Around The World With The Tea Spout Do-dad!

~Who knew that such a little pattern would have so much interest? Using my teapot one morning, I became a bit annoyed when the tea dripped all over the place when pouring. Natural solution, take some scrap yarn and make a tea spout do-dad. I want to thank everyone who has visited us because they like the do-dad. Your visit is appreciated! Just to update newcomers this was the pattern:

Susan’s Tea Spout Do-Dad
US  4
Sport weight yarn – you don’t need much, this is perfect for scrap yarn.  I used wool, but cotton would work just as well.
Large needle to sew up side

Cast on 14 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: *knit, purl* repeat across row+
Row 5: *purl-knit* repeat across row+
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: Knit
Cast off leaving a long enough tail to sew up side.
+Rows 4 and 5 are the seed or moss stitch

If you use the pattern PLEASE send pictures. We’d really love to see them! We’d like to see how many countries are represented! 😎

I received a letter from Zillah asking for clarification of rows 4 and 5 so I have re-written those two rows hopefully making it clearer. She was making the do-dads for a tea party that was going to be given. I asked her to please send pictures! Yea! The tea party was held. Look at the clever presentation. She said they had a competition and asked the attendees what the do-dad was, “but no one knew”. 😎 She went on to say that one of the ladies used hers “when she had a tea-party the next day”. Thank you Bahrain.  This bit of joy made my day! Isn’t this a brilliant idea?
On July 15 we were featured on 365sakerdukansticka blog (loose translation: 365 things you can knit). It is another Scandinavian site which features free patterns. I did find it interesting that they translated my pattern without contacting me. They call it a droppstopp! 😎 A Drop Stop. I actually got a few more ideas for the use of my do-dad from that site. They suggested that it could be used on a wine bottle or for a scrunchie. Great ideas! Why didn’t we think of it? 😎 This is their translation of my pattern:

Mönstret är på engelska och här kommer en enkel översättning:
14 maskor
Varv 1-3: slätstickning
Varv 4-5: mosstickning
Varv 6-8: slätstickning
Maska av och lämna tillräcligt med tråd för att sy ihop arbetet.

Now every time I use my do-dad I’ll be thinking of the people world-wide who are also using theirs. Again, thank you to all of you who are interested in making my do-dad. And a special thanks to Zillah for sharing her pictures. Remember, PLEASE share with us. 😎 Email–

Here’s the Yarn, Now Which Hat?

 First I’d like to thank the person who was kind enough to share their virus with me.  Big Thanks! It’s taken almost a week to feel good again. I know at least one person caught the big snafu on our blog yesterday and I’m blaming it on the high fever I had for days! 😎

Now to the topic-at-hand!  I LOVE hats. Mostly the floppy, sun-type hats, not the hard, felted, winter ones. I definitely do not wear baseball hats.  My daughters look adorable in them but I look as if I’m a big watermelon with a small hat on! Yuck! 😎 Visors are cute, but I don’t like a sunburned scalp. I’m fair and sunburn easily so a hat is a must. When in Australia, we discovered that they have one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world.  They had a catch phrase in an ad campaign developed by their skin cancer society:  Slip, Slop, Slap! It means: Slip on a t-shirt, Slop on some sunscreen, and Slap on a hat!  That’s what I made my kids do growing up. No sunburns on my watch! 😎 Slip, Slop, Slap!  Clever!

Q’s Tea Spout Do-Dad pattern was featured on Dagen’s gratis-beskrivning. Loose translation: “Day’s best freebies”. It features free knitting and crochet patterns on the net. It really has some links to wonderful patterns. The links go to the pattern writer’s blog, so the blogs can be in different languages.  I saw this Mia hat from knitonthenet and immediately my mind said, “Gimme, gimme, gimme.” How absolutely spot-on for gardening? Huge brim to protect both face and neck.

About the same time, Barb and I were at Michaels and I found the following close-out, cotton yarn for $.39 a skein. No typo! How perfect is this yarn for a gardening hat? A hat that can be squished, get mud and dirt on it, accidentally stepped on, and be thrown into the washer without worry. 😎 Perfection!

As life does, I was watching Rosemary and Thyme and the character Laura Thyme was wearing the best knit or crocheted hat! She plays a gardener in the series. Now, I LOVED that hat so time for hat surfing.  Found this hat which not exactly like Laura’s is the same type of hat with bobbles.

Dilemma! Sigh……

Now for the challenge, I’d love to have Sweaty Knitter write a blog about hats! It would be fun to read!