Sunday, July 29, 2012

The World's Most Expensive Tea Cozy

The minute I saw the latest design by Kate Davies I knew all was lost. Within minutes I had purchased the pattern, and within a day had gone in on a yarn order with my knitting friend Maureen. I hinted at what was on my needles in this post back in early July, and finished it not long after. It was a highly addictive pattern! Introducing Sheep Carousel, the latest addition to my growing cozy collection.


This cozy has everything - stranded colourwork, vikkel braids, i-cord, steeks and corrugated ribbing. I was so excited when it was finished! I hurried over to the cupboard and grabbed my teapot so I could do a photo shoot and put pictures of my project on Ravelry and my blog. When I slipped the cozy over my teapot I was so disappointed. It was huge! My teapot looked like a small child playing dress-up with  grown-up clothes. My teapot is a 6 cup size, and clearly this cozy was designed for an 8 cup teapot. This is where the title to this post comes in. There was no way this tea cozy was going to sit in a drawer, unused and neglected. After giving it some thought - well, okay, not really, I had wanted one of these for ages - I ordered a British Brown Betty teapot to accompany my tea cozy. 


I was probably exaggerating about this being the world's most expensive cozy, but with the addition of the new teapot it's definitely the most expensive one I own. It's also my new favourite. 


27 comments:

  1. Its beautiful! I would want to make tea just to sit and admire it!

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    1. You should stop by on your way through Kamloops tomorrow! I would love to make a pot of tea and share with you! :-)

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  2. THAT'S BRILLIANT!!! I want both, the pot and the cozy! (Or maybe just to sit across the table from you and have tea and knit. That'd be good too.)

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    1. I would love to have you for tea! Just let me know when you will be in the neighbourhood. :-)

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  3. I made tea in mugs as usual but put the teapot with the cosy on the table!

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    1. That's funny! I could see myself doing the same thing. An 8 cup teapot is a bit much if it is just one person drinking the tea. :-)

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    1. Thanks Britney! I am really happy with how this turned out (even if I did end up spending a bit more than I had planned to!).

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  5. You needed that awesome teapot for such an awesome cozy. But I have what is probably a question only a non-knitter would ask. Didn't you have yarn at home that you could have used for this project? (I'm tucking and rolling just in case that was a button-pushing question) lol

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    1. It's safe. I'm not going to attack. :-) It is actually a good question. In fact, it is possibly the same question my husband might ask. :-)

      Technically I could have found something in my yarn stash, but I really, really wanted to knit this cozy with the authentic yarn from the Shetland Islands that it called for. It only took two balls of yarn, so the investment there was small. It was the teapot that made it pricey.

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    2. The authentic yarn was a great choice...well worth it.

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  6. It is absolutely gorgeous , I love it, AND your teapot!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! It is one of my all-time favourite projects!

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  7. I already have the brown Betty, I should order that patter. I do have lots do Shetland, so it would be less expensive ...

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    1. Most definitely! If you have a Brown Betty it needs this tea cozy to keep it warm. And since you already have the yarn in your stash it would only cost the few dollars for the pattern. It really is a fun knit!

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  8. Just picture perfect! (the cozy) And I LOVE the tea pot! You are so talented!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I really am not a talented knitter. I am what Elizabeth Zimmermann referred to as a "blind follower." Kate Davies gets all the credit for this. :-)

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  9. I'm glad to hear that it is large. My teapot is very large and so my investment will be much less than yours :)

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    1. I think you are going to enjoy knitting this cozy! And yes, yours will be quite a bit cheaper than mine. :-)

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  10. It's lovely! Nice job you did ... and I love that you went out and bought the right teapot for it. You'll treasure both for life. :)

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    1. Thanks Diana! Yes, they will definitely be treasured, and hopefully also will get lots of use, especially when my kids are here visiting. The teapot is too big to use just for myself!

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  11. We have an 8-cup Brown Betty and I was wondering if this cosy would fit or if I would have to fudge the pattern to make it large enough - now I know! These pots really do brew superior tea (although it never hurts to use the good stuff, Yorkshire Gold!). Hmmm, this might be a good project for the month we're renting a cottage, waiting to get into our new house. It will look right at home sitting on the Aga cooker.

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    1. Yorkshire Gold is my "go to" tea. I agree, it is best to use the good stuff! :-) This would be the perfect project to knit at the cottage. It could be a housewarming gift for your new house!

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  12. I love that tea cozy! You did good! And I'm crazy jealous of your tea pot; I used to have an 8-cup Brown Betty but left it behind when I left Abbotsford. I'd make a pot of tea in the morning and by 10:00 it would be empty. These days, there's no way I could justify getting another tea pot of any kind; I already have six!

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    1. I think you should replace your Brown Betty and make it an even 7! :-)

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  13. Gorgeous cosy! Its in my favorites and to get it one day list...
    And teh teapot looks great as well...

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    1. Thank you! I'm really happy with both of them!

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