Tea Spout Do-Dad

Late last night I had one of those ah-ha moments. I’m sure it’s been apparent in the blog that I’m on a tea frenzy! My wonderful, new, birthday teapot drips tea when poured. Typical teapot. 😎 I had my earbuds in, saw the i-cord yarn covering them and thought “Ah-Ha” I need to make a tea spout do-dad to catch the drip. I’m sure I had Weekend Knitter’s comment about making a tea cozy in the back of my mind lurking. Had a pair of US 4 circular needles by me and the left over yarn from the earbuds within reach. I just a minutes I had made the do-dad. It works really well! 😎

This is 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: Alternate knit – purl across row
Row 5: Alternate purl-knit across row
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: Knit
Cast off leaving a long enough tail to sew up side.

This is a small one-cup teapot. While I was at it, I made one for a my larger teapot. I cast on 14 stitches and knitted 2 more rows of seed stitch (rows 4 & 5).  I purposely used the stockinette stitch at the beginning and end so it would roll.  I figured this would make a larger area for catching drips! 😎 As you can see I tried it out this morning. 😎 Raging success! 😎

Birthtea Party

 One of the very first Thanksgivings I can remember was at my grandparent’s house. My grandparent’s, two great-aunts, and my family were all there.  A fabulous chocolate cake was on the table.  It was my birthday! I was so young I really believe that we were all together to celebrate my birthday. 😎 Imagine the big let down I was in for.  Well, I have been a whiner that my end-of-November birthday was so close to Christmas that I got over looked. 😎  Typical!  A few years ago Barb decided that we would celebrate my birthday during the summer.  She works for the post office so we can never get together during my real birthday since that’s her heaviest mail time. So the summer birthday party has been grand. 😎

At AubreyRose Barb told me to pick out something and she’d buy it for my birthday. Yeah!  Of course I immediately asked her what the most expensive item was. 😎 (Poor long suffering sister having to put up with my crazy sense of humor.) Anyway, I had REALLY been wanting one of those teapot cup thingies and I love violets so this is what I picked:

Barb and I celebrated my birthday together at AubreyRose. At home, I decided to have my own birthtea party! Hubs and Hans were not invited! I plopped a bag of Assam tea into the teapot and added hot water. Add a dash of honey, and it’s just lovely. I’m sure the violets were infused into the tea also, so delicious!

Now for the birthtea cake, my homemade Cranberry-Nut scone with my world famous Lemon Curd! Sigh……. I did have to text a picture to Barb with the comment for her not to bother me because I was too busy with my tea. The weather was perfect for sitting outside and enjoying life!  Listened to the birds talking to me. 😎

Now, as a person of 1/2 Norwegian heritage I know I inherited the gene which has coffee flowing through my veins.  I do love coffee.  The other 1/2 is, as my southern dad always said, “Heinz 57”.  That half inherited the love of ice tea (it’s ice tea in the South and iced for everyone else). From ice tea I grew to love hot tea.  I have the best of both worlds! 😎 Now I need to knit a lovely tea cozy! I have a special children’s tea set and have lots of tea parties with my grandkids when they visit.  They know that the person who pours the tea is called “mother”.  We do have a brilliant time! Take a break and join me in a spot of tea!