Monthly Archives: December 2014

Craftea: Teacup Shaped Envelopes

I don’t know if I have the talent or the patience, but I love this tutorial I found on making Teacup Shaped Envelopes from Oh My Handmade Goodness.

 

Teacup Shaped Envelopes, DIY Tutorial by Oh My Handmade Goodness

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 20, An Army of Minions

 

Welcome back to Episode 20 and welcome to new viewers. Join me as I sip a tea, finish up my 2014 knits and spins, and talk about what 2015 might bring.

Please come and join the Ravelry group and the ongoing Gift KAL!

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

Sipping:

Wearing:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • Come join the Gift-a-long in the Ravelry Group!  Earn a chance to win a prize for every gift knit you finish between November 12 and December 31, 2014. WIPS count too!
  • Join in for our next craft-a-long – Selfish Crafting. Now that we’ve spent time working on gifts for others, let’s knit for ourselves! Craft an item for yourself between January 1 and February 15, 2015 and enter for a chance to win prizes. More details in the Ravelry group!

Crafty: Last gasp of Christmas.

I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas, which might explain my enthusiasm for it as an adult.  This year I was excited to pull out the tree and the ornaments and make the house festive. As I unpacked the ornaments and stockings, my husband remarked that we didn’t own a tree skirt.  I’ve only put a tree up for a couple of years and hadn’t quite gotten around to a tree skirt.

But then I started to think about it, and my husband suggested I knit one and a crazy project was born.

I chose to knit the Hemlock Ring Blanket which is adapted by Jared Flood from a doily pattern.  He suggests using a rustic bulky wool to upsize the doily into an heirloom blanket.

Hemlock Ring Blanket, pattern & photo by Jared Flood, available for free on Ravelry

The blanket is knit in the round so I immediately had to decide whether I would knit the project back and forth, and create an open seam;  knit it as a whole piece and steek it; or just leave a hole in the center. I opted for the last option.

I also had to decide what yarn to use, particularly since I didn’t have anything in my craft room that would work.  I ultimately went with Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun, which I’m not sure was the right choice.  While I liked the price point and easy care, I think I should have chosen a yarn that was wool (rather than an acrylic/wool blend) for ease of blocking. When it came down to blocking, I decided to do what’s known as “killing” the acrylic, basically steam blocking it which is irreversible in acrylic yarns.

Anyway, regardless of how I might improve upon this project if I were to tackle it again one day, I am pleased with my efforts. I knit the entire project in less than 2 weeks and created something I’m sure we’ll use for years to come.

Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Candy Apple

The final holiday themed tea I ordered this year was Adagio TeasCandy Apple.  I might add that Adagio had all sorts of holiday teas and I look forward to ordering and review others in the coming years.

Candy Apple includes black tea, apple pieces, caramel flavor and cinnamon bark.

It is available in the following sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz for $6.00 and 16oz for $19.00.

 

When I opened the package I could smell the caramel. Once I started brewing the tea, a sweet tangy apple scent emerged.  The tea was a good black tea with hints of apple and caramel.   It wasn’t super sweet, but it was pretty tasty. If you love caramel apples in the fall you should give this one a try!

Teaccessories: Teapots for Christmas Eve

If you’re looking to sip tea and enjoy Christmas eve in the glow of your twinkle lights, might I recommend one of these teapots in red?

Christmas Red teapot for the Holidays, Dprintsclayful, $49.98

 

Le Creuset Oolong Tea Kettle, Williams Sonoma, $80.00

 

Santa Teapot, Dprintsclayful, $45.89

 

Curve Teapot, Indigo Tea Company, $27.95

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 19, Finishing out the year

Welcome back to Episode 19 and welcome to new viewers. Join me as I sip a holiday tea, finish up my Christmas knits and talk about spinning.

Please come and join the Ravelry group and the ongoing Gift KAL!

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

Sipping:

Wearing:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • Come join the Gift-a-long in the Ravelry Group!  Earn a chance to win a prize for every gift knit you finish between November 12 and December 31, 2014. WIPS count too!
  • Resolutions/goals for next year
    • Knit from stash January-March 2015
    • Spin 52 braids in 2015

Holiday Crafts

Last week I featured the holiday wreaths, but if you’re looking for something small to knit for the holidays, either as a gift or to jazz up your own home, might I recommend the following?

Snowball Buddies by Susan Claudino, Pattern available on Ravelry, $5.50

Pint Sized Pines by Julie Tarsha, Pattern available on Ravelry, Free!

Sheep Balls by Dona Carruth, Pattern Available on Ravelry, Free!

And my personal favorite, especially for leftover handspun scraps:

Smitten, a Holiday Garland by Emily Ivey, Pattern available at Knitpicks, Free!

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Buttered Rum

I was all set to present another holiday tea to you today, but when I went to sample it I couldn’t get past the first sip. Definitely not something I wanted to recommend.

So I took stock of my samples, and found one I think could be considered a holiday tea: David’s Tea in the Buttered Rum blend.

I’ve never been a fan of hot buttered rum, but this one contains all the things I love: black tea, coconut, vanilla beans, cornflower petals and butterscotch flavoring.

It’s available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $7.50, 100g + tin for $15.00, 250g + tin for $37.50, and 500g + tin for $75.00.

David’s Tea, Organic Buttered Rum

David’s Tea, Organic Buttered Rum

 

When I opened the package I mostly smelled vanilla, and I could see huge flakes of coconut. On brewing I got some of the coconut and sweet butterscotch.  This was delicious and I think it would make a great dessert tea, perhaps with a dash of spiced rum?

Teaccessories: Hallmark Crafty for the Holidays

I was tickled when I saw Hallmark’s line of knitted items for the holidays.

How cute is this Cozy Snowman Mug?

Cozy Snowman Mug, Hallmark (available in stores only), $12.95

I also loved this set of Cozy Nesting Bowls:

Cozy Nesting Bowls, Hallmark (available online or at Walgreens), $9.95

If you’re looking for something for a stitcher, how about a Cup full of Cozy?

Cozy Mug, Hallmark (available in stores and at Walgreens), $7.95

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 18, O Christmas Tree (Skirt)

Welcome back to Episode 18 and welcome to new viewers. Join me as I sip a holiday tea, finish up my Christmas knits and talk about spinning.

Please come and join the Ravelry group and the ongoing Gift KAL!

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

Sipping:

Wearing:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • In Progress: Chestnut Cherry (my own dyeing)
  • In Progress: Sweet Georgia Superwash Merino in Fondant
  • On Deck: Hello Yarn October 2014 Club, Corriedale, Hidden Thicket

Extras:

  • Come join the Gift-a-long in the Ravelry Group!  Earn a chance to win a prize for every gift knit you finish between November 12 and December 31, 2014. WIPS count too!