I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Hello Everyone!


Long ago (1961) I taught myself to knit. ( Oh! and I'm left handed) I didn't realize at the time that I was doing rather well for a self taught knitter. As my daughter reminded me today. Mom~ you knitted me so many sweaters.  She finally wanted to have a sweater that was bought from the store.  And so my knitting days came to an end.  Of course I also started working after staying home for 20 years and raising teenage children was enough to keep me out of the craft room.

As you can see from my calendar at the top of this post I have started taking knitting classes and I love it.

 I have a specific project to knit.
In 1964 I lived next door to a couple from England.  Everyday my friend and I would have a pot of tea.  She had the most beautiful tea cozy.  Her mother in England had knitted her tea cozy and I admired it so much my friend had her mother knit me one.

But being a young American girl I didn't know the tea cozy was made from WOOL
And I washed it.  Now it's very much smaller than when I received it as a gift 47 years ago.

The little flowers on the top of the tea cozy were absolutely fabulous.  And after all these years I would like to replicate the tea cozy from long ago. I'm not sure what the pattern is called, but I found a similar pattern on the Internet and my knitting instructor is assisting me with relearning how to knit.  Some of the knitting terms have changed and the knitting needles have changed.  But the joy of knitting has not changed.

I have chosen this wool yarn and I'm learning how to knit on two circular needles.

This old vintage sewing basket has been around a long time too.  I had two baskets but one of my granddaughters has taken one home to use for her sewing projects and this basket is waiting until the other granddaughter is ready to sew or knit.

The top of the box is so much fun to study. With the tomato pin cushion, big spools of thread and vintage fabric.

The detail on the basket is great too.

The cords on the basket are still in wonderful condition and the basket is perfect to hold extra yarn for some of those little flowers I will be learning how to make.

The sewing bag is what I use to take to my knitting class.  It's roomy and has carried several knitting projects over the years.

Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner.
I'm joining some wonderful blogs this week.
 I will be back on Tuesday. It's time to do my taxes.

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
All Things Heart and Home for All Things Inspired
My Cottage Charm for Treasures and Trinkets
Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
I Love Pretty Little Things for Friday Pretties
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Simply Sweet Home for Friday Favorites
Bargain Hunting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
See you soon


  1. That is the cutest tea cozy....I've never seen one like it, the colors are so beautiful....what a treasure you have.

  2. Hi Betty! :) Thanks so much for linking up to my Treasures and Trinkets party, I'm so glad you could join in!! I have the party every Thursday, so please come back! ( I usually put it up on Wednesday night though, as you probabl already noticed) :)
    Your tea cozy is so sweet! I wish I had learned how to knit. I learned how to crochet as a teenager, but haven't done it in so long now, I don't remember anymore. Oh well, my passion now, is refurbing furniture and household items. (it's more like an addiction! lol)
    Thanks again for joining my party..so good to have you and your lovely tea cozy!

  3. The tea cozy is adorable, and I love that sewing basket! Such fun learning to knit, enjoy!

  4. Such a pretty cozy, good luck with those flowers, I'd love to see them when they're done.

  5. Hi Betty! That tea cozy is just darling and I love the history behind it and your love of knitting...so jealous of that kind of skill! And that sewing box is absolutely fantastic and I love how you are passing them down to your granddaughters. So special! Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday!

  6. I just saw those cute teapot cozy's for the first time this past week! I almost did my post on those! I couldn't believe how sweet they are. I just love them!

    The color you are using are VERY Friday Pretty!

  7. I love it...washed or not ...very nostalgic & modern in a boiled wool look!
    It is just charming!

  8. Oh my goodness...I soooo love your tea cozy! I would learn to knit just to learn how to make that one. I collect teacups and teapots but don't have tea cozies, and love yours! How can I learn?

  9. OMGoodness, what a darling tea cozy. What a precious treasure. I am left handed also, I don't knit but I do crochet. And I am self taught also. Sometimes being left-handed is a challenge when it comes to handwork. Loved visiting your blog. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  10. My mother's sewing basket has a different image on the top, but other than that it looks very much like this one. She's had it as long as I can remember.
    I love your little tea cozy, even felted like that. The colors and style are beautiful!
    I'm a lefty too :-)

  11. Oh that adorable tea cozy has captured my heart!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for leaving such a supportive comment.

  12. I can see why you want to duplicate that tea cozy. It is sooo cute! I really like your sewing basket too. Have fun in your new class. thank you for linking to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

  13. You're so very talented! The tea cozy is darling! Cathy

  14. I would love the pattern for your tea cozy. Just lovely.


  15. wonderful tea cozy ... can't wait to see your version! wonderful sewing basket. your post is just full of wonderful treasures and memories. knit away!!!!!!

  16. My Goodness! There is so many wonderful things to comment on in this post that I don't know where to start! I guess I will start with the tea cozy!!! What a treasure. And, the sewing baskets- wonderful!
    Thanks for joining my Friday Pretties. Everthing is so Pretty!

  17. These are some gorgeous photos...I love the soft colors of the tea cozy...scrumptious.
    Please come on back tomorrow and link up again...I'm a new follower too!!!!

  18. Hi Betty,

    I'm curious to know if you have made another one of these cosies yet. If you have, I'd love to see a picture of how it turned out and see what pattern you finally tracked down to make it with. As you know, I've got a similar pattern, but I'm rather hoping you might have managed to hunt down the "original". :-D

    Kind regards,


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