Tea Collector: Paola Valle

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The teas in their new home

We recently got a request from Paola who asked for some samples of our teas. We asked why because we’re nosy like that and were surprised by the response. It turns out that Paola is a tea collector! She collects the little wrappers that the tea bags come in and her collection is huge. We asked her to tell us a bit more about her hobby, and sent her some Cosy Tea to add to her collection. Here’s what Paola had to say: Continue reading

Autumn

Summer seems to have come to an abrupt end here. The mornings have a distinct chill, the evenings are drawing in and Halloween goodies are popping up all round us! We love all things Halloween and have collected some of the most ghoulish and scary* knits to share with you. There’s enough time to get these projects finished before the big day, so fire up your kettle and get a brew on, you’ve got work to do.

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Start simple is always excellent advice to follow, and we have with this Halloween wreath! It’s a great way to let Trick or Treaters know they’re welcome and a fun project to get you back into the swing of things if your knitting and crochet needles have been collecting dust over the summer. Continue reading

Cosy Tea Cultures around the world

We spent the summer gathering different tea traditions from around the globe and sharing them with you on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They ranged from the familiar, like Afternoon Tea in the UK, to the more outlandish, like Yak butter and salt tea, but they were all still our favourite beverage…TEA!

We thought that maybe it’s high time they were all in one place so you can see different tea drinking habits and maybe inspired you to share your own.

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Warm weather cosies

So we may have day dreamed of warmer times and large glasses of iced tea beading with condesation in the sun, but summer is no time to give up on a warm cuppa. And even on the warmest of days, you don’t want your pot to go cold before you’ve finished! We’ve found some exciting summer tea cosy projects to keep your tea warm and your kitchen table seasonal.

How about a Beehive Tea Cosy? We think this would be delightful to keep your Chamomile temperate. If you like to add a spoonful of honey then why not have your very own beehive as well? You can find the pattern for free here.

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If a beehive isn’t quite tropical enough, then we suggest turning your hand to a pineapple tea cosy. Lemon Green Tea would be the perfect friend to this equatorial warmer and just the right tipple to plough through this pattern.

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Yellow isn’t everyone’s colour so you could mix it up with a splash of ALL THE COLOURS. This ripple pattern is crying out for you to combine all the clashing combos until your eyes give up the goat. Maybe sip on the Decaf whilst knitting though, you’re eyes could want a bit of rest at any moment.

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Just think, by the time you’ve finished these it will be time to start digging out your trusty old scarf and glove patterns. Brrrrrrr…

 

 

Keep your cool this summer

While it’s been well documented that a nice, hot cup of tea can cool you more effectively than a cold drink, sometimes you just need something cold. We’ve all brewed up a Peppermint Tea, knowing that once forgotten and tepid it will still taste delicious, admit it! But how often do you brew up a batch of iced tea? It’s a great way to enjoy all the Cosy Tea flavours you love, even on the hottest of days. Once more you can have it on the go without the carting around a giant Thermos!

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We found this great base recipe on The Food Network to make a simple Iced Tea. Once you mastered it, which will take one shot, you can then start adding all sorts to create an abundance of iced teas.

Simple Iced Tea Recipe

  • Bring 8 cups water to a simmer; remove from the heat and add 6 Cosy Tea bags.
  • Let steep about 4 minutes, until it’s the strength you like.
  • Strain loose tea with a fine-mesh sieve or remove the tea bags.
  • Let cool, then transfer to a pitcher, cover and refrigerate.

It’s so simple that we can manage it in the hottest of heatwaves! You can add some sugar to sweeten when simmering the water or infuse a whole range of ingredients to give it that homemade touch. We’ve had a think of some flavour combinations so you don’t have to…

 

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Peppermint & Apple Iced Tea – make as a peppermint iced tea, combine with apple juice once cooled and serve garnished with lime wedges.

Jasmine & Lime Iced Tea – just add fresh lime juice once the tea has finished steeping.

Rooibos, Lemon & Mint – combine a sliced lemon and plenty of mint whilst the tea is steeping.

Blueberry & Vanilla – for a softer, sweeter option add half a vanilla pod with the tea.

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Here’s a few golden rules to follow as you begin to experiment more and make sure you share you ventures with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Follow your nose

It’s no secret that here at Cosy we’ll make any old excuse to get more tea into our lives. Whether it be in the form of a cake, a cocktail, or even your dinner, we’ve pretty much got you covered.

That’s why we were pretty excited when we discovered that we could also use tea to make our lives smell better. Tea has been used in perfumes and scented candles for years but is currently enjoying a bit of a revival in popularity. Last Summer, tea-infused fragrances were so popular The Telegraph dedicated an entire article to them.

We started thinking of other ways we could get the beautiful bouquet of tea into our lives and were inspired by this Lifehacker post that suggested using teabags to freshen up small spaces. It’s a stroke of genius and we’ve been hooked ever since.

One of the brilliant things about Cosy teas is that the range is so varied there truly is a tea for every occasion, and every space. Here are some things we’ve been trying:

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We’ve talked before here on the blog about the possible health benefits of Chamomile tea. The most popular is that it may aid relaxation and soothe an anxious mind. Try popping an unwrapped bag of our Organic Chamomile infusion under your pillow to help you drop off at night.

 

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This is a fantastic Organic way of keeping a bathroom smelling nice and fresh, without the nasty chemicals some air fresheners contain. Simply hang a bag or two on the back of the door and the steam from the shower will help distribute the lovely crisp scent all over the room.

 

Cosy Blueberry in our cars…

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As much as we love the smell of tea, we still want to keep things subtle. Cosy Jasmine Green has a wonderfully delicate fragrance, making it perfect for scenting our clothes. Simply pop a teabag in your drawer, or hang in your wardrobe.

 

Of course, it doesn’t end there. Why not try mixing the contents of a teabag with your favourite essential oils or dried herbs to create scent combinations of your own? Do you have any other suggestions for ways to use tea as a fragrance? We’d love to hear them.

April showers bring tea cosy flowers…

Here at Cosy we’re just a tiny bit obsessed with Spring. Like most Brits, we get very excited at the slightest hint of blue sky and we’ve certainly been teased with little slices of that lately. Of course, it wouldn’t be Spring if it wasn’t punctuated by the odd rainstorm. This week I’ve got a beauty of a tea cosy to share with you that’s sure to bring a little bit of Spring to your kitchen, even if it is looking dreary outside.

 
This really is a lovely pattern from Jen at Justjen-Knitsandstitches. It’s bright, colourful and decorated with the prettiest crotchet flowers. You’ve got the option to make a tiny cosy to fit a 1-cup teapot, or a larger one if you prefer. Either way it’s bound to put a spring in your step… *ahem*.

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As this cosy is knitted in two parts and sewn together, it’s a good pattern if you’re not a fan of knitting in the round. Jen has decorated it with buttons in the center of pink crochet flowers. She’s added some adorable ladybird and bumble bee buttons which make for a lovely garden scene and some texture and fun to the design.

As always, be sure to let us know how you get on in the comments or on Twitter and if you’ve knitted any cosies lately send us a picture! We love to see your work.