the crocheting has COMMENCED!
I know the pattern calls for wool yarn, but I made an executive decision to go with kitchen cotton. Why? It's durable and shouldn't shrink when washed (at least, not too much). And being that this is a tea cozy and will be used frequently (she drinks LOTS of tea), I would say it's a safe bet it's going to get dribbled on from time to time and need washed. Plus, no danger of kitchen cotton felting. So there ya go.
Okay I know that it's probably too early to tell but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this tea cozy is going to be just too cute! And worthy of a trade for an alpaca shawl.