Friday, July 19, 2013
Finished Object Friday
Pattern: Tea Cosy by Yasmin
Yarn: Loops & Threads Soft and Shiny
Needle Size: US 7 (4.5 mm)
Modifications: I made a pompom in place of the crocheted decorative topper.
Comments: In fact I don't own a teapot; the tea cosy was made at Linda's request. For the Finished Object Photo I tried the cosy on a teapot in the kitchenwares department of my local Home Outfitters. Fortunately the staff were too busy discounting summer sale items to pay me any attention.
The pattern called for Caron Simply Soft, but I didn't like the selection of colours available at Michaels. Linda mentioned that her kitchen was burgundy and black and her teapot was white, so I thought some light neutrals would be best. Cream and butter colours in the store brand, Loops & Threads Soft and Shiny, were my final choice. Knitting the yarn was unpleasant - it's splitty and it's constantly shedding fluff. I won't buy that again.
To create the cosy, columns of two different colours are knit into pleats with short floats. It's a really good insulator, I'd imagine, but it wasn't very fun to knit. It's counterintuitive to be constantly snugging up those floats. Add to that the fact that my fingers wanted to knit stockinette rather than garter stitch, and it felt like I was fighting myself through the entire knit. Thank goodness it's done!
That's my FO for this finished object Friday. See you at Tami's Amis where there's lots to see in all the links from other crafters!