A tea cosy for Sarah

I always appreciate handmade gifts, something that’s one of a kind and doesn’t come shrink-wrapped.

I’ve made many gifts over the years like bags, socks, beanies, and other slightly imperfect presents for my friends and family, and this is the cosy I made for Sarah as a very belated birthday present which we tested over afternoon tea in glorious mountain sunshine.

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What I’ve been doing

I finished knitting a jumper for James.

Having made a few beanies, wristers and tea cosies for friends, I wanted a bigger challenge.  The pattern I chose was described as “deconstructed” with reversed sections and exposed seams.  It was fairly straight forward but I learnt a whole new repertoire of skills like fully fashioned shaping, grafting and mattress stitch.

The yarn is Australian wool blended with silk and cashmere.  It’s warm and rustic and I love the irregular flecks and variations.

It’s not perfect: I definitely improved as I went along, but all in all I’m quite pleased.