I lost a post on the construction of the paint box for the toy chest. While I restore it, here's one of the knitting projects I've been working on.
I thought when I first bought Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders edited by Judith Durant, that I'd like to have a go at some variation on the South West Cactus tea cosy on page 257.
I didn't much go for the dangling cacti - but I thought this would be a good chance to try a wool that is meant to knit up in a way that resembles fairisle - without the need for charts and patterns.
It took me a while to source the wool, which I eventually found at Camilla Valley Farm in Canada. I ordered 9070 Sombrero, and had been waiting the chance to try out a tea cosy.
I should, of course, have measured the base of the teapot and compared it with the finished measurement. Instead, I knitted a couple of inches and decided the base was much too big, so unravelled it and began again with two-thirds of the stitches. Much better
My next mistake was to assume that the 'float stitch' was a means of carrying wool over on the inside - as you would for fairisle. Eventually I realised that the 'floats' were decorations on the outside of the cosy. I decided at that point that I could live without seeing the floats and continued on regardless.
Because I was adapting a much larger tea cosy, the gap for the spout was much larger than needed. I therefore picked up some stitches and knitted a gusset. I could have done tricksy things link the colours, but didn't.
I have had fun playing with this wool and creating the tea cosy. I think it creates interesting patterns and effects. It isn't, in my view, comparable to fair isle. It is fairly limited in its pattern creation.
It looks good on the shelf alongside the owl.