Monday, February 3, 2014

Tea Jenny

Kath had to put up with a lot of knitterly kinds of things when she and Jean and I were in Shetland last September. I have to say she was a very good sport as she got dragged through several museums, looking at displays that couldn't possibly have been of much interest to her. I didn't feel quite as guilty when we were looking at knitted items that were for sale. After all, even non-knitters can get enthused about something they can actually wear, as opposed to things they can only look at in a glass display case.

I watched Kath try on a multitude of hats, looking for just the right one to take home as a souvenir of her time in Shetland. She did eventually find one, and it was a very nice hat, but I somehow felt she ended up "settling" for it since our time was running out and she hadn't found The Hat. I told myself that when I got home I was going to set about knitting her The Hat as a way of saying thanks for putting up with two fanatical enthusiastic knitters.

Just a few weeks after I returned Kate Davies came out with her annual pattern for Wool Week, and the moment I saw it I knew I had found The Hat. First of all, it called for Foula Wool. This yarn is spun from Shetland Sheep raised on the island of Foula, and comes in the naturally occurring colours of those sheep. What could be more perfect than knitting The Hat for Kath than using wool from the very place we had just visited? If the design happened to have teapots, that's what!

Introducing Tea Jenny...


A hat that I hope is The Hat...




How can it not be The Hat with all those teapots dancing around it? There are even teapots circling the crown...


I'm sure it can be trying at times hanging out with knitters when you aren't one yourself, but there might be good things that come your way if you are patient. Thanks Kath for begin such a great sport. You get to pick our next adventure, and it's okay if it doesn't include anything fibre related. My only requirement is that I can get my morning cuppa.


Well, maybe there is one more small request. Could we please skip hiking along cliff tops in gale force winds next time, too?

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  1. Oh, well done! What a good friend you are!

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    1. I think the good friend/cousin award goes to Kath, not me. She was a terrific sport while we were in Shetland.

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  2. WOW, I love it. It's wonderful! You're a very good friend. It's beautiful and she is going to adore it.

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    1. I hope she likes it! The good thing is our heads are pretty much the same size, so at least it should fit her.

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  3. It's beautiful Kristie! She will love it, and even more so because you made it for her. And can I say your new haircut is super cute too. I'm loving the shorter bob on you :-) x

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    1. Thanks for the comment about my haircut, Mel. It's a pretty basic cut, but I am finding I quite like having it shorter. And yes, I am hoping Kath likes the hat. :-)

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  4. A hat with tea pot decorations is a first for me. It will be a talking point and must be unique. Great tea colours as well.

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    1. I love that the colours are all the natural ones of the Shetland sheep. And yes, teapots are a rather unique hat design. :-)

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  5. Aw, that is sooooo cute, Kristie! What a beautiful design, one we'd all love to wear. Your friend will absolutely love it, and you look so pretty in it, I think you should knit up another for yourself! x

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    1. Thanks Patricia! I might just knit another one for myself. Since it's teapots, it seems like it might be The Hat for me too. :-)

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  6. Amazing amazing amazing! I would have never thought of knitting teapots but it is such a wonderful personal idea that I can't help myself thinking I must make something similar for my friend Christine. She is an artist, paint brushes instead of teapots maybe? I am really inspired by your knitting, Kristie. I will shortly finish my first "fair isle" cardigan for a nearly born baby boy.... so many ends to weave in! If by any chance you are coming back to Scotland, please stop by and we can knit together.

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    1. Paint brushes would be a great idea for a Fair Isle hat, Christina. You are discovering the dark side of Fair Isle - weaving in all those ends! :-) I saw a glimpse of the sweater you are knitting in the side bar of your blog. What pattern is it? The bit I could see looks really cute! I would love to get together with you and do some knitting next time I'm in Scotland!

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    2. The patterns is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/childrens-cardigan-where-the-wild-sheep-roam. I quite like the pattern, it is easy to follow and the designer was very helpful when I got stuck.

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    3. Thanks for the link Christina. I thought that was the pattern! I already have it in my Ravelry queue to knit for Lucy or some other future grandchild. It is adorable. I can't wait to see your finished sweater!

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  7. So pretty!! I love the colors in your Tea Jenny. Did you make that lovely sweater also??

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I made the sweater too. It's a Kate Davies pattern called Boreal.

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  8. Oops signed in under Martins name, its Alison :)

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  9. Since I'm not a knitter :-) I will ask about the photo program you use to get those black corner holders onto your photos!

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    1. The photo program is called PicMonkey. There is a free version, and one that costs about $5 a month. I really like working with it. I just wish they had a version that worked on iPad so I could use it when I travel blog.

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    2. Thank you, Kristie. I just tried it! It's great. You should be seeing some changes in my Blog next time :-)

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  10. I'd say a gorgeous teapot hat handknit by a friend is more than payment enough for being taken through many wooly exhibits! That is a beautiful hat :) Wendy x

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I'm looking forward to giving it to Kath when I see her at the end of the month. It should still be cold enough for her to be able to use it this winter.

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  11. Its a great hat I would be very happy with that if I wore hats!

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    1. Don't you wear hats on all those cold, rainy days you get? I'm shocked! :-)

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  12. Your tea pot hat is wonderful and I' m sure that Kath will love it and with the yarn coming from Shetland sheep will bring back wonderful memories of your holiday. You could always borrow it if she takes you on a more windy cliff tops!
    Sarah x

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    1. Ha! I don't think I would allow her to wear it if we find ourselves on windy cliff tops again for fear it might get blown off her head and go over the side. :-)

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  13. I love the hat - but I really covet your sweater! A hat with sailing boats would be gorgeous too!! I fear that my knitting days are almost over, ditto cross-stitch, as I've got arthritis in my hands and although I ought to exercise them it's getting awfu' painful at times, especially when I try to play the piano. Grrr.... And I still have 2 knitting projects to finish - a long cardi for me, and an alpaca sweater for my BH. Oh dear - will they ever get finished, I wonder?
    I also love your shorter hairstyle - very attractive. What do the family think of it?
    Helva (Julia) x

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    1. I'm sorry to hear your arthritis is bothering you. Have you Googled some of the hand and finger stretching exercises for knitters? And sometimes changing the kinds of needles you use or the style you knit (Continental vs. English) can make a difference. I hope you are able to finish your 2 projects.

      My sweater is another Kate Davies pattern called Boreal. :-)

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  14. I used to buy in Shetland wool in natural colours for spinning and weaving....but I could only get the fine yarn to use in Shetland shawls in bleached white which was a shame.
    My spinning skills were not up to producing a fine enough thread, nor were my knitting skills up to knitting one, but a friend is superb with the needles and made lovely shawls from traditional Shetland patterns - but they would have looked so much better in those beautiful soft colours you used for that super hat.

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    1. I am just like you, Helen. I can not spin a fine weight of yarn. No matter what I do I end up with a worsted weight. :-)

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  15. Look at you all decked out in your Kate Davies! You're so kind to knit this hat for your friend! I do think that yarn/knitting enabling is deserving of knitting.

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    1. Kath's enabling was definitely deserving of The Hat. :-)

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  16. **LOVE** I have become accustomed to giving knitted gifts to friends who get caught in the middle of my knitting obsession too. :-)

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    1. The people who are caught in the middle of my knitting obsession are almost always other knitters, so gifts aren't usually needed. What I really need to do is turn Kath into a knitter herself before our next trip together. :-)

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  17. What a happy story -- I hope we'll get a picture of Kath wearing the hat. She was indeed a "brick", in the old-fashioned phrase, and deserves every stitch.

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    1. I'm hoping to see Kath when I go down for my mom's birthday in a couple weeks. If I do I will definitely get a picture of her wearing The Hat. Yes, she was a "brick." :-)

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  18. It's a great hat and I love the sweater as well.

    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen! The sweater is one of my favourites to wear.

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  19. When the company is good, it doesn't matter what you're doing. I'm sure Kath had a great time in the museum. And now she's making out like a bandit, getting The Hat given to her. You did a great job, the hat is beautiful!

    My son has been dog sitting a Westie puppy--she was just 7 weeks when he started. We didn't think to take a picture until she was 9 weeks old.

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    1. I hope you post a picture of that puppy on your blog, Rick! There's just about nothing cuter than a Westie puppy. Not that I'm prejudice or anything. :-)

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  20. I love your hat! You cannot go wrong with teapot lol

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    1. That's what I thought about the teapots too! :-)

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  21. That's a fantastic hat - such lovely colours and the teapots are great. :-) How can she not love it? Your sweater is also gorgeous, both pattern and colours. When I've finished the current pair of socks I really must experiment with a bit of Fair Isle.

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    1. Thanks Perpetua! Definitely give Fair Isle a go. It's so much fun seeing a pattern emerge. It can be very addictive, which you can probably see from my recent knitting projects. :-)

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  22. Love the hat! And that last pic. Still sad I missed the trip ... such a lost opportunity :(

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    1. I know Annie, it was so sad you couldn't join us. Let's not give up hope though - maybe we will make it to Shetland together at some point in the future. :-)

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  23. I love it! I may have to make one for myself using colors of actual teapots I have. BTW, I came here through the Ravlery blogging group.

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    1. Welcome to my blog! It would be fun to make one with coloured teapots!

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