Whilst camping last year I decided to knit a traditional pleated tea cosy to add to the equipment bag, as swaddling our enamel pot in a tea towel didn't do anything to help keep the brew warm.
So as a distraction from knitting yet another pair of my prototype arm-warmers to check the pattern for errors, I decided to knit a one of these cosies, which would be a nice mindless knit.
For the yarn I chose Patons Fab DK Variegated (2074 Violet Print) and Stylecraft Special DK (1725 Sage), which are both 100% acrylic and machine washable - easy to care for!
I also found that these yarns were perfect for achieving the right tension when pulling the yarn across the back of the work to create those pleats.
So pleased was I with how it turned out, that I decided to make a larger 6/8 cup version for our kitchen teapot, which is a big 'un! I used some Stylecraft Special DK yarn from my stash to knit this one.
These have been great for tv knitting, whilst I catch up on episodes of BBC's Shetland (how apt for this post!) and The Great Interior Design Challenge - both compulsive viewing for me.