Several years ago I made a felted tea cozy. I love that cozy, and it brings back some fond memories. Due to the fact I own a front loader washing machine that seems to only be able to felt the things I don't want felted, I took my project down to my parents' home to run through their washing machine.
They had been introduced to the process of felting on a previous visit when I took down a pair of slippers to run through their machine, so they weren't surprised when I pulled out an oversize object to throw in the washer. What was completely new to them was the actual item I was felting. They had never heard of a tea cozy! I don't know who was more shocked. My parents by the fact that people covered their teapots, or me by the fact that there were people who didn't know a teapot should be covered to keep the tea warm. For the rest of that visit the tea cozy sat propped up on the counter to dry. Every time my dad walked by it he would get this funny grin on his face.
Fast forward a few years and hundreds of cups of tea later. Last week I finished up a few knitting projects I had been working on and decided to take a detour from knitting items that people or dogs could wear. I decided it was time to knit something new for my teapot so I pulled this book off my shelves. My felted tea cozy is very dressy looking - something I could use if the Queen ever drops by. I decided I needed a more down-to-earth cozy for those days I run in from the garden, dirt still on my hands and clothes, to have a quick cuppa. Enter Old Man's Hat.
It only took a couple evenings to knit the various pieces, and when they were finished I looked at the pile of parts with a feeling of dread.
I despise sewing knitted bits together. I knew it would be foolish to put these pieces in a bag to put together later. At least it would be foolish if I ever wanted to have a tea cozy that didn't need to be held together with safety pins. So I gritted my teeth and spent the next evening putting the pieces together.
I love the patches for the holes in the Old Man's Hat. They were done with scraps of sock yarn.
The tea cozy fits my teapot perfectly, and thanks to the two layers of Rowan Cork yarn it should keep my tea piping hot.
There's just one small problem. It is like one of those pictures that, depending on how you look at it, can appear to be two completely different objects. I was hoping that it was just me, and to the rest of the tea drinking world it would just look like an Old Man's Hat. However, my worst fears were confirmed when my husband, walking by my computer and seeing the pictures I was editing for this post, commented, "What's with the eyes on the tea cozy?"