Wednesday, 13 September 2017
At Long Last
Its been an absolute age but I've only gone and done it........I've finished my friends tea cosy! Yeeha! I bought the pattern when I was visiting her in April this year, we were standing outside a wool shop when she said look at those lovely knitted cosies. They were beautiful so I went in the shop and bought the pattern. Once home I purchased the wool and started. I chose the moss rib stitch cosy as its very stretchy and not knowing the exact size of the tea pot it will adorn I thought it was the safest option. I lost track how many times I pulled it apart and restarted it. Over time I became familiar with the pattern which helped when it came to the shaping. Every line of the pattern was different and once again I confess it was pulled clean off the needles numerous times.
I used to knit quite a bit when the children where younger and money was tight. My mum would knit the children's stuff and I would knit mine. I used to go each month and buy a ball of Sidar something or another for my latest chunky cardigan. Thank goodness they had a lay by scheme or I wouldn't have been able to afford it. Working full time and shift work put and end to lots of crafty things I used to do so now I'm retired I thought it would be easy to just pick up again.
Unfortunately I will not be seeing my friend on her birthday but another friend is going up to Tyneside to see her next week and has offered to take the present with her. Knowing her Birthday was looming meant I had to knuckle down and finish it. I don't have a tea pot so I put it over a plastic jug in order to take the photo. I wanted to learn to crochet flowers as I feel they always look so much better than knitted flowers. The crochet flowers have been a disaster, I'm all fingers and thumbs when trying to watch the YouTube tutorial and do it at the same time, so I did a couple of the flowers from the pattern instead.
As you can see I wrote a little card to put with it which reads:
This tea cosy was made with extra stitches, dropped stitches and a few too many swear words. But most of all it was made with love.
I hope it ruddy fits.
I simply had to buy the little porcelain pastry forks when I saw them as she loves any thing like that and they were in the sale. My friend doesn't know I blog so my secret is safe. I just need a small bar of chocolate to go in the bag and its good to go. Small as I know she's on Weight Watchers but everyone knows that chocolate doesn't contain Smart Points or Calories when eaten on your Birthday! I hope she likes it and I hope it fits.
Many thanks for all your seasonal comments. We have high winds today but lots of sunshine too. I hope you haven't suffered to badly from the effects of Storm Aileen. Bye for now. Tx