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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484188
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Textile Directory: This book arrived with me after several bleak months of news of monetary disaster and threatening frugality. What a joy to open the book and be assailed by fun and frivolity, and all attainable for very little cost or nothing at all if you have an interesting odd ball stash of yarns. Loani Prior thinks that a good pot of tea is a well-dressed pot of tea and sets about conjuring the most delectable high fibre non-fattening teatime concoctions ever. Each of the 24 wonderfully wild projects have simple and clear instructions and can be knitted or crocheted from easily available yarns, however she encourages you to customise them with funky yarns, feathers, buttons and any other item you may have that takes your fancy. The inspiration for them comes from many sources including flower gardens, geometric shapes, fruit bowls, the seashore and even chickens. The photos are large and gorgeous, you just want to get started and make one, but which one! I think my family and friends may well be receiving teapots and cosies for Christmas next year! Be warned, they could be addictive! I think this is a lovely book and one that would brighten any day and encourage even non-knitters to want to have a go. Myshelf.com: Knitting and crochet are enjoying a revival, and there have never been such a range of interesting yarns available. Neither has there been such a range of different types of tea, so why not combine the two for maximum enjoyment? I love the way this book has small pictures of all the tea cosies featured inside on the reverse of the book; I could see exactly what sort of projects I was getting. There are some lush and inventive designs to enjoy too, many echoing the wonders of nature. As the author lives in Queensland you can expect some coral reef-inspired cosies, as well as flowers, food, birds and bobbles. This is not a book however for beginners, for it does not show you how to knit or crochet merely mention what sort of work you will be doing (eg knitting in the round on four needles). But there are plenty of other fine books for beginners and rather fewer (in my opinion) for the more proficient yarncrafter. How many are there on tea cosies? This is the only one I have seen to date which also counts in its favor. For those already initiated into these twin skills there are some handy hints at the front and the instructions are clear, with a full page finished photograph and maybe another one showing another vital interim stage. Another thing I liked was the fact that no actual brand names or range names are used, just the color, size of ball and ply. This means that you don't need to live in Australia to use this book, and that Australians won't be discovering that the range is unobtainable before they make anything. Would that all yarncraft books did this! Machine Knitting Monthly: A good pot of tea should be a well-dressed pot of tea and with only a basic level of knitting or crocheting skill, you can produce some exciting works of art to impress and flabbergast your friends, give as great original gifts and keep your tea warm. Each of the 24 projects has simple, straightforward instructions and photographs from all angles show the design details. The book is filled with tips, techniques and ideas for adding an individual touch using glamorous wools, feathers and buttons. The projects are perfect for cool young knitters, the hip granny and everyone in between. Loani, "adamant that a good pot of tea is a well-dressed pot of tea," has made sure this fantastic book lives up to its title! With 24 amazing and original designs that include knitting and crochet, this book belongs on the shelves of those who like to go beyond standard patterns. Spice up your teatime with fruit-topped Carmen Miranda, pom-pom covered Party Girl, sumptuous and felted Harlequin Flower, or even a Licorice Allsort lookalike! Each design incorporates a variety of techniques to give lovely results, and those who are already familiar with knitting and crochet will undoubtedly go wild for the book.-Knit Today Tea cosies can come in a range of colors, styles, and shapes: WILD TEA COSIES tells how to make the most of the tea cosy and provides over twenty step-by-step patterns. Color photos on facing pages pair finished products to instructions on how to create and embellish a tea cosy. From a pompom-packed pink pot cover to a knitted sea squirt motif, this is packed with unusual and fun ideas.-Midwest Book Review Australian designer Loani Prior's tea cosies are quirky, colourful and guaranteed to be a talking point whenever you have visitors for tea. There's nothing subtle about this collection of 24 designs. Each is a riot of colour, texture and shapes, inspired by flowers, fruit, sea creatures, birds and marshmallows. Most are created using a combination of knitting and crochet. If you fancy a break from 'serious' knitting and want to use up a few balls from your stash, this book should inspire you.-The Knitter

About the Author

Author Loani Prior is not just another knitter. She is obsessed with this pastime and intends to die with the largest stash of wool ever known in her cupboard. Loani lives in subtropical Queensland.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By stitchmad on 13 April 2010
Format: Paperback
First of all I loved this innovative book, I was looking to get completely away from the usual patterns I find which I suspect have not changed since the beginning of the last century, very clever but so completely boring, and this book gave me permission. However, I then found it impossible to follow because the yarns are unknown in U.K. and twice our 4ply could not possibly give a chunky 8ply, and no tension measurements are given for the 8ply, and others mentioned.
I made a complete hash and wasted so much time with my own experiments with local yarn, (however they would certainly made you laugh)and would have liked to work at least one of the cozies that would look good as well as useful on my teapot from the book first. I cannot even find 8-ply yarn on the internet.
I feel this book being sent out to the world should have mentioned suppliers for these unusual yarns. Most craft books I have do give a list of these.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Davies on 8 July 2009
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At first glance this book looks great with lots of wonderfuly unusual tea cosies. When I received the book the first section was using double pointed needles the second section was crochet. Since I have never used DPN and cannot crochet I was a little disappointed. However, throughout this book the author shows you patterns that can be either crocheted or knitted with a little imagination and a mixing of the patterns its is possible to knit every tea cosy in this book, without the need to crochet. The other sections show you how to knit on the diagonal, and basic two piece cosies but with knitted embellishments. This is a great book with wonderful patterns and thanks to the pattern on the front cover I taught myself to use double pointed needles. WELL WORTH BUYING
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Dec. 2009
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I must state first of all that I am not a knitter, and I was bought this book as a present. I have used it as an ideas book rather than as a follow-the-pattern-slavishly, and that suits me fine as I am comfortable with improvising and adjusting patterns as I go along.

The ideas in the book are great: it leans a bit too heavily towards the knitted patterns, but if you are comfortable with adjusting knitting patterns to suit your own needs as a crocheter, then you will be fine.

I have had this book for nearly a year now, and have used it to make upwards of 10 tea cosies, but I have not followed the pattern throughout for a single one.

To sum it up - a great source book, heavily biased towards knitting patterns, but great for experienced crocheters who want to get ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Clarkson VINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2009
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They are definitely wild and wacky but easy to follow patterns. If you have one of these tea cosies you will be the talk of the street, but in a very nice way. All conversation pieces, like I say wild and wacky but fun!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. H. Bayes on 7 Jan. 2010
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I bought this book because a friend has it and so many friends of hers have picked one out for her to knit for them; but when I offered my kids to pick one out each, they all declined the offer and thought I finally flipped! Having knitted everything from Christmas sweaters, play cakes and a farm I was amazed my kids were shocked at my new find.
I shall knit the one on the cover for myself and although I'm wild enough to love them all, I do agree with another review that the best one is on the front cover.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ms. V. A. Learoyd on 4 Feb. 2009
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Bit dissapointing and random. Many of the designs are bush like and random. the best one is on the cover.
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I LOVE this book!
It is excellent. These tea cosies really appeal to me, and I have made several.
The patterns aren't hard, some beginners might like more information and handholding, but there is enough direction to help you achieve a fantasticly mad tea cosie. Plus I find that a bit of freedom sparks your own creativity and allows you to put some of your own ideas into the project.
I mainly crochet, and only knit small items - so this was perfect for me, plus it gave me a chance to try out those lovely bamboo dpns I wanted.
The author is Australian, and as such uses terminology that us English can crochet to without us having to use a reference book (Americans call double crochet single crochet, and so its all displaced and can be confusing in patterns).
If you like a bit of fun and want to make something that will wow people get this book. (Yes, some people may think you are wierd, but thats because they have no sense of fun!)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By catitudes on 22 Dec. 2009
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As a crochet person I was extremely disappointed to find the much lauded knit & crochet designs include only 5 crochet patterns amidst the 18 knitted & one hybrid. There are a few crochet embellishments on many of the knit patterns but that isn't much help if you don't knit. 3 out of 5 crochet patterns are crude blobs, too, demonstrating all that is worst in crochet. Only 1 pattern is really wild. Style aside, an important technical criticism of this book is the absolute absence of ANY information on tension, which is unforgiveably amateur. There are references to teapot size in cups only, which is no help. In all, a bright, nicely designed book with little useable information for me.
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