I knit a tea cosy this week for a friend who had requested one quite some time ago. As I'm not a tea or coffee drinker I didn't have any patterns for one so after checking Ravelry I headed off to the local thrift stores. I found a few patterns but this very textured SIRDAR one took my fancy because I thought I could make it look a bit more contemporary. My friend is an art teacher so I knew it would have to be a bit special. I really enjoyed knitting this cosy, I trimmed it with green Icord as it's my friends favourite colour and it looks fab on her tomato red teapot.
I've been knitting a lot lately, it's mid winter here and the days are short so knitting infront of a blazing fire is very appealing. This Shalom Cardigan is a little free pattern that I found over at Ravelry, not quite my size but with some mods I increased the bust by 5" and it fits great. I used Cleckheaton Country Wide pure wool that I picked up locally at Kmart of all places. Found the perfect button while out walking in my lunch hour one day last week. This was a super easy knit and fast! As you can see my two assistants were working hard keeping me and my Shalom Cardigan company.
Next project is a pair of felted Maryjane slippers for my sister-in-law who had a birthday this week. I'm using Sullivans Cozy Wool which I'm sorry to say is not very environmentally friendly, 100% Australian wool made in China!! How could that be economic!