Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Gingerbread

Every year I eagerly await the holiday season and holiday spice teas.  This year I placed a small order with Adagio Teas for some samples.  One of those is Gingerbread.

Adagio’s Gingerbread blend includes black tea, gingerbread flavor, cinnamon bark, orange peel and ginger root.

Gingerbread is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz for $7.00, and 16oz for $24.00.

Adagio Gingerbread

Adagio Gingerbread

When I first opened the package I got the strong smell of molasses and gingerbread.  Once brewed it was a little milder, but I got hints of the gingerbread and the orange.   I really enjoyed this one and it would be amazing with ginger snaps. I’ve never made them, but maybe it’s time to learn.

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Episode 162: Opal Advent Knitting.

Welcome to episode 162! This week I spent tons of time working on blankets, my mom’s and my Opal Advent blanket which I’m loving! Also a few other knits and spins. I hope you enjoy.

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Episode 161: A long absence.

Welcome to episode 161! I’m sorry I haven’t podcasted in 3 weeks – life just got in the way. That said, I have TONS of knits to show you and lots to share. I hope you enjoy!

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Drink Me: David’s Lemon Pound Cake

Another tea I added to my recent order from David’s Tea is their Lemon Pound Cake tea.

From the ingredients list, Lemon Pound Cake contains oolong, lemongrass, lemon peel, sunflower blossoms, white hibiscus and natural and artificial poundcake and lemon flavor.

It comes in multiple increments of 2 oz. for $10.98 per 2 oz.

David's Tea

David's Tea

When I first opened the package I got vanilla pound cake smell, followed  by a bit of tangy lemon.  It smelled sweet and delicious. Once brewed I got more of a lemon tea smell.  Despite the oolong tea in the blend, it tasted light and lemony.   This is a delicious dessert-like tea, that I really enjoyed mid-afternoon.  I think it would be great with cake, or on a cold winter day for a bit of a lift.

Episode 160: Discombobulated.

Welcome to episode 160! This week was kind of crazy and I’m a little bit discombobulated in this episode; I even say it’s episode 161, but it’s not! I do, however, have progress on my Exploration Station and my NaKniSweMo sweater.

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Drink Me: David’s Breakfast Tea

A friend recently placed an order with David’s Tea and I couldn’t resist getting a few more to try. I’m always asked about unflavored teas, so I decided to try David’s Breakfast Tea.

From the ingredients list, David’s Breakfast Tea contains organic black tea from India and Nepal.

It comes in multiple increments of 2 oz. for $8.98 per 2 oz.

David's Tea

When I first opened the package I got a bit of a smoky aroma.  I brewed it nice and hot, with just a touch of sugar.  It was definitely smoky, but it was still super smooth and not terribly bitter like some black teas can be.  I enjoyed it with a slice of banana bread and it was a good kick start to my day.

Wear Me: JUL Designs, Celtic Bird of Paradise Shawl Stick

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying something from JUL Designs, a designer of adornments, accessories, bags and bag handles, and closures to accessorize knitted items. I  spent a little while looking at the site, which features various bag handles, leather closures and shawl pins and sticks. Ultimately, I asked to review a shawl pin and JUL generously sent me their Apus Celtic Bird of Paradise Shawl Stick.

When I received the shawl pin, I thought it was very well executed.  The pin is made from white brass and hand made through fair trade in Indonesia.  The motif itself is about 3/4″ and the shawl pin is approximately 5 1/2″ in length.  The motif is clean cut and I love the shading/aging on the pin.

Jul Sea Bird

From the JUL website, the design features the Apus:

Apus is a constellation in the southern sky that represents a Bird of Paradise.  In Greek, Apus means ‘with no feet’ as the Bird of Paradise was thought, at one time, not to have any. You will notice that our Bird of Paradise, as its Greek name indicates, has no feet.  Celtic illuminated letters that use animals to create the letter forms are our inspiration for our representation of this noble, footless bird.

I wanted to showcase how pretty this pin is and also how useful it could be, so I tried using it with a variety of knits. Specifically, I first tried it on a long open-front cardigan that was designed without closures. I do enjoy wearing it open, but I also like the idea of closing it up and accessorizing it with a beautiful pin.

I also pulled out my shawls and styled them with the pin. Though I tend to wear my shawls more bandana style, this pin offers a great solution to some of those shawlettes that I have trouble keeping on my shoulders.

Jul Sea Bird

I think the design and color of the pin makes it really versatile so I can wear it with many of my handknits. I look forward to trying it in the coming weeks.

Overall, I really liked the pin I received from JUL Designs. It appears to be stylish and well made, at a reasonable price.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at JUL Designs who sent me the Apus Celtic Bird Shawl Stick (retail: $22.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

UPDATE:

JUL Designs has sent me a coupon code for you to use. Between now and December 31 use the code “VERVE” and receive 10% off your purchase of the Apus Celtic Bird Shawl Stick.

Episode 159: NaKniSweMo 2017

Welcome to episode 159! This week marks the kickoff of NaKniSweMo 2017. I’m making good progress on my sweater and on a few other projects.

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Inktober 2017 – the big finish.

I was excited to find that I had just enough inks to get through the last days of Inktober. I have a few black inks that I didn’t use, but I dug into all of my samples and bottles for this project.  Here’s to finishing a challenge!

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Episode 158: I can’t find anything.

Welcome to episode 158! This week I can’t seem to find anything in my craft room. That said, I have lots and lots of knits to share and even a spin.

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