The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 108, Rhinebeck Recap

Welcome to episode 108!  Buckle up because this one’s a long one. Lots of knitting to show you today and a little spinning. Then the second half I talk about Rhinebeck, show my haul, announce a giveaway and the next KAL!

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  • I talk about my haul from Rhinebeck including purchases from vendors Spirit Trail Fiberworks, Hedgehog Fibres, Cozy Color Works, Spun Right Round, A Hundred Ravens and Bijou Basin Ranch.
  • I brought back a few things for you from Rhinebeck. Be sure to check out the Rhinebeck giveaway thread in the Ravelry group. To enter to win please tell me your favorite thing about fall!
  • Get ready. The Gift-a-long is coming back! Knit something for someone else (Christmas gift or otherwise) between November 1st and December 31st and enter it in the FO thread to potentially win prizes. Why not have a chance at prizes for something you’re doing anyway? WIPs count if you do at least some amount of work on them in the time frame specified (sorry just weaving in ends or sewing on buttons doesn’t count!).  Check out the Ravelry group for details!

Drink Me: The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea, White Ginger Pear

Last week when I visited the Rhinebeck valley, I had the privilege of visiting The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea shop in Saugerties, NY.  What could be more perfect for a knit and tea lover?

The shop was beautiful; warm and cozy on a chilly afternoon. I got to sip a bit of Harvest Apple Spice tea while wandering and seeing a variety of yarns that I have never seen in person before (Isager, Baa Ram Ewe and others).  The store was full of color and friendly staff, along with wonderful knit samples and of course, tea!

I spent quite a while staring at the wall of tea deciding which flavors needed to come home with me.

I also got to meet the owner and chat about her favorite teas. Of course they had to come home with me: Tea Forté White Ginger Pear and Sweet Orange Spice.

Today I’m reviewing White Ginger Pear.   White Ginger Pear is a blend from Tea Forté that includes Pai Mu Tan white tea with sweet pear and spicy ginger.  I purchased 2.1 oz in a beautiful tin for $13.50.  It doesn’t appear that you can order from The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea shop online, so I include a link to Tea Forté’s White Ginger Pear page.

When I opened the package I smelled the sweet pear and a bit of the spicy ginger. As it brewed the two melded together in a sweet tangy smell. The tea itself was mild – just a bit of sweet and a bit of spicy on a mild white tea.  I almost think it might have smelled better than it tasted, but it was delicious!  I will definitely have to try this one iced as well which I think might give the pear a bit more chance to shine through.

All in all, this was definitely my favorite yarn shop that we visited on the trip  – how could it not be with two of my very favorite things? If you’re in Saugerties, definitely don’t miss The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea.

Rhinebeck 2016

As I spoke about in earlier posts, this year some friends and I decided to go to Rhinebeck, which is the knitting lingo for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival held in the Rhinebeck valley the third weekend of each October.

The festival itself was held on Saturday and Sunday, so my friends and I decided to fly out to New York on Thursday and fly home on Monday.  That meant that we had Friday free to explore the area.

And explore we did.  We first hit up Fabulous Yarn in Tivoli, New York. This cute storefront mostly does online business, but offered a goodie bag and sale prices for the week and weekend of Rhinebeck. We picked up our goodie bags and a few small items.

Next we drove down to Rhinebeck Village. We had heard that there was a yarn store in the back of The A.L. Stickle Variety Store that was worth checking out. Sure enough, there was beautiful yarn in the Knitting Garage.

After two yarn stores, we got some lunch at Liberty of Rhinebeck, where we made friends with the owner of Do Ewe Knit, the Hedgehog Fibres capital of the US (in Jersey!).

While at lunch, the ladies told us there was a yarn and tea shop up in Saugerties, NY.  Of course I had to check that out. Check back on the blog on Friday for my adventures at The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea shop.

After hitting three yarn stores in just a few hours, we headed back to the hotel to relax a little and do some knitting.  Then in the evening we attended the Indie Untangled show that was at the hotel.  I met a ton of people who I knew on Ravelry, but had never met in person before. It was so much fun to shop for yarns and meet people! I didn’t take the camera though, so I don’t have any photos to share.

Friday morning dawned early and chilly. We put on our wooly gear and headed out to wait in line at the Dutchess County Fair Grounds.

We spent the day wandering booths, eating yummy things (cider! gyros!) and shopping. The whole day was such a wonderful one. Everyone was wearing beautiful garments to show off, and everyone was excited and friendly. The day was full of riotous color and meeting people and viewing beautiful yarns. We attended the Ravelry meetup as well as the podcaster meetup and I got to meet many viewers of the podcast. I also did some shopping of course!

By the end of day one I had amassed quite the haul. Included are items from Spirit Trail Fiberworks, Hedgehog Fibres, Cozy Color Works, Spun Right Round, A Hundred Ravens and Bijou Basin Ranch.

The weather both days was gorgeous and the area was full of color.  I loved the leaves!

We also managed a photo shoot on Saturday for our sweaters! I finished my Rhinebeck sweater in time to wear it to the festival and I loved it. Special thanks to Ana for the photos of my sweater.

Sunday dawned a little warmer. With most of my shopping done (don’t worry I still bought more on Sunday) I spent the day taking photos and meeting people and eating food. First order of business Sunday morning was apple cider donuts!

Also, we had to see the animals!

As the festival closed Sunday evening and we prepared to go back to Albany to fly home, we made one last stop in the beautiful Hudson valley to see the Saugerties Lighthouse. It was a wet walk, but worth it!

There is so much more I could tell you, but I’ll just let you browse the Flickr album I created if you want to see more.

It was a wonderful, creative, inspiring weekend with friends and I’m so glad I went!

Spinzilla Recap 2016

Last week I wrote about Spinzilla and my spinning plans.  I wanted to come back and post the results!

The short story is that I beat my totals from last year. I only managed to finish one of the spin projects I had in mind, the combo spin of Southern Cross Fibre braids.  However, this totaled 455g/16.0oz or a full pound of fiber which I have never spun in just a week before!  My final yardage was 1434 yards of 2-ply yarn for a total of 4,302 Spinzilla yards. I’ve added photos of my progression below.

It was an exhausting week, but I can’t wait to wind the yarn and cast on for my shawl!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 107, Spinzilla Spinapalooza!

Welcome to episode 107! There’s lots and lots of spinning to talk about and a little dreaming about knitting socks.

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  • Come and find  me at Rhinebeck! I have something special for the first 10 people. I hope to meet you there!


Drink Me: Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Smith Teamaker Sampler

When I placed my last order with Churchmouse Yarns & Teas I was excited to see that they had a Steve Smith Teamaker Sampler.  So far I’ve enjoyed the Steve Smith teas I have tried, but it’s always nice to get to try a bunch of teas without buying 4oz of each before you know what they taste like.

The Smith Teamaker Sampler is “a thirteen-cup tour of Steve’s best blends” and includes selections of black, green and herbal teas. I’ve already shared a few with friends, but I decided to take the rest of the pack to work and work my way through it.

The Smith Teamaker Sampler is available for $14.00.

The first tea I decided to try was the Kandy blend. This boasts a blend of Ceylon teas. This one was very mellow and smooth. It was a strong black tea without being bitter. It was a great afternoon treat.

The second tea I tried was the Mao Feng Shui green tea blend. This one can potentially “improve your outlook on life.”  This one was very light and fresh. I found it a lovely start to my day.

Overall, I can highly recommend trying a sample pack.  The only problem I have is deciding which ones to order again!

Spinzilla 2016

Last year I wrote about how I joined Spinzilla and how much fun I had.  This year I decided to join Team Louet North America again (defending champions!) with a goal to spin more than I spun last year.  Last year I managed to finish 12.8oz (363g) and 3477 total Spinzilla yards (Spinzilla counts yardage spun as singles as well as plying yardage).

Next I moved on to selecting fibers to spin for this year’s competition.  Since fall is here and a slight chill is in the air, I have been motivated to knit all kinds of wooly, warm things.  A few weeks ago I saw a post by designer Annika Barranti (Noir Knits) called Sowerby.  It is a garter stitch shawl that looks so very cozy for the fall.

Sowerby, Designed by Annika Barranti, pattern available for purchase on Ravelry for $5.00

I immediately went stash diving for fiber to spin.  I came up with a combination spin of very similar colorways.  The braids are all from Southern Cross Fibre.  The first is from the 2014 collection of semi-solids and is called Wine Tasting, dyed on South African Superfine Merino.  The second is a semi-solid from a club offering in late 2015 and is called Protea, dyed on South African Superfine Merino and Silk. I am in love with this spin!

Since I have two braids each of the above fibers, that alone is a pound of spinning to complete.

Even so, I decided I’d better have another spin lined up just in case I tear through those spins.  I also decided I’d get back to spinning for my Hap Shawl project that I started during Tour de Fleece.  I’ve got 4oz of singles already spun (these are ineligible for Spinzilla credit), but I have 12oz more to spin of this Corriedale Cross from Fat Cat Knits in the Smoke colorway.

So far this week I’ve spent about 4 hours at the wheel each night.  More news next week when the results are in!


The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 106, Spinzilla!

Welcome to episode 106! Today I’ve got my ALMOST finished Rhinebeck sweater, a couple spins and lots of fiber prepped for Spinzilla!

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Arttea: Moving House Essentials

I saw this cute illustration on Instagram yesterday. Now if only there were a knitted sock or a garter stitch scarf in there, it would be perfect!


The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 105, Almost Socktober!

Welcome to episode 105! I’ve got a few new knits to show you today, and great progress on my Rhinebeck sweater. Also trying to finish a few more spins before Spinzilla starts!

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