Pinkies Up.

Welcome to my little corner of the world, the intersection of knitting and tea.

As I mentioned on my About Me page, I learned to knit at the tender age of 7 under the wing of my Grandma Ruthie. I knitted on and off throughout my childhood and teenage years, and took it up again in college. Post-graduation I had an epiphany.  Although my Grandma was an invaluable teacher, she had recently passed away. Suddenly I realized that I could learn to knit by reading books, visiting the local yarn store, talking with other knitters and watching helpful You Tube videos. A whole world opened before me. These days I have a room in my house overflowing in yarn, at least three projects going at all times and I get a little twitchy if a day goes by that I don’t get at least a few more rows knitted! I have also found a wonderful knitting community both in my real life knitting group and online through various social networks.

But that’s not why you’re here. Or at least not entirely. You’re here for the tea too.

I live in what is quite a cold climate currently (I’m looking at you Polar Vortex).  I also happen to work in an office that is kept to precise icebox temperatures.  While I enjoy coffee, it often upsets my stomach. I am, however, an avid tea drinker.

About two weeks ago I got fed up with the same 6 Bigelow teas offered in the break room, and decided I needed a change.  I let my fingers do the walking and found a few sites that sold all kinds of delicious sounding teas, but many of them were loose leaf and I find that kind of hard to brew at work.  A few more Google searches and I was buying an infuser tumbler. As I waited for everything to arrive it occurred to me that there was a lot to learn, and that I could record and share this journey in blog format.

So here’s the deal. I’m going to buy tea, brew it and review it. I’m going to find cool accessories – mugs, teapots, spoons, what have you, and share them for inspiration. I’m going to document what I learn. Along they way I’ll show you what I’m knitting and, since knitting is such a big part of my life, I’m sure it’s going to show up in other ways.

We’re starting at the beginning. This won’t be fancy snobby tea. I won’t be boiling the water and then steeping for exactly the right number of seconds. Confession: I don’t even own a tea kettle. Sometimes I’ll be heating the water at home in my microwave; sometimes I’ll be a full heretic and use the extra hot tap installed in the break room sink.

So let’s get this tea party started.

(Actual tea party, Mad Hatter included. No political parties were harmed in the making of this blog)

Today’s misquo-tea-tion:

“A journey of ten thousand teas begins with a single cup.”

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About thestashbuckler

I'm a 30-something California girl recently transplanted to the Midwest, where at least I have a good excuse for the enormous amounts of stash Yarrrrrrrrrn that I seem to have accumulated. I have a wonderful husband (who has hobbies and collections of his own) and a fabulous group of knitting mateys. Join me as I fumble through life and knitting!

Posted on January 25, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Let us know if you find a good way to clean the used tea leaves out of your infuser.

  2. which infuser did you get? I love the ingenuitea, but there are a lot on the market?

    http://www.adagio.com/teaware/ingenuiTEA_teapot.html

  3. Way to go! DH broke my teapot, so I’m in the market. Will keep you posted – right now the plan is to get to the asian market and find a good one.

  4. Where can the teapot in your header picture be found?

  5. Okay, I will be patient. I am enjoying the blog and am sure that I will learn better ways to brew my tea.

  6. I’ll be curious to see if you end up getting a tea kettle bc that is the only way I can get the water hot enough at home so I can let it steep long enough, and then add the milk, without it cooling down too much. Yay! let the tea-adventures begin!

    • Like I said before, I suspect this is about to rival my yarn habit.

      • Luckily, a tea kettle is much less than the yarn habit. I have a nice electric tea kettle we purchased at Costco for all of $20. It heats the water quickly, turns itself off so it doesn’t boil dry, and has made the tea-making process much easier. Only negative is that it takes up counter space, but on the other hand, I was able to take the old tea kettle off the stove and freed that burner.

      • Oh I meant the whole thing – tea, accessories, etc. But yes a tea kettle is not the most expensive part of the process!

      • LOL srsly. :o) I personally have a stovetop tea kettle, but if you get an electric one i can’t wait to hear about it. like Arlene mentioned, there are pros to getting the electric one…

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