My flame-colored cozy works!
Cold weather has arrived; time to convert from iced tea to hot; tea cozy refinements come to mind...
The winning aspects
of the tea cozy I made are:
-- Felted wool definatly prolongs the warmth of the tea.
-- Having the bottom of the teapot covered not only helps retain heat, but acts as a buffer between the hot pot and the tabletop.
-- The snapped straps hold it snugly, so the cozy doesn't shift as the pot is used.
-- Having the cozy come up the base of the spout gives me a place to put my fingers without getting scorched (not a planned part of the design, but definatly a bonus).
Things I'll ponder fixing
when I make another include:
-- If I line it with fabric it would hold heat even longer.
-- It might be nice to be able to put the cozy on or off while the tea pot is full -- as it is I can only use the cozy if I remember to put it on before I start, as it requires tilting the spout to get the thing on.
-- I'll be careful to stop the sides before I reach the opening; as it is the wool extends up about a centimeter, and I have to be hyper-careful when pouring water so as not to wet the edges.
-- I'm going to make an elastic drip-catch for the spout that matches the cozy so that drips don't run down the spout and into it.
Overall, I am a very happy camper!!