My little 4 cup teapot works awfully hard around here. We break it out every evening after work, trying out the various types of tea used here in Greece. I picked my teapot out of a tea store in London when I was visiting there with my Mom last year. We were inspired to purchase our own after experiencing our first authentic high tea, complete with scones. I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many of these little tea stores we visited so that I could find the perfect sized pot in just the right color. I’ve read that this is called a brown betty. Mine is not an authentic brown betty, since these were only made by certain companies in Britian – using red clay and a special glaze, which were said to keep the tea hotter. But it looks sort of like one, and I love the color. Mine could definately use a little help in the heat department so I decided to knit a little sweater to help it along out of the handspun I showed you in Secrets of a New Yarn Spindler.
I found this ingeniously designed free Tea Pot Cozy pattern, from Alexis Layton . Knit with chunky yarn on large needles, it works up in a flash and is a perfectly fitted little teapot cover! Since my pot was an inch or so smaller than the one that the designer made the pattern for, I knit on smaller needles – US 8 instead of US 10 and the result is perfect. Don’t be worried if it’s tight – just stretch it right over your teapot, button it up and the heat of brewing your first pot will effectively block it right into the perfect shape.
Will you have one lump or two, Crafty Friends?