This is the time of year when my crafting urges are most strong, so it's no surprise that in 24 hours I've swung from sugar cookies to quilting (I came across a new quilting mag with a teapot/teacup quilt pattern) to knitting. But the knitting is the craft that actually spurred me to action, because I'm always looking for something fairly mindless to work on while watching TV on these cooler evenings at home.
Yesterday in the mail I received a review copy of the new book "Tea Cozies" which the good people of Sterling Publishing were kind enough to send. I had read that it had patterns for both crocheted and knitted tea cozies. Alas, only one of the tea cozies is actually crocheted, although many of the knitted cozies have crocheted accents. I have been crocheting for about 35 years now (thank you, Grandmother Doris), but I do wish she'd known how to knit as well. I've been knitting for only about 6 or 7 years and can turn out a mean dishcloth, but now I'm ready to try a simple tea cozy.
The tan/brown/blue colors up top were the first yarns I came across and have potential, I think. If I can take my knitting up a few notches, I'd really love to make the book's tea cozy with a teacup pattern knitted in, and there's also an adorable sunflower tea cozy, a tea cozy topped with roses (gotta have it), and a tea cozy fox surrounded by dimensional foxgloves. Because this book was originally published in the UK I find that some of the knitting terms are slightly different, and I need to do a little Googling to see what yarns in the U.S. are comparable to the ones listed here. This is a lovely and inspiring book, and those of you fortunate enough to possess some real knitting skills will certainly want a copy of your own.