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!

14 comments:

WildflowerWool said...

I love the pompom on top!!!

Winnie said...

This is too cute! I love the pompom too. Love your photo shoot :)

Chrisknits said...

Sorry you had to struggle through this. That's why I don't knit to request. I tend to hate whatever it is I am forcing myself to knit. Much rather decide whether or not I want to knit something. Love the pom pom!

Marianita la Arañita said...

It looks lovely!!!
I love the pompom
Have a nice weekend :)

mysparemoments.com said...

I really love the neutral buttery colours you chose and making the pleats sure was time consuming but it looks great. I really love the pompom on top and am sorry I didn't do that on my one but I may do it yet and add it ! I've been commissioned to do another for someone but this time in stead of cotton I'm going to use some acrylic and see how that goes. Well done on the finish.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Cute!

Kepanie said...

This cozy came out so well. I love its job. I'm putting down a plain, white teapot and a old-fashioned, English tea cup on my la hanau list this year.

Nicky said...

It sounds like really hard work, well done on finishing!

Elisabeth Andree said...

Wow! You did such a great job, love your styling too:)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

It looks brill and your FO photo makes a great story to go with it

Kim said...

It may have been a pain, but I adore it--and those colors!!
*smiles*

Frieda said...

Love the tea cosy, it has a vintage look to it . Nice work !

kathy b said...

Thank you so much for saying it was not fun. It looks so cute, I was tempted but now...NO!!! I can't knit a teapot cover if it is a pain!!!

Stephanie Stoll said...

A tea cozy! Love it! Happy knitting!