‘After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don’t let it stand more than three minutes,) it says to the brain, “Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!’
― Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
I like my tea hot, and I like it to stay hot while I jam away to Brooke Fraser while editing my chapters. Luckily for me, my brother and sister-in-law gave me a ceramic travel mug for Christmas. It has a lid, which helps keep the tea warm.
And then Sarah told me the trick for getting the tea to stay hot for even longer: first pour boiling water into the mug and once the mug itself is warm, discard the water and then brew the tea in it. Presto! Hot tea that stays hot until I finish it! (Okay, with one or two exceptions, but I’m impressed by how long my tea stays hot in this mug.)
The only problem? The ceramic would get so hot I couldn’t hold the mug. The solution: for my nifty travel mug, I would knit a stylish travel sleeve.
And so I did. I used the Woven Cable Coffee Mug Sleeve pattern from A Tight Knit Gathering Blog. Fingers no longer scalded by hot surfaces, hooray.
Now I just need a tea cozy for my teapot and then I will be sorted for piping hot tea for finishing the rest of my PhD!