By golly it’s been a miserable week or two in the news eh? I’ve decided to combat my feelings of helplessness and despair by sharing reviews for frivolous, beautiful, creative, retro stuff over the coming weeks. So, join me if you will for a little therapy-by-review and let’s celebrate all things gorgeous!
Pretty Funny Tea Cosies by Loani Prior
Murdoch Books RRP: $29.99
You’ll love this if you’re into:
– Doing crafty things
– Admiring crafty things
– Quirky retro knitted art
For more information visit Murdoch Books
This is one of those books that works equally well as a functional, informative how-to guide and a quirky conversation-starting coffee table book! Personally, I missed out on the crafty gene so I’m unlikely to knit a tea cosy any time soon. But that doesn’t mean I don’t look at these incredible creations and admire the artistic vision and technical skill that goes into making them. Loani Prior is known as the Grand Purl Baa of Knitting and her latest book is packed with stunning, colourful designs and straightforward patterns for you to follow.
Prior is a Sunshine Coast gal who exhibits her work in galleries and on her blog [click here for an impressive image gallery]. She also runs workshops and community events around the country. Her books explore the most beautiful intersection of contemporary textile art and the ubiquitous interest in craft markets, handmade wares and local artisans that is blossoming so vibrantly in Australia right now. And she doesn’t just do tea cosies; check out her charming patterns for things like scarves, earrings and footwear too! Everyone from newbie knitters to the hard core craft aficionados can have a go, with clear instructions and plenty of images of the tools of the trade.
So, if you thought tea cosies were the quaint, homely little things that warmed your granny’s Earl Gray – think again! Designs like the Tibetan Tea Warrior, Japanese doll or flamboyant fruit basket are statement décor items for drinking organic chai while you listen to Peruvian pipe music. If you have the time or inclination, wow your friends with a knitted gift they will never forget! Or, if you’re craft-impaired like me – simply give them the book!
Do you love a designer tea cosy? I reckon they are absolutely back in vogue!
With thanks to Murdoch Books for my review copy.