What can you knit in the summer months when it’s too warm for scarves and there’re no recent babies to make blankets for? Tea cosies! I got the idea from Sarah who’d made a beautiful tea cosy for her friends’ wedding in February and I knew just the person who’d appreciate such a wonderful item. My friend Paula holds tea in the very highest esteem, her love of the comforting beverage is almost sacred, and I knew she’d have a teapot, so I set to work on a chunky, multi-coloured striped number especially for her birthday. I used this fantastically easy pattern from castoncastoff and it knitted up in no time. Using two strands of DK wool means that the tea cosy is nice and thick so it keeps your tea even warmer and the huge pompom on the top is the finishing touch.