Monday, 19 March 2012

Book Review: How Tea Cosies changed the world

'How tea cosies changed the world' is the new book by Loani Prior.

This book is a glimpse into Loani's world of madcap adventures with a teapot. Her tea cosies are such works of art they are displayed as such in galleries. They are sumptuous colourful luxurious creations of genius.

Her writing is truly entertaining and humorous. The introductions to the tea cosies made me laugh out loud several times. It's such a wonderful book.

The tea cosies are knitted in beautiful yarn on two circular needles. This is not such a complex technique and she directs you to YouTube for a tutorial if you haven't knitted this way before. I found plenty of instructions popped up when I searched for the technique. There are also seven pages of photo-instructions at the beginning of the book including methods of knitting in the round. There are large easy-to-follow graphs at the back of the book.

There are 19 tea cosies to knit, one coat for a teddy bear, a scarf, a beret, an egg cosy and a bag.

This cosy is dedicated to Princess Beatrice! How beautiful and how amazing to have a tea cosy named after you! Exciting indeed.

I was so amazed that someone had taken the humble tea cosy to this level. I think I had my mouth open in amazement even on my third journey through the book.

As crafters most of us have a passion for tea. Loani certainly understands this. She's even included a quote from William Gladstone to begin her book:

'If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.'

You will definitely need a calming cup of tea when you open this book. The patterns and yarn are that exciting and fabulous.

Thanks to Murdoch Books for sending me this book to review.

You can keep up with the shennigans of Loani here on her blog the Queen of Tea Cosies. Her website is here.

You can pre-order the book here. It's out in May. Enjoy with a cup of cha.

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