Drink Me: Republic of Tea, SuperHerb Teas for Women

A few weeks ago I was contacted by The Republic of Tea and asked if I would like to review some of their new SuperHerb Teas for Women.  I was given a choice and I requested the Organic Raspberry Leaf and the Organic Nettle blends.

From the website, Organic Raspberry Leaf is targeted at women’s health. I am not in a position to verify the effects that Raspberry Leaf has on women’s health, but I am able to tell you a little bit about the tea.  The ingredients include organic red raspberry (leaf), organic rosehips (fruit), organic raspberries (fruit), and natural raspberry and vanilla flavors.

I brewed this tea up hot, but I think it would also be delightful iced over the summer, perhaps with frozen raspberries?  The tea itself tasted of raspberries with a hint of vanilla. I have reviewed raspberry teas in the past, and I have often found that they end up being a mixture of raspberry and blackberry. In this case, the taste was definitely pure raspberry.  I would highly recommend this tea for raspberry lovers.

You can find Organic Raspberry Leaf in a tin of 36 teabags for $13.00.

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From the website, Organic Nettle is designed to reduce inflammation in women. Again, I am not in a position to verify the effects that the tea has, but I can review it on taste.  Organic Nettle contains organic nettle (leaf), organic peppermint (leaf) and natural vanilla flavor.

I brewed this tea up hot as well, and was unsure what to expect in terms of flavor.  This blend tasted almost exclusively of vanilla and mint, so I’m still not sure exactly what flavor the nettle lends to it.  I enjoyed this one, but I think I preferred the raspberry.  However, if you’re looking for mint and vanilla, this one definitely fits the bill.

You can find Organic Nettle in a tin of 36 teabags for $13.00.

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As a side note, I have been a lover of The Republic of Tea for many years now. I enjoy a variety of their teas, both loose leaf and in bags, and I’ve written about them quite frequently.  I find them to be high quality teas, and the shipping times and customer service are excellent.  If you’re interested in doing a little taste testing, you can sign up for their catalog which arrives every other month or so with a free sample inside! They also have a loyalty program where you can earn rewards to more tea.

A special thank you to the folks at The Republic of Tea who sent me both tins of tea (retail: $26.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 130, Short & Sweet.

Welcome to episode 130! Today’s episode is short and sweet. I have one FO, a couple of WIPs, a finished spin and a new one. Hope you have a great week!

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Tech Editor for hire.

Last spring I embarked on a new journey in the fiber arts community.  I took two Learning to Tech Edit courses from Joeli Caparco of Joeli Creates.

I didn’t expect to love tech editing knitting patterns as much as I do, but in a way it is unsurprising since it uses many skills that I already have (comfort with spreadsheets and data, an eye for proofing grammar and spelling to name a few) and marries them with something that I love: knitting.

Since last spring I have been working with a small, but steadily growing, group of clients on making their amazing patterns even better.  I realized that I hadn’t really spoken about it on the blog, and thought it was time to announce that I’m available to new clients and eager to meet you!

For more information about what I can do for you, please check out my Tech Editing Services tab at the top of the page.  Also, if you’re a member of Ravelry, I created a bundle of patterns that I have tech edited which you can view here.

If you or anyone you know is interested in tech editing services, please contact me at ldwcameron at gmail dot com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 129, I like big shawls (redux)

Welcome to episode 129! Today I have some new tea to review, a few FO’s, some WIPs, and some spins.

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Drink Me: Tea Runners

Late last year I heard about a new tea club that would be starting in 2017, Tea Runners.  Tea Runners is the brain child of Jewel Staite and Charlie Ritchie. Each month Tea Runners sends out a box of 4 loose leaf teas along with tasting and brewing instructions.

I was lucky enough to get in for the March box and was delighted when it arrived.  The packaging was really nice; it was evident a lot of thought and care went into the presentation.

The teas included in March’s box include: Makalu Mint Green Tea Blend, CTC Black, Annapurna Oolong Tea and Peach Ginger Detox Tea.

I love that the labels are chock full of information including ingredients, brewing and tasting instructions and where the tea came from so that I could find it again in the future.

This week I had a chance to try both the CTC Black and the Peach Detox Tea.

The CTC Black was excellent. It was strong flavored, but extremely smooth. It was a great black tea for a morning cup, and I also enjoyed it in the afternoon with just a touch of sugar.

The Peach Ginger Detox Tea smelled amazing when I opened it – just like ripe juicy peaches.  It ended up being a really light tasting white tea with a hint of peach. I got almost no ginger in the flavor. I bet this one would be fabulous iced on a hot day, maybe even with a slice of peach?

If you’re interested in giving Tea Runners a try (and I suggest you do!) head on over to the website to sign up to be notified when subscriptions are open and boxes are available.  Do keep an eye on your mailbox as they sell out quickly.  There were 300 boxes available in March and they were gone within a few hours!  Monthly memberships are $25 per box, or if you want to commit to 3 or 6-month subscriptions they’re available for slightly less.

Knit Me: Manos del Uruguay

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 Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  Alegria is a fingering weight yarn that is 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide and comes in 445 yard/100g skeins. I went pattern surfing and decided I really wanted to knit a pair of socks.  Fairmount Fibers was absolutely lovely and sent me a skein in the colorway of my choice, which happened to be Turmeric.  I chose the Conwy Socks by Nancy Bush.

I was really pleased with the Alegria. It was perfect for the pattern I chose and I loved the stitch definition I got on those cables. The yarn was soft and had a really great hand. I also really enjoyed the warm color. Alegria is available in lots of great colors, and I really like their selection of semi-solid hues. I loved working with it for these socks, but I can also see myself using it for shawls or sweaters.

I only had two minor complaints about the yarn.  The first is that there was a knot in the middle of my skein. I understand that industry standard is up to two knots, so I can’t really complain about this, but I was a little disappointed anyway.   The other minor complaint is that there were a few sections of the yarn (usually less than an inch in length) where the yarn wasn’t plied as tightly and was a little fuzzier than the rest.  Overall those sections don’t really show in the finished object, which is why I consider it a minor complaint.

I found the whole process of knitting these socks very enjoyable and I ended up with really happy socks to welcome spring.

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Fairmount Fibers who sent me the yarn (retail: $24.50) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 128, Second verse, same as the first.

Welcome to episode 128! Today I have two FOs, some WIPs, a bit of stash enhancement and some spins.  A couple are repeat projects.

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Drink Me: Simpson & Vail, Ceylon Orange Pekoe

Often I get asked why I don’t review more unflavored teas.  The simple answer is that I’m always interested in the flavored teas, but I will try and make more of an effort to review unflavored teas in the future.  To that end, in my order from Simpson & Vail, I selected their Ceylon Orange Pekoe.

From the website Ceylon Orange Pekoe contains “medium sized black-brownish leaves… [that] produce a deep amber cup with a brisk, well-rounded, flowery taste.”  Ceylon Orange Pekoe is a blend of black teas from several growing areas in Sri Lanka, which was formerly known as Ceylon.

Ceylon Orange Pekoe is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $2.00, 4oz for $6.65, 8oz for $13.30 and 1lb for $26.60.

This tea was a wonderful strong black tea, perfect for breakfast.  It was full bodied, but mellow and not too bitter. I enjoyed mine with a touch of sugar.  I also think those who enjoy milk in their tea would really like it in this one.  I do feel like this blend would be a good staple for any tea chest.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 127, What season is it?

Welcome to episode 127! Lots of WIPs to talk about today, and a review of the new Love+Leche Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar.

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  • A week or two ago I was contacted by the folks over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in reviewing the new Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar from Love+Leche. You can find my full review here.  Love+Leche wanted to extend a special offer to followers of the podcast. Head on over to Love+Leche and use the coupon code “knittea.” If you buy one lotion bar in a tin (min. $14), you’ll also get a free mini balm sample ($4 value) in your order. This coupon will be good until 5/1/17.

 

Drink Me: Simpson & Vail, Root Beer Black Tea

Recently I placed my first order with Simpson & Vail, a tea company located in Connecticut.  They had some interesting selections that I wanted to try. One of those was their Root Beer Black Tea.

From the website, Root Beer Black Tea contains black tea, sarsaparilla and root beer flavor.

Root Beer Black Tea is available in a variety of sizes including 2oz for $3.75, 4oz for $6.40, 8oz for $12.10 and 1lb for $24.20.

Before I even opened the package I could smell the root beer scent.  I couldn’t wait to brew this one up.  After it brewed, the root beer flavor was definitely still there, but there was also a nice black tea underneath and I didn’t find it overwhelmed by the root beer. I just really enjoyed this one, but then again I love root beer!