Can we take a break from yapping about our fabulous Alabama Chanin giveaway (still ongoing–everybody enter by Friday), and our fun Walk in the Park on January 17, and that Other Thing We’re Excited About that is coming soon that we can’t wait to tell people about? Because I want to talk about tea cozies. Or cosies, as they are spelled in Australia.
Back in 2012, Loani Prior kindly sent me a copy of her third book on knitted tea cozies, How Tea Cosies Changed the World. Yes: her THIRD BOOK ON TEA COZIES. How Tea Cosies Changed the World is the followup to Really Wild Tea Cosies, which is the followup to (merely) Wild Tea Cosies.
And in 2015, unbelievably, there is a fourth: Pretty Funny Tea Cosies.
It must be true (to paraphrase John Prine) that old trees just grow stronger, and old tea cozies grow wilder every day.
These books are towering monuments to imagination, and the ability to apply imagination to knitting. I just want knitters to know about them. I mean, look at them:
Tammy Shanter, from How Tea Cosies Changed the World (HTCCTW).
Garden Party, from Really Wild Tea Cosies (RWTC).
Eugenie, from HTCCTW. (Get it? Hint: there is another one called Beatrice.)
Starry Night, from HTCCTW.
Pedro de la Pantaloon, from RWTC.
The Brits and Australians have a tradition of tea cozy affection that somehow missed the colonies that became the United States. I mourn this loss to our cultural richness. Apparently the crazier tea cozies are, the better, and the longer they are kept, and handed down from one generation to the next. I have no ancestral tea cozies. This makes me sad.
There are so many more to admire in these wonderful books. The writing is hilarious and wise, and the instructions look to be very precise and complete. For more to gawp at, I commend you to Loani’s Instagram feed, where she has chosen the apt handle @queenoftheteacosies, and her website. (Oh, look! Free patterns!)
That’s all I’ve got. How is that Other Thing We’re Excited About coming along?