Cosy way to warm pot of funds

Cup cakes, liquorice and cherries fill the shop front of the Nelson Hospice Shop, but the knitted goodies are all for a bit of fun.

More than 50 tea cosies have been knitted by a team of volunteers at the Nelson Hospice Shop.

The teapot covers come in a multitude of patterns, and some look very much like cup cakes. The colourful display was the idea of shop manager Sue Bevin.

The display was planned six months ago, and six volunteers have been busy knitting the cosies ever since.

The cosies cost between $5 and $35 and raise funds for the Nelson Hospice.

Volunteer and tea cosy knitter Lorna Palmer, 76, said it was fun knitting the teapot covers.

She knitted about 10 of the cosies.

"It was a fun project, doing something different," she said. "I remember my grandmother making them when I was a kid."

Nelson Hospice Shop acting manager Jenny Sharp said the display had been popular.

"It's attracted great interest."

She said a collector had travelled from Wellington to buy several.

Even though many of the tea cosies had been sold, they will all be on display until Friday.