Wood Sorrel

I initially unveiled Wood Sorrel a few weeks ago when I wrote my review of Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine but I am delighted to report that my it is now available for purchase on Ravelry.

Wood Sorrel is a squishy eternity loop cowl that I was inspired to knit after I found a beautiful leaf chart. I wanted a simple lace that would show off the hand-dyed yarn, and a style that would be fun to wear.

Many thanks to my test knitters and to Laura Chau for technical editing.

Please check out Wood Sorrel on Ravelry!

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The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 137, Sweaters and hats and socks oh my!

Welcome to episode 137! Today I talk about all my knits and spins, as well as Raishan, the pattern I released this week.  I’m still going strong on socks for the Sock-a-long as well. Come join us!

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • I am currently hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.

Drink Me: Tea Runners, English Breakfast

This month I received my third subscription box from Tea Runners.  So far I have been really impressed by the offerings and this month is no exception.

This month’s selections include: Fellini’s Folly (rooibos), English Breakfast, Kenyan Black and Moonlight Jasmine.

Today I’m review the English Breakfast tea from Rishi Tea in Milwaukee, WI.  This black tea is sourced from the mountains in Thailand.

English Breakfast is available in a variety of sizes: a “teaser” sample for $2.00, 4oz for $13.00 and a full pound for $45.00.

I really liked this blend. It was a good strong black tea with a full bodied flavor, but it didn’t end up at all bitter.  It was an excellent way to start my day and I’d definitely try it again.  Stay tuned – next week I’ll review the Moonlight Jasmine.

Raishan

I’m excited to announce that as of today, I have a new pattern on Ravelry: Raishan.

Raishan is a baby blanket with a stitch pattern that resembles dragon scales. It is the perfect gift for a new young prince or princess ready for fairy tale adventures with castles and dragons.

I was inspired to knit this design because some dear friends of ours are having a special little someone in the next couple of months. They elected not to find out the gender before the birth, and chose to outfit the nursery in fairy tale castles and dragons.  When they told me about the dragons I had grand ideas of dragon scales.

While I mulled over and tested many stitch patterns, ultimately I settled on a Dragon Skin lace pattern from the Barbara Walker Treasuries, my knitting bibles.  I did some swatching, and added garter borders and had a blanket I loved.

I chose Cascade 220 Superwash in colorway 1919, Turtle, for the yarn.  I specifically selected Cascade 220 Superwash because I love how durable it is, especially for children’s items which will need frequent washing and easy care (by tired parents).  I didn’t want this to be an heirloom blanket, but rather one that could be used on the floor, or over a car seat or stroller.  I ended up wishing that the Turtle was a slightly brighter color, but I do think it was a good “dragon” green and will match the grey and green decor of the intended nursery.

I named the pattern Raishan after the fierce green dragon of the Chroma Conclave in the popular Dungeons & Dragons game Critical Role.

Raishan is now available on Ravelry for $5.00 and includes both written and charted instructions for the stitch pattern.  Many thanks to Sarah Walworth for technical editing.

Fade.

Late last year the knitting community was swept up in the craze of the Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry.  I’m not exactly sure what makes the shawl so appealing: the amazingly fun use of yarns in a gradient, the unusual shape, the interplay of garter stitch and a simple lace pattern.  All I know is I watched so many people knit it and when I couldn’t wait any longer, I went ahead and dumped all my yarn out to find my own fade.

I ended up choosing (left to right): Lamby Toes Sweet Pea Sport in Sweet Tooth, Suzy Parker Yarns BFL in Tangerine Twist, Hedgehog Fibers Twist Sock in All That, Knitcircus overdyed by me, The Fiber Seed Sprout in Merlot, and Supernatural Yarns Nymph in Malfoy Manor.

The first bits went by so quickly!

Then the rows got longer and longer, and I didn’t pay attention the pattern as well as I should have.  Mine ended up a bit longer and wider than the pattern calls for and I ran out of yarn. Luckily, I was able to order a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in Korppi to finish off my shawl.

This shawl is amazing. First of all, it is enormous and will definitely keep me warm on a chilly day. I also love all the ways I could wear it – light to dark, dark to light. It was a fun knit and I’m already eyeing my stash to see what else I could knit in a similar gradient pattern.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 136, Finished my Fade.

Welcome to episode 136! Today I can finally show you my finished Find Your Fade shawl and I have a pair of socks finished as well.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Purl SW Merino/Bamboo/Nylon (60/30/10) in Hawaiian Punch
  • On deck: Hello Yarn Polwarth in Citrus Citrus

Extras:

  • I am currently hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.

And now for something…

Completely different.  Today I have a guest post over on The Well Appointed Desk about my recent foray into the world of fountain pens.  Check it out!

Retro Tornado in Black Cherry with a Medium nib.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 135, Ply Away!

Welcome to episode 135! Today I have a few FO’s and a WIP.  But more exciting, I talk about Ply Away and share some new stash that followed me home!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

  • Finished: My dragon design, Cascade 220 Superwash in Turtle
  • In Progress: Vanilla Socks in Opel Verbundenheit

Spinning:

  • Finished: Combo spin – Southern Cross Fibre South African Superfine Merino in Space and Hello Yarn Rambouillet in Breathless Air.
  • On deck: Hello Purl SW Merino/Bamboo/Nylon (60/30/10) in Hawaiian Punch

Extras:

Knit Me: Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine

A few months ago I was contacted by the folks over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Mountain Meadow Wool. Mountain Meadow is a spinning mill set below the Big Horn Mountains on the Western Plains of Wyoming. It is a family operated mill, owned by Karen Hostetler, and dedicated to supporting local ranchers and raising awareness about ranching culture in the American West. Mountain Meadow is committed to revitalizing the American wool industry through eco-friendly operations and fair prices for ranchers.

One of the yarns that Mountain Meadow Wool was offering for review was its Alpine base.  Alpine is a DK weight 3-ply worsted spun yarn that is 100% Targhee merino and comes in 260 yard/100g skeins. When I had the opportunity to try out this yarn, Mountain Meadow Wool generously offered 2 skeins, and I eagerly selected the Moss Colorway.

I decided before the yarn arrived that I wanted to design something with this beautiful yarn.  Around the same time Frenchie of Aroha Knits did an Initiate Knit Design challenge.  I spent lots of time swatching and planning, and ultimately I knit an eternity loop with a leaf pattern.

The yarn was really a pleasure to work with.  I expected the Alpine to be a little rustic, but I was pleasantly surprised when it was so very soft. It was wooly, but was also super soft and almost cottony in feel.  Once washed, it bloomed and developed a really nice drape.  It stood up to some swatching and ripping and never showed any wear.   I would definitely consider this yarn again; I’m thinking I could use a sweater in it!

I finished knitting my sample last week, and this week the pattern, Wood Sorrel, is being tech edited and is then off to testers. I hope to release it in mid-May. Wood Sorrel will be available on Ravelry shortly.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Mountain Meadow Wool who sent me the yarn (retail: $46.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 134, Wood Sorrel.

Welcome to episode 134! Today I share my Wood Sorrel cowl, and a review of the yarn I used, Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine.  I also have other WIPs to share and Ply Away is coming up.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • I’m looking for test knitters for my new design! Please visit the Test Knitting thread in the Ravelry group for details.
  • I will be hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.