Stay with me now: this is about a book devoted to knitted tea cozies. Which I love.
I know that sometimes, when stooping to enjoy a (rare!) delicious moment of cattiness, we ridicule some of the, um, specificity, of knitting book themes. 1001 Easy Cat Knitted Toys, for example (because, duh, 1001 Regular Level of Difficulty Knitted Cat Toys is so 2007). We mock, but we mock with deep understanding. We are whistling past the graveyard. Our schaden is barely freude. The publishers want knitting books to publish. They like a catchy concept. They encourage the search for ever-more-novel novelty. In short, Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Cat Toys is not something I’d feel 100 percent safe in ruling out.
So, when I got an email from author Loani Prior asking me if I’d like a copy of her freshly-out book, REALLY Wild Tea Cosies, sent all the way from Australia, I will confess that I was a little worried. Was this the book that would jump the shark? (Assuming the shark wasn’t already jumped with that book of handknit marital aids a few years ago, that is.) What sold me was this bit in her message:
“I really would love to have my publisher send you a copy (or two) of my second book
REALLY Wild Tea Cosies.
“It is of course the sequel to
Wild Tea Cosies.”
Phew! Loani’s all right! She may be 2/3 of the way to The Lord of the Rings of tea cozy books, but her sense of humor is more than intact. The books were sent, and the books have arrived.
Some of my favorite images:
There is also a SQUARE cozy, with shibori dots. Another cozy has cube-shaped pom-poms. No repeats! Each cozy is its own special brand of out of your mind.
The knitting is really good, and the construction of the cozies is inventive (x1000). I was eagerly reading the instructions to see how Loani worked some of her tricks. (There are not one, but two crazy postmodern CHICKEN cozies. Involving i-cord! Knitted loop pile! And when was the last time you used bonsai wire in a knitting project?) But best of all is Loani’s hilarious running commentary.
This book is a keeper. Meaning, I’m keeping one for myself, but I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader. You know the drill: Leave a comment to this post telling me something, anything, about tea cozies, or tea, or CozyShack rice pudding, by noon tomorrow, June 4, New York time. A winner will be chosen at random, and will be in for a treat.
P.S. Loani’s tea cozy books really are best sellers in Australia. This makes me want to move to Australia. Apparently tea cosies are extremely important in Australian culture. The odder they are, the better they like them. Heirs fight over ragged shards of ancestral cozies.
P.P.S. Cosy Overload: Have to share this amazing tea cosy/cozy aficionada site, where they’re wild about Loani’s books: Wild For Tea Cosies.