There is nothing better than a nice cup of tea on a cold winter's day, and the prolonged enjoyment of your brew can be enhanced with a kitsch knitted tea cosy over your tea pot to keep your tea insulated and your smiles maintained.
Tea cosies, although traditionally made of cloth as far back as the 1860s, are more commonly knitted with yarn. You might recall sharing a cup of tea with your Grandma, served in a pot covered in a colourful knitted cosy, with a biscuit tin at the side. Unfortunately, sitting down with a pot of tea seems quite the rarity these days when it is quicker to reach for a tea bag and a mug given our time poor society. As such, the poor ol' tea cosy is perhaps thought of a craft from a bygone time.
Fortunately, there are pockets of crafty folk that do still knit, sew and crochet, some of which have picked up their knitting needles to take part in The Mustard Tree Op Shop's Tea Cosy Competition.
For a short period, Lilydale's most famed opportunity shop has revived the beloved tea cosy by hosting a contest to gather a collection of Melbourne's quirkiest tea pot knitwear. The Tea Cosy Competition, open to all and free to enter, will finish on 19 June. You can vote for your favourite cosy on The Mustard Tree Op Shop's Facebook page.
The winning cosy will be announced at 11:30am at a Devonshire Tea Party in The Mustard Tree Op Shop's cafe on 19 June. Once the winner has been selected, all cosy's will be displayed in a mini exhibition at The Mustard Tree Op Shop, and will be available to buy with all profits going toward the op shop's food bank program.
If you've not ventured to Lilydale's notorious second hand charitable shop with its in-house retro cafe and you need an excuse to visit, the Tea Cosy Competition Exhibition might just be the reason you've been waiting for.