Monthly Archives: July 2015

Bathtub Tea

Last week my tea drinking compatriot Ana sent me a photo from the Gold Crown Hallmark store at Crown Center asking if I had heard of bath tub tea.

bath tea

If you’re not in the Kansas City area, I also found them at Hydra.

             Bathtub Tea, Variety Pack, Hydra, $20.00

Bathtub Teas are handmade with all-natural herbs and flowers combined with the finest essential oils, providing all the therapeutic benefits of an herbal tea, without the mess. Each tea blend fills a cotton bag and is packaged in corn-based compostable plastic for freshness.

4 Varieties to choose from:
HEALING: lavender + tea tree
RELAX : lavender + bergamot
CLARITY: peppermint + eucalyptus
REFRESH: grapefruit + lavender

I might need to take a bath soon!

Tour de Fleece, The Conclusion.

The Tour de France ended on Sunday, July 26. I admit I did not end up watching the final stage as I was on a train, home-bound from a lovely weekend with my family in Chicago. However I did get some spinning done since the last post.

So the final wrap-up for the Tour is 32.1oz of fiber and 2,558 yards of finished yarn. That’s over 2.9 miles of singles spun!  Not pictured below is one skein that has already sold, and I didn’t include the singles on the wheel in the total because they’re not finished.  Can’t wait for next year!

Drink Me: Tea Emporium, Chocolate Chai

The final selection from Tea Emporium that I was tempted by was the Chocolate Chai. I misunderstood and thought this would be a tea when in fact it really is more of a spiced cocoa.

From the website this contains Valrohna cocoa, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves.

It is available in 2oz increments for $7.38.

 

This wasn’t what I was expecting, but when I opened the package and smelled the mix I got cocoa and wonderful chai spices. The instructions suggest adding 1 teaspoon of the mix to 1 cup of water or milk. I used water because I was at work, but I think this would be amazing in milk.  I didn’t add sugar to this, but it wasn’t sweet – it was more of a bitter dark chocolate with rich spices. I think I’d serve it as a dessert drink – I’m planning on saving it for the fall weather and warming up a mug!

 

 

Tour de Fleece, Week 3

This past weekend I went on vacation, but thanks to my Hansen Minispinner I could spin on the road!

Tour de Fleece, Week 2

I thought I would just update you with what I’ve been spinning since last week… a lot of the same thing.

 

I also had a bit of a fan girl moment when one of the riders on the Tour liked one of my photos!

!!!!! Merci et bon chance @thomasvoeckler! 🚴🇫🇷 #TourdeFrance #TourdeFleece

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The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 47, Spinning Fangirl

Welcome back to Episode 47. This week is almost all spinning… I’m a woman obsessed.

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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:

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Drink Me: Tea Emporium, Royal Benghal Tiger

The third tea from Tea Emporium that I was intrigued enough to order was Royal Benghal Tiger.

From the website this is a blend of Ceylon and Assam teas with mango, cinnamon and passionfruit.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $5.25, 100g for $$10.50 and 250g for $23.63.

When I first opened the package I got a whiff of cinnamon and something tropical. These aromas only intensified as I brewed the tea.  The tea itself was a good strong brew, and the cinnamon, mango and passionfruit just added an extra bit of sweetness and spice. I really liked this one quite a bit.

 

Tour de Fleece.

I’ll warn you right now that this post doesn’t have much to do with tea or knitting.

Every year in July there’s a little bike race that is held over in France, you might have heard of it? While the Tour de France spins on in France, the (fiber) spinning world sits at our wheels at home and spins along with the riders. I won’t pretend that the effort is the same, but it has quickly become a cherished part of my summer.

The Tour de France and Tour de Fleece kicked off on Saturday, July 4.  A few weeks ago I narrowed my fiber selections to 10 braids I wanted to spin up during the Tour. It’s a stretch for me, but I’m hoping I can do it. The top left photo is actually a sweater quantity (5 braids) which is how I get to ten.  I’m spinning fibers from Hello Yarn, Southern Cross Fibre and Spunky Eclectic.

Here’s my progress on days 1, 2 and 3.

The sweater spin is for me, but most of the others will end up in the shop over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 46, Le Tour!

Welcome back to Episode 46. This week marks the kick off of the Tour de France and the Tour de Fleece. Lots of spinning to talk about!

I also announce the winners of the Spring into Summer craft-along!

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:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

Drink Me, Tea Emporium, YogiTea

Another blend I purchased from Tea Emporium is the YogiTea blend.

From the website and packaging the blend contains: citrus peel, chamomile, orange blossoms, lemongrass, spearmint, hibiscus and rosehip.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $6.25, 100g for $12.50 and 250g for $28.13.

When I first opened the package I smelled the lemon and the mint. It reminded me quite a bit of the scent of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea.  It brewed up with a stronger lemongrass and mint smell and a bit of chamomile.  I did get a bit of hibiscus and orange in the taste. Overall this was a refreshing, calming herbal blend.  I didn’t get a chance to try it iced, but it might be nice that way as well. However, given the chamomile and spearmint, I might be inclined to use it as an end of the day, pre-bedtime treat.