Surely the best part of winter is having reason to drink even more tea. Gotta keep warm, right?
‘Tis not the season for mug-in-the-microwave tea. Nay, winter tea calls for the careful selection of just the right teapot, just the right cup and saucer, and your favorite silver teaspoon. It often means turning your nose up at tea bags (gasp!) in favor of that raise-the-eyebrow indulgence, loose tea. Oh yes — you’re worth it, you tea slut, you.
Loose loose loose.
Don’t worry, I won’t tell your mama.
And as long as you’re gonna brew a perky pot (better look sharp as Mr. Darcy is sure to visit), you know very well this will require some patience. Once it’s ready you’ll want to sip and savor ever so slowly, while you dip into that
bodice ripper socially redeeming literary novel, or skillfully chat up your dapper British tea companion.
It was for times like these that lovely, adorable, whimsical tea cosies were invented. They likely appeared around the same time the Duchess of Bedford popularized afternoon tea in late 19th century Britain. With so much serious chit chat and juicy gossip going on — and when one is trading scandalous bon mots, one must never rush — they had to find a way to keep their teapots warm.
Warm and covered. Naked teapots would never do (oh, my virgin eyes).
Aren’t tea cosies so veddy British? Who else would think to “dress” their teapots with such care and attention, in the same manner a doting mother would adorn her offspring? A warm teapot is a happy teapot, and happy teapots produce the best tea. 🙂
The Victorians dressed their teapots in elegant brocades and linens. It was a chance to show off fine needlepoint, embroidery and beadworking skills. Why not turn a utilitarian object into a beautiful work of art? We’re British, after all.
Lucky for us, today there are tea cosies to suit every whim, occasion and fancy. They are sewn, crocheted, knitted, felted, embroidered, quilted, lined and padded. You can purchase them ready made, or if you’re feeling especially crafty, there are many instantly downloadable PDFs with knitting or crocheting instructions.
But how to choose? So many tea cosies, so little time! Here are a few others that caught my eye. Such imagination and creativity! Click on each image for more info. Enjoy!
Oh, and did you know there’s actually a National Wear a Tea Cosy on Your Head Day? Sponsored by the White Stuff Foundation, it usually takes place in September and is held to benefit various local charities in the UK. Pretty cool, no? 🙂
Wishing you an exceptionally cozy day doing whatever it is that makes you happy!
Cozy Loose Cornelius
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