Monthly Archives: February 2015

In-tea-resting: Tea Tuesdays.

Earlier this week, a fan of the podcast sent me a wonderful link from The Salt, an NPR blog for eating and health, food and foodies, and what’s on your table.  It appears that The Salt will now feature tea stories:

With this story, we introduce Tea Tuesdays, an occasional series that will explore the science, history, culture and economics of this ancient brewed beverage.

The first article explores The Chemist-Tea of Pouring the Perfect English-Style Cuppa.

NPR, The Salt, The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

Head on over to find your perfect cuppa!

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Drink Me: Harney & Sons, Chai

A few weeks ago I placed an order for a whole mess of samples from Harney & Sons. I’m excited to try them and share them with you.  The first one I decided to try was their Chai.

From the site, the blend contains Indian Black Tea, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla.

It’s available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 4oz for $7.00, 8oz for $12.50, and 1lb for $20.50.

When I first opened the package I smelled the delicious spices. Once brewed, I got more of the strong black tea smell. I decided to drink my chai with a little milk and honey.  This wasn’t a super sweet chai, but was very smooth and the spices mild. It was a delicious afternoon treat.

Teaccessories: The Dark Knitter

When I saw this mug I knew I needed one. For the comic book loving knitters.

Skills, Society6, $15.00

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 28, A Crafty Week

Welcome back to Episode 28 and welcome to new viewers. Today I have a few finished objects and some progress on the big knits.

Please come and join the Ravelry group. Stay tuned as we’re getting ready to do some more craft alongs!

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:

  • March’s craft-a-long will be a Hat-a-long! Knit, crochet or craft any hat between March 1 and 31st. It could also be green for St. Patrick’s Day. Come over to the Ravelry group for more details and to post finished objects. I’m thinking about knitting Lapsang by Claire Devine (from her new Tea Collection) or Snawheid by Kate Davies. What will you knit?
  • For the more intrepid knitters, a few of us are going to start a Pi Shawl knit-a-long on Pi day: 3/14/15. This won’t be a formal craft-a-long with prizes and such, but there will be a thread in the Ravelry group if you’d like to join us.

Tea Rex.

I don’t know why I never get tired of the corny joke, but I don’t. Here is my favorite collection of “tea rex” items!

Tea Rex PDF Cross Stitch Pattern, Daily Cross-stitch, $2.99

 

Tea Rex Tea Infuser, DCI available on Amazon, $9.94

 

Tea Rex teapot, Lenny Mud

 

Tea Rex, MozaGiftedGifts, $10.99

Drink Me: Distinctly Tea, Apricot Black

Today brings me to the third and final of the teas my sister brought me from Distinctly Tea – Apricot Black.

From the label, the blend contains decaf Ceylon orange pekoe tea and natural apricot flavoring.

I couldn’t find it on the site right now, but there are a number of other yummy teas that contain both the apricot.

 

When I opened the package I could smell the apricot.  Once brewed it smelled sweet – almost honeyed.  The taste was really smooth – a nice black tea with a hint of apricot. It was a great afternoon tea, just enough sweet to be interesting.

Knit-tea: The Tea Collection

Last week I saw a new collection of patterns pop up on Ravelry.  The Tea Collection is a new ebook of accessory patterns by Clare Devine.

The Tea Collection by Clare Devine, pattern book available on Ravelry for £10.00 GBP, individual patterns starting at £3.00 GBP.

The hat on the cover, Earl Grey, is a wonderful cabled hat, and I love that pom pom.

Perhaps my favorite pattern in the booklet, however, is Lapsang. I’m off to find a skein of bulky and make one for myself!

Lapsang by Clare Devine, pattern available on Ravelry for £3.00 GBP or as part of The Tea Collection for £10.00 GBP

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 27, A little fiber talk.

Welcome back to Episode 27 and welcome to new viewers. Today I have a few finished objects and some progress on the big knits.

Please come and join the Ravelry group and don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the Selfish Craft-a-long!

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:

  • Today is the last day for the craft-a-long – Selfish Crafting. So finish it, photo it and post it for a chance to win prizes! More details in the Ravelry group.

Crafty: Spinning a Shawl

Recently I finished a knit where I spun the fiber and then knit up the resulting yarn into a shawl. Even though I don’t generally process or dye fiber, I feel like when I spin my own yarn and then knit it I am involved in the process of creating a garment beginning to end.  Many cups of tea accompanied this process.

 

The Fibers: Spunky Eclectic, Dark Merino, Asteroid & Southern Cross Fibre, BFL/Silk, Seraglio

The Pattern: Quaker Yarn Stretcher by Susan Ashcroft

Drink Me: Distinctly Tea, Vanilla Cream Black

As I said last week, at Christmas my sister brought me several teas to try from Distinctly Tea. The second one I decided to try was Vanilla Cream Black.

From the label, the blend contains Ceylon black tea and bourbon vanilla pieces.

I couldn’t find it on the site right now, but there are a number of other yummy teas that contain both the black tea and bourbon vanilla pieces.

When I opened the package I could smell the vanilla.  Once brewed I could smell the black tea, but still with a trace of vanilla.  The taste was really smooth – it was a nice change from a plain black tea or breakfast blend. I also think it would be good with something sweet.  I’ll have to keep an eye on the site, because this is one I would like more of!