Drink Me: Shang Tea, Tangerine Blossom Premium Red Tea

Another tea I picked up on my last trip to Shang Tea is Tangerine Blossom Premium Red Tea.

Tangerine Blossom Premium Red Tea contains organic white tea and tangerine blossoms.

Tangerine Blossom is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $4.00, 2oz for $18.00, 4oz for $35.00, 8oz for $68.00 and 1lb for $135.00.

When I opened the package I did get sort of a nutty aroma, which Shang Tea identifies as red tea.   Although in English we use red tea to mean rooibos, in Chinese red tea is the name for black tea.  Once brewed I got more of a complex aroma with a bit of the blossom fragrance.  This tasted like a good strong black tea with a bit of a floral finish.   In one way it was a very plain tea, but in another it was layered with nutty and floral notes. I quite enjoyed it mid-afternoon at work.

TDF 2016 – the final wrapup

When I last left off I had just finished the singles for Velvet Waistcoat from Owl About Yarn.  The final measurements were 3.4oz and 306yds and this one is available in the shop.

Next up on the wheel I decided to spin the black Shetland from the sampler pack.

I ended up with 2.2 oz and 165 yds.

My final spin for the tour was a braid of Polwarth from Hello Yarn called Millennium Hand and Shrimp. It was actually a prize that I won from TDF 2015, so it felt great to get it on the wheel.

When all was said and done, this one came out to 4.1oz and 397yds.

And that was a wrap on my tour. I put together a collage of all my spins and a few stats for you:

TDF 2016 came in at 27.9 oz and 2,507 yds.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 98, Le fin du Tour

Welcome to episode 98! Today I talk about a finished knitting project and the last of my spinning for Tour de France/Tour de Fleece. Also be sure to check out the Ravelry group for this week’s giveaway!

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping: 

Knitting:

Spinning:

 

Drink me: Shang Tea, Jasmine White Tea Classic

Many months ago I wrote about a wonderful local Chinese tea shop, Shang Tea. This time I decided that I wanted to sample their Jasmine White Tea Classic.

From the site, Jasmine White Tea Classic is quality white tea infused 4-5 times with jasmine blooms. Not everyone is a jasmine fan, but I really like it.

Jasmine White Tea Classic is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $4.00, 2oz for $16.00, 4oz for $30.00, 8oz for $58.00 and 1lb for $115.00.

When I opened the package, all I got was fragrant jasmine. The smell always makes me think of hot summer nights. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually been near blooming jasmine, but it certainly conjures up that feeling for me. This was the perfect blend of tea with jasmine – I got the flowery aroma and a bit of the taste, but it wasn’t overly strong. It really was in the perfect proportions.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 97, Never enough hours in the day.

Welcome to episode 97.  This week I talk about current and future knits, and lots of spinning.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping: 

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • This is the last week of the Tour de France/Tour de Fleece Kick! I’ve started a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Do you want a chance to enter for prizes? Don’t forget to post pictures and chat about it in the group.

TDF 2016: Week 2 Recap

I left off last week on my plying adventure.  On day 8, I plied the Wooly Wonka Fibers and the Fat Cat Knits.

Bazinga! came out to 4.2 oz and 327 yds and is available in my shop.

The Smoke was 2 oz and came out to 143 yds.

Next up on the wheel, on day 9, was a Southern Cross Fibre braid in Falkland/Alpaca/Silk called Cavern – this was a luscious braid to spin and spun very thin.

On day 10, I started on some Moorit Shetland from the sampler pack.

Day 11 was for plying and finishing the skein of Cavern.

Cavern came out to be 3.6 oz and 402 yards. This one is also in my shop.

Wednesday, day 12, I broke my own rule about rest days and plied the Moorit. It came out to 2.2 oz and 160 yards overall.

Thursday I started on a new braid. This one is from Owl About Yarn and is a Polwarth/Merino blend in the Velvet Waistcoat colorway.

Friday was finishing the Velvet Waistcoat singles, and Saturday was for plying!

Another week done and another 9.2 oz spun this week bringing my total to 21.6 oz or well over a pound. I’m still hoping to get 1-2 more naturals spun and maybe eke out 1-2 more dyed braids. Onward!

Drink Me: Tea Market, Berryade

A few weeks ago I went to my local tea shop, Tea Market. Another summer blend that I wanted to try was Berryade.

Berryade contains black tea blended with cranberries, raspberries, raspberry leaves, lemon zest, freeze dried lemon and a hint of basil. You can purchase Berryade tea for $4.60 per ounce.

When I first opened the package I got a lot of lemon – I could see the chunks of lemon in there and they smelled so fragrant. After it brewed, I got more of the berry aroma. The taste was light and refreshing, even though it had a good strong black tea flavor underneath. I think this is definitely a fun summer blend to add to the collection!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 96, Surprise Visit!

Welcome to episode 96. This week is a little long – I go visit my friend Liz and we just knit and chat about knitting and spinning.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping: 

  • Peppermint Iced Tea

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn, Rambouillet in Shy Creature
  • Finished: Wooly Wonka Fibers, Superwash Merino in Bazinga
  • Finished: Woolgatherings sampler, cream Shetland
  • Finished: Fat Cat Knits, Corriedale Cross in Smoke
  • On deck: Southern Cross Fibre, Falkland/Alpaca/Silk in Cavern

Liz’s Projects:

Extras:

  • It’s here, it’s here! It’s time for the Tour de France/Tour de Fleece Kick off! I’ve started a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Are you spinning along? Do you want a chance to enter for prizes? Please come chat about it in the group.

TDF 2016: Week 1 Recap

As of today we are a week into the Tour de France and my favorite Tour de Fleece.  I’ve more or less been keeping up with watching the stages, and I’ve definitely been keeping up with my spinning this week.

The tour kicked off on July 2, and I was excited for a full day of spinning at home. I managed to spin more than 2 ounces of my first braid, a delightful Hello Yarn Rambouillet in Shy Creature.

Day 2 of the tour, July 3, was more Shy Creature as well as some cream Shetland for my Hap Shawl.

Day 3 was the July 4th holiday, but I still managed to take in the stage and get my first two spins plied. That means 6oz spun in the first three days!

After a bath, the Shy Creature came out to 435 yards of squishy, poofy yarn. This one is available in my shop!

After its bath, the cream Shetland came out to 177 yards.

With those spins finished, on day 4 I turned to Wooly Wonka Fibers Superwash Merino in the colorway Bazinga!

Wednesday, July 6 was a “rest day” for me as I went to knit night and didn’t get to sit at my wheel. I normally follow this pattern during the TDF and I’ll spin the official tour rest days to make up for it. Instead I worked on a baby blanket for my new nephew.

Thursday, July 7, I caught up on stage 5 of the tour, and finished the Bazinga! along with sampling 2 oz of fiber from Fat Cat Knits. The fiber is a Corriedale cross in the Smoke Colorway. I’m auditioning a few colors for the main body of my hap shawl and I think Smoke might be the winner.

Friday, July 8 I was able to ply the next two spins, the Bazinga! and the Smoke.

Overall, I’m pleased with my first week of spinning since I was able to spin more than 12 oz of fiber and get a good start on my TDF projects.

Drink Me: Teapigs, Liquorice and Mint

In my neverending quest to find a licorice tea that I love, another selection I added to my last Teapigs order was their Liquorice and Mint tea.

This blend contains liquorice root and peppermint leaves.  That’s it. I love the simplicity of these teas.

Liquorice and Mint is available in a sample size for $2.50, 15 tea temples for $9.99 and a pack of 50 tea temples for $24.99.

When I opened this one, the smell of both mint and liquorice came through.  When I tasted, I first got the mint flavor, but then I could feel the warm liquorice heat and spice almost at the back of my throat. I didn’t use any sugar for this one; it was sweet and perfect without.  This might very well be my favorite liquorice tea that I’ve had – it might even beat out the discontinued David’s Tea, Licorice Twist, which I’m hoarding because there is no more.

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