Monthly Archives: May 2015

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Tangerine Ginger Organic

The second tea I decided to try from Capital Teas is their Tangerine Ginger Organic blend.  I love anything citrus and hoped this one would be a little spicy.

From the website, this blend contains organic ginger root, organic and Fair Trade Certified hibiscus flowers, organic schizandra berries, organic licorice root, organic rosehips, organic orange peel, essential orange and tangerine oils.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $8.00, 4oz for $16.00, 8oz for $30.40, 1lb for $57.60 and 2lbs for $108.80.

When I first opened the package I could smell the tangy tangerine and the spicy ginger. As the tea brewed I got more of the hibiscus and rosehips.  This one was really full of flavor and a bit of spice (from the ginger and licorice). I really liked it hot – it reminded me a bit of mulled wine – but I think it would be excellent iced as well.

Knittea: Blueberry

There’s nothing I love more than blueberries. Well, maybe blueberry colored yarn and blueberry tea in a beautiful blue mug?

The Tea:  The Republic of Tea, Wild Blueberry

The Yarn:  Unwind Yarn Company, Journey Sock in I Want it Now

The Sweater: Chicory Top by Sarah Pope, handknit by me

The Mug: Blue Drip Mug by Blueroompottery

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 41, It’s Sunny!

 

Welcome back to Episode 41 and welcome to new viewers. Today I have a finished baby sweater and some WIPs and spins to show you.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.  We’re doing a craft-a-long in May and June: Spring into Summer!

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:

In progress: Ulmus Shawl by Kirsten Kap

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Hedgehog Fibers

      Twist Sock in Teacup and ColorPurl MCN in Cochineal Dark CherryIn progress: Socks, my own recipe (Toe:

David’s Toe-up Sock Cookbook by David Schulz

    ; Heel: gusset & heel flap), in my handspun.

Spinning:

Extras:

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Almond Cream Biscotti

When I started this blog, many readers sent me links to their favorite tea stores. I’ve slowly been working my way through them. The next few weeks’ reviews will come from Capital Teas, in the nation’s capital.  The first one I decided to try is Almond Cream Biscotti.

From the website, the blend contains: black tea, vanilla cream and almond flavors.

Almond Cream Biscotti  is available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $7.50, 4oz for $15.00, 8oz for $28.50, 1lb for $54.00 and 2lbs for $102.00.

When I opened the bag all I could smell was sweet and tangy Amaretto. It was almost overwhelming and I couldn’t wait to try it! Once brewed, the amaretto was a bit milder but still smelled delicious.  The tea did not disappoint! It was a strong black, but with a wonderful amaretto taste and a bit of a creamy finish. This is one I’m delighted to add to my stash!

Teaccessories: Geek Chic

If you’re a computer geek (like me) you might enjoy these Ctrl + Alt + Del mugs from ThinkGeek.

Ctrl-Alt-Delete Cup Set, ThinkGeek, $7.99

 

On the other hand, if you’re a word nerd, you might like the Scrabble Champ Mugs. The only question is, what letter are you?

Scrabble® Champ Mug, Sundance, $15.00

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 40, A Very Friendly Podcast

Welcome back to Episode 40 and welcome to new viewers. Today I have some WIPs and spins to show you.  I also announce the winner of the giveaway of the Handbrake by Dan & Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears podcast and a skein of yarn handspun by me!

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:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Shetland in Scuttle
  • On deck: EasyKnits Deeply Wicked Falkland in Berry Blast

Extras:

Teaccessories: Friday means Unicorns

It’s Friday, which means balloons, liquor, unicorns and rainbows for everyone! I would love to enjoy a Friday cuppa in this mug.

Elwood The Rainbow Unicorn Mug by JoAnn Stratakos, Uncommon Goods, $38.00

Knittea

I know it’s a little late for Mother’s Day, but I couldn’t help but notice this sweet pink mug featured on Harney & Sons website for the holiday.  I think it looks like knit stitches, don’t you?

iittala Pink Mug, Harney & Sons, $21

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 39, Handbrake Giveaway!

Welcome back to Episode 39 and welcome to new viewers. Today I have some WIPs and spins to show you.  I also announce a giveaway of the Handbrake by Dan & Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears podcast and a skein of yarn handspun by me! The yarn is spun from batts created by Navi Knits that I won from Come Knit with Us (Kim & Sam’s) podcast anniversary.

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:

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Cherry Blossom

I was watching a knitting podcast a few weeks ago (I confess I forget which one it was) and the host mentioned she was drinking some Cherry Blossom tea, a seasonal blend from David’s Tea. I was very curious about this blend, and popped over to David’s Tea and ordered a bag. I can’t say enough good things about their shipping – it came from Canada and was in my hands in just a few days!

From the packaging, the blend contains green and white tea, cherries, coconut, and rosebuds.

It’s available in the following sizes: 50g for $11.75, 100g for $23.50, 250g for $58.75, and 500g for $117.50.

When I first opened the bag it smelled heavenly – I could smell the sour cherry and almost a fruity, heady blossom smell. I could also see whole cherries, big chunks of coconut and rose petals. While brewing I got flashes of white and green tea, and milder smells. The tea itself was very light and refreshing with hints of cherry and coconut. I really enjoyed it hot, but I think it would be excellent iced as well.  I’m so glad I checked this one out and I suspect it will be on my order each spring!