I don't quite know what it it with tea cosies, maybe it's the adaptability, the possibilities for whimsicality, the fact that one can utilise small scraps of leftover wool from the stash, speed of completion (I AM getting older after all, time is important!)...whatever. All those things are true, but I simply enjoy making them. Admittedly, mine are not out-there cute or in any way important in the scheme of things, but I like them!
Here are some pics of my current favourites...
Needless to say, I am working on a neat little plain black number for her that I intend covering with crocheted pansies...they take me far longer to make, so it remains a work in progress...
What is the knitted tea cosy stigma all about? I really think this topic might lead to interesting social research...there is plenty of evidence to suggest that women need to be very confident, form support groups and either become quite militant or senile in order to be able to comfortably knit in public. (I trialled this in Sydney...for a time I was forced into a two hour train commute morning and night due to living well away from the CBD and the office I was working from), and I did get some strange looks and rude comments even though I kept the projects very small, (mainly socks), so I didn't take up any additional space. The chaps who spread their Sydney Morning Heralds over two or three seat spaces to avoid proximity to others were regarded quite kindly by comparison...mmmm....interesting
Anyhow, I still enjoy these little numbers, and they do keep the tea warm for longer! And the bottom line is that really I simply don't care what negative image others perceive of me when engaged in such innocent pleasures...I am old enough to have gotten over that little conceit many years ago.