Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 33, I like to Party

 

Welcome back to Episode 33 and welcome to new viewers. Today I’m back in a different part of my craft room. I’ve got lots of WIPs to chat about, and don’t forget that this is the last few days for the Hat-a-long!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

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.
  • 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.

Drink Me: Harney & Sons, Spiced Plum Herbal

This week I decided to try the Spiced Plum Herbal blend that I ordered from Harney & Sons.

From the website, the blend includes hibiscus with plums and cinnamon.

It is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 4oz for $7.00, 8oz for $13.00 and 1lb for $22.00.

When I first opened the bag I smelled the cinnamon most of the flavors.  As it brewed I smelled the hibiscus, but the heavy spicy scent of cinnamon. The tea was a beautiful red.  It tasted delicious. It was fruity, but also rich and spicy. I think it would be delightful iced, but it was also luscious hot. This may become another staple of my collection.

Craftea: Cuppa Quilt

As I was browsing Pinterest the other day I came upon this quilt tutorial. I can’t sew to save my life, but if you can, you could quilt yourself a cuppa!

Cup Quilt Two designed by Susan Druding, Free pattern

Or, if a full quilt seems daunting, perhaps a small mug rug?

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 32, Hanging with Liz

 

Welcome back to Episode 32 and welcome to new viewers. Today I traveled up to Highland, KS to hang out with Liz (from Tempe) who is home visiting her family.  We chat about tea, and china, and knitting! It’s a little longer than usual, and since I was traveling the sound and video aren’t as good as normal. I still hope you enjoy it!

Please come and join the Ravelry group. The Hat-a-long is in full swing!

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

Sipping:

 

Knitting:

 

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.
  • 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.

Universi-tea: For All the Tea in China

Last week I read an interesting article in the Tea Tuesdays section of The Salt entitled “The Scottish Spy Who Stole China’s Tea Empire.”  The post was primarily about a book: For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose.

The book tells the tale of Robert Fortune, a man from humble Scottish beginnings, who became the horticulturist who traveled through China multiple times to learn the secrets of Chinese tea and steal seedlings for the British Empire to start producing tea in India.

The book begins:

There was a time when maps of the world were redrawn in the name of plants, when two empires, Britain and China, went to war over two flowers: the poppy and the camellia.

I’m not a huge history buff, but this book was a fairly quick read and quite interesting.  I would recommend it if you’re interested in learning just how you can get that great cuppa today.

Drink Me: Harney & Sons, Raspberry

Another flavor I received in my last order from Harney & Sons is Raspberry Herbal.

From the website, the tisane is a mixture of rosehips, hibiscus, raspberry leaves and natural and artificial raspberry flavors. All of my favorite things!

It is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 4oz for $7.00, 8oz for $13.00 and 1lb for $22.00.

When I opened the bag I smelled sweet and tangy raspberries and that just became more apparent as the tea brewed.  This was a delicious sweet berry tea, and I got a lot of hibiscus as well. This might be my favorite of the raspberry teas that I have sampled.  I think it would be excellent iced and plan to add it to my summer iced tea list!

 

The Knits: Leftovers Cowl

Last year I decided I wanted to knit a massive scarf, with a ton of different colorwork motifs, using scraps and leftovers from all the sock yarns I have used over the years. With a little help from a few friends for some extra colors, I gathered my yarns together and started the Leftovers Cowl by Wendy Johnson.

Without giving too much away, the pattern is a series of repeated charts. Partway through a friend asked me if I was going to incorporate any of my own charts into the design. What a great idea!

 

Eleven weeks later I was done.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 31, Leftover’d

Welcome back to Episode 31 and welcome to new viewers. Today I talk about my finished objects (and empty needles) and announce the winner of the 400-subscriber giveaway!

Please come and join the Ravelry group. The Hat-a-long is in full swing!

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.
  • 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.

Drink Me: Harney & Sons, Apple Cinnamon

Today I decided to sample the Apple Cinnamon blend from my recent Harney & Sons order.

From the website, the blend contains black tea with apple and cinnamon spice.

It’s available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 4oz for $7.50 and 1lb for $21.50.

When I first opened the packet I smelled dried apples.  Once brewed the tea almost smelled like an apple cider.  I didn’t enjoy this as much as a couple of other apple teas I have sampled, but this was a nice black tea with a hint of apples and cinnamon.  Mostly, I was disappointed that all the goodness I could smell in the packet didn’t show up in the tea itself. If you’re looking for something that really tastes like apples, this isn’t it. However if you’re looking for a fall blend that’s primarily black tea, then this would be a good choice.

Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle, Part II

This past Saturday I attended another gathering of Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle at the National World War I Museum.  You may remember I attended the inaugural event in February.

This time we discussed the role music played in World War I.  We discussed the anti-war politics of music before we entered the war (with songs like “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier“) as well as the bolstering music after we entered the war (with songs like George M. Cohan’s Over There).  We discussed the role of music in keeping up spirits among the soldiers as well as raising spirits at home and encouraging everyone to do their part.

At the end of the discussion the presentation highlighted the role of knitting in music. We listened to a few selections from Melanie Gall’s Knitting All Day album, a collection of World War I knitting songs including tunes like “I Wonder Who’s Knitting for Me” and “Knocking at the Knitting Club.”

Finally, we received a second pattern. I’ve attached it below – Wristlets No. 1.

Wristlets No 1

The next meeting of the knitting circle is the first weekend in May.