Knitting for a Change

Last weekend I decided to pick up a pair of knitting needles, not that hooks are out of favour or anything I just fancied a change and it’s ages since I have knitted anything. Yes you might have guessed, my continuing love of tea cosies now has another added to the growing collection.
Behive Tea Cosy

Have to admit it was lovely to get my hands onto these lovely rosewood knitting needles once again, I have a whole set of these beauties bought for me by my lovely hubby a few years ago. It’s simply bliss because now I no longer have to wade through a pile of cold metal needles to see if I actually have the size I need when I undertake to knit a new pattern. I bought some funky needle cases too so they are neatly stashed when I am favouring my hooks and they temporarily decommissioned.

Anyway, enough rambling and back to the project, here is half of it.

Knitted Behive Tea Cosy 1 side

This one is made to resemble a beehive. My plan is to make some nice chunky bees to go onto it too. The pattern is from Yarspirations website, they have a couple more cosies that I intend to make too.

If you fancy making one too here is a little tip I found helpful. Can you see where I have knitted in another colour on one of the rows? This was to highlight the pick up row, you see to create the hive effect you knit a few rows then double back to pick up a previous row and I got a bit muddled on the picking up bit and ended up with a wonky hive, adding the contrast thread kept me on track so I have nice neat ridges in my cosy.  I had to undo it a couple of times in the beginning.

Pick up row with threadHere is the finished Beehive Tea Cosy, love the rippled hive effect but looks a bit empty don’t you think?

Knitted Behive Tea Cosy

After much trawling online I settled on this Bee from a free pattern generously shared by Crochet ‘n’ Play, thank you so much for sharing.

Crochet Bee 2

Here they are my ‘five on the hive’, all buzzing and nicely settled onto their new home where they can make the honey for the tea and muffins.

Knitted Behive Tea Cosy top

 

35 thoughts on “Knitting for a Change

  1. *Wisher* February 18, 2015 / 05:14

    loving this tea cosy.. really pretty.. 😉 and the bees are soooooo cute.. thank you for the linky. 😉

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      • *Wisher* February 20, 2015 / 02:10

        I’m back to reality.. Holidays are over.. Hee hee and your tea cosy caught my attention.. 👍

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  2. peagreencrafts February 17, 2015 / 15:46

    I hardly ever knit. I attempted a few things for Christmas gifts this year which I discarded after hours and hours of effort. I just can’t get the finish I want with needles! It’s funny because I know a lot of people who knit and are terrified by crochet but it just works for me. But when I see lovely knitting patterns I get a bit annoyed at myself for giving up.
    I love this! I still need to make a tea cosy and combine my love for yarn and tea!

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    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com February 16, 2015 / 21:10

      Thank you, I am really into my tea cosies at the moment. They are great as they are quite quick to do and I have done quite a few long term projects recently so it’s nice to finish something quickly.

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  3. littleblackdogsa February 13, 2015 / 07:40

    Cutest bees ever. You are very good at creating the most beautiful projects. 🙂

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    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com February 16, 2015 / 08:05

      Thank you so very much, that is quite a compliment when I look at all the beautiful projects you have created. I love blogging so much as I think we all inspire each other.

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      • littleblackdogsa February 16, 2015 / 14:05

        Very true. I get so much inspiration from the blogs I follow. I get to see so many gorgeous projects of things I would not have considered making, but would consider after seeing someone else do it.
        It is like visiting with friends each day. 🙂

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  4. Amanda February 13, 2015 / 06:29

    That is brilliant! #GBSB!

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  5. StitchNSew February 13, 2015 / 00:54

    All I can say is wow!! That looks fantastic

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    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com February 16, 2015 / 08:00

      Thank you, praise indeed if you are not a tea drinker. Are you sure you have really tried it? I could not start my day without a godd cuppa.

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    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com February 12, 2015 / 19:10

      Thanks. They are fun to make and quite quick too, I am currently making a mini Tea Cosy for a colleague. I will share that one soon too.

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  6. Tajana February 12, 2015 / 14:21

    Beautiful,simply beautiful….. what a lovely idea….

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  7. nanacathy2 February 12, 2015 / 13:58

    Love the bees. You need some lovely honey now! Enjoy your tea.

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  8. sewchet February 12, 2015 / 13:48

    This is such a fun tea cosy! I’ve just picked up my knitting needles again – to make my first jumper since 1988!

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    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com February 12, 2015 / 19:06

      Good for you, I have also neglected knitting for a while but not as long as you. It’s a bit like riding a bike though isn’t it, you don’t actually forget, it all comes flooding back once you get started. looking forward to seeing your progress.

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