back and forth, and that's the reason why it did what it did. Oh well.
Well, enough of the tea mitten, lets get the tea poured already! Ah, it's hot, hot, hot!

Tea mitten


specifics:
pattern: Tea mitten by Elisabeth Kleven, ravelry link (I don't think you can get it anywhere else)
yarn: handspun Santa & Candy Cane leftover, navajo plied, 87yds
needles: 3.5mm DP
notes: cast on 72 sts., made some mods to fit my pot
start-finish: February 15-16

28 comments:

Päivi, Lankakomero said...

That's just what I need, a Tea Mitten for our new teapot! Thank you for a pattern link.

herta said...

ist die Teekanne süß geworden.....da schmeckt der Tee gleich viel besser.Bei dem Wetter(kalt ,windig und Schnee)ist ja Tee noch sehr gefragt.
Liebe Grüße
Herta

sgeddes said...

Well despite all your problems I think it came out rather nice. I actually like it and don't think it's ugle at all.

Martina said...

Das sieht ja niedlich aus. Beautiful

LG,
Martina

Marianne said...

SO not ugly! I think it rather cheerful, the colours, and thank you for the link!

Brenda said...

I am so with you regarding March. Last year the ladies in my Church group waxed poetically about spring. The flowers, the birds etc. I was the only one that _itched about it. Dirty windows, crud in the flower beds, dirt everywhere. Yuk. Your tea mitten is the perfect bright cheery antidote.

Toby said...

You're the only one who will know the yarn didn't come out as you wanted. I think it's so bright and cheerful, a great pairing for a hot cup of tea.

I'm glad to hear it's functional as well! I knit a mug warmer last week (it took about 4 tries and the result still isn't ideal), but haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

hannah said...

I think this is very lovely!! I like the colors and your story about this project! So: not ugly at all!

dina jones said...

I happen to think it is fabulous! I do not think it is ugly at all. In fact, I find it rather cheerful.

dmj in kansas city, mo

Grand Purl Baa said...

Fancy thinking a tea cosy would not keep the tea warm! Tsk tsk!

Excellent cosy. You know of course now, don't you, that a good pot of tea is a well dressed pot of tea!

Loani

shannon said...

i think your tea mitten is sweet.

MrPuffy said...

Awesome! Great tea cozy pattern and it came out perfectly :)

I'm floored that you have never used a teacozy before! I use one everyday with my afternoon tea. I'm actually thinking about designing a tea cozy like one I saw while on vacation in NZ.

I'm glad I prompted you to try something new :) May it provide you with many steaming hot cups of tea!

Lynn One, Purl Two said...

i LOVE it!
entirely.

myboringblog said...

I've been eying that teapot cozy pattern since it looks so nice. Not too over the top and a nice fit. That's good to know about the striping and having to work back and forth.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Very cute! I'm not a big fan of cozied up pottery, but that one is pretty cool. I like the colours

Robin said...

Cute pattern and I love how the yarn worked out.

ilex said...

Oh, another Navajo plyer-- glad to meet ya! It's the only way to fly (or rather, ply).

2paw said...

I adore your tea cosy!! The colours in the wool are very Spring-y and they go together so well.
We end Daylight Saving here at the end of March, I am always sad to see it go. I hate the start too, I defy anyone to enjoy losing an hour's sleep, but it's worth it in the end. We have 6 months on and 6 months off.

Kirsten said...

What a wonderful tea cozy! Also, such a great use for handspun. I think I just might need to make one of these for my daughter who loves tea.

bockstark.knits said...

OMG, I LOVE IT!!! It is sooo cute, one of the best cozies I've seen! Well, ok, it is a mitten, but still!

Linda said...

I love the cozy! I'm gonna make one too!

Susi Knitchicks said...

Oh ich liebe Teacozys. Damit wird jede Kanne zum Hingucker.

LG Susi

Kathy said...

Great great cozy work. Happy Tea time.

Rosina said...

What a fun project. Thanks for sharing :)

Agnes said...

OMG! I think it's incredibly cute!

Dandy said...

I'm smitten for your Tea Mitten!!

Knatolee said...

I love this, and the colours are perfect.

hakucho said...

You did a great job outfitting your tea pot...it looks very spiffy in it's new mitten and I bet it'll keep your tea nice and hot :)