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It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! I fininshed the Rosy Posy Tea Cosie that I started way back in the spring to give my Mum for her 60th birthday.

After a long struggle I have completed it, and I’m really pleased with how it looks on the teapot.
Rosie posy tea cosy
This is not a complicated pattern but I made some rookie mistakes. My yarn choice was very poor (it wasn’t thick enough), so tip number one is: when choosing yarn make sure it’s the right weight.

The flowers were a struggle because I don’t do crochet, but actually they’re not that difficult (I think I have a crochet mind block).

Then when I cast off I did it too tightly and it didn’t fit on the teapot! So my second tip is: use a flexible cast off (I know I didn’t even know they existed either, but I found some good advice here). I used the decrease cast off.

This lovely photo is courtesy of my Mum.

If you want to make a tea cosy (and I’d suggest doing it over a shorter period than I did) then the free pattern can be found here.

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So I’m waiting for a friend to get a flight to visit me here…it’s not looking too hopeful at the moment so I thought I’d update you all on some of the projects I’ve been working on.

I currently have a banana and walnut loaf in the oven, we’ll see how it turns out, the only reason I cooked it was to use up three aging bananas in the fruit bowl, so let’s hope I haven’t thrown good ingredients after ones that were going bad.

This little crochet project is fantastic for those (like me) that are new to crochet. It only uses one stitch (double/single crochet – can’t remember which, I get confused with the US/UK terminology).
Crochet loop baby toy
I found the pattern via ravelry but it’s from this lovely blog.

I’m always amazed at how much yarn crochet uses. I used a DK weight yarn and a 2.5mm crochet hook. It seemed to use quite a lot. I need to learn how to change colour, because my colour changes are shambolic (obviously I didn’t photograph them!). This was meant to be a gift but I think I need a little more practice before allowing one of my crochet creations out of the house.

Hope everyone who’s got lots of snow is surviving the cold and has managed to stay upright when walking outside.

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