Sunday, October 9, 2011

Molecular Tea Cosy

About six months ago (maybe more, this year has gone so fast!), I came up with the idea of making a tea cosy embroidered with some of the molecules in tea.  After a few stops and starts and side projects (laptop sleeve, hats that look like strawberries, assorted cute thinks like robots, zebras and german shepherds, a sweater that I'm never going to finish...), I've finally finished it!

I can't remember what the stitch the tea cosy is worked in is called.  It's some sort of variation on double crochet that gives a nice slant that helps with the embroidering of the hexagons.  It's surprisingly difficult to get a proper run down of the molecules in tea, but after some digging I found (and have since lost) a couple of documents that had some structures.  I was quite limited in what I could use because due to size constraints, but I managed to fit a representative range.  The molecules are:

 Gallic acid on the top flap (top photo)

Hesperetin (a flavanone)

Caffeine (awesome)

Quercetin (also a flavanone)

Theanine (an amino acid)

There are also a number of water molecules in prime hydrogen bonding positions (yes, I'm a nerd).


  1. Oh My - I am so a nerd too, and LOVE this. Will you be posting the pattern?

  2. Thanks! Health, PhD and other distractions permitting, I'll try and post the pattern in the next month or so.