11Mar

Crochet - Granny Square Tea Cosy

Where oh where is spring? It's bitterly cold here and that has been reflected in the things I am working on. Lulu's blanket is coming along nicely and this cold weather means I'm still enjoying it. I'm getting increasingly hopeful that this one will be finished soon! I have also been asked to make a couple of tea cosies recently, which gave me the opportunity to try out an idea that had been brewing in my mind...

crochet-granny-teacosy8

...I really wanted to try using some granny squares in my cosy. In my head I saw it in the softest wool in light spring colours. I was so keen to get started that I didn't put too much thought into how I would join the squares or make them into one piece. I worked it up using 8 small granny squares in some of the Rooster Almerino yarn I had. It worked but there were some bits I wasn't completely happy with. I'd used htcs and I found the decreases looked a bit bulky I also felt I wanted to experiment with the way I joined the squares. So I tried another one, this time using some cheap acrylic yarn to practice on. I think between the two I have created a pattern that I can use, but I'm going to try one more just to be sure! ;)

crochet granny square tea cosy

crochet granny square tea cosy

Sweet, soft spring-time tea cosy.

crochet granny square tea cosy

and her not so soft acrylic sister...

crochet granny square tea cosy

crochet granny square tea cosy

In the absence of spring I have also been taking joy in this china tea set that came my way last week. There are actually 6 cups and saucers but these are the colours I love the most. I believe (Google told me) these are actually called elizabethan carnaby coffee cans but they are far too small for the amount of coffee I need and too big for espresso so I think I will keep them for dainty cups of tea.

elizabethan carnaby coffee cans

elizabethan carnaby coffee cans

Now I'm just waiting for the sun so that I can enjoy my tea in the garden.

Bye for now. Em xx

 

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Comments (19)

  • eskimo*rose

    eskimo*rose

    12 March 2013 at 00:36 |
    I am completely crushing on your tea set Emma - I love it! And the light lemony yellow and grey teacosy, so dreamy, it would look rather perfect in my kitchen, or rather my vision for my kitchen! xx
    btw- I'm really impressed with your pompoms!
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      12 March 2013 at 09:49 |
      Thanks Emma, I cheated with the pom poms - I caved and bought a maker! Em xx
  • Ana

    Ana

    12 March 2013 at 09:59 |
    So pretty Emm! And the poor acrylic sister, she deserves some love because her colors are beautiful :))
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      12 March 2013 at 13:17 |
      You are right Ana she does, I will love them equally! ;) xxx
  • Knitnrun4sanity

    Knitnrun4sanity

    12 March 2013 at 10:06 |
    I love the tea cups. Perfect size for a nice cup of tea but also really pretty. Your tea cosies are fab and not at all grannyish. The colors are nice and summery. Great project.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      12 March 2013 at 13:17 |
      Thank you, I was very happy with them although sometimes I feel I need a pint mug for the amount of tea I get through in a day! Xxx
  • Rachell

    Rachell

    12 March 2013 at 10:43 |
    "which gave me the opportunity to try out an idea that had been brewing in my mind..."
    Brewing in your mind?! Boom-boom! (Basil Brush styley!)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      12 March 2013 at 13:15 |
      Hehe I wondered if anyone would notice... Xxx
  • Claire

    Claire

    12 March 2013 at 14:22 |
    Hi Emma,
    Just to say, I've been following your lovely blog for a while now and have just nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can read about my post here if you like:
    http://knitandpurlgarden.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/very-inspiring-blogger-award-nomination/

    Best wishes, Claire x
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      13 March 2013 at 08:48 |
      Aw thank you Claire, that is very kind. I will pop over and have a read. Em xx
  • aLittleBlonde

    aLittleBlonde

    17 March 2013 at 09:07 |
    Loving the tea cosies, do let us know when you have a pattern you are happy with although they look perfect to me! Your tea set is fabulous too!
    Alex xx
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      18 March 2013 at 16:55 |
      Thanks Alex :)) Em xx
  • Chrysalide

    Chrysalide

    17 March 2013 at 09:27 |
    Bonjour,

    C'est en me balladant que j'ai trouvé ton univers qui me plait beaucoup par ses couleurs et son ambiance .
    L'idée du bonnet adapté sur une cafetière est originale , bravo.
    Bon week end
    Chrysalide.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      18 March 2013 at 16:54 |
      Merci beaucoup :) Em xx
  • tinyinc

    tinyinc

    23 March 2013 at 18:11 |
    great tea set!!
  • rose

    rose

    17 April 2013 at 17:14 |
    j'aime beaucoup, très très mignon
    rose
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      17 April 2013 at 18:14 |
      Merci beaucoup! Em xx
  • Thalia

    Thalia

    09 November 2013 at 15:08 |
    I've just come back from a country market where I saw some tea "jerseys" (my sister in Zambia's man of all functions Mr. Lackson can never call them tea cosies) and my eye jumped on them. And here you are, inspiring me again. How beautiful is this one! Off to the yarn cupboard right away!!!!! Thanks Thalia
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      10 November 2013 at 21:54 |
      That's brilliant - I love the name tea 'jerseys'. Thanks for sharing, Em xx

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