Knit Night: Ravellenic Games 2018

For the past 10 years (and for several years before that) I have met with a group of friends for knit night.  In Los Angeles it was at my local yarn store, and in the beginning in Kansas it was at a local yarn store, but sadly both stores have closed.  Now my closest friends and I get together once a week and knit and talk and laugh.  I decided that since every Wednesday is knit night, I’m going to start a Wednesday Knit Night post tradition to talk about what’s on my needles.

Ever since the Yarn Harlot started it, I’ve been participating in the Ravellenic Games.  Basically, any time there are Olympics (winter or summer), I select a project to complete while watching the Olympic Games. This year I decided to pull some yarn out of stash and knit a  Potawatomi by Carol Sunday.  I’m using Sunday Yarns Nirvana 5-ply, a 90% superfine merino and 10% cashmere yarn, in a beautiful mauve color called Berry.

My goal is this:

Potawatomi by Carol Sunday, Pattern available on Ravelry for $6.00.

I purchased my kit a few years ago already, but was anxious to get started for this year.

The last official picture that I took was when I was partway through the front section:

At this point I’m almost done with the body, and ready to cast on for that cozy ribbed collar.  I hope to get the collar started, if not finished, tonight at knit night.  Then all that’s left will be to unravel that column of stitches to the right of the cable, and knot it into fringe.

Bring on knit night!

I think the color is probably most accurate in the middle photo.

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Episode 171: All about the poncho.

Welcome to episode 171! I have two FO’s today and one I’ve been working on for a while so I’m super happy to have it done. I also talk about my Olympic project and upcoming travels. I hope you have a lovely week!

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

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • In Progress: Spinsters Crazy Batts 2018

Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Knit Me: Delicious Yarns, Sweets Chunky

Before Christmas, Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying some bulky yarn, Sweets Chunky, from Delicious Yarns.  At that time the temperatures hovered around zero and a squishy, thick hat sounded fabulous. Sweets Chunky is a 100% superwash merino base and comes in 105 yard skeins. I selected 2 skeins of the Raspberry Fudge colorway.

When the yarn arrived I loved the bright pink colors and set about searching for the perfect chunky weight hat.  Given that the yarn was variegated, I wanted a garter stitch pattern that would show the beautiful colors off to perfection.  I settled on Capucine, a hat I have had in my queue for ages.

Delicious Yarns

Almost as soon as I started knitting, I knew I had made the right choice.

This hat was a super quick knit – just two nights worth of work – but it was a joy to knit. The yarn is quite a bit thicker than I am used to, but it is squishy and bouncy and it was so much fun to see how the colors played together. Given that the stitch count changes quite a bit through the pattern, I didn’t have trouble with too much pooling and overall I love the effect.

Capucine

I had a bit of trouble with the hat pattern. Sweets Chunky is classified as a Bulky Weight yarn so I followed the pattern for that weight yarn. What I found is that I had to improvise a bit or the hat would have been ridiculously large (and it’s still big). I ended up using a little over 1 1/2 skeins to knit the hat and then add all the trimmings. I opted to do braids and a pom pom rather than the tassels that the pattern called for.

Capucine

The end result is so much fun! The hat is a little big on me so it may go to another loving home, but I’m ready to order more yarn to make my own. Delicious Yarns offers a variety of other yarn weights and dyeing techniques, all in bright, fun colors.

Capucine

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Delicious Yarns who sent me 2 skeins of Sweets Chunky (retail: $68.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 170: Ravellenics Prep

Welcome to episode 170! I only got a small FO done this week, but I’m ready to cast on all the things. Also, I’m preparing to wind yarn so that I can cast on my Olympics project on Friday. Come join our team if you haven’t already done so!

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

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Polwarth in Folklore
  • On deck: Spinsters Crazy Batts 2018

Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Drink Me: Tea Runners, Water Sprite Oolong

I’m awash in samples from Tea Runners!  This week I brought Water Sprite Oolong to work to try.

Water Sprite Oolong is pure oolong tea from a family farm high up in the mountains of Southeast China.

Water Sprite Oolong

Water Sprite Oolong

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag is how smoky this tea is.  The packaging suggests there is some honey sweetness “balanced with strong earthy tones,” but all I got from this one was a smoky smell and taste.  In general, I find oolongs very mellow and I enjoy them, but I think this one was too smoky for me. I enjoyed trying it, but I wouldn’t add it to my permanent collection.

Episode 169: It’s been a week!

Welcome to episode 169! I only just got internet service restored in time to upload this video. It’s been a crazy busy week. I’ve gotten quite a bit of knitting and spinning done, especially without the internet to distract me!

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Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Knit Me: Zen Yarn Garden, Magical Dye Pot Series

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Magical Dye Pot Series.  The premise behind the Magical Dye Pot Series is that sets of 6 colorways are created for larger projects. Within these sets, the colors both coordinate and contrast.  So you can order all 6 colorways and create an amazing “fade” project, or you can order any subset of colors from a single set and have colors that work well together within a single project.

Zen Yarn Garden generously offered me my choice of 3 skeins for a project.  I chose the “C” series, and skeins C1, C3 and C6 (there are currently 6 series, A through F). All skeins are available on a variety of bases and Zen Yarn Garden dyes all their yarn to order, so your skeins are always made just for you.  For this review I received the Superfine Merino Fingering weight base, which is 90% superfine merino/10% nylon and comes in 400 yards/100 gram skeins.

ZYG Magical Dyepots

One I had placed my order, I went through my queue on Ravelry to find the perfect 3-color shawl pattern.  I settled on Love Ewe Baby by Susanne Sommer, thinking all that brioche and textured stitching would be a lovely way to showcase the colors I picked.

C Ewe Baby

I have worked with Zen Yarn Garden’s Superfine Merino Fingering base before and I love it. It’s super soft and bouncy and stands up well to being knit and ripped (oops!).  This time I was struck by the amazing colors.  In my last shawl I knit with two solids and two speckles.  This time I had this amazing orange tonal to knit with. I couldn’t even count the shades of orange, red, pink and coral I could see in the yarn. It was super hard to photograph as you can see from the images above. I think the first shots of the yarn and the final shots of the finished shawl are as close to color correct as I can get them.

As I progressed through the pattern I just loved watching the colors play together.

I made very few modifications on this shawl. In fact, the only problem I had was I ran out of that gorgeous orange a few rows too soon and had to cut the final section short and finish the i-cord edgge in the brown (again a gorgeous almost opalescent dyed skein).

I will definitely be purchasing more from Zen Yarn Garden in the future!

C Ewe Baby

C Ewe Baby

C Ewe Baby

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Magical Dye Pot Yarns (retail: $24.00/skein for a total of $72.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 168: No Internet!

Welcome to episode 168! This one was delayed because our internet has been down. I did get lots of knitting and spinning done though! Also I announce the creation of a Ravellenic Games team, Team CKT. Please come and join us!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

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

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Drink Me: Tea-Historic, Cretaceous Cinnamon

Many, many months ago (I’m ashamed to count how many) my friend Ana brought me a few bags of Tea-Historic tea that she had picked up at a local festival.  I pulled them out for sampling in the next few weeks and went to the website to do more research and learned that Tea-Historic is closing up shop! That will teach me to delay in reviewing.

The first tea I wanted to review was Tea-Historic Cretaceous Cinnamon.  From the package, Cretaceous Cinnamon contains Assam black tea, and cinnamon sticks.

Tea-Historic teas are available in 1oz increments for $6 per ounce.

Cretacious Cinnamon

Cretacious Cinnamon

When I opened the package I was interested to see big chunks of cinnamon sticks in with the black tea.   The tea itself smelled wonderfully of cinnamon, both before and after brewing.  It was a delightfully strong black tea, with the taste of warm (but not spicy) cinnamon. It was perfect for a mid-afternoon cup.

Episode 167: Wips Wips Wips

Welcome to episode 167! I feel like I got lots done this week, but since I’m in the middle of some larger projects it’s all WIPS! Ok, I have a finished knit and spin, but lots more I want to do before the end of the month.

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Tea:

Knitting:

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