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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DrinkMe: Churchmouse Yarn & Teas, China Black

I recently placed another order with Churchmouse Yarn & Teas for some yummy tea. I decided to give the China Black blend a try this time.

From the website, the China Black blend contains Yunnan tea.

It is available in the following sizes: 4oz for $10.00, 8oz for $20.00 and 1lb for $40.00.  China Black is currently on sale for 20% off – don’t wait much longer because those prices won’t stick around!

China Black, according to Churchmouse, is the Chinese version of Assam; a strong black tea. But, Yunnan is somewhat mellower and doesn’t require milk. I enjoyed this one. I thought it was a strong black tea with just a hint of smokiness. I added a bit of sugar and it was sweet and mellow. I will definitely be back for more of this one.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 104, Knit all the things!

Welcome to episode 104! Today I talk about my knits and spins and announce the winner of the Filament Issue 1 giveaway.

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Drink Me: Crafters & Co.

Earlier this week my friend Ana gave me two containers of “new to us” tea that she purchased at Hallmark.  The Crafters & Co tea is available exclusively from Hallmark Gold Crown and produced by a local Kansas City company, the Hugo Tea Company.

Ana gave me two flavors: Warm Wishes, an organic Cinnamon Black Tea and Mindful Moment, an organic Vanilla Chai.

Warm Wishes contains black tea, organic cinnamon and organic zante currants.  It is available in a tin as tea bags or loose leaf for $12.95.

Mindful Moment contains black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper and natural vanilla flavor. It is available in a tin as tea bags or loose leaf for $12.95.

Warm Wishes smelled amazing in the package, like spicy cinnamon.  The tea itself was good, but I got far less of the cinnamon flavor than I expected to.  It was still a good warm cup of tea for a chilly day.

Mindful Moment was delicious, both the smell and the taste. It had a touch of vanilla as well as a touch of chai spice. It was smooth and delightful for an afternoon pick me up.

 

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 103, Monogamous Knitter

Welcome to episode 103. Today is a short one because I have been a monogamous knitter – which is new for me!

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Drink Me: Arbor Teas, Irish Breakfast

When I placed my last order with Arbor Teas, I mentioned I wanted to try one of the plain black teas. I opted to try Irish Breakfast.

Irish Breakfast contains organic Indian and Vietnamese black tea.

It is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $3.50, 4oz for $12.95 and 11oz for $24.50.

When I opened the package I got a good strong black tea smell. I brewed this on an afternoon when I needed a little boost to get through.  I added a bit of sugar and enjoyed this one. It would also be perfect for a morning jump start!

KnitMe: Filament No. 1, Fall 2016

Recently my friend Anne contacted me to let me know about a new venture she was launching, Knit Filament.  Knit Filament is a new publication that is the brainchild of Anne Podlesak and Kathleen Dames, designers and friends that celebrate their friendship and their love of designing lovely garments.  Anne asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a copy of their premiere issue, Filament No. 1 – Fall 2016.  Of course I said yes!

The issue arrived last week and I was immediately impressed by the printing quality. The booklet is 8.5 x 11″ with a sturdy cardstock cover, and lovely colorful pages.  My favorite thing about this first issue is its styling; the whole issue has a lovely vintage feel.

Filament No. 1 includes eight patterns for women including:

  • Four sweaters: 2 cardigans and 2 pullovers
  • A hat and gloves set
  • A shawl
  • A pair of socks
  • A cowl and fingerless mitts set

I should start by saying that I love all the patterns in the issue, but I wanted to share photos (with permission) of my two favorite items in the collection.

The first is a cabled sweater by Kathleen Dames called Beaton.  Beaton is the cover sweater and I absolutely love the cables (which I’m sure is no surprise to you) and the shawl collar. It also makes me want to knit a sweater in a neutral color. It looks so cozy for fall and winter.

Beaton by Kathleen Dames, pattern featured in Filament Issue No. 1, Fall 2016 or available on Ravelry

The second pattern that caught my eye is the pattern for the Milkweed Socks by Anne Podlesak.  I absolutely love the texture on these socks created by the different stitch patterns.  I have a skein of tweedy sock yarn that I think would be a perfect match!

Milkweed Socks by Anne Podlesak, pattern featured in Filament Issue No. 1, Fall 2016 or available on Ravelry

The remainder of the patterns in this volume are just as wonderful.

The issue itself features various modeled shots of the garments in the front section, followed by the pattern details in the back. Another detail that I love in the front section are the little sketches of the sweaters included along with the actual photographs. Obviously I haven’t knit anything from this volume yet, but all the patterns look to be well written, with clear, easy to follow instructions along with charts and schematics.  All in all, I would highly encourage you to give this one a look.

Filament No. 1, Fall 2016 can be purchased in hard copy from the Knit Filament website for $21 plus shipping. Included in each hard copy is a coupon code so you can also download the issue on Ravelry.

If you don’t want to order a physical copy, the issue can be purchased as a digital download only on Ravelry for $21.  Finally, patterns can also be purchased individually for between $5 and $7 per pattern.

Anne and Kathleen have also offer to give away a copy of Filament No. 1 to one lucky winner. Please head over to my Ravelry group for details on how to enter to win a copy of your own!

A special thank you to Anne and Kathleen at Knit Filament who sent me a copy of Issue No. 1 (retail: $21.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own, unless otherwise noted.

KnitMe: KPC Yarns, Yarn Tasting

A few months ago I was contacted by the nice people over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in receiving a yarn tasting kit from KPC Yarns. KPC (knit purl crochet) Yarns is a Hong Kong based company.  They have been in business in various forms for over 50 years and source their wool from a specific farm, in Gostwyck, New South Wales, Australia which has been raising sheep since the 1800s.

KPC has 4 main yarn lines: Novomerino, Glencoul, Cashmere and Gossyp.  These yarns are available in a variety of weights including laceweight, 4-ply, DK and chunky in anywhere from 40 to 60 colorways.  The tasting box included a variety of samples of the above mentioned yarns in many of the different weights.

When the box arrived it was a delight to open.

Inside were approximately 10 or so knit samples of the yarns mentioned above. All the swatches were knit in garter stitch, and included the tags of from the yarns specifying the name of the yarn, the weight of the yarn and the colorway.  Also included in the box were a bakers’ dozen of 10g balls of yarn so I could knit my own samples.  Each sample ball of yarn had a tag which was fastened with a lovely ribbon.  When perusing the KPC Yarns site, they noted that the ribbon and tag could double as a gift tag, providing information about the yarn to the recipient.

In general I was very impressed with the quality of the yarn.  I haven’t knit with any of the samples yet, though I plan to shortly (I almost hate to break into the samples though because the box is so pretty as it is.)  I really like the hand of the Novomerino, however, and you can bet I’ll be checking out which stockists I might purchase some from.

I couldn’t find this exact box available on the KPC Yarns site, however I did notice that they offer other special “box sets” with various yarns included for between $38 and $45 .

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at KPC Yarns  who sent me the yarn (retail: $40.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 102, Rhinebeck Sweater Saga

Welcome to episode 102. Today I have a few knits and spins, and two reviews – a sample box from KPC Yarns and the new pattern booklet from KnitFilament.

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Reviews (additional posts to follow this week)