Monday 18 February 2013

Crazy cosy and a give away

So, here it is... a crazy cosy for my mother in laws teapot. Its taken me ages to make it and I'm still not sure about it yet. I don't think I particularly like it but I can't be bothered to make another one, does that make me sound awful? I just can't put my finger on what is irritating me about it. Oh well, we are off to Brighton for a few days this evening and I'll let you know what she thinks :o)

I used clever Alice's lovely simple pattern found here to make the cosy and then crocheted up some of Lucy's May Roses and knitted some swirly flowers that I also learnt from the clever Alice. I also felt compelled to make a pink pom pom which is one of my more favourite additions to this cosy. I enjoyed making this pom pom the way I did in the 70's as a kid with 2 cardboard discs and a hole in the centre for threading yarn through. Its not perfect but I do like it.

Thank you for all your get well wishes I am feeling so much better and more human today and have enjoyed a lie in and tea and toast in bed before going out into the sunshine and freezing breeze for a little charity shop hunting for my four happy things swap with Lisa from Bobo Bun. My Alice is doing a swap with Lisa's daughter Millie which she's excited about and also came thrifting with me through our local charity shops this morning. 

One of the things I found was a meter and half of pretty floral cotton fabric for the very sweet price of 30p. So, I've decided to include 1 meter of this into the give away (I have kept the other half meter for adding to my patchwork duvet cover I plan to make in the warmer months).

So, the give away will include 1 meter of this floral fabric, new pins, a knitted 'slightly hairy' apple pin cushion (see this post), two skeins of embroidery thread and some CHOCOLATE :o) 

Regarding the chocolate not being in the photo...well the moral of this little story is to not buy a bar of Green and Blacks choc and hide away in one's baking cupboard well out of sight when one lives with a chocoholic husband who has olfactory receptors (sense of smell cells in your nose) way beyond any other human I have ever met!! So, my dearest fellow bloggers a new bar will be purchased when the winner is picked on Sunday 24/2/13 and sent pronto before he sniffs it out again ;o)

Please just leave a comment, (follow if you fancy) and an email address if you don't have a blog for me to contact you on and I'll be random generating on Sunday. 

ps. Feel free to copy and paste the above pic to publicise this give away on your blog and I'll put your name in twice for the draw

Right that's me done and dusted, just got to pack a few things and get ourselves to Brighton to stay at my Mother in law for a few days over half term. Alice and I have planned a trip to Tate Modern this week where we look forward to going to the new Lichtenstein exhibition (her choice) while Daddy peruses cycling shops for his pleasure.

Have a marvelous week peeps
See you all soon


  1. Penelope, I can't understand why you're not feeling the love for your tea cosy. I think it's gorgeous. I love the pink and green stripey combo, the gorgeous flowers and the cheeky pompom addition.

    Eeek, you're making a patchwork duvet cover! I've recently made one using vintage sheets. It takes a lot of time, especially if it's a king size duvet cover which mine was but totally worth it.

    I'd love to be considered for your giveaway. Don't forget to hide the chocs! xx

  2. Hi Penelope! Oh-me-oh-my! I am in love with your beautifully crafted tea cosy! It is super adorable, and I'm sure your mum-in-law will love it! Every detail is too cute. Our half-term has come and gone...:( Enjoy yours though! But, I can't complain, as we're counting down to leave for South Africa in four weeks time! Yay!
    Would love to be entered into the giveaway...yes please! Lovely goodies!
    Travel safely, and hopefully you'll have some cheery sunshine to enjoy!
    Tania ♥

  3. your tea cosy is just fabulous! & please pop me into the give-away, the floral fabric is a beauty, have a great time in Brighton, we visit that neck of the woods next weekend & am looking forward to spending time with my mum whilst the boys all go to watch the footie

  4. I just found your blog, and how fun! Your tea cosy is beautiful, lots of time and love put into it! I will be visiting your blog often. Annette

  5. I think that the tea cosy is absolutely gorgeous!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. My friend lives in brighton...I used to too, in fact my frind works with one of your friends.....or so I am told? Its a small bloggin world....???
    Pop me in for the giveaway please...already a follower, will do a side bar link for you!!
    I am having a giveaway too over at mine...
    Betstest to you Daisy J

  7. I think your tea cosy is super! Please enter me in your giveaway.....enjoy Brighton! :) x

  8. I think your tea cosy is wonderful, so opulent and spring like with it's lovely blooms.
    I'd love to be entered into the giveaway, that fabric is so pretty and I totally identify with your husband's delight in chocolate!

  9. Love the tea cosy, I'm sure you mother in law will too! I think you're right, the pom-pom just sets it off perfectly....I used to make poms like that too....had many a pom pom disaster when I've spent ages squeezing the ball through the tinniest hole in the middle, then cutting through and almost losing the pom-pom before I'd tied th middle...who needs a pom-pom maker?!

    I would love to be considered for your giveaway thank you, the fabric is gorgeous!

  10. I think your tea cosy is lovely!

    I'd love to be entered in your give away please, I've been reading your blog for ages, just never commented! :)

  11. I love the tea cozy :) so lovely and pretty :)

  12. The tea cozy is such a cute idea! I never thought of making one for a tea pot but it makes sense!

    thanks for the chance to win!

    rlahardison at gmail dot com

  13. tea cozy is so unique! It looks amazing, don't worry :)
    Have a nice trip!

  14. i love your teacosy, the colours are great!
    and your i am a lucky winner ?
    lovely greetings from germany,

  15. Oooh pretty pretty please with sugar on top put me in for the draw!

  16. I'd love to be put into the draw for the giveaway please! :)

    isthatyoudarling {at}

  17. I love your tea cosy - if only I could knit!!
    Please count me in for your lovely giveaway!

  18. oooh lucky you and Alice off to the Tate. Hope it's a good show. I've read mixed reactions online.
    I'd love to enter the giveaway if that's not being greedy after the swap.
    I'll pop it on my blog too.

  19. How exciting to have just found your wonderful blog and discover a current giveaway with some of my favourite things. I hope I am a lucky one!

  20. Hello Penelope, You have one of these as well then!!! (a chocoholic husband who has olfactory receptors (sense of smell cells in your nose)) I know just how you feel. I had an homemade apple tart given to me by a student which I brought home you think I can find it???? All I see are satisfied looks from Sr P and Willie the cat ( I have a cat who loves cake!),they are practically licking their whiskers!

    I really think that tea cosy is adorable so I don't understand either why you aren't thrilled with it.
    Please enter me for your generous giveaway. I'm off to post a button link to this post.

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

  21. LOVE the tea cosy and I so want to win the giveaway! Not keen on leaving an email address though, so I am guessing you will announce the winner so if I win, can I email you with my details? I do hope this will not hinder my entry into the draw. Enjoy the rest of your week away from work. Mine's just starting - a whole twelve days off from doing anything I don't want to! Thoroughly enjoy reading about your days, good and bad. Debs x

  22. I love the tea cosy! Amazing!
    karen s
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

  23. Love your tea cosy - very colourful and would really brighten up cuppa time !!

  24. just found you (where have I been???? that I haven't hopped in here before??) via knitsofacto! So glad I did. Love your color sense!!

  25. What a stunning tea cosy! And oh my for the apple pincushion ! Both gorgeous. I hide chocolate everywhere - it is the 9 year old that has a nack for finding it though! (new follower )

  26. The tea cosy is bloody GORGEOUS!!! , but maybe I understand "your feeling" I've knitted a few flowers and ones that I made that didn't have 'a centre' ie, a different colour or button, annoyed me. It's only bothering you, :) it really is lovely !!!