Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stripes, Wool, and I Finally Learn Something Everyone Else Already Knows

 

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See, this is my idea of a good time.  Endless stripes, in every color. 

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No thinking required.  Well, not much anyway.  I choose the next five, ten, twenty colors, line them up in order, and just go on autopilot.  I read for awhile, then turn off all the lights and watch Harry Potter movies again, then maybe I lie on my bed and listen to podcasts, all the time knitting knitting knitting.  Nothing to it.  Just the calming clicking and slow, gentle, colorful progress. 

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I’m helplessly whittling away at the stash.  Helpless because I look at the stash and I can’t help knitting something with it, all of it, all at once.  This project will probably take me awhile. I hope. I keep trying to cultivate a long-term project, with limited success so far. Fingers crossed.

It is snowing again.  Time to snuggle up.  I made a nest of blankets and island travel magazines and projects-in-progress, and I made a pot of chamomile tea and put it on the breakfast-in-bed tray that I am so glad I bought even though I was sure at the time that I’d never use it.

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Hey, dumb rhetorical question: did you guys know that a wooly tea cozy will actually, literally, keep your tea from getting cold?  For, like, two hours???  Where have I been?  Drinking coffee is where, and I am not saying I’m a convert or anything, but listen, I did not, not until I actually tried it, truly believe a tea cozy would make that much difference.  I thought, you know, they look cute and stuff, but I thought the tea would still pretty much get cold before I could drink a whole pot.  Wrong!  I’m stunned.  Hot tea, still, two hours later.  Wool is amazing.  What else have I missed? 

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30 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to read another adult say she "watches Harry Potter again." Geez! I love that story, but my children are in college now! Every spring, I have an HP fest and listen to 5-7 in the car while running around on errands. Anyway, glad to know I'm not in that grownup HP club alone ...

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  2. ohh those stripes look so soft and cozy! And I have always been in love with your gingham blanket!
    Are you on Ravelry at all?

    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous makings!

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  3. ...wait wait, they work?!? I've always wondered, honestly! Have never made any of those things, thought they were just for show, like what you are saying! Now I must find a teapot and try this, if it lasts for two hours, that might be enough time to actually get through a whole pot! Eeek! So no, you aren't(weren't) the only one!

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    1. It did work, I swear! I know, I could hardly believe it.

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  4. I LOVE stripes a lot, too!!!!
    xxx Ale

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  5. You should check out the book "How Tea Cosies Changes the World" by Leoni Prior. She has a wonderful introduction in this, her THIRD book, about tea cosies. The patterns are fantastic too. And her "base" is a double-layered concept that works even better than the tea cosies I've used for years. Hours of hot tea! Love your stripes :) And very glad I'm not the only "grown-up" who re-watches Harry. Enjoy!

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  6. Haha awesome! They keep you warm so yes they keep a pot of tea warm
    If you're a coffee drinker too then how about this: you can make a coffee plunger/coffee pot cosy too!
    I've seen patterns somewhere but mostly they start with 'I made this up...'
    Good luck!

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    1. One of those is definitely on my list, now that I know they are actually effective. What a revelation this was, honestly. :)

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  7. Actually I did not know that about the tea cozy - but I have lived all of my adult life in the southwest desert so we like our tea made by the sun and then chilled down to as cold as our fridges will get it!

    Cannot wait to see what you do with all of your colorful knitting. Thank you for sharing the lovely snow picture.... I am quite jealous actually :)

    Stay warm.

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  8. That's good to know about the tea cozy. I'll have to look for a pattern.

    Love the colorful scarves!

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  9. Hi, Kristen! LOved your colorful work! I know it's always pleasant to work with different colors, as even if the pattern is same, it never annoys.
    You snug bedroom is so good, great that you find time for yourself and your favorite things.
    Well, I thought the same about tea cozy, but now I want to try to make one and check. Do you think it will only with wool? what about acrylic?:)
    Have a snug and happy day!
    Anna

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    1. I would imagine that wool is a better insulator than acrylic, but maybe it wouldn't make that much difference. Try it and see! :)

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  10. Love the color combination... Can't wait to see what is going to be. I'm helplessly working in my ripple blanket. It feels like the more I work on it the more there is to do... Thank Goodness for winter ... Love the tea cozy also. I should probably make one now that I know it really works :)

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  11. Love love love the stripes and the cozy and snow on the trees!

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  12. I am loving the stripes, you put colours together so well. Your bed nest looks very cozy, your gingham blanket looks gorgeous on your bed.

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  13. As a knitter of tea cosies and living here in Scotland - I've always used a tea cosy on my teapot as did my Mum and my Gran. That's us thrifty Scots - why let a pot of tea go to waste - keep it warm. A tea cosy is an essential accessory in this freezing weather. Love your bedroom - so pretty!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  14. I love this post!!! I love the colours and the stripes and the cosiness and the snow!!! :-)
    Happy knitting and happy warm-tea-drinking.....
    Carly
    x

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  15. Lovely colors, so bright and cheerful. Your day sounds perfect, bummer now I have to go to work, no playing with wool today.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  16. if you warm the pot first, (fill it with hottest tap water until the outside of the pot is quite warm to the touch, empty and immediately refill with hot tea) it'll should stay hot even longer =)

    I've even used a tea towel wrapped around a pot with much success

    but a Tea Cozy is sooooooooo much prettier =)

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  17. I am in love when I see those stripes!!! I am stash-busting and making many things in stripes, and I just love it...
    I did not know about the tea cozy...good to know it is not just decoration!

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  18. Your comments about the tea cozy made me chuckle, thanks for bringing a smile on this cold, snowy day :)

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  19. Sounds like a cozy day! I need to make a tea cozy....~Patti

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  20. Lovely stripes! Reminds me of my stripy snake I've just posted about! http://dinkidots.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/knitted-stripy-snake-ta-dah.html

    Make it into a big long colourful snake! ;)

    Maria x

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  21. I'm currently making another tea cosy for my tea pot!

    I'm also a great Harry Potter fan and I'm currently re-reading each book then following it up with the film. I'm on to book 3!

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  22. Wow, I too always thought a tea cozy was just for decoration. Isn't learning awesome. I received 2 tea cozies as gifts now I have to buy a tea pot.

    Love the stripes, great way to destash your stash of yarn. It really piles up doesn't it. Can't wait to see what you make out of the the stripes.

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  23. Another stripe-a-holic! I can't resist anything stripey! And your scarves look lovely! Mine tend to be crocheted these days.
    I've thought about crocheting a tea cosy (striped of course!) but have to confess to being a tea-bag-straight-in-the-cup person. mainly because no two people in my house drink the same kind of tea! I wonder if I could make a cafetiere-cosy instead!
    Angie x

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  24. It's my aim this year to master knitting. Your projects and your talent always inspire me. I think I just lack patience, but I would love to learn, so I need to dedicate some time this year to it. Trouble is, I have started 2013 with so many projects in my head, I need to get rid of them before I can pay complete attention to something totally new! No change there then!

    I hope that you and your family have the most awesome 2013!

    Take care

    Vanessa xxx

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  25. Great post! What are you making with all those stripes?

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  26. I have been meaning to make a tea cosy for YEARS. Best I get on to it :)
    We use leaf tea - that makes for hotter tea too (in my opinion!)

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  27. Oh, there's that gingham blanket again. I'm obsessed with it and really want to make one, but just can't seem to find the right yarn in the UK (cream, a beige and a marl of the two), and although Caron and various other US companies ship to the UK I haven't found anyone carrying Patons that does :(

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