When running around throughout the month of December, sometimes we tend to forget the simple things that make us happy. Continuing the theme of "My Favorite Things," inspired by the song in The Sound of Music by the same name, today we highlight patterns for bright copper kettles, or items related to tea and coffee. The following patterns can be made in a short time and can be not only portable, but they can be picked up while waiting in line or sitting on hold with a customer service department about your online Christmas-gift order.
Bright copper kettles
Tea cozy: Lily/Sugar'n Cream offers a free pattern for a tea cozy on their Yarnspirations website, and it even offers instructions on how to knit. For a more advanced knitter, this is a great pattern to get rid of some extra yarn and makes a good gift for someone with a four-cup teapot. For a beginner, there are instructions on how to complete the knit stitch, making it a pattern anyone can make.
Tea bags basket: Knitvana has several items designed for the kitchen, but one in particular is for holding tea bags on the counter-top or on the table. This basket is small, easy, and can be personalized in every way from the stitch pattern to the stripe colors. The pattern is free and can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the Knitvana.com page with items for the kitchen; it is the "Striped basked for tea bags" pattern on the bottom of the page.
Modern cabled teapot cozy: Bridy's Knits offers us a free pattern for a teapot cozy modeled after one sold at retailer Indigo. It has seed stitch, cables, and pompoms; in other words, every knitter will have something to like in this pattern. To download the pattern, go to Bridy Madill's blog and click on the link that says "*download now*."
Jean Greenhowe's tea party treats: Designer Jean Greenhowe, a proficient "tiny things" knit designer, has several items on her website designed for tea party decoration such as sandwiches, cookies, and veggies. The patterns are all free, and they are perfect for making while standing in line, and for giving to your favorite niece or nephew for play time.
Wicked Witch tea cozy: For fans of the Wizard of Oz, this tea cozy is a perfect gift or addition to the kitchen decor. Designer Jasmyn Cunningham has designed a tea cozy of a house that has landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, and the pattern can be purchased for only one dollar (Canadian). With minimal colorwork and minimal shaping, the project is also easy enough for a newer knitter.
Knitted/felted teapot: Anita Wheeless has designed an entire tea set to felt, including cups, saucers, and a teapot, and featured them on her website. The pattern for the teapot itself is available for $2.50, but the cups and saucers are free and all items can be thrown in the washing machine for felting. Make the entire set as a sweet centerpiece or decoration on a bookshelf.
Tea wallet: For those of us who travel with our tea bags and sweeteners, perhaps to the office or to school, Diane Trap offers a free pattern for a tea wallet. This little compartment is small enough to be completed in a few hours, and it is easy enough for a new knitter. Any worsted-weight yarn can be used, but the original project uses cotton yarn from either Lily/Sugar'n Cream or Peaches and Creme yarns.
Winter is a time for tea, for bright copper kettles and soothing drinks after a long day of stress. Tomorrow's theme is "warm woolen mittens," one of the favorite items among knitters. Stay tuned!
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