When I was a little girl there were a lot of things that intrigued me at my grandparents cottage in the country.
From the wood fired stove to the deep claw footed bath…. the scullery, an outside toilet and tank water to name a few.
All these things were truly wondrous when seen through the eyes of a child.
I remember picking my Nan’s flowers, collecting eggs from the hen house and the joy of making green tomato pickles together.
But nothing made me feel more grown-up than when my Nan poured me a cup of tea from the little silver pot with the knitted cozy.
Whenever we sat down to a meal at the kitchen table the teapot came to the table too. I didn’t normally drink tea at home… but everyone had tea with their meal at my grandparents house.
That teapot with the fancy knitted cozy wasn’t the only ‘wonder’ at the kitchen table…
For a long while I was perplexed by the milk jug with the doily over the top. It seemed a little strange to have this thing draped over the top of the jug with beads that dangled and clattered against the jug in the breeze.
Of course I found out when I grew older that the milk jug cover kept the flies out of the milk… and believe me, in a cottage in the country, surrounded by cows, there were a lot of flies around!
Since my childhood, I’ve always admired these simple necessities made by the ladies of the house. Now-a-days we have plastic containers with lids for everything and no one bothers with the doily’s with dangly beads that clatter in the breeze…
not unless you are an apron wearing, vintage loving girl!
I have several jug covers already, but when I was thrifting the other day, a pretty doily with raised flowers caught my eye. I knew it would be perfect to make another milk jug cover.
It’s very easy to convert a vintage doily into a jug cover. To this one I simply added a handful of champagne coloured pearl beads. I started by threading the beads onto my crochet cotton, then crocheting around the outside of the doily once, securing the beads in place as I went.
Note: Always use heavy glass beads, so the weight will hold the cover in position.
That’s pretty much all there is to it… simple right!!
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