One tip I provide ‘perfect farm wives’ in my book is that if you wish to do well in agricultural show competitions, it is a good idea to scout out the competition first. For example, I have noticed that the coffee cake class in Tullow Show is very competitive, being one of the most popular classes. The cherry cake one is also popular, because the prize money for that one is significant. If you find a class that has only three entries, it’s likely to have a similar number next year so it could be a good one to practise for, and after all, if you could third, no one need know there were only three entries.
One class I admired was the knitted tea cosies and while my knitting is weak, my crocheting isn’t too bad but maybe I could resurrect my knitting skills. Now, would it be cheating if I used a pattern invented by Susan over at Tea Cosy Folk?
We all know that the perfect farm wife has to be able to make tea. Indeed, she will be capable of making tasty tea in industrial sized teapots at all parish or school functions along with scrumptious scones. I fell in love with the Farmer and Farmer’s Wife tea cosies and after a chat with Susan on Twitter, I’m delighted to say that she has given me patterns of these designs as competition prizes.
The farmer’s teacosy features one man and his dog… and his two sheep. The Farmer has a removable hat with a feather in it, brown trousers and a dark green sweater, earthy colours that reflect his working environment.
His border collie is sitting patiently by his side ready to obey his masters commands to round up the sheep, even that sheep that is straying behind the farmer – we don’t want anyone left behind!
The Sheep farmer tea cosy is knitted with double thickness wool (straight from the sheep!) for extra warmth. The knitting pattern is easy to follow and uses only the basic stitches and shaping stitches.
The knitting pattern is easy for follow and the tea cosy pattern is straight forward to knit. If you were knitting your own you could change the ratios of animals and birds.
To win a teacosy (either a Farmer or Farmer’s Wife – note that wool or needles are not included but you’ll know exactly what to buy) and I will pop in a copy of my How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife book too (so you can avail of all the other tips, as well as Kate’s award winning scone recipe), you just have to sign up to my newsletter and leave a comment on this post telling us what’s your perfect tipple or cuppa at the end of long day.
The competition is open worldwide so go on, tell us what efforts you go to when making the perfect drink for yourself. I’ll draw the winner on Monday 12th October at 6pm GMT – by random number. Good luck!
Update: The winners of a teacosy pattern and a copy of my book are commentator number 2, Catherine Seale and number 3 Caroline Mitchell. There will be another chance to win one during my Facebook launch on 23rd 🙂