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Tea cosies are up there in the visually amusing top ten with hand crocheted hats for babies. I've worn both at one time and another and I'm sure I'm not alone! Of course the humble tea cosy has its uses, both practical and decorative.
There's no telling which bright spark first created a tea cosy, but the likelihood is that they first appeared with the advent of afternoon tea in the 1840s. This was a key time for the aristocracy to catch up on social gossip, but all that talk would have let the pot of tea go cold and so the tea cosy was an invention of necessity. It was an item that went on to flourish in Victorian society and continued to be a standard tea making accessory for as long as loose leaf tea reigned supreme. Even nowadays with the dominance of the teabag, many households still have a tea cosy lurking at the back of a drawer or cupboard for those rare occasions when the teapot gets used.
Tea cosies can be made of padded cloth and fit over the teapot as a whole, but the most endearing ones are the kind that Billy Connolly was thinking of when he came up with the pithy quote introducing todays article. These are knitted or crocheted with holes for the handle and spout; often resembling a bobble hat, they can be as ornate as the imagination and skills of their creator allow. A talented lady from Cumbria, called Lynne Hardman, has crocheted some intricate natural world themed cosies, which have been featured on the BBC programme 'Springwatch' and its 'Autumnwatch' spin off. A beehive was followed by a cosy based on conkers and another in the shape of a swan. So if you're ever at a loose end, perhaps it's time to get the needles and wool out. . . . . .or you could just go and see if that old tea cosy at the back of the drawer suits you!