Quirky Cosies for Melanoma Research

These most darling tea cosies, hand-knitted by Jan Cook, are the latest trend in the world of afternoon tea. The quirky styles are the perfect addition to the table when the social occasion arises or simply when you curl up to a delicious brew with a good book.

It was the Duchess of Bedford in 1840 who introduced the concept of afternoon tea as she became uncomfortably hungry between the hours of lunch and dinner. She may well have been the first to make fashionable the use of tea cosies, and we are glad she did.

Our dear friend Jan has started knitting designs from Australian author Loani Prior’s “Wild Tea Cosies” published by Simon & Schuster, which made the Top Ten in the Australian National Bestseller List in 2008.

Proceeds are going towards the work of Dr Nikolas Haass who leads the melanoma research team at Centenary Institute. Dr Haass researches improved treatments and cures for Melanoma.

Earlier last year, Jan and Geoff Cook held an event to raise money for melanoma research at Centenary and invited Dr Haass to talk about his research into the response of melanoma to therapy. Jan, her brother and daughter have all been affected by the disease and they wanted to do something positive about it.

Geoff & Jan Cook at their 2011 fundraiser for Melanoma Research

“I firstly wanted to have an event to raise money for research into melanoma,” Jan said. “My brother and I had both had three melanomas and my eldest daughter, Linda, had her first one at age 12. Her second melanoma happened in 2002.”

Jan says that “everyone was in awe of the research being undertaken. It was amazing to learn just how many people there that evening had been touched by this dreaded cancer.”

Now Jan is on another mission and she is knitting away with her creative inspiration to raise money again for melanoma research.

She will be sending through photos as the crazy cosies emerge. To ensure you will have your very own design, email LB at l.albanese@centenary.org.au; they are $50 each and all of it goes directly to Dr Haass’ cancer research.

She hopes you get a giggle out of them. We sure do!