Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Royal Melbourne Show tea cosy swap

The entries for the Royal Melbourne Show's Great Tea Cosy Swap are due tonight, so I'm taking a drive after work into the Showgrounds to drop mine off.

I made the Love Tea Cosy from Rowan using some Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply in Silver.


I have made a very lacklustre attempt at effort for this entry, I'm a tad ashamed to say.  I thought the yarn/pattern combo would be more complimentary, but the reality is that 8ply just isn't thick enough for a tea cosy.  

On top, this pattern isn't lined so it is structurally is "floppy".   For the positive, it's a large cosy, and it used up the last of this wool out of my stash.  Plus it's another finished item for my 24in12 challenge.

That lace heart with bobbles was a b!tch to knit, though!  So much so, I only did it on one side.

Not my finest moment, in Show entry history...

ETA:  I dropped my entry off last night, and the volunteers manning the drop-off point could not have been more lovely!   Totally wasn't as daunting as I was imagining, and definitely gives me confidence to do a competition entry next year.  I think I'd worked myself up about my entry being judged, which was silly and couldn't have been further from the truth.   

While I was there, I asked how the "swap" part of this exhibition was going to work, and the steward told me all our tickets will be put in a hat, and they will draw them out and assign to a tea cosy - totally random.  I love this!  I'm super excited to see what tea cosy I end up with, too!!

9 comments:

2paw said...

Bobbles are the enemy of the knitter.
I've made 8ply cosies, and they keep the tea nice and warm, I like the heart, bobbly or not!!!

kgirl said...

oh, your experience with 8 ply cosies gives me hope that it will be utilitarian!

Huff said...

I'd be thrilled to have that cosy keeping my pot warm, I'm sure it's new owner will love it! I must remember to go and see them at the show.

needleandspindle said...

I think this looks great. Great pattern, great colour. And it is done and in the show! how exciting! Will you go and visit it at the show?

kgirl said...

we are going this year, so yeah, probably:) I'm curious to see them all together

Rose Red said...

Bobbles are my knitting nemesis! Heh.

Tea cosies are a lot of work! It's funny, because they are theoretically so small, but there's a lot more knitting in them than it looks. Anyway, I think it's lovely, and I hope you receive an equally lovely one in return!

Anna said...

I think it looks lovely - the heart is gorgeous! I agree with others, I'm sure the new owner will love it, and I hope you get a nice one in return!

Miss Prudence said...

i think it looks wonderful, and good on you being brace enough to enter a competition!!

Dana S. Whitney said...

Thanks for your comments... have just started (in a rush for Christmas) and think I'm going to have to rip back to the first "heart" row. (bobbles are fine). Mine isn't lining up. Was looking for errata info as I think I DID it right, but it doesn't LOOK right. Might have enough yarn (or even time) to knit a "plain" liner.
Happy sipping. (Would love to see what you "won."