So, of course, I jumped over the cliff with them and started knitting the Autumn Tea Cozy pattern.
knit a gauge swatch - a very large gauge swatch.
This is when I decided that in order to knit a tea cozy you must get to know your teapot. Become very familiar with him. Know his diameter, where his spout and handle are located, how tall he is and the slope of his lid.
So instead of working on the pile of Christmas UFOs, I spent an afternoon knitting and frogging, re-knitting and tinking and knitting some more. Each time trying my odd little teapot's new formfitting sweater on his cold porcelain shape.
Until at last...
...the perfect fit!