|My mum's winning tea cosy|
No, I didn't knit it myself - my mum did. However, I did make her add the garden gnomes. She used a pattern for the tea cosy itself, but the flowers and other finishing touches are all her own. Mum bought the flower buttons when she was last in Wellington, and I happened to see the gnomes and made her add a few of them too.
Don't get me wrong here - we are not 'gnome people', and mum's always said that if we ever bought her one she would kick it each time she went past it, but you've got to have gnomes on a novelty tea cosy right?
It must have appealed to the judges, because mum just won the best novelty tea cosy at her local craft shop - The Ribbon Rose - a great embroidery, quilting and knitting shop in Auckland, New Zealand. They're on Facebook too. Mum's going in to get her photo taken and collect her prize tomorrow. We don't know what the prize is yet, but the competition was sponsored by a knitting wool company.
Here are the other entries:
Strangely enough there was a tea cosy competition going on in Sydney too. This one was run by The Tea Salon, a tiny little Tea Shop in one of the central city arcades. They served all types of tea in beautiful fine bone china. I didn't stop for a cuppa because I'm a coffee drinker, but I did snap a few pictures of their tea cosies. Sorry the pictures aren't great - they were all in glass cabinets.
In this group I like the cockatoos (Australian native bird) on the top shelf, and the plate of cakes on the right in the middle shelf.
This was my favourite. It includes a lacy doily, a club sandwich, and five different cakes. Fantastic!
The last one in grey features a lot of tea bags.
There are so many tea cosy patterns available now. It's a good thing tea drinking is coming back into fashion.