Saturday, November 29, 2014

I'm a little teapot . . .

Lately I did a little knitting for the birthday of a tea-loving friend.

This is the Sheep Carousel tea cosy by Kate Davies. 
I ordered it from Kate as a kit, so I received a wonderful package with the pattern, 2 skeins of Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme jumper weight, and a small project bag (which I used to "gift wrap" my finished cosy).

I loved knitting this - it's a project full of fun techniques, in small doses.  None were actually new to me, but if they are to you, this is a good introduction.  If you want to practice stranded colorwork, steeks, provisional cast-on, i-cord (and i-cord bind-off), and the vikkel braid, it's all here.  It's an adorable thing to knit, and the instructions (or links to instructions) are very good.  My favorite bit is the vikkel braid, which I think I first learned from Anna Zilboorg's wonderful book, Magnificent Mittens.

It looks like there's enough yarn to make another cozy (she says switching to the American spelling) if I reverse the colors.  If I were to make this again, I'd make both slits (the handle and spout ones) the same size. Luckily, this fits my friend's pot (the first photo) just fine, but would fit mine better if the spout slit were longer, or at least placed differently.


Project on Ravelry here

Sheep Carousel

  • designed by Kate Davies
  • Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight, 100%  undyed shetland wool, 188 yards 1 Ball Moorit (2004) , 1 ball white (2001)
  • size 2 US needles - 16 inch circular and double point, also US size 4 needles for the bottom edging.  


2 comments:

  1. Just adorable! What a perfect gift for a tea-lover!

    ReplyDelete