Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 8, The Finishing Queen

Welcome back to Episode 8 and welcome to new viewers.  Congratulations to Becky Hopper for winning the handwoven scarf for the 100 subscriber giveaway. Please contact me at thestashbuckler at gmail dot com with your shipping address!

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  • Finished the first skein, second skein in progress: Southern Cross Fibre, S. African Superfine Merino in Homeland
  • On deck: Skein, Australian Merino in Meadow



Teaccessories: Superheroes

I was tickled by these new sculpted mugs at Thinkgeek.

Iron Man Molded Mug, ThinkGeek, $14.99

Hulk Molded Mug, ThinkGeek, $14.99

Or perhaps you’d just prefer a mug with embossed insignia?

Wonder Woman, Superman or Batman Embossed Mug, ThinkGeek, $12.99 each

But wait, there are more!

The Amazing Spider-Man Mug, Amazon, $11.99

Mighty Thor Mug, Entertainment Earth, $11.99

Captain America Mug, Entertainment Earth, $11.99

Who is your favorite superhero?

Drink Me: Teavana, Pumpkin Spice Brulée

With the arrival of decorative gourd season* it is time for all things pumpkin. I was tempted last week when I saw a friend of mine gushing about Teavana‘s Pumpkin Spice Brulée and knew it was time to place an order.

Pumpkin Spice Brulée contains cinnamon, white chocolate pieces, pumpkin pieces, chocolate flakes, carob pieces, oolong tea, ginger, chicory root, pumpkin seeds, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and coconut blossom sugar.

It is available in the following sizes: 2oz for $12.98, 4oz for $25.96, 8oz for $51.95 and 16oz for $103.84, 3lb for $311.52 and 5lb for $519.20.  While I’m not springing for the largest size, I assume this is a seasonal variety so you’d best get some while you can.

When I first opened the package I could smell the chicory root and the chocolate.  As the tea was brewing more of the spiciness came through: the ginger, the nutmeg, the cloves.  I will say that the tea tasted more like spice tea to me, than pumpkin or chocolate.  It reminded me of fall days and holidays and I would definitely recommend it if you like all things seasonal.

* Link to inappropriate humor reference.

Teaccessories: Mugs for your tea bags.

While I tend to drink mostly loose leaf tea these days, I still have some favorites in tea bags. I’ve been fascinated at the different concept designs which incorporate using tea bags to brew your cuppa.

Tie Tea Mug, Fab, $16

SlingsHOT Mug, Concept Design by Samir Sufi

Pocket Mug with Lid, Sarah Welch Pottery, $46

Zipper Tea Bag Mug, Concept Design

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 7, Sipping and spinning.

Welcome back to Episode 7 and welcome to new viewers.  Stay tuned until the end for information about the 100+ subscriber giveaway.

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Tea & Cookies: Irish Sweater Edition

I don’t know about you, but I would love one of these to nibble on while knitting my sweater and sipping a cup of tea!


Irish knit sweater cookies by Laura Courtemanche, owner of A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe.


Drink Me: Upton Tea, Malabar Estate Java Op

When I ordered from Upton Tea, they threw a sample of Malabar Estate Java Op in my shipment.

From the website:

This selection was harvested at the peak of the summer flavory season. Dark, crepy leaves, combined with gold and silver downy tips produce a dark, clear liquor. The cup has interesting flavor notes and a hint of mahogany wood in the aroma. This is one of the best high-grown Java teas we have seen in years.

Java Op is available in a variety of sizes: 12g sample packet for $2.00, 100g packet for $11.20, and 200g packet for $21.28.

When I opened the packet this smelled like a good strong black tea, and the aroma stayed that way after brewing.  The tea was delicious and seems like a good strong morning brew, or maybe an afternoon pick me up. This may be blasphemous, but I think it would make an excellent hot toddy as well – perfect for the upcoming fall and winter!

Teaccessories: Owl be sipping with you.

If you love owls, then I’m sure you’ll give a hoot about all of these great finds!

Owl Tea Set (set of teapot and two cups), Art Institute Chicago, $56

Owl Make Tea Infuser, Modcloth, $12.99

Chilly Owl mug with snow, vitaminaeu, $23.92

Owl cup cozy, thesunandturtle, $25.00

Owl Tea Steeper Keeper, The Pot Spot, $18.00


The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 6, Fall means KNIT ALL THE THINGS!

Welcome back for to Episode 6 and welcome to new viewers.

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  • In Progress: Dripping Fiber Studios, Merino/Cashmere and Merino/Cashmere/Nylon braids, Maypole and Metista-Cotillion


Tourism: United Kingdom Tea Rooms

A friend of mine was kind enough to point out that Buzzfeed has published a delightful tour just for me: 21 Absolutely Charming Tea Rooms You Have to Visit Before You Die.

I can hardly decide which one I would visit first:

#1 The Bat’s Wing Tea Room, Isle of Wight

The Bat’s Wing Tea Room, Isle of Wight, Flickr: garryknight / Via Creative Commons

#8 Bettys, Harrogate

Bettys, Harrogate, Flickr: neilt / Via Creative Commons

#13 The Three Sheep Tea Rooms, Skipton

The Three Sheep Tea Rooms, Skipton,

#21 Tu Hwnt l’r Bont Tearoom, Conwy

Tu Hwnt l’r Bont Tearoom, Conwy, Flickr: spuddebs / Via Creative Commons