Pretty Funny Tea Cosies is a quirky collection of knitting by Loani Prior. Loani has brought back this overlooked Aussie icon from the back of the linen cupboard and transformed these comforting little creatures into eye-popping pieces of knitted art. Loani knows every tea cosy guardian has a story and this has led to a collaboration with photographer Mark Crocker.

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Loani says, ‘I knew deep down in my belly that tea cosies were funny but I didn’t know the SECRET until I met Joan. Joan’s gran had knitted her own tea cosy when she was a new bride. She’d used it every day of her married life and when she died, Joan’s mum took the tea cosy and used it. Now that she’s passed away, it is Joan’s. That funny old tea cosy is almost eighty years old, and filled with the love and memories of three lifetimes.’

Loani Prior, author of Really Wild Tea Cosies and How Tea Cosies Changed the World, lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast where her woolly obsessions border on becoming a disorder. She exhibits her work in galleries, blogs with the global community of knitters, holds Wild Knitting Workshops and judges the odd tea cosy competition. Visit her on Facebook, Ravelry and at www.grandpurlbaa.com.