Tuesday, November 8, 2011

keeping cosy










my pot has a new sweater    :)

this cosy is a bit on the large side, but it is doing the trick of keeping my tea warm now. in this last photo
if you look close, the front is damp, i learned that the pot should always be undressed before filling. trying my hand at needle felting too, i made small toadstools on a scrap of wool and then appliqued it on the front of the cosy. it is fun, but i can see this is something i need to work on. so giving it another try, this time adding them directly to another baby cardigan. that was even more difficult to do. i definitely need practice. in the meantime my 'leah' is almost done. hoping to have it finished to show today, but i underestimated the time it takes to knit ribbing on a yoke using size one needles. it is s l o w knitting at best. reading mostly magazines and catalogs, i'm having too hard a time concentrating this week to keep to a book. we've just had my mamas memorial and i'm doing something experimental with a health issue. knitting is again helping me through.

the teapot cosy pattern can be found here, and the cardigan, here.  lovely needlefelt toadstool inspiration, here. and redwood forest print, here. joining again with ginny (thank you) of small things for the weekly yarn along.  :)

xxx lori

72 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness both the teapot cozy and sweater are so sweet! I am completely smitten *grin*. Your first go at the needle felting turned out great to :) I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. ((Hugs))

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  2. Ok I am totally falling asleep here but I did not want to leave it till the morning. I wanted to tell you how much i look forward to your post on Wednesdays! That teapot is adorable but not as adorable as the cardi! i would kill for that one! swoon..... Toadstools and me is like peas and carrots : )

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  3. Oh and Lori, I am so sorry about your momma.

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  4. Lori, this is such a gorgeous post, that tea cozy is just amazing and so is the cardi. Sending you love and light about your mom dear friend. Are you ok, the health issue? I am going to email you:)
    Love
    Linda

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  5. Well done on your needle felting - it looks great! I had tea out recently and the pot had the most lovely cosy covering it - I have just been reminded of how much I would like one for myslef! Thank you

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  6. I can hear the teapot purring! Love ya, Lori!

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  7. Hi Lori - I am sure you Mother appreciated her celebration - ((hugs)).
    Loving your sweet, sweet teapot. I should be more mindful about tea, I am afraid I just swirl a teabag around in my cup. Maybe I should knit my teapot a nice cover. xxx

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  8. Your work just gets lovelier! You are such a source of inspiration! Sending you lots of love and hugs always through this difficult time xxx

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  9. Hey Lori, such creativity in a difficult time. I am sorry about your mother and hope the memorial brings loved ones together in a healing way.
    Beautiful work both of these pieces, I especially love the appliqued piece. Blessings, M

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  10. Beautiful Lori as always :)

    would love to be able to have a cup of tea with you x

    today is my last day of being 49 and I'm looking forward to 50 xx

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  11. I'm glad you have knitting to help you through a difficult time (I took it up after my dad suddenly passed away and it helps me an incredible amount too).

    Love the teapot cosy, and the applique on the cardigan is just adorable :)

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  12. Lori, it is just adorable! My teapot is feeling so 'neekkid' [it's a southern term] right now and I think I need to fix that. ;)

    I was so glad to hear that Sunday was filled with so much love and I just know your mom is smiling down on you.

    I know today will shine bright on you and the day will be amazing!
    xx

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  13. what a great results you have on your projects! Love them!

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  14. Ah, the lovely in threes. Loving yours in grey. Beautiful photos as usual. Love and thoughts being sent across the seas to you x

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  15. Set the table because I am coming down for a cup of tea! The cosy is adorable and I love the mushroom added to it.

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  16. Love!!! The cosy is so cute! And you did a beautiful job with the needle felting!
    I hope your health issue isn't too serious, and I hope you were able to find some peace from your mom's memorial, that must have been difficult...

    My thoughts are with you my friend :)...
    xoxo

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  17. Yeeks - size one? Yikes. But love the grey sweater with the lovely little mushrooms

    Hugs for the memorial service - I know that must be tough. And be well ok?

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  18. Hi Lori! I love the little mushrooms, they are so sweet! I could stare at that tea cozy for hours. :) Sending you lots of hugs. I know that this is a super hard time for you.
    xoxoxo <---- extras! Pam

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  19. Oh Lori! I always love visiting on Wednesdays to see what you have created and put together. Love the woodland theme. I'm not much of a tea drinker, but really need to make a cozy!

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  20. So cute! I love the details, and your mushrooms look great. That is a very comfortable looking teapot!

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  21. Ooooh! I love those! I'll definitely be coming back to this post for some yummy mushroom inspiration! (: Beautiful!

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  22. Oh my stars, that has got to be the cutest tea cozy I have ever seen! I adore anything with toadstools on them and the cozy and sweater are just perfect.

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  23. Lori, they are both so darling!
    And cozy :-). xoxo

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  24. Your tea cozy is adorable! And so is the sweater. I wish my daughter were little again so I'd have a reason to knit that up!

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  25. Oh my goodness, these are the sweetest hand knits ever!

    All the best to you & your family.

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  26. LOVE these adorable knits - just adorable! The added touches of the charming little mushroom appliques is so very charming.
    And we must be kindred spirits -- I just started working on an "In Threes" cardi for my 4 year old GD last night ;).
    Blessings to you & yours Lori,
    G

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  27. Being creative during troubled times always helps. Your work is wonderful. Hope things are well for you, my thoughts are with you.

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  28. That sweater is wonderful! Those toadstools!! I know what I am going to cast on this afternoon now!

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  29. Love the teapot cozy and sweater. Very cute.

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  30. I always gasp when I read your yarn-along posts. You knit the cutest and most beautiful things. I think your needle felting looks wonderful! And what a great idea to put it on a cardigan.

    I love tea cozies, and this one is adorable!

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  31. i love the pot sweater. i wish i had a pot to make a sweater like that for :)

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  32. Amazing! Both of your pieces are beautiful.

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  33. Tea cosy and sweater are so, so cute. Have missed seeing you. I will stop in at Whimsy - hopefully will catch you for a brief visit. Hope your health issue gets resolved soon.

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  34. Oh Lori! I squealed when I saw the cozy and the sweater!! I really like embellished knitting. These are both fantastic!

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  35. i love the cheerful little mushrooms!!! i think the cosy and the sweater are adorable :)

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  36. oh my goodness.. the regular sweater is cute but the sweater for your tea pot is the cutest thing I've ever seen....LOVE it! Barefoot Mama

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  37. Oh I am so in LOVE, gorgeous xx

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  38. Lori , its so right of you to do something beautiful and useful while you struggle with your mother's passing, my hand reaches out to you in friendship.
    xxx
    julie

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  39. Lori, everything you touch seems to turn to magic. These are incredibly adorable. Please don't tell me this is your first time needle felting. I am in awe! I wish the cardigan could be made in my size. I'd seriously wear that with such joy!

    Yesterday was my husband's birthday and my emotions have taken me by surprise. So I am sending you great big warm hugs, cosy wrapped hugs, for you this week.

    xoxo

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  40. Oh how I wish I had time to make a cardigan like that!
    It is just too cute!

    I love the combination of the grey white and red.
    The tea pot cover is cute as well!
    My.... where do you get all the time from I am sure CA has 48 hours in a day.............I kind of experienced that over there too ;)

    have a wonderful creative day♥

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  41. Ps Hope the memorial was beautiful and that the health issues are temporarily...............

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  42. How cute is that? I love both the cozy and the sweater, such adorable work.

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  43. Oh I love those little toadstools, so cute. x

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  44. Love that little teapot's sweater...and the baby cardigan..adorable.

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  45. I like the tea cozy. Your knitting talent is AMAZING.

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  46. Those are beautiful! The needle felting is lovely too! (something I want to try my hand at soon!).

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  47. Oh my, thanks for leaving a comment at my place so I could find this most beautiful space of yours. Sooo sweet.

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  48. Wow oh wow that cozy is about the cutest thing EVER! I think your needle felting is brilliant. Your baby sweater is gorgeous too, I love your creations (and your photography)!.

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  49. How cute this is Lori...
    Felting is such fun isn't it...it just seems so magical the way the wool changes...
    I hope your mama's memorial was a good day for you and that you keep well. I know what you mean about knitting, it can be very therapeutic.
    Take care of yourself,
    Debx

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  50. that is most certainly a magic mushroom and i think the tea must be magic too.

    that is the world you invitations here reveal. magic.

    felting. love it.

    love
    kj

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  51. i love this! what cute little decorative touches with wool! i think you did a great job. i hope you're doing okay after sunday and with your new health regimen. i've been thinking about you. (can't wait to hear about your first class too!)

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  52. Lori,
    Smashing job at needle felting! A friend of mine introduced me to it at a Tasha Tudor gathering we held a few years back. She owns a sheep farm on MT and brought all the fiber and we needle felted corgis. That teapot and sweater are just darling!
    Blessings,
    Suzanne

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  53. Lori! You are just amazing with your knitting. Ok... I WILL get working on a project I started months ago. My needles are calling my name!

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  54. I like the way you do cozy despite the pitfalls of life.
    xo

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  55. I love your teapot cosy. And now you've completely sold me on the In Threes Sweater. I had already favorited your yellow one on Ravelry, and now you've got this amazing little grey one too. I'm going to have to find some way to embellish the sweater, since I've never needle felted before. Thanks for the inspiration again this week!

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  56. These are so adorable! I love the sweater, my daughter may get one soon! Sorry to hear about your momma, it's amazing how knitting can help soothe a soul.

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  57. I thought of you on the day of the memorial service. I'm sure it was beautiful, but also hard in some ways.♥

    I love the teapot cosy and that ever-so-darn-cute sweater! And you know I love the way you line up the photos that tell the story. You have that magic.

    I'm going to email you about a book regarding food and healing.

    Have a sweet Friday my dear!

    xo
    Lo♥

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  58. Lori ~ the past few posts I read and ogled at - so comforting. A nice way to end the day. Nighty nite!

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  59. love the little tea pot cosy with the adorable felted mushroom ♥ always a joy to stop by and visit!

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  60. Oh my goodness! I'm smitten! I love the cosy and the cardigan together, how perfect!

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  61. How lovely to 'meet' you, thank you so much for visiting my blog. Your post today is delightful, I love the tea cosy and the little cardigan decorated with adorable mushrooms, they are so cosy and pretty. Have a happy week.
    Helen x

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  62. Lori, so sorry to hear about your mum.. I'm just catching up on your blog posts now (I fell behind a while back) and just reading through them shows me what a strong lady you are, with such a beautiful personality.

    I wish you and your family all the best.

    Take care
    ~Felicia

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  63. knitting helps on so many levels, doesn't it? your projects this week are lovely--as always. I've done some 3-D felting, but never the applique type--it looks like you have a very small learning curve; i'd say a rather successful first attempt!
    your blog was my first "stop" since I've gotten back in town--I don't know if it's the photography, the projects, or the gentle use of words, but it's always like a breathe of calming air to come visit. thank you -- hugs!

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  64. How did I miss this?? The cozy is so cute! As is the sweater. Beautiful!

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  65. I love the tea cozy. Years ago my mum made me a sweater with toadstools on it and seeing yours just brought back lots of memories for me. Thanks!

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  66. Your tea cosi and cardi are just too cute! I think those toadstools are adorable! You are very clever! Thank you so much for the links ;o)

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  67. Wow! I love the cosy and the little cardigan and the toadstools. You are so clever :-)

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  68. Your Cardigan and Teapot cozy applique are adorable.

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xoxo lori