Wednesday, 21 October 2015

FO - Knitted Dormouse Tea Cosy

dormouse tea cosy folk pattern

What's this?  Another mouse themed tea cosy?  Clearly there's a pattern developing here.  This tea cosy is all mine though!  Back in February, I made my first cosy for my friend A and she gave me a tiny teapot as a thank you.  Obviously, it also needed a cosy, but it wasn't until recently that I got around to making myself one.  When I got an email from Tea Cosy Folk asking if I'd like to test one of their patterns, saying yes was a no-brainer.  The hardest part wasn't even the knitting, but picking out which pattern to use.  There's so many to choose from!  Whether you're into Star Wars, narrow boats or farming, there's a tea cosy design out there for everyone.

I'd spotted the Dormouse pattern on Tea Cosy Folk's Twitter, so decided to go with that and make a twin for my earlier knit.  I didn't realise it was for the pint-sized cosy at first and was just going to make A another one, but I was delighted when I figured out it was made to fit my pot instead (A was not.  I had to take her a macaron to soften the blow.)

tea cosy folk dormouse pattern side views

Isn't this just the cutest thing you ever did see?  It even has a tiny berry in its paws!  It was delightfully quick in coming together - I started knitting on Sunday and finished on Monday night, despite all the different components.  The only change I made to the pattern was to sew on woolly eyes instead of using safety eyes.  I decided to just use up what I had in my stash and to be honest, I was impatient to be finished!  Everything is made in DK yarn (I used Stylecraft Special in Camel, Cream and Plum, and a random bit of green I found in my scraps jar), with the body using two strands and the other pieces a single one.

tea cosy folk dormouse pattern details berry ears

Check out the range of tea cosy knitting patterns online or, if you don't fancy making your own one, you can buy a ready made one instead.  I have my eye on the medieval castle next...  PLUS, any pattern purchase made during October comes with a free pattern for a Halloween egg cosy.  Any breakfast that involves novelty knitting can't be a bad thing, right?

It wouldn't be a Wednesday knitting post without linking up to Ginny's Yarn Along, although my book hasn't changed from last week.  I'm deep into my festive crafting schedule so reading has been pushed to the back of the queue slightly.  I'm still really liking Aurian, although I'm waiting for something exciting to happen, which I think I might be waiting a while for since this is the first book of four.  Maybe I'll have a break before I order the next one...

(My ace 'winter is coming' mug was a birthday pressie from my equally ace colleagues.  I also have a matching bag and needle case, all from the Kelly Connor Designs shop on Etsy.  It seemed appropriate for this project!)

*I was sent a pattern from Tea Cosy Folk free of charge to try out in exchange for feedback, so here it is!*


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